More to explore! May half term at Attingham

Hunting for butterflies

The days are getting warmer and the park is bursting with nature and wildlife, May half term is a great time to get outside and explore Attingham.

Pack a picnic and explore: don't forget your sandwiches for a busy day ticking off your 50 Things!
Young boy and girl sitting on a picnic blanket eating their sandwiches
Pack a picnic and explore: don't forget your sandwiches for a busy day ticking off your 50 Things!

Summer's nearly here and it's time to explore! Where will you go and what will you choose to do at Attingham this May half term? This year the May half term for Shropshire Schools is Saturday 29 May to Sunday 6 June.

That’s my  bed!' Family trail

Saturday 22 May to Sunday 6 June

Book your ticket to visit Attingham and join us for our half term family trail, ‘That’s my bed!’. Purchase your trail on arrival from Reception and head off around the Mile Walk to find out more about some of the wildlife at Attingham, and where they make their beds. There's nine trail points to find or a shorter trail option for younger children.

Trail packs cost £4 and include trail sheet, pencil and a Living Nature mini wildlife buddy soft toy, suitable for ages 3 years and above.

A kingfisher fishing from its perch
A kingfisher fishing from its perch
A kingfisher fishing from its perch

Paddle the Tern with Shrewsbury Canoe Hire

Weekends, 10am-4pm (additional dates in school holidays).

Enjoy a paddle down the Tern, setting off from the jetty close to the Mansion, and heading up stream to the Cable-Stay bridge, before returning to the jetty.

Please book your canoe in advance through Shrewsbury Canoe Hire's website here. You do not need to book tickets to visit Attingham if you have booked to canoe, however you must show your canoe tickets from Shrewsbury Canoe Hire when you arrive in the car park at Attingham. Non-members of the National Trust who have canoeing tickets must also pay the £5 Sports Entry fee at Visitor Reception on the day (by card).

Please note: Canoeing is subject to the weather and river levels – and may be cancelled if adverse conditions. Please read carefully the terms and conditions and criteria on Shrewsbury Canoe Hire's website before booking. Children must be accompanied by an adult (under 8s 1-1 ratio), and must be tall enough to wear a well fitting buoyancy aid to take part (around 3-4 years old), more information click here.

Children looking at creatures captured in pots

'50 things to do before you're 11¾' at Attingham

Discover more about nature on your walk with the National Trust's '50 things to do before you’re 11¾'.

Run off steam at the Field of Play

Always fun, whatever the weather - Attingham's Field of Play is the perfect place to run off steam and have fun. With space to play on things, in things, and around things, there's play of  space for you to run, walk, roll, and play your own games.

The food kiosk will be open daily from 11am during May half term (weather dependent).

Field of Play from above Attingham Park Shropshire

Find out more about the Field of Play

Find out more about the Field of Play.

Book your half term visit: Saturday 29 May to Sunday 6 June

Tickets for Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May will be available to book from Friday 21 May. Tickets for Monday 31 May to Sunday 6 June will be available to book from Friday 28 May.

Whether you're visiting for half a day or a full day, are a regular visitor, or visiting for the first time, there's something for everyone at Attingham.

Looking across the Deer Park towards the Mansion at Attingham Park.

Visiting Attingham 

On weekdays you don’t need to pre-book your visit. At busier times, like weekends, Bank Holidays and school holidays, booking your admission to Attingham is recommended to guarantee entry. You can book in advance or on the day, online or by calling 03442 491895. You'll need your ticket/booking ref and NT membership card (if applicable) ready for admission. The Mansion basement is open for 'Servants' Home: Putting on a Country House Party'. Entry to the basement will be by timed token available on the day from Visitor Reception (on first-come, first-served basis).