Summer holidays at Attingham: Be a Nature Champion

A male Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly at Attingham Park

Make the most of the summer holidays at Attingham! Fill your day exploring the woods and deer park, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the garden, picnicking in the orchard, imagining what life was like in the mansion, and running free in the field of play. Join us for some special activities and events through the summer and #GrowYourGreenRoots in the Shropshire sunshine.

From Deer Park safari rides, to Family Wildlife Days, to a summer exhibition, and to ideas for exploring nature under your own steam with ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ - there’s something for everyone and more than one way to be a Nature Champion! 

You can find information on the some of our summer highlights below, and a downloadable pdf of a selection of these highlights at the bottom of the page. Additional charges apply to take part in our organised activities, booking is essential and prices vary. Please visit our What's On page for more information and to book. Other events and activities will be taking place throughout the summer so keep an eye out on our What's On page.

Plan to make the most of the summer holidays at Attingham
Children looking at a map at Attingham Park
Plan to make the most of the summer holidays at Attingham

 

Be a Nature Champion

We’re looking forward to welcoming families to the National Trust and National Portrait Gallery partnership exhibition Faces of Change: Nature’s Champions from Saturday 22 June to Sunday 8 September. Over 30 portraits will be on display in the Picture Gallery and there will be family activities and information around 12 key portraits that sparked the interest and imagination of local school children and members of the Attingham team. 


Recognisable names and faces such as Sir David Attenborough, Beatrix Potter and Charles Darwin are amongst the portraits. Share your photos from your visit and who your favourite Nature Champion portrait was on Twitter and Facebook - search for   Attingham Park NT.

Photograph of David Attenborough

Faces of Change: Nature's Champions at Attingham

Who’s your nature champion? Don’t miss this exhibition of world class portraits of people with a passion for the natural world at Attingham from 22 June to 8 September.

Cartoon caricatures in the Picture Gallery: Saturday 20 and Sunday 28 July, Saturday 3, Saturday 10, Sunday 18 and Saturday 31 August, 2pm-5pm.

Cartoonist Malcolm Wittall will be in the Mansion, as the character of 'The Marsh Monster From Plastic Pond', creating some fun family portraits as a reminder of your visit to Attingham.

 

 

Discovering and caring for nature

Deer Park Safari: Tuesdays between 23 July and 27 August, timed intervals.

Take a seat on a tractor and trailer 'Safari' through Attingham Park to find out more about the deer that live within the park. Tickets cost £4 per person, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential via the What's On page of the website here or by calling 03442491895. 

The fallow deer at Attingham Park
Eight fallow deer grazing in the deer park at Attingham Park
The fallow deer at Attingham Park

Family Wildlife Days: Wednesday 31 July and Wednesday 28 August, 10am - 2pm.

Join our skilled learning team for a family day based around our popular Wildlife school programme. This wildlife day includes a guided tractor and trailer ride around the SSSI Deer Park, a woodland walk off the beaten path where visitors don't go but is home to many different animals; can you spot signs of where they've been? Discover what lives in the pond with a dipping net. What will you catch?

Tickets cost £9 per adult and £7 per child and must be prebooked in advance, for more information and to book visit our What's On page here.

Pond-dipping is a great activity for families
Family pond-dipping
Pond-dipping is a great activity for families

Bird Mist Netting: Mondays 12 and 26 August, 3pm - 7pm.

Join our outdoors team as we use a mist net to gently catch, ring and then release the birds who are using the River Tern as a highway as they migrate. Suitable for ages 7 years and above. This event is weather dependent so please check the What's On page before you visit here.

 

Enjoying the outdoors

 

Orienteering with the Wrekin Orienteers: Wednesday 24 July and Wednesdays 7 and 21 August, 11am - 3pm.

Explore the park as you find your way using the orienteering trail - use your tracker to log in at each of the trail points. How fast will you be? There is an additional charge of £2 to take part (cash on the day).

Courtyard Stories: Saturday 27 July, Friday 2 August, Thursdays 8 and 22 August, 11am.

Join our resident storyteller who'll be sharing humorous stories featuring wildlife characters. £3 per child to take part, pre-book your place via the What's On page here.

 

Fun and laughter with open air family theatre: Gangsta Granny (by David Walliams): Saturday 3 August, 7pm.

Drum roll, please... Heartbreak invites you to join them on Saturday 3 August for this dramatic outdoor theatre performance of the retelling of Gangsta Granny by David Walliams.

Join us on Ben’s journey through his Friday nights as every possible manifestation of cabbage is served up by his caring (and unpredictable) Granny. Suitable for 7 – 77 years old, we promise an evening of fun and interaction delivered in the inimitable Heartbreak style.

Tickets cost £15 per adult and £10 per child and booking in advance is strongly advised, you can book online here.
 

StarFlower by Whispering Woods: Friday 30 August, 2.30pm or 7pm.
 

New for 2019, Whispering Woods will be helping us celebrate our 'Grow Your Green Roots' year with a promenade theatre production including aerial performances amongst the tree tops on the estate on Friday 30 August.

The Whispering Woods vision is to create work which is achingly beautiful, deep, raw and powerful, sweet and irreverant. Capturing the magic of the forest and offering a sense of enchantment and a glimpse into another world through masterful storytelling.

Tickets cost £15 per adult and £10 per child and pre-booking in advance is essential, for more information and to book visit the What's On page here.

A performance by Whispering Woods
Aerial performers in the trees, from Whispering Woods
A performance by Whispering Woods

Come out to play this summer!

Join us for some games and sports during the summer:

Monday Mansion games from 22 July to 29 August, 2pm: Head down to the Mansion to play some games on the lawn.

Field of Play Fridays from 26 July to 30 August, 11am: Take part in a team game in the field.

Sundays from 21 July to 1 September: Archery Arrows. Take aim with our soft Archery Arrows kit, set up in the Field of Play from 11am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm.

The guilloche pattern on the Field of Play at Attingham, July 2017
An overhead view of the Field of Play at Attingham Park
The guilloche pattern on the Field of Play at Attingham, July 2017

Rounding off the summer

Summer Nights Film Festival: Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September, 8pm approximately.

The Summer Nights Films will return to Attingham for the fourth year, and we'll be holding three open air screenings at the start of September -  Jurassic Park will be shown on Friday 6 September, Bohemian Rhapsody on Saturday 7 September, and Mamma Mia! Here we go again on Sunday 8 September. We’ll be inflating a twelve foot screen beside the Mansion as part of the Summer Nights Film Festival presented by QUAD, Derby’s centre for art and film. 

Adult £15.50, child (under 12) £10.50, group tickets also available. The screening will begin once the sun has set, around 8-8.30pm.

Pre-booking of tickets is strongly advised, for more information and to click through to book tickets visit our What's On page here . To book tickets via the telephone call QUAD on 01332 290606.

 

Plan your own adventure with '50 things to do before you're 11¾'

Use the National Trust's list of '50 things to do before you're 11¾' to explore nature at Attingham.

Children looking at creatures captured in pots

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

'50 things to do before you’re 11¾' is a great way to get outside and explore nature. Plan your own self-led adventure or join us to tick off some of the trickier activities at one of our family events.

Download your 'Be a Nature Champion' summer holiday planner here

Be a Nature Champion this summer holidays (PDF / 1MB) download

Admission to Attingham Park

Entry to Attingham Park is free for National Trust members and under 5s, admission charges will apply for non-members. Additional charges will apply to take part in some of the events and activities. Admission charges do not apply for Gangsta Granny, Star Flower and Summer Night Film performances.

Upcoming events

Explore the River Tern with Shrewsbury Canoe Hire

Sun 25 Aug 2019
10:00-17:00
Canoe Attingham’s hidden gem; the beautiful River Tern. Suitable for all ages and experience levels, this is a unique opportunity to paddle back in time and experience the history of Attingham Park though the views from the river.

Archery Arrows in the Field of Play

Sun 25 Aug 2019
11:00-12:30
Practice your archery skills here at Attingham and you could become a young Robin Hood or Princess Merida with a bow and arrow. Will you hit the bull’s eye? Take aim on Sundays during the Shropshire school holidays in the Field of Play.

Faces of Change: Nature's Champions

Sun 25 Aug 2019
11:00-16:30
The National Portrait Gallery is coming to Attingham with 'Nature's Champions', a partnership exhibition of portraits of champions of nature and the natural world from David Attenborough to Beatrix Potter, and Vivienne Westwood to Joe Strummer.

Monday Mansion Games

Mon 26 Aug 2019
14:00-16:00
Take a breather and play some traditional lawn games in front of the historic Mansion. Have a go with badminton, croquet or bowls. Laugh along as you have a go with the egg and spoon race or see if you can get that hula hoop to stay up.

Meet the expert - Bird mist netting

Mon 26 Aug 2019
15:00-19:00
Every year our dedicated volunteer uses mist netting to gently catch, ring and then release the birds who are using the River Tern as a highway as they migrate. This is a great opportunity to get close to the birds and talk to the expert.

Deer Park Safari

Tue 27 Aug 2019
10:30-11:15
Be part of our 'Grow Your Green Roots' year at Attingham. The estate is home to approx. 200 deer, find out all about them and the other wildlife which call Attingham home. Take a seat on our tractor and trailer safari ride to see what you can spot.