The big summer adventure at Attingham

Children eating ice creams at Attingham Park

Join us for a summer of adventures at Attingham. Summer is the perfect time to get the family outdoors and Attingham is the perfect place to do so. Dust off your picnic blanket, pack up your favourite sandwiches and enjoy long lazy days in the sunshine as we've packed the summer holidays full of outdoor adventures, wildlife adventures, sporty adventures and an ultimate adventure - the Attingham Camp.

Perfect for young adventurers (and those with adventure at heart!)

Whether you're coming along to one of our organised activities or planning your own adventure in the grounds, there's plenty to keep you busy at Attingham this summer holidyas, visit after visit!

Our summer highlights are listed below. Additional charges apply to take part in our organised activities, booking is essential and prices vary. Please visit out 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.

You can download a copy of our Big Summer Adventure Planner here.

The BIG summer adventure at Attingham (PDF / 0.9736328125MB) download

Come rain or shine head up to the Field of Play to run off some steam
A girl playing with a parachute in the Field of Play at Attingham Park
Come rain or shine head up to the Field of Play to run off some steam

Attingham Park Safari

Every Tuesday between 31 July and 28 August take a seat on a tractor and trailer 'Safari' through Attingham Park to find out more about the wildlife that live within the park at Attingham (route varies, see dates below). Tickets cost £4.50 per adult and £3.50 per child, 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. 

Tuesday 31 July, 14 and 28 August - Deer Park Safari. Tuesday 7 and 21 August - Front Park Safari.

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

Get Geocaching

On Wednesday 25 July and 8 and 22 August between 10.30am and 4pm you can have a geocache adventure at Attingham. Hire one of our devices and tick off No. 49 on the list of 50 Things To Do. Specialists from Cotswold Outdoor will be on hand to show you the ropes. £4 per device for 90 minutes hire, limited availability, on a first come first served basis.

Wild Times: Back to nature

On Thursday 2, 16, 23 and 30 August (no session on 9 August) during the summer holidays WildLife Survival School will be at Attingham running bushcraft and nature and outdoor sessions. Activities will vary over the week, sessions will take place at timed intervals on each day between 10am and 3pm, and are approximately 1 hour long. Sessions are suitable for ages 5-11 years old and cost £5 per child to take part (plus booking fee). Booking is essential via the WildLife Survival School here.

Story-filled Saturdays

Join us on Saturdays between 28 July and 25 August for The Courtyard Stories at 11am and/or  at 2pm for 'Oh Gosh! So thats a guilloche! (story tour).

The Courtyard Stories: The Mansion has lots of secret and unused spaces, especially in the Outer Courtyard. Join our lively storyteller as he takes you on an adventurous tale around some of these special places. Suitbale for ages 3 plus, £3 per child, pre-booking essential and more information here  (takes place at the back of the Mansion).

Oh Gosh! So that's a guilloche!: What on earth is a guilloche? Our storyteller has this to say; "Oh what is a GUILLOCHE? Oh what can it be? Is it small? Is it tall? Does it live up a tree? Is it pink? Is it blue? Does it swim like a trout? Come along to our story tour, and then you'll find out." Suitable for all the family, this story tour takes place in the Field of Play, pre book you place and more information here there is no charge for this tour, please consider making a small donation on the day to take part in this activity.

Fun and laughter with open air family theatre: The Midnight Gang (by David Walliams).

Friday 3 August: Drum roll, please... Heartbreak Production invites you to join us for the grand opening of 'The Lord Funt Hospital Playground', a spectacular new play area for the convalescent child. Tom and his friends will be there, too, but you might know them best as The Midnight Gang. When everyone else is sweetly sleeping, they gather in the middle of the night in the name of magic, mischief, and memory making. Join Heartbreak and the gang on this crucial mission to overcome our greatest fears and uncover the magic ingredient to a fantastic friendship.

Be prepared to be daring at this outdoor adaptation of David Walliams' bestseller. Who knows where the night may lead?

Tickets cost £15 per adult and £10 per child, family tickets are available, booking is essential. Tickets are available from the What's On page of the website here or by calling 03442 491895.

Sporty adventures

The Field of Play is a great place to run off steam in the summer holidays. With things to climb on, run round, run over, run through its a great place to have a sporty adventure.

Join the Attingham team on the dates and times below for someactive activities:

Mondays from 30 July to 3 September: Parachute Fun. Set off the Field of Play for 2pm to join in with some fun parachute games.

Fridays from 27 July to 31 August: Race the guilloche. Run and race your way round the guilloche at 2pm on these dates - who will be the fastest?

Sundays from 29 July to 26 August: Archery Arrows. Take aim with our soft Archery Arrows kit, set up in the Field of Play from 11am to 3pm on these dates.

Enjoy an evening of entertainment
The west side of the Mansion, where there is crowd watching and outdoor theatre performance
Enjoy an evening of entertainment

The ultimate adventure - Attingham Camp!

Attingham Camp is back again for the third year, this year it will be taking place on Saturday 25 August.

Explore Attingham at night, cosying up to a bonfire and sleeping under the stars. We'll be hosting a range of evening and after-dark family activities for everyone to enjoy, including stories and marshmallows around the camp fire, twilight bush craft and star watching with the Shropshire Astrological Society. Places cost £30 per adult, £15 per child, and £5 for under 2s (plus booking fee) and places must be booked in advance via the website here.  

Big camp at night with a family camp fire.
Big camp at night with a family camp fire.
Big camp at night with a family camp fire.

 

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

Pick up your free 50 Things to do before you're 11¾ scrapbook from Visitor Reception and start ticking off the list of ideas to get you exploring the outdoors and nature. Don't forget to collect a sticker from our Reception team on the way out to stick on the pages you've completed.

Young boy climbing a tree

Discover what 50 things you can tick off at Attingham

50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ 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.

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.

Upcoming events

Harvest Crafts with Wild Craftist

Sat 22 Sep 2018
10:30-13:00
Come and make your very own seasonal pine cone creature over the weekend of 22nd/23rd September at Attingham Park. You can choose between making a Harvest Mouse or an Autumn Owl.

Attingham Run groups

Tue 25 Sep 2018
18:30-19:30
Join one of our three run groups on either Tuesday or Friday evening. Tuesday hosts our beginners and intermediate run groups and Friday our girls only group.

Exercise with Buggy Active Shrewsbury

Wed 26 Sep 2018
09:45-11:00
Join Buggy Active in beautiful Attingham Park for a 45min exercise class with your baby. Get fit , burn fat, strengthen and tone without the need for childcare. Suitable for all levels .

Store Stories: A behind the scenes tour

Thu 27 Sep 2018
10:30-12:00
Enjoy a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes in the Mansion. See the hidden treasures in the collection stores at Attingham, and meet the team carrying out some of the conservation work we do.

Repton and the Landscape of Attingham Walk

Fri 28 Sep 2018
11:00-13:00
Discover how Humphry Repton dramatically changed the landscape of Attingham on these gentle strolls around some of the areas of the estate most changed by him, along the river and through the Park.

Discover the Attingham Harvest

Sat 29 Sep 2018
09:00-17:00
Visit the Historic North Stalls in the Stables Courtyard to discover how the boundaries of Attingham have changed over the years and what a modern day harvest looks like on a working estate.