Summer fun at Avebury

Three children running on grass

There is something for all the family at Avebury this summer. Whether you enjoy immersing your self in prehistory, learning about our past, enjoying the sights and smells in the garden, or just enjoying watching the children play, you'll find it here.

Summer fun for all the family

Avebury adventure pack

Available from Visitor Reception from Saturday 19 June, these packs include a booklet, pencil and stickers encouraging children to design their own stone circle, draw their favourite stone, find their favourite object and more.  Packs cost £1.

Sensory trail in Avebury Manor Garden

This will be available daily from Thursday 15 July, free with normal entry.  This gentle trail guides smaller children (2-4 years approx.) around the garden, with your help, appealing to the senses - smelling, looking at colours, feeling different textures, to enrich their visit and make it lots of fun.

Older children (4-8 years approx.) can play Nature Bingo as they go around the garden.

Quiet Corner

This is available by The Dovecote in the Old Farmyard from Thursday 1 July. A reflective corner with a discovery table for toddlers and children who enjoy gentler play.  A child-led space which can be explored at their own pace. Free of charge. 

Art in the garden

Every week day from Thursday 15 July. For adult and children alike. Reach into your Bohemian side and grab some artists materials (watercolours available to borrow from the garden entrance for a small donation), find a quiet space in the garden and paint a picture or perhaps write some poetry inspired by what you see around you.  Why not share you art with us on social media using #ArtAtTheManor?

And during the school holidays, as well as the above, we have something different every day:

Between Saturday 24 July to Sunday 29 August head to the Old Farmyard where we have several sessions each day of the following activities, usually taking around 30-45 minutes each.

Mondays: Happy for health

Each Monday throughout the holidays we'll offer something different to improve health and promote a healthy lifestye; from yoga, to Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to Juicing. This is suitable for chidlren between approx 4-10 years old. Cost £3.

Tuesdays: Take part in an archaeological mini-dig

Take part in  your own mini excavation and find artefacts including a replica skeleton.  Suitable for children up to  approx. 8 years old. Free of charge.

Wednesdays: Play day

Children can try their hand at circus skills, archery, challenging themselves on an assault course or creating their own Avebury henge out of clay (keep an eye on the website for dates for the different activities). Cost £5.

Thursdays: Wild habitats

Be an Avebury explorer and take part in a scavenger walk to learn about wild habitats and how to learn about nature without disturbing it.  Exploring the pond, under stones and in the grass, Learn how to make a mini habitat at home for your wild friends (a beetle bucket or an insect inn). Free of charge.

Fridays: 50 Things Fridays

Join in a craft activity based on one of the National Trust '50 Things to do before you're 11¾'.  Children could be making a nature diary, or an animal grass head, making a hobby horse or a journey stick. Cost £3.

Saturday and Sunday: Family games

There will be a selection of fun games that the family can enjoy together including hula hoops, croquet, Jenga, dominoes, wheelbarrows and sacks for racing. Suitable for all ages. Free of charge.