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

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 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 garden bingo as they go around the garden.

Quiet Corner

By the Dovecote in the Old Farmyard you'll find a quiet 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

For adult and children alike. Why not reach into your artistic side and grab some 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 your 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 Monday 26 July to Sunday 29 August head to the Old Farmyard where we have several sessions each day of the following activities for children aged 4-12 years old, usually taking around 30-45 minutes each.

Mondays: Wellness

Each Monday throughout the holidays we'll offer something different to improve health and promote a healthy lifestyle; from yoga, to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to Juicing. Sessions are at 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm and is suitable for children aged between approx. 4-10 years old. Cost £3.

Monday 9 August: Come along and learn about the benefits that Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping can bring to your child’s life.

A simple process that is easily learned and can be applied ion a mix of settings. It’s a great way to deal with challenges and help your child feel less anxious about all sorts of things restoring balance to their mind and body.

Patricia Campbell-Parker is a London based Natural Therapist and an advanced EFT practitioner.

Her first career was in paediatrics and she has an in-depth knowledge of how natural therapies can complement a child’s life.

Lasting thirty minutes, these bite-size taster sessions are perfect for an insight in this technique. Simply book on the day.

Sessions are at 11, 12, 1.30 and 2.30. Simply book on the day.

Tuesdays: Mini-dig

Take part in your own mini excavation and find artefacts including a replica skeleton to piece together. Suitable for children up to approx. 10 years old. This is a drop-in session between 11am and 2.30pm and is free of charge

Wednesdays: Playday

Children can try their hand at archery, challenging themselves on an assault course or creating their own Avebury henge out of clay. Download the planner to see what’s on. Sessions run at 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. 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 hedgerows, under stones and in the grass and a visit to the Manor pond. Learn how to make a mini habitat at home for your wild friends (a beetle bucket or an insect inn). Cost £3

Fridays: 50 Things

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 kite, or an animal grass head, making a hobby horse or a journey stick. This is a drop-in session between 11am and 2.30pm. Cost £3.

Saturday and Sunday: Family games

There will be a selection of fun games that the family can enjoy together including hula hoops, Jenga, dominoes and wheelbarrows. Suitable for all ages. Free of charge. This will be available on dry days only from 11am and subject to volunteer availability.

Download your planner here Avebury summer planner (PDF / 0.95703125MB) download