Summer family fun at Belton

Children in the maze at Belton House, Lincolnshire

Enjoy long, lazy days with picnics and games in the great outdoors. Join in with our weekly family-friendly events and activities or plot your own adventure. Take a look at some of the exciting things happening at Belton this summer.

Family fun
Boys playing with toy insect gliders
Family fun

Ribbon Trail

Wednesday's - Sunday's, from 24 July - 1 September, with mansion admission.

This summer, find out about Belton’s Creative Women with a family trail in the mansion. Look out for the coloured ribbons around the house, which highlight Sophia, Marian, Florrie and Nina's collection items.

Have your trail stamped by the Room Guides along the way to receive £1 off a paid for activity in the Discovery Centre once you finish. Pick up a trail from the Welcome Host at the mansion entrance.

Discover Belton’s Creative Women this summer
Ribbon Trail at Belton House Lincolnshire
Discover Belton’s Creative Women this summer

Garden Detectives

Every Wednesday, from 24 July - 28 August, 11am, £3 per person.

Become a detective and search for clues that tell us more about the history of Belton’s gardens on this special family tour. It's been specially designed for families with children aged 5 years and over in mind. Spaces are limited, so pre-booking online is essential.

Hunt for wildlife and discover scary mini beasts in the gardens
Girl with magnifying glass looking for wildlife
Hunt for wildlife and discover scary mini beasts in the gardens

Art Detectives

Every Thursday, from 25 July - 29 August, 11am, £3 per person.

Discover the untold stories of Belton House with this interactive family house tour. It’s been specially designed for families with children aged 5 years and over in mind. Spaces are limited, so pre-booking online is essential.

Book your places on the family house tour today
A mother and child admiring the Dining Room at Belton
Book your places on the family house tour today

Friday '50 things' challenge

Every Friday, from 26 July - 30 August, 11am - 4pm.

Join the play team in Belton's outdoor adventure playground as they challenge families to complete a different '50 things' activity every Friday during the school holidays.

As you head into the playground, turn left and follow the path until you see the bunting leading to the ’50 things’ station. This summer we’ll challenge you to:

  • No. 12 Have fun with sticks on Friday 26 July
  • No. 41 Help a plant grow on Friday 2 August
  • No. 31 Make friends with a bug on Friday 9 August
  • No. 32 Float a boat on Friday 16 August  
  • No. 30 Go on a scavenger hunt on Friday 23 August
  • No. 48 Keep a nature diary on Friday 30 August
Make a daisy chain into your very own wild crown
50 things girl making daisy chain
Make a daisy chain into your very own wild crown

Paint the garden 

The first Sunday of each month, 11am - 4pm.

Take inspiration from the formal gardens at Belton to create your own work of art. Recreate the beauty of Belton's gardens in paint, pencil or crayon. All materials supplied. 

Get to know a tree
Children climbing a tree in the grounds of Mottisfont, Hampshire.
Get to know a tree

Summer fun in the Discovery Centre 

Weekdays, 11am - 4.30pm and weekends 9.30pm - 4.30pm.

Open every day of the school holidays, with changing arts and craft activities every Monday. Explore more about the history of Belton House and its Creative Women.

Children’s University Passports can also be stamped here.

This summer the Discovery Centre will also be opening from 9.30am for special holiday activities:

Storytime for 5-8yrs Monday’s and Friday’s at 9.35am, 10.05am and 10.35am.

Enjoy stories about the animals and birds you might spot at Belton this summer.

Quiet Mornings Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 9.30am                

Enjoy peace and quiet in the Discovery Centre during quiet mornings. During this time, there will be sensory art activities available.

Storytime for under 5’s Wednesday’s at 9.35am, 10.05am and 10.35am.

Enjoy stories about the animals and birds you might spot at Belton this summer.

Craft activities in the Discovery Centre
Child reaching for colouring pens
Craft activities in the Discovery Centre

Go on an Art Adventure

Pick up a scrapbook and go on an Art Adventure around Belton House to gain your Discover Arts Award and receive a certificate. Arts Award Discover is an introductory award open to children and young people aged up to 25. It’s a fun way to find out about Belton House and some of the people who lived here.
£4 per scrapbook.

Ranger packs

Explore Belton with a Ranger Pack this summer. Borrow a pack from the Discovery Centre and simply return it at the end of your visit. Each pack comes with all the equipment you need and shows the best places to take part in ranger activities. There are four ranger activities to choose from:

  • Create: be an artist
  • Explore: be a tree detective
  • Discover: be a twitcher
  • Discover: be a bug hunter
What critters will you encounter?
Bug hunting
What critters will you encounter?

All aboard

Attention all passengers, head to the outdoor adventure playground for a ride on Belton's miniature train, £1.50 per seat. Collect a choo choo loyalty card from the train station to receive your tenth journey free.

All aboard
Girls waving on a minature train
All aboard

What’s more, when you enjoy a summer adventure at Belton House your support helps us look after this special place for ever, for everyone.

Don’t forget to share your adventures with us on Belton’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Summer Nights Film Festival

Summer nights film festival

The popular summer nights film festival returns this August, so grab a rug and get stuck into the British version of an American drive-in cinema screening under the stars.