Summer fun at Blickling Estate

Keep your little explorers busy this summer with family activities across the estate. Enjoy everything from bike rides and family trails to gardening fun and hands-on history...

The garden

Head out on an adventure around the colourful garden. Find the secret tunnels, squishy trees, sundial and more. There's plenty of fun to be had, from a family game of croquet by the lake, to planting seeds in the walled kitchen garden.

A child and her mother planting in the walled garden

Sow and grow | Daily 

Join us in the walled kitchen garden and have fun watering flowers and planting seeds in pots. You can then take your pot home and enjoy watching it grow. You will also find little wheelbarrows and watering cans for gardening fun.

The house

Visit the house this summer and discover our exciting new art installation. The Edge of Things responds to the fascinating historical books in Blickling's collection.

If you're up for an adventure, why not join one of our exciting Buildings, Books and Beetles attic experiences? You'll also discover some unusual book-themed activities at the end of your route around the house.

A picture of visitors investigating a project in progress

Buildings, Books & Beetles Experience 

Join us at Blickling for a fast-paced, immersive, behind-the-scenes experience which takes the wrap off some of our oldest and rarest books, the threats they're under, and the work that's underway to save them.

The wider estate

We're inviting budding nature explorers to take part in our annual butterfly survey any day of the week. This route around the wider estate is ideal for children as it encourages curious minds to discover the wonders of the natural world. You can join in on foot or by bike, just collect a survey sheet from visitor reception and help us to look after these incredible creatures. 

Peacock and tortoiseshell butterflies on thistles at Charlecote Park

Butterfly adventures at Blickling Estate 

Fancy exploring further afield? Join us any day of the week for an adventure around the wider estate and help us to look after natural habitats for future generations…

Little Explorers | Tuesdays and Saturdays 

In partnership with Cotswold Outdoor, we're offering free family walking sessions. From Tuesday 4 June, join us outside Estate Barn visitor reception, at the main car park, before heading out to explore Blickling's wider estate and all it has to offer. Children of all ages, buggies and wheelchairs are welcome to join in the adventure.

Please note: places must be booked online in advance. Sessions are aimed at children aged eight and younger, but we encourage the whole family to join in. 

A family enjoy cycling their hired bikes.

Cycle hire | Daily 

In partnership with British Cycling and HSBC UK we're offering low cost cycle and equipment hire for all ages, making it easier than ever to get out on the trail. Open daily from 10am, come along and discover a new way to enjoy nature on two wheels. Last hire is at 2pm and all equipment must be returned by 4pm at the latest.

Fancy an ice cream?

Find a selection of scrumptious ice cream flavours in our Muddy Boots and Farmyard cafés. You'll also find special lunch packs, hot meals and tasty treats in the Stables café, so there's always plenty to tempt your hungry explorers.

Enjoy an ice cream in the sun this half term
Grandmother and granddaughter enjoying an ice cream on a bench in the sun at Blickling Estate
Enjoy an ice cream in the sun this half term

Good to know

  • There are plenty of buggy-friendly paths around the garden and parkland, just grab a map from visitor reception.
  • Baby changing can be found at Estate Barn at the main car park, near East Wing visitor reception and in the Farmyard area.
  • Bottles and baby food can be warmed up in all three of our cafés.
  • High chairs, activity lunch boxes, cups and water jugs are available in the Stables café.
  • If you fancy a picnic, you'll find picnic benches in the garden by the lake, in the Farmyard area, or near Estate Barn visitor reception at the main car park.