Your 2017 guide to summer holiday fun at Blickling

A girl and boy running through the garden

The summer holidays have arrived! With six or more weeks off, it's time to start planning some fun. So whether you're local to Blickling and looking for days out, or you're coming to Norfolk on holiday, take a look at what's on and plan your summer.

Download your holiday planner

We've put everything in one place, so you can see at a glance what's happening every day of the holidays.  Just print it out, stick it on the fridge and get ready for some fun family days out.

What's in store for you this summer

Have fun dressing up at Blickling
A boy dressing up in a ladies hat
Have fun dressing up at Blickling

For children who love dressing up

Who will you be today? A beautiful lady, a dashing duelling baron or a cook of a grand house?  

Explore through the eyes of people who lived here in days gone by. Follow the trail through the house finding objects that tell out their amazing stories and have fun dressing up at the end where you’ll be able to recreate photographs and portraits in our very own photo booth. Don't forget to share your photos with us.

" I liked dressing up as a princess and having my photo taken. The dresses were really pretty."
- Poppy, age 4

For green fingered little monsters...

For older kids...

We've got a new trail starting in the parkland this summer, aimed specifically for ages 11 - 14 years old. Follow the mausoleum walk into the parkland to find clues for species of wildlife who call Blickling Estate their home. 

Two people on bikes on the Blickling Estate

Explore further with Blickling's multi-use trail

Our all-weather multi-use trail is now open and ready for use. So grab your bikes, pack a picnic and explore hidden parts of the estate you've never seen before.


For those who love to run around...

If the sun is shining (and the grown-ups fancy a sunbathe in a deckchair), then head outside for garden games overlooking the lake.  Have a go at croquet, a game of football or a family contest with jenga.

The gardens are an ideal natural playground, with 55-acres of perfect hide and seek spots.  Follow the winding paths to discover the animals of Blickling wood in the secret tunnels, have a go at our garden trail or see if you can find the secret garden.  There are plenty of secret spaces and places, just waiting to be found...  

Why not bring your 50 things book or pick up one from visitor reception, then come along on Fridays for our '50 things' Fridays.  Activities are totally self-led, but have a look through the book and see what you fancy ticking off.  Speak to any of the visitor welcome team for the best spots to head to or pick up a family map to guide you. 

Step back in time...

Craft volunteers

Arts & crafts | Thursdays in August

Join us for arts and craft sessions on 3, 10, 17 and 24 August from 11am - 4pm . The activities will be led by Norfolk Community Learning Services, and you're welcome to drop in at any stage of your visit (normal admission applies).

and when tummies are hungry...

Enjoy your picnic in the garden or head to one of the three cafes and check out our kid friendly menu. With special lunch packs, hot meals and toasties as well as tasty treats, there's plenty to tempt your hungry explorers.  

and when it's raining...

Start a new collection

With around one million stamps ranging in value from a couple of pence to several thousand pounds, older kids will love browsing through some of the collections in the stamp shop, where funds raised help restoration projects around the estate.

Find a good holiday read

Let the children browse through the second-hand bookshop and pick out some gems for a bit of holiday reading.

Two girls looking through binoculars
Two girls looking through binoculars, lying in the grass
Two girls looking through binoculars

Most importantly, have fun!