Late spring and early summer at Brockhampton Estate

pink apple blossom

Late spring and early summer is the perfect time to visit Brockhampton Estate when the flowers and trees are in bloom and the parkland is abundant with wildlife.

Gardens and wildlife

The pretty cottage garden borders are filled with flowers and plants and the beautiful tamarisk tree in front of the manor house is vibrant with colour.

Brockhampton manor house and tamarisk tree in bloom
Brockhampton manor house and tamarisk tree in bloom


Brockhampton Estate is abundant with wildlife during late spring. Migratory birds have returned after their long journey from Africa. Swallows and house martins are living all around the manor house and feeding their young chicks. In the moat frogs are hatching and ducklings are growing rapidly.

Butterfly survey

From the beginning of April to the end of September our Brockhampton Rangers will be carrying out a butterfly survey. The survey helps our Rangers to monitor the conservation work on the Estate as butterflies are an indicator species that are sensitive to their habitat. Some of the species found at Brockhampton Estate are the Small Copper butterfly, the Holly Blue butterfly and the Silver-washed Fritillary. Visitors can also participate in the butterfly survey by picking up a butterfly spotting sheet at the visitor reception.  

A Holly Blue butterfly at Brockhampton Estate
A Holly Blue butterfly at Brockhampton Estate

Brockhampton Artist in Residence Fiona Potter

From Thursday 25 May we are holding an evening oil painting workshop with our Artist in Residence Fiona Potter. The course will be held every Thursday evening over a five week period and participants will be able to enjoy learning and painting outside or ‘plein air’. Over the duration of the course budding artists will be able to develop confidence in quick sketching & mixing paints to achieve required colour & tone.

Painting outside the manor house
Painting outside the manor house

No experience necessary but booking is essential. See our ‘What’s On’ section for further details and to book.

May half term

This half-term there is lots to do for all the family. Join Mr Dennett the house gardener, who will be running weekday gardening sessions. Families can also follow The Secret Garden family trail around the manor house and orchards. The Secret Garden was a popular book published in 1911. Find out how the children of this era played in the gardens of Brockhampton. Follow the clues and win a prize. £2.00 per trail.

May is the perfect time of year to go on a bug hunt. Hire one of our Nature Detective kits and explore the gardens and nature trail. For those looking for an adventure deep in the woods why not hire a Pond Dipping kit and venture down to our Grove Pool.

Getting a closer look
Getting a closer look

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of our 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ and see what activities you can tick off the list.


Events for the all the Family

During May and June we have lots to do for the family.

On Saturday 13 May we are holding a Rangers activity day where families can sample some taster bushcraft sessions with Really Rural including den building and fire starting.

On Sunday 11 June visit Warren Farm on Brockhampton Estate and get a glimpse into the farming world.

On Sunday 18 June join us for a special barbeque, band and beers to celebrate Father’s Day. Have fun dancing along with the ceilidh band.

Enjoy a BBQ and a beer on Father's Day at Brockhampton Estate
Enjoy a BBQ and a beer on Father's Day at Brockhampton Estate