Summertime on the estate

A mother and young child look through the willow tunnel

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


Brockhampton Estate is abundant with wildlife during the summer. See Swallows and House Martins provide for their young chicks as they dive and skim across the water of the moat. The frogspawn in the water is hatched and tadpoles scurry around as our resident ducks care for their young, feed and sleep. 

The cottage borders are in bloom, making the manor house look chocolate-box perfect. 

Resident ducks relax on the moat
Two ducks sleeping on a hay bale in the moat
Resident ducks relax on the moat

Butterflies at Brockhampton

Some of the species found at Brockhampton Estate are the Small Copper butterfly, the Holly Blue butterfly and the Silver-washed Fritillary. Dragonflies and damselflies also make a delightful sight as they hover over the moat and pools. 

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

With all this nature, don’t forget to pick up a copy of our 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ whilst you're here and see what activities you can tick off the list.


What's on?

During the summer holidays in August, we have a war-themed family trail around the gardens. Our Make do and Mend trail sheets are £2.50 each with a prize included at the end. 

Our Blitz Spirit outdoor games will also provide fun for all ages throughout the summer. 

Learn about the War with our Make do and mend trail
A young girl doing a trail
Learn about the War with our Make do and mend trail

You can also escape the crowds by going on your own adventure on the estate. With 1,700 acres of parkland, woods and dingles you can easily spend the day exploring the beautiful Herefordshire countryside. 

The estate comes to life in the sunshine
Outside the manor in May
The estate comes to life in the sunshine