Summer holiday fun at Buckland Abbey
Looking for fun family activities in the summer holidays? Whether you're after outdoor games to entertain the kids, a peaceful garden or a woodland walk to get your heart racing, Buckland has got plenty for you to enjoy this Summer. Just get set, go!
Summer is here, and there are lots of family activities for you to try.
Throughout the week, follow the Coat of Arms trail in the garden to find all the heraldic symbols that were important to our Tudor ancestors.
Pick up your trail booklet and Get Set, Go! activity card from Visitor Welcome and explore the gardens and learn all the hidden meanings behind Tudor coat of arms.
Both trails start from Saturday 24th July 2021.
Complete the challenges and start to tick off your Get Set,Go! activity cards.
Garden Games and archery
Put your archery skills to the test with some soft play archery sets on the main lawn.
Why not have a go at other traditional English sports such as lawn tennis, hobby horse jousting, and skittles in the Great Barn.
Skittles will be available in the Great Barn throughout the holidays.
Archery and other lawn games runs every Sunday from 1st August between 1-4pm and every Wednesday from 4th August between 11-2pm.
Get Set,Go! Activity cards
Pick up a ‘Get set, go’ activity card when you arrive and see what adventure you'll be having this summer.
From 24th July, we will have ‘Get set, go!’ activity cards and stickers all ready for you to collect from Visitor Welcome. These cards are loaded with amazing challenges to try out across the whole Buckland estate.
Over the school holidays there will be a range of 'Get set, go' activities to complete in the gardens on the coat of arms trail and with the traditional lawn games.
See how many challenges you can complete along the trail and then take the cards home with you to continue your active adventure all summer long.
Our 'Get set, go' and coat of arms family trail runs every day from the 24th July until the end of the school holidays.
Mini Maze at Buckland
Explore the Buckland Abbey orchard, which is one of the most magical spots on the whole estate.
Complete the mini maze which has been cut into the grass by our Ranger team and navigate your way past dead ends and obstacles. This is particularly great for toddlers. This is also a great area for a picnic and has the best views of the Abbey.
The mini maze will be open throughout the Summer.
The café is open for grab and go snacks and or indulge in a cream tea in the Ox Yard.
Bring a picnic and find the perfect lunch spot on the Abbey lawn or find a picnic pod among the butterflies mowed into the Great Barn meadow.
50 things to do outdoors
Want to make some of your own fun? Download a 50 things activity sheet and challenge yourselves to tick off as many 'things to do before you're 11 & 3/4'. Get to know a tree, go on a welly walk, have a picnic in the wild and find some funky funghi.