May Half Term

Kids writing a story in the garden of Buckland Abbey

There's so much for all the family to enjoy this spring at Buckland Abbey. From crafts to trails, walks to dressing up, it's a great place for an adventure.

Richard Grenville Exhibition at Buckland Abbey

Come and learn about another of Buckland's famous sea faring residents and how Richard Grenville travelled to the East Coast of America. 

This new exhibition to launch in May Half term will look at the early colonial American links to Britain and what life was like for the newly formed colonies in the US. 

The exhibition will also look at Grenville's life here at Buckland and the radical changes that were made from a Monastic abbey to a Tudor house. 

Keep an eye on the website to find out more. 

Family Trails

Pick up part one of the Grenville family trail at Visitor Welcome.

Come back and complete part two in the Summer months. 

Out and About

If you are in the mood for walking out on the beautiful estate, why not visit the Higher Paddock Play Area? Located at the start of the red route, there's all sorts of great equipment to have a go on, including a zip wire which is popular with the grown up kids too! 

Dogs on leads are welcome on any of the estate walks. 

Family fun dog walking in the woods
Family walking a big dog in the woods
Family fun dog walking in the woods

Get crafty

Love getting creative? Why not join in with one of the craft workshops running in the schoolroom this spring? All of the activities will run from 11-4, and will be drop in sessions. 

Join Naturemake as you make a magical fairy den, a pirate ship or magical unicorns - make whatever comes into your imagination! All items made from natural materials and Spring flowers. Prices from £4 - cash only please.

Create a special souvenir of your visit using natural materials
Create a special souvenir of your visit using natural materials
Create a special souvenir of your visit using natural materials

Or perhaps join Annie in the Ox Yard as you make a Spring fused glass hanging wall decoration to take home. Serendipity Glass is open all week except Mondys and Tuesdays and takes card payment for workshops. All workshops cost £10 for all the materials. 

Christmas Crafting

It is never to early to think about Christmas! And we need your help to make Christmas at the Abbey even more special this year. Why not drop into one of our Community Christmas sessions and help us make special decorations for the Great Barn. Keep an eye on the webste for more details.

Family crafting
Family doing crafts
Family crafting

Time for a treat

The fun doesn't have to stop when you head home - the shop is full of great gifts, food and souvenirs for all ages, so why not treat yourself to a reminder of your visit? There are plenty of things to tickle your tastebuds in the restaurant too - how about a delicious cream tea or hot chocolate?

Family time
Mother and child enjoying a drink
Family time