Here comes the summer

Explore the Buckland Abbey estate

Whatever the weather, a day full of family fun awaits at Buckland Abbey. Search for medieval beasties, discover views of the Tavy valley, play Tudor games and taste a slice of delicious homemade cake – just some of the things for you to enjoy this summer.

Loving the Logan exhibition?

On your visit to Buckland this summer, you'll have the chance to explore a fantastic exhibition by sculptor Andrew Logan. To help children of all ages to enjoy the art even more, we've created two trails to follow - one where you'll search for 'all the king's horses' and one where you'll imagine yourself in all sorts of weird and wonderful scenarios, such as being a mouse in a giant field of wheat. You can pick up your free trail from Visitor Welcome on arrival.

 

Medieval Beast Hunt

Hiding around the Buckland Abbey estate, sixteen medieval beasties are waiting to be discovered. Can you hunt down the hericanius, capture the carpe or run past the rana? Pick up a beast booklet (£1 per person), borrow a crayon and head around the woodland to see how many you can find. The medieval beast hunt is spilt across the shortest walk (yellow, half a mile) and the longest (blue, 3 miles approx). Watch out for some special one-off medieval beasties making rare appearances during the summer.

Feeling peckish?

Stop by the Ox Yard restaurant for lunch or refuel with cuppa and a slice of delicious cake.

Adventure in the Higher Paddock play area

Located on the edge of Great North Wood, a 15 minute stroll along the red and blue estate walk takes you to the Higher Paddock play area where you can discover balance beams, places to build a secret den, a zip-wire and more. The play area has recently had even more natural play equipment installed by our Ranger team, who worked with local primary school children to design its layout.

The fun doesn't have to stop here

Before you go, make sure you pop into Buckland's shop to pick a souvenir or gift - at the moment there are medieval games available so you can continue the fun at home. Stop by for plants, pocket-money gifts, sweets, books and more! Every penny you spend on site helps us to look after Drake's place for ever, for everyone - buying treats has never felt so good!

Stock up on summer supplies at our shop
Stock up on summer supplies at our shop