Summer holiday family activities at Dudmaston

Family plays in the garden at Dudmaston

Join us at Dudmaston for a summer filled with play, fun and relaxation. Whatever the weather has in store, there's a choice of games and activities to keep everyone happy. Make the most of those long summer afternoons. Plan a family bike ride in Comer Woods or slow down the pace and relax with a picnic by the pools.

Summer activities at Dudmaston and Comer woods

Traditional Summer Games

Bring the whole family along and seek out places to play and relax. There's a selection of traditional outdoor games to play at Dudmaston this summer. Challenge friends and family to a game of croquet on the lawn or boules in the orchard.

A selection of games are available to borrow on a first come, first served basis from the gazebo in Stable Courtyard. All of the equipment is free to borrow, we just ask you to keep the games tidy and return them once you're finished.

The playground near reception at Dudmaston Hall is open for your little ones to come and play. We just know they’ll have a great time!

Family outdoor trail

Available Sunday - Thursday, from 10.30am from 31 July to 4 September.

Collect a free family trail and what’s on from reception. Follow the clues and complete the activities to discover Dudmaston Hall.

Get Arty Trail

The Get Arty Trail is being run by Shropshire artist Sarah Evans, of Silk 'n' Stuff.

Participants will take a clipboard made from various materials and head out into the gardens of Dudmaston Hall, to see what they can sketch, be it a leaf, a tree, a bird or anything else that catches their eye!

Paper and a pencil will be provided, but feel free to bring your own drawing implements.

This event will run from Sunday, 24 July to Thursday, 28 July and will cost £2 per activity pack.

Pack a picnic

Whether you’re catching up with friends or spending time with family, there’s no simpler joy than sharing a picnic in the great outdoors.

Come out and Play in Comer Woods

Daily, 25 July - 4 September, 11am-3pm

Meet the team in Heath Meadow for afternoons filled with fun activities for the whole family. Get your pulses racing! Challenge friends and family to a relay race around the meadow, get together for game of footie or try your hand at soft archery.

Mondays - Have a go
Try something new, practice something familiar or invent a game. It’s your chance to dive into the play equipment available in the meadow to create family memories.


Tuesdays - Ball skills
Sharpen your skills and see who can dribble, bounce, or catch the ball. Once you’ve worked on your skills start a game of football, tennis or invent a new ball game.


Wednesdays - Have a go
Try something new, practice something familiar or invent a game. It’s your chance to dive into the play equipment available in the meadow to create family memories.


Thursdays - Circus skills
Balance, catch or juggle the day away. Learn to diabolo, spin plates, or show off your hula hoop skills. Will the adults or the children master a new skill first.


Fridays - Have a go
Try something new, practice something familiar or invent a game. It’s your chance to dive into the play equipment available in the meadow to create family memories.


Friday 5, 19 August and 2 September - Parachute
Your family is invited to join the team as we get some air into the parachute for games. Will you be able to keep the balls on the parachute or will there be a shark in the water?


Saturdays - Mini family sports day
Time for the adults to dust off their running shoes, will it be adults vs kids? Who will complete the obstacle course first, balance a bean bag on their head the longest, or get their egg and spoon over the line first?


Sundays -Family game
Join us for a big family game, each week you can play something different from rounders to cricket to football.


Wet weather
You can still come out and play on wet days as the fun will continue inside the barn. Please be aware it will be an adapted have-a-go session.

Activities may vary from day to day. There's no need to book and you can come along and join in anytime from 11am - 3pm.

Cycling in Comer Woods

With miles of paths and trails, Comer Woods is a great place to set off on a family bike ride. Bring your bikes along and try out the 3.5km Explorer trail, it's a great way to take in the woodland at your own pace. There are some steep ascents along the way but plenty of places to pause and take a breather. Bike racks are available near the toilets and cafe in Heath Meadow.

Bike Lessons

If you are new to cycling or if you want to sharpen those skills why not book a lesson with Black Dog Adventures.

Refuel at The Cafe in Comer Woods

Find The Cafe in Comer Woods near the barn in Heath Meadow. It's perfect for families and dog walkers who want to pick up something on the go. Check opening times here before you visit. 

Toilets in Comer Woods are open every day. You'll find them in Heath Meadow, close to the cafe.

Parking at Dudmaston

Parking is free for National Trust members. Please scan your membership card in the machine to receive your free ticket. Every time you scan, Dudmaston receives money to help fund conservation and maintenance projects on the estate.

For non-members a small car parking charge of £4.50 applies.