Discover Dudmaston this summer

Family plays in the garden at Dudmaston

Whether the sun is shining or it's drizzly and wet, there's plenty of places to play at Dudmaston this summer. Families with children and grandchildren will find plenty of things to keep everyone busy indoors and out.

We know that the British summer weather can be unpredictable at times, so we've made sure that it's playtime all the time at Dudmaston, no matter what the weather has in store for us.

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Summer holidays at Dudmaston Hall

Pick up a family trail and follow the clues around the orchard and courtyards. Available Sunday - Thursday. Collect your trail map from the activities tent in the orchard or the shop. £2 per trail, includes a small prize.

Spend summer days in the garden
Dudmaston summer children grandparent family trail
Spend summer days in the garden

Get creative

On selected Mondays and Wednesdays join our activity volunteers for mud stencilling. Create your own mud paint, select a stencil and roller your design onto a piece of fabric. Leave your stencil with us for a couple of hours to allow it to dry, then take it home. There is no charge for this activity but we are asking for a small donation to cover the cost of materials.

Play indoors come rain or shine

Tinkle the ivories on our baby grand piano in the Modern Art Gallery. Don't worry if you can't hold much of a tune, we're opening up the lid for all abilities. If you're a pianist pro, why not bring along some sheet music and provide entertainment for visitors and volunteers.

Play the piano in the Modern Art Gallery
Girl playing piano
Play the piano in the Modern Art Gallery

Follow the free trail around the mansion to see if you can spot all the clues. Ask for a trail sheet from the Entrance Hall volunteer. Collect your sticker before you go.

Come out and play every day in Comer Woods

Comer Woods is open 8am-8pm everyday in the summer holidays, so you can come and play for longer. Bring your bikes or put your best foot forward and explore the woodland trails. Head up to Heath Meadow and dive into the playbox, there's bats, balls and family games for everyone to play.

Seggy Pool in the evening sunshine
dudmaston comer woods pool family
Seggy Pool in the evening sunshine

Race you to Heath Meadow!

Join us for some games and sports in Heath Meadow this summer:

Every Wednesday, 11-1pm and 2-4pm

Join in with team games in the meadow. It might be rounders, cricket or the giant parachute  - whatever the game, there's an opportunity to spend time outdoors together.  

Every Friday, 11-1pm and 2-4pm

Hit the target! Have a go at soft archery in the meadow.

Natural play

Follow the Explorer trail in Comer Woods and stop off at the Scout Camp, it's a great half-way point to pause. Tuck into a picnic, climb the tree-with-many-trunks or play stepping stones on the tree stump path.

Collect natural materials to build your woodland shelter
Dudmaston Comer Woods den building
Collect natural materials to build your woodland shelter

A little further along the trail, there's a great spot for den building. Collect natural materials and challenge your friends and family to build the best woodland shelter.

Take care

There is no pedestrain access from Dudmaston Hall to Comer Woods. When you're visiting Comer Woods, please park in the car park which is 1.5 miles down the main road from Dudmaston's main entrance, as if you're travelling towards Bridgnorth.

Pay and display car parking is free for National Trust members in Comer Woods
Dudmaston comer woods car park bikes
Pay and display car parking is free for National Trust members in Comer Woods

Car parking is free for National Trust members, £1.50 for 90 minutes or £3 all day. If you're a member, please scan your card in the machine to receive your free parking ticket. Money raised in the car park helps us to fund on-going conservation work in the woodland.

Dudmaston Hall and visitor facilities are closed on Fridays and Saturdays. The toilets and catering hut in Comer Woods are open everyday during the summer holidays.

Did you know…?

... every Family Membership sold by our friendly Visitor Reception team generates a payment to us from central funds and directly helps us to look after this special place. And you all get a whole year of days out at 500 places, as often as you like.

... you can include your children or grandchildren in your membership.

... we have £10 membership for 5-17 year olds.

… under-5s come in to all National Trust places for free.

... every time your membership card is scanned it generates £2.56 for the place you are visiting - your membership goes straight to the places you love.