Summer at Dunham Massey

Make the most of the summer months at Dunham Massey in 2019. Join in with fun family activities, enjoy the sights and scents of the summery garden, spot the deer as they sunbathe near the house and treat yourself at the ice cream parlour.

Family fun...

Percy the Park Keeper, The Treasure Hunt

Join Percy and his friends 

Search for Percy the Park Keeper’s treasure as you explore the garden, deer park and house. Can you find the sapphire blues, ruby reds, amethyst purples, citrine yellows and emerald greens? Head over to the garden for a summer full of storytelling, nature crafts, scavenger hunts and garden games, with new activities every two weeks!

A child exploring a tree as part of 50 things

50 things to do before you're 11¾ 

There are plenty of ‘50 things’ activities to experience outdoors at Dunham Massey this summer. Pick up your free ‘50 things’ adventure scrapbook from visitor reception, and head to the park and garden to get started. Try to build a den in the north park, eat a picnic in the garden, or go welly wandering if it starts to rain!

Relax at Dunham this Summer

A couple enjoy the sunshine in the garden at Dunham Massey

A summery stroll... 

The garden provides the perfect backdrop for making the most of the long summer days. Relax amongst the lush greenery and bright colours of the saloon border, enjoy the floral scents of the rose garden and try and spot the flash of a blue kingfisher darting along the canal. Unwind on the lawn with a picnic, and maybe even an ice-cream! Head to the plant sales area if you’re feeling inspired to take a little bit of Dunham home with you.

Relaxing in the park, Dunham Massey

Get close to nature

Explore the deer park and take in the sights of the summer. Try to spot the fallow deer sunbathing in the park but remember not to get too close. The deer park is a perfect place to bring your dog on a short lead – or head over to the north park to let your four-legged friend run free! Why not join the daily 1.30pm guided walk with one of our expert park guides? Refresh yourself with a drink or ice-cream in our dog-friendly parlour, which is open during busy times.

A volunteer ranger looking after nature, Dunham Massey

If it starts to rain 

The house provides the perfect shelter from the summery rain. Be inspired by the stories of local people who are doing their bit for nature every day in our new photography exhibition, Local Lives: Small Change, Big Difference. Taken by Manchester photographer Jan Chlebik, the exhibition highlights those who work and volunteer at Dunham Massey, the wider estate, and everyday people from the Trafford area. Saturday–Wednesday, 11am–5pm (last entry 4pm).

A child cooling off with an ice cream

Don't forget to refuel... 

Stop to refuel during your visit and choose from a range of freshly prepared summer dishes. Head to the Stamford Café on arrival for breakfast or a drink to start your day and pop in to the Stables Restaurant to refuel with a hot meal and a delicious cake. Why not treat yourself to an ice-cream from our dog friendly parlour to cool off?