The Midnight Garden

A family in the garden at Dunham Massey

Families- dream big this summer and see where your imagination takes you in the magic of the Midnight Garden. It’s 1906 and after a long time away the family have finally returned to Dunham. There’ll be garden parties and games galore as the whole estate rejoices; even the animals and plants will be brought to life in celebration!

Friday 20 July-Wednesday 5 September

Escape every day with Edwardian children Roger and Jane on the Midnight Garden trail, play games on the lawn and create a giant picnic for midnight animals. There’ll be tales of adventure in interactive storytelling, a creative feast for the senses with weekday crafts and a chance to explore the house on a spotter trail. Get ready for a fun-filled summer…the Midnight Garden awaits!

All visitors (including National Trust members) require a house and garden ticket to take part in the Midnight Garden activities. Tickets are free for National Trust members. Collect your tickets from Visitor Reception on arrival.

Two children running in a National Trust garden

Escape, Adventure and Feast!

There’ll be three different Midnight Garden themes running over the summer- Escape, Adventure and Feast. Return throughout the school holidays for changing activities and events and collect three different stickers to claim your prize! Escape will run Friday 20 July- Friday 3 August, Adventure Saturday 4- Sunday 19 August and Feast 20 August-5 September.

Children enjoying storytelling at a National Trust place


Every day (apart from Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August) at 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm. Meet an Edwardian storyteller and join in with tales of adventure and escape with fun filled interactive storytelling for all ages.

A mother and child taking part in a craft activity

Get crafty!

Weekdays 12 noon-4pm. Get creative with crafty activities all summer long, from making aeroplanes to creating dream catchers, let your imagination run wild!

A girl playing with a hobby horse in the garden at Dunham Massey

Garden trail

Every day 10:30am-4:30pm. Step back in time and discover the magic of the midnight garden. Find the Edwardian bedroom hidden amongst the trees, complete the obstacle course and join the garden animals for a midnight feast.

A boy playing croquet in a National trust garden

Games on the lawn

Every day 10:30am-4:30pm. Enjoy traditional Edwardian games on the lawn- challenge family and friends to croquet or dominoes, try your hand at hula hooping and race around the garden on a hobby horse.

Children exploring a National Trust house

Explore the house

Saturday- Wednesday 11am-4pm. Explore the house and spot the midnight animals as you go. They’re hiding in each room and we need your help to find them!