A day out for the family

Families playing at Dyrham Park

There’s plenty to keep young explorers occupied from running down rolling hills to trying out trails and whiling away time in our two play areas.

Try a trail

Summer sees our new discovery trail where families can explore the park and garden to seek out trees shipped from all over the world back in the 17th century.  

Toddlers can get creative in the outdoors with regular wild woodland sessions and toddler trails which take place each Tuesday morning.

Try to spot eight wooden sculptures - including an eagle, a parrot and a snake –on the journey of discovery family trail which takes you from reception through lime avenues, open parkland and to the hidden woods, home to the Hollow Ways natural play area. 

Child ticks off 50 things activities at Dyrham Park
Child ticks off 50 things activities at Dyrham Park
Child ticks off 50 things activities at Dyrham Park

Natural play

Hollow Ways provides a fun-filled playground for children over the age of five and has been created using natural resources - it includes balancing beams, bridges and stepping stones. You can also try your hand at den-building, one of the National Trust's 50 things.

Old Lodge has been a firm favourite for years with young explorers and now comprises two play areas - one for the under 5s and one for the under 10s. At the Old Lodge you’ll find a secure play area for younger children with ride-on diggers, picnic tables and an allotment to explore. 

Family fun

Garden and Parks Manager at Dyrham Park, Dale Dennehy, said: “Families are so important to us and we want to give them everything they need to have a fun day out – the trails, the play areas and  Old Lodge make getting in touch with nature very fun indeed. We've been finding the adults are enjoying it as much as the young ones.”

Floral crown making
Floral crown making at Old Lodge at Dyrham Park
Floral crown making

There will be lots to do on both May bank holidays, at half term and on the Fathers’ day weekend including wild crafts, flower-crown making and seed planting. More information on our events page.