Family fun in the rain at Dyrham Park

Dodging the rain at Dyrham Park

There’s plenty to do whatever the weather at Dyrham Park this summer to keep families entertained.

Pop on a raincoat and some wellies and you won’t notice a bit of drizzle.

Every day from the end of July until the schools go back in September, youngsters can take part in the 'great outdoors' family trail come rain or shine.

This self-led trail will take you through the parkland and you'll get the chance to tick off some 50 things challenges such as cloud-watching, getting to know a tree or den-building. The trail costs £1 and normal admission charges apply.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the holidays there will be also children's nature trails led by an experienced guide. These are free of charge and take place at 11am and 2pm.

Each Wednesday throughout the holidays, there will be also be nature craft activities at Old Lodge including making posies, berry flags making, DIY veggie stamps, nature paint sticks and bird feeders. These are free of charge and will run from 11am until 2pm.

There will be costumed storytelling servants on site every Thursday and Friday throughout the holidays popping up to tell tales in the Greenhouse, talk to visitors and share nuggets of knowledge about life in the late 1600s.

Natural play

Old Lodge is a popular spot for the under 10s with rustic play equipment, plenty of ride-on diggers and wheelbarrows, a full size tractor to climb on and an allotment to explore. The area has hard paths and woodchips underfoot so is good in wet weather. There are lots of undercover areas for picnics at Old Lodge too so you won’t have soggy sandwiches. 


If it gets seriously damp, we have a lovely indoor tea-room perfect for a warming cup of tea or a hot chocolate.

Family fun

Visitor Experience Officer Libby Woolfrey said: ‘We won’t let the weather keep us indoors this summer. They’ll be something to see and do here every day so come along, rain or shine, to get some fresh air, learn a bit about nature and have some fun!’