Seasonal family fun at Dyrham Park
Although Old Lodge play area is currently closed for a revamp, there’s plenty happening throughout the year at Dyrham Park to keep families entertained.
The National Trust's popular 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ challenges young explorers to connect with nature through play. Many of the activities outlined can be completed at Dyrham Park like cloud-watching or getting to know a tree. We have material available at Visitor Reception to help you with this. You can also access the full list online here.
Old Lodge play area is now closed for a revamp and will reopen with new play facilities and a cafe early in August.
Thursday 21 July until Sunday 4 September.
There will be a range of summer activities to get pulses racing around the 270-acre site on the theme of ‘come out and play’. These will include nine different physical challenges spread around the site such as keeping your balance, hitting the target and hop, skip and jump.
Nature explorer sessions will run twice daily on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Tuesday 26 July to Tuesday 30 August.
'Let off steam'
Rachel Beaumont, Senior Visitor Experience Officer at Dyrham Park, said: 'Make sure you dress for the great outdoors, as Dyrham Park is a fantastic place to get out in the open all year round. It's a great big space for families to let off steam, run free and connect with nature.'
There are a range of walks to do on site either by following a fixed route or by wandering through the parkland at your own pace. There are also guided tours of the parkland and garden - check on arrival for what's running that day.
Relax in the garden
The garden sits in the shadow of the main house and neighbouring St Peter's Church. There are plenty of inviting benches and spots to rest along the way.
The pool gardens with a gentle cascade are a relaxing place to wander round or take a break on a bench and relax. The borders are filled with spring colour.
A small selection of rooms in the main house is open each afternoon while planned conservation and decorative work takes place. The new exhibition and basement are open too.
Food and drink
You can refuel at our tea-room, which includes takeaway, where there's a range of snacks, hot and cold drinks and ice creams.