Summer holiday fun at Dyrham Park

Children try out an ice cream in the sun

There’s plenty happening throughout the summer holidays at Dyrham Park to keep families entertained.

Every day from the end of July until the schools go back in September, there's adventure and fun to be had at Dyrham Park.

Ann Fiddler, Visitor Experience Manager at Dyrham Park, said: 'Dyrham comes alive in the summer months with the sights, sounds and scent of summer. Our daily trails and regular craft activities give children a real chance to connect with nature.'

The Great Outdoors Family Trail

Available daily from Visitor Reception

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.

Family Nature Trails

Every Tue and Thu throughout the school holidays, 11am and 2pm

Alongside the new self-led summer holiday trail, we have our popular free children's nature trails, which are led by an experienced guide. You'll learn more about the park and the wildlife that lives here and take part in some nature activities. 

Crafty Wednesdays

Every Wed throughout the school holidays, 11am-2pm

Get your creative hat on and join us at Old Lodge for a series of nature crafts on Wednesdays. These include making posies, berry flags, DIY veggie stamps, nature paint sticks and bird feeders. Suitable for 3 years +.

Costumed storytellers

Every Thu and Fri throughout the school holidays

A new addition to Dyrham Park, we have a team of costumed storytelling servants on site. They will be popping up around the house, courtyard and garden to tell tales, talk to visitors and share nuggets of knowledge about life in the 17th Century.

Natural play

Available daily

The Old Lodge natural play area is a popular spot with rustic play equipment, plenty of ride-on diggers, a full size tractor to climb on, picnic tables and an allotment to explore. You can take shelter from the sun or rain in the old farm buildings where there are picnic tables. There are also hard surfaces perfect for splashing about in the puddles.

50 Things

Available daily

The National Trust's popular 50 Things to do before you're 11 & 3/4 challenges young explorers to connect with nature through play. More than half of the activities outlined can be completed at Dyrham Park.We have material available at Visitor Recpetion to help you with this and there's a 50 Things table in the shop. You can also access the full list online here.

Food and drink

You can refuel at our tea-room or sit alfresco in the tea garden. During weekends we also open our courtyard kiosk for sandwiches, drinks, snacks and ice creams. Check out the picnic page for the best places to go to enjoy your own feast.