Summer days at East Riddlesden Hall

Girl with a winged insect on the tip of her finger

Summer is one of our favourite seasons, the gardens are looking at their best, the lower fields are waiting to be explored and wildlife is in abundance.

A family day out

There's plenty to keep the whole family entertained this summer.

You can follow a colourful stick trail, make mud pies, build a den and play traditional games on the lawn – do you know how to skip? How about getting crafty, running through a willow tunnel, spotting bugs and tracing your way to the centre of a grass maze? There are lots of things to do inside the house too including solving a revolting remedy puzzle – do you know what illness buttered frogs were once used for?

On selected Sundays we'll be making butter in the barn, and inviting families along on 29 July to be a ranger for a morning to help us rid the land of Himalayan Balsam, a non-native species that prevents wild flowers from thriving.

As well as all the other great things going on here, from 23 July you can pick up your free 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ adventure book from the shop and join us for volunteer led sessions every Wednesday and Sunday between 1 - 2pm. We'll be making a home for bugs, testing our mini raft building skills and adding splashes of colour to the garden at the wild art sessions.

For full details of what's on, please visit our event page.

Free explorer pack

A voucher for a summer explorer pack is available to download now. The pack can be collected from the shop when you visit and is filled with lots of great things to keep young explorers entertained for a whole afternoon. Explorer Pack Voucher (PDF / 1.7216796875MB) download

History is waiting to be discovered
Young boy taking a closer look at numbers carved into a stone pillar
History is waiting to be discovered

A home full of history

This old house has lots of stories to tell. Between 1 – 13 August we're exploring the traditional celebration of Lammas with a banquet of delights laid out in the Great Hall and tiny bread mice to find. 

We're excited that local, award-winning baker Mike Armstrong, will be joining us for talks and bread-making demonstrations on 1 August with meet the baker.

Every Wednesday and Sunday afternoon we'll be getting up close and personal to some of our favourite items in the collection, and if you’d like to take an exclusive walk around the house before we’re open to visitors, the opening up the house tour is for you. Booking is essential for this special tour.

Gardens bursting with colour

There are explosions of colour in every corner and aromatic scents rising up from the herb border at this time of year.  Touch, taste and smell the herbs – the refreshing scent of lemon balm is sure to awaken the senses.  Summer is the best time of year to take a stroll through the intimate gardens at East Riddlesden Hall.

Join one of the walks to find out more about the gardens and grounds.
Every Monday – Herb Border Walk
Every Tuesday – Greener Gardens Walk
14 August – Meadow Meander

East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire
East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire
East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire

Summer Evenings

This summer you can enjoy the great British tradition of outdoor theatre at its very best when you join us on 23 August for an evening performance of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. Performed by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s most popular outdoor touring Shakespeare company; this is a show not to be missed. This year the house, shop and tea-room will remain open until 7pm. Come along early and experience East Riddlesden Hall as never before; in the light of early evening. Tickets for this humorous comedy about separated family and mistaken identity are £14 for adults, £7 for under 18s and are available to book now.

Enjoy Shakespeare as it would have been with lots of traditional music and dance
Four Elizabethan costumed male performers on stage dancing
Enjoy Shakespeare as it would have been with lots of traditional music and dance