This month at East Riddlesden Hall

Family sat on grass enjoying a picnic

Get your summer holiday off to a great start with a visit to East Riddlesden Hall. There are plenty of things to keep the whole family entertained and lots of hidden areas to discover. See how many 50 things to do before you're 11¾ activities you can tick off your list.

School’s out and we’ve got lots of things keep the whole family entertained this summer. You can make mud pies, build a den, weave with natural materials and play traditional games on the lawn. We’ll also be selling mini bug and bird houses in the shop that can be decorated in the craft room.

If you're thinking of visiting us this summer, here are some things that you might not want to miss:

Butter in the barn

Every alternate Sunday from 12 August, 2-3pm

Do you know how butter was traditionally made? How long did it take? How was it stored? Uncover the history of butter making at one of these drop-in sessions. Race against your familiy to see who can make butter the fastest? £2 per participating person.

Gingerbread making

Every Tuesday from 31 July - 28 August, 11.30am and 2pm

Experience tastes and smells of the past at these 30 minute gingerbread making sessions. Our costumed volunteer will be making gingerbread the traditional way. Smell the spices and taste the finished product - how does it compare to today's gingerbread? £1 per person.

Bread in the barn 

Wednesday 1 August, 11am, 1pm and 3pm

It's Yorkshire Day, and we're celebrating with something very special this year. Local, award winning baker Mike will join us to share the secrets of perfect bread-making. You can get hands on and make your own tasty dough to bake at home. A banquet of bread will be laid out inside the house in celebration of the annual wheat harvet - Lammas. Come along to discover what delights await and find out more about this traditional 'loaf-mass' festival. Tickets available from the shop on arrival, £2 per person.

What a fine selection of Lammas bread.
Lammas bread laid out on a large table by a stone fireplace.
What a fine selection of Lammas bread.

Making bug houses  

Every Tuesday and Saturday between 24 July and 4 August, 1-3pm

Every bug needs a home - wriggly, tickly and even slimy ones. Can you help us to make the best bug house ever? You can join our volunteer at these drop-in sessions and put your building skills to good use. Don't forget to tick off the activity in your 50 Things to do before you're 11¾ scrapbook.

Making mini rafts 

Every Tuesday and Saturday between 7 and 18 August, 1-3pm

How are your raft building skills? Come along and test them out at these mini raft making sessions. We'll be using natural materials found in the garden then sailing the rafts on the duck pond - will yours sink or sail?

Will your rafts sink or sail on the East Riddlesden Hall duck pond?
A close up of hands adding flowers to a mini raft made with sticks
Will your rafts sink or sail on the East Riddlesden Hall duck pond?

Den building

Every Tuesday and Saturday between 21 August and 1 September, 1-3pm

We'll be learning how to build the best den ever. Join our volunteers and get ready to put your construction skills to the test. Drop in anytime between 1-3pm.

The Lord Chamberlain's actors in masks

Outdoor theatre - The Tempest

Enjoy the great British tradition of outdoor theatre at its very best when you join us on 22 August for an evening performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

General admission prices apply - free entry for National Trust members and under 5s.

Upcoming events

Gingerbread making

Tue 21 Aug 2018
11:30-12:00
Experience tastes and smells of the past at these gingerbread making sessions.

Cook on a campfire - 50 things to do before you're 11¾ *Cancelled*

Tue 21 Aug 2018
13:00-14:00
Learn how to cook up a tasty meal on our campfire.

Den building - 50 things to do before you're 11¾

Tue 21 Aug 2018
13:00-15:00
Keep boredom at bay this summer and help us to make the best den ever.

Summer Outdoor Theatre - The Tempest

Wed 22 Aug 2018
19:30-21:00
This summer you can enjoy the great British tradition of outdoor theatre at its very best when you join us for an evening performance of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Butter-making in the barn

Sun 26 Aug 2018
14:00-15:00
Do you know how butter was traditionally made? How long did it take? How was it stored? Uncover the history of butter-making at one of these drop-in sessions.

Natural fabric dyeing

Sun 02 Sep 2018
13:00-15:00
Red, yellow, pink, and green....there's a rainbow of colours waiting to be discovered in the garden.