Traditional summer fun

Girl on slide in play area

When the summer sun is shining there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had. Take a step back, turn off electronic gadgets and enjoy the simple pleasure of building a den.

Find a quiet spot to build your den.
Find a quiet spot to build your den.
Find a quiet spot to build your den.

Under the canopy of trees in the Discovery Garden select the perfect sticks and set to work and build your own place to hide.  Mud pies are on the menu for lunch, which can be served in the seclusion of the hobbit house. Our shy fairy occasionally will come out of her front door, hidden at the bottom of a tree to taste the delicious delicacies that are cooked up daily.

What earthy delights will you cook up today, in our Mud Pie Kitchen?
East Riddlesden Hall's Hobbit House and Mud Kitchen
What earthy delights will you cook up today, in our Mud Pie Kitchen?

All around the birds sing their songs to melodies only they know.  The bird hide offers the perfect quiet spot to sit and watch our feathered friends busy at work.  This wonderful game of eye spy gives you the opportunity to see which seasonal beauties are greedily feeding today.  There are more birds to be spotted in the meadows, Sandmartins fly wildly in groups and nest in the banks of the river, which at this time of year is flowing lazily by.

Let the paths take you through our gardens this Summer.
Blosom and a grass path leading to a tree.
Let the paths take you through our gardens this Summer.

The secret steps will take you to meadows that hold the feel of traditional British summertime.  Find your way to the centre of the maze and see what message is hiding in the middle. Wander to the river bank, kick off your shoes and socks, paddle in the cool water and try your hand at stone skimming.

Can you find the message in the middle of the Maze today?
Meadow and Circular Maze
Can you find the message in the middle of the Maze today?

A wander over the wooden bridge will take you to the most environmentally friendly hotel around; ‘Pestweston’ welcomes bugs of all shapes and sizes to make a safe habitat.

Come and find out who's checked in to the Pest Western today?
PestWestern East Riddlesden's Bug Hotel
Come and find out who's checked in to the Pest Western today?

Roll over logs and see what is hiding beneath.  Long grass and wild flowers lead the way to the barn owl house – can you spot this wonderful home high in a tree?  Walk further still and enjoy a picnic at the far reaches of the meadows with nothing but the hum of the birds and bees.

Hunt for wildlife and discover scary mini beasts in the gardens
Girl with magnifying glass looking for wildlife
Hunt for wildlife and discover scary mini beasts in the gardens

Inside the house more adventures are to be had.  The Revolting Remedies trail is enough to turn even the most hardened stomachs.  From woodlice to spiders webs, discover what aliments these were used to cure in days gone by.  If you have ever wondered what children wore before shorts and t-shirts, this is your perfect chance, open the lid of the dressing up box and wear clothing from a by gone era.  Be warned, if you look the part we might set you to work cleaning out the fireplace...    

There is plenty to do in every corner of the property, autumn will bring new colours and new adventures - bring those wellies.

Explore the changing colours in any season
Girl holding a red Sycamore leaf
Explore the changing colours in any season

Upcoming events

The wonderful world of herbs

Mon 23 Jul 2018
13:00-14:00
Discover more about the amazing properties of herbs and how they're used in daily life.

Make a home for a bug - 50 things to do before you're 11¾

Tue 24 Jul 2018
13:00-15:00
Keep boredom at bay this summer and help us to make a home for bugs.

Meet the gardener

Tue 24 Jul 2018
14:30-15:30
Take a stroll with our head gardener and learn about the organic gardening principles that we use to keep the gardens looking at their best.

Butter-making in the barn

Sun 29 Jul 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.

Gingerbread making

Tue 31 Jul 2018
11:30-12:00
Experience tastes and smells of the past at these gingerbread making sessions.

Bread in the barn

Wed 01 Aug 2018
11:00-11:45
It's Yorkshire Day, and we're celebrating with something very special this year.