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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Upcoming events

February half-term

Sat 10 Feb 2018
Pull on your wellies, wrap up warm and join us this February half-term. We've got willow planting and gingerbread making as well as an exciting new family trail and seasonal crafts.

Gin Festival

Sat 10 Feb 2018
There's no need to stay indoors this February. Round up your friends and come along to the Airedale Barn's first ever Gin Festival.

February half-term willow weaving

Mon 12 Feb 2018
We won't need snow this February to build an igloo but when you roll up your sleeves and join our outdoor team with willow planting this half-term you'll be helping to create something even more special.

Mother's Day - flower planting

Sun 11 Mar 2018
Flowers are the perfect way to say 'I love you', and what better way to celebrate Mother's Day than planting flowers together and watching them grow and flourish.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 30 Mar 2018
Join us over the Easter weekend for the popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. This year you'll be following a nature trail and searching high and low for clues in the garden.

Easter traditions

Fri 30 Mar 2018
Have you ever wassailed an apple tree? Join us to learn more about this traditional celebration of prosperity.