Erddig, summer fun for families

Child walking on natural obstacle course with a little help from mum

Whether you're looking for wild adventures or something a little more relaxing, there's something for all the family at Erddig.

Throughout the holidays there’s something new to discover.

The summer fun kicks off on Mondays with campfire cooking helping young explorers tick off more of their 50 Things to do list.

On Wednesdays, join our volunteers for a gentle game of croquet. Don't worry if you don't know the rules, they'll be on hand to guide you and your family around the course.

Relax with your family in Erddig's walled garden
Dad with child holding hands strolling past conical topiary on a sunny day

Thursdays are ranger days with exciting activities to keep all the family entertained, 11am to 3pm. There's also tree climbing on the 27 July (additional charge).

Whichever day you visit, it’s always worth a visit to the stables. We might be horsing around, with hands-on activities to try or our long-eared friends Lofty and Tambo might have popped in to say hello.

Meet our adopted donkeys Lofty and Tambo
Adopted donkeys Lofty and Tambo meeting visitors in the Midden Yard at Erddig

Fridays will be full of stories with award-winning storyteller Jake Evans joining us.

Weekends are for relaxing right? It’s up to you, join our Parkrun on Saturday morning at 9am and beginner running group at 10am or relax into the evening sunshine with Saturday Lates music in the garden. Little ones can dance on the lawn or head to Wolf’s Den to let off steam.

Let off steam in Wolf's Den natural play area
A child balancing on the bouncing birch in Wolf's Den play area

Spot the teddies in the house, now it’s summer, they’re having a picnic! Teddy spotting is a great way to keep younger children entertained whilst grown-ups take in the history of the house.


Wolf's Den natural play area spans nearly two acres of wild play space with den building, rope swings, balancing beams and a host of other natural play equipment built entirely from resources found on the 1,200-acre estate.

Enjoy a sense of achievement on an Erddig tree climb
A group of children ready to climb a tree

How long has it been since you've climbed a tree?

Check out the list of 50 Things to do before you’re 11¾ and find fun adventures you can tick off by getting outdoors. We want to help kids and families reconnect with nature by getting messy making mud pies, hunting for bugs and camping out in the wild.

We’ve teamed up with the Great Big Tree Climbing Company to take young adventurers to new heights and tick off another of our 50 Things to do before 11 ¾. Visitors can climb higher than ever before and see Erddig from a different perspective. Tickets are £18.50 per session and suitable for children aged 6 years upwards. Book here or call 0344 249 1895.

Get started today and sign up for the 50 Things challenge. You can do nearly half of the 50 Things to do list at Erddig. Download Erddig and Chirk 50 Things checklist (PDF / 2.37890625MB) download  here.

Viisit Erddig and learn about life below stairs
Family enjoying unique collection of servants' portraits and poems at Erddig

Discover real life below stairs

Older children might enjoy learning about the grim reality of servant life, from emptying chamber pots to 14 hour days and the nursery is always worth a visit to see how much toys have changed over time.