Dovetail, Biscuit, Splat! Family craft sessions

Imaginations young and old are alive with mystical mirrors and mythical creatures as our mysteriously named craft sessions return with a fantastical twist.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Budding little crafters and aspiring artists are set to be inspired by stunning pieces like our magical Pier Glass mirror and fabulous flock of Ho-Ho birds.

Get stuck in with watercolour or make your own kaleidoscope (session alternate each week).


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges


Gift Aid Standard
Adult £12.80 £11.60
Child £6.40 £5.80
Family £32.00 £29.00
Family 1 adult £19.15 £17.40
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £7.70 £7.00
Child £3.85 £3.50
Family £19.25 £17.50
Family 1 adult £11.55 £10.50

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Peak ticket applies 2 March - 3 November, Wednesday - Sunday (plus Bank Holiday Mondays); and 7 - 22 December, Saturday and Sunday.

Off-peak ticket applies every day 1 January - 1 March, 4 November - 6 December and 23 - 31 December; also, Mondays (excluding Bank Holidays) and Tuesdays 2 March - 3 November.

Parking is free for National Trust members. If you're not a member the following parking charges apply:

Between 2 March and 3 November:

£7 all day, £4 after 3pm, £2 after 5pm. Coaches £10.

Between 1 January - 1 March and 4 November - 31 December: £4

Access to the Parkland is free all year round.


The basics

All ages are welcome
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Drop into the house workshop and please remember to bring along your admission ticket. National Trust members are free.
What to bring and wear
Craft fun can occasionally create a little mess along with wondrous works of art, so please wear clothes that are fine for budding artists and their tools.
All ages are welcome to get crafting each Thursday and Friday (with the same activity on both days, rotating each week) in our wonderful house workshop between 12noon and 3pm.
This event is free of charge although we really appreciate charity donations. It’s important to note that normal admission charges do still apply to the car park, house and gardens.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
22 August 2019 12:00 - 15:00 Available
23 August 2019 12:00 - 15:00 Available
29 August 2019 12:00 - 15:00 Available
30 August 2019 12:00 - 15:00 Available

Contact Info

Estate Office
Call 01924 863892

Upcoming events

Interior Worlds: Behind the Glass

Sat 17 Aug 2019
Join us as we celebrate “the Shakespeare of furniture”, Thomas Chippendale, and unravel the stories behind his ornate pier glass at the heart of the State Apartment.

Obelisk Marbling

Sat 17 Aug 2019
The spirit of Chippendale lives on! In partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield, we've commission contemporary artist Giles Round to explore Chippendale's legacy and the relationships between art, design and the domestic sphere.

Summer of sport

Sat 17 Aug 2019
Run, jump, laugh, play and have an absolute ball (or beanbag) on the vista as we lay on a summer sporting spectacular like no other.

Wakefield District Cycle Forum: Easy cycle ride

Sun 18 Aug 2019
Join ride leaders from Wakefield District Cycle Forum for a bike ride exploring the parkland and beyond.

Messy Play Mondays

Mon 19 Aug 2019
Mud pie and wild water anyone? Let young imaginations run wild during weekly messy play sessions: the more mess the better!

Wildlife Hero Days

Tue 20 Aug 2019
Are you a Nostell nature superstar ready to answer the call of the wild? Get stuck in a made your own outdoor creation to take home.