Summer of sports

From cycling to canoeing, archery to badminton, many of our places will be offering families the chance to get outside and get active during the summer holidays. As well as helping your family stay healthy, you’ll also be helping us look after these amazing places for everyone to enjoy.

Fun family activity days

Spend a whole day at one of our family activity days and experience a real mixture of fun outdoor activities. You can try your hand at everything from more traditional sports to welly wanging and tug of war. Participating places are:

  • Attingham
  • Avebury
  • Clumber Park
  • Gibside
  • Godolphin
  • Longshaw 
  • Lyme 
  • Nostell
  • Ormesby Hall
  • Osterley Park
  • Penrose 
  • River Wey Navigations 
  • Rufford Old Hall 
  • Saltram
  • Souter Lighthouse & The Leas
  • Speke Hall
  • Studland 
  • Tin Coast
  • Trelissick
  • Trengwainton 
  • Trerice
  • Wimpole
  • Wray Castle

Please check exact dates and timings with the individual places.

Welly wanging
Father and daughter throwing wellies
Welly wanging

On your bike

Why not explore one of our places by bike? With many family friendly cycle trails on site, it’s a great way to see the landscape and reward yourselves with a slice of cake afterwards.  Along with our well established trails at Lanydrock, we’ve also recently installed new trails at Nostell, Saltram and Osterley. If you’d like a longer route, try the lovely linking paths to Wray Castle in the Lake District or a thrilling ride on the Long Mynd. Many of our places are also offering cycle sessions over the holidays.  

Cycling in the Lake District


From our best routes for little legs and days out for the whole family to mountain biking and longer rides, we have the perfect cycling adventure for you.

Making waves

If you’re heading to the sea this summer, you can try a variety of family friendly watersports at many of the coastal places we look after. Studland Beach is always popular for paddle-boarding but did you know you can also try this at Osterley Park too? If you’d prefer to paddle while sitting down, you can discover the coast by kayak with regular events at Lizard Point, Trelissick, Yorkshire Coast, and Salcombe. Peaceful inland kayaking can be found at Attingham and Fell Foot.

Visitors kayaking on the sea past the Old Harry Rocks, Purbeck Countryside, Dorset


Explore rocky inlets in a sea kayak and get a different view of a beach. Or embrace the elements with a bit of windsurfing or coasteering. Find out about watersports at some of the beaches, estuaries and sea lochs we look after.

Put your best foot forward

Families that run together have fun together and we have runs for families of all ages to blow away the cobwebs, get some exercise, catch the summer sun and take in the spectacular scenery and wildlife. How about a morning run through the clifftop gardens of a 1920s villa or testing your fitness in the grounds of a medieval castle? There are plenty of trail routes that you can either walk or run. 

Fun runners running through an avenue of trees


We've got acres of wide-open spaces and plenty of places ready to welcome you and your running shoes. If you like a challenge, try our free Trust10 trail runs or join a parkrun for family fun.

Try your hand at archery

Archery is something all the family can take part in and enjoy together in some truly historical surroundings.  Many of our places hosting the family activity days will also have archery available.

Try archery at Rufford Old Hall
Girl enjoying archery
Try archery at Rufford Old Hall