Summer holidays family fun at Ham House

Boy amongst flowers

There's loads for you to get a Taste of Summer at Ham House and Garden. Everyday 10am – 5pm 24 July to 3 September 2019

A Taste of Summer…. Children’s trail

We’re going on a picnic; what can you see, touch, taste, hear and smell? Use all your senses in this interactive sensory children’s trail suitable for all ages from toddlers to pre-teens. Find all the picnic baskets and challenge your senses at each one. Can you see like a bee, use your nose and make some music with plants! Collect the stamps and earn a prize.

Children’s trail £2 with prize, available from the shop.

Part of the picnic children's trail at Ham House and Garden
Part of the picnic children's trail at Ham House and Garden
Part of the picnic children's trail at Ham House and Garden

See how we recreate those wonderful tastes today in our kitchen garden and café. With produce grow right here in the gardens used in our café and available for you to take home with you from our shop.

The Grand Salad 

Follow the ingredients growing in our salad plot down to the historic kitchen where they will be transformed by our volunteers into the magnificent showpiece of the 17th century table- the Grand Salad.

A completed demonstration of the Grand Salad
A completed demonstration of the Grand Salad
A completed demonstration of the Grand Salad

Eat Your Flowers

A feast for all the senses, our edible flower plot will be blooming for you to pick and taste flowers throughout the summer. Have you tried a peppery nasturtium or a pretty petunia? Edible flowers may be all the rage in modern restaurants but they were fashionable in the 17th century too. It just shows that nothing is new, but it is all beautiful. Lookout for edible flowers in our salads and on our cakes in the Orangery Café too.

Find edible pansy flowers in our flower plot that you can pick and eat.
Pansy flowers are edible
Find edible pansy flowers in our flower plot that you can pick and eat.

A Grand Picnic – Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August

Have your own grand feast at Ham House! Enjoy a picnic on our lawns with a magnificent view. We welcome picnickers everyday of the year but on this special day we’ll be enjoying something grander, just like the spectacular summer parties the past owners of Ham House and Garden enjoyed. Family games, music and theatre will make this a wonderful weekend to spend together.

Theatre performances include Aesop's Fables, Persephone & The Pomegranate Seeds and A Tale of Robin Hood. Fireside folktales are pitching their beautiful bell tent within our wilderness garden. Maximum audience capacity is 45, so to avoid disappointment, please book in advance.

Fireside folktales performance