Summer at Kedleston Hall

Promotional image for Kedleston's summer in the stables

Whether you are looking for a relaxed day out or something more adventurous, there are plenty of things to see and do at Kedleston this summer.

Summer play

There are plenty of options for spending time outdoors as a family this summer holiday. Why not bring a picnic and make the most of the good weather? Here are some ideas for how to spend an afternoon at Kedleston.

Orienteering is a fun way to explore the parkland as a family. Using a specially designed map, you'll be finding your way to marked points in the landscape, at whatever pace you choose. Along the way you could spot birds on the lake, wildflowers and butterflies in the woodland areas and ofcourse the sheep and cattle.

Explore Kedleston's Wilderness
a view of the wilder side of kedleston, the wilderness walk
Explore Kedleston's Wilderness


Get creative and join us for crafty sessions in the garden to make your own magical wings and wands to take home with you. Full details available on the events page.

In the stableyard there is a mini stables waiting for you, with hobby horses and games available daily until 1st September. Inside the stables, there is dressing up fo all ages aswell as a chance to discover more about how the stables were used in the 18th century.

Horses no longer reside in Kedleston's stables but you might spot this friendly fellow on your visit
Woven willow horse head in the stables at Kedleston Hall
Horses no longer reside in Kedleston's stables but you might spot this friendly fellow on your visit

As part of the project to reawaken the garden, the new wildflower beds are providing a carpet of colour this month, as well as attracting lots of bees and butterflies. You can find out more about the project in the loggia building as you stroll around the garden. Look out for the gardeners and volunteers who will be happy to answer any questions you have about the garden.

Outdoor theatre is a summer highlight at Kedleston, and this August The Lord Chamberlain's Men will perform in the parkland, with a stunning backdrop. Bring a picnic, friends and family, and enjoy a classic Shakespeare comedy outdoors.