Family-friendly things to do at Lacock

Family visitors in the Cloisters at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

There are lots of things at Lacock for families to enjoy all year round. But with a busy programme of activities from crafts to orienteering to the magic of live theatre, you can make 2022 a summer to remember. It’s time to come out and play.

Craft activities

Throughout the summer holidays there’ll be a programme of free craft activities, changing every week – why not come back every week and try out a different craft? From making a mobile to creating your own camera obscura, join us in the marquee in the Botanic Garden between 11am-3pm every Tuesday and Thursday from 26 July-1 September to make your own mini masterpieces to take home.

Come out and play

Enjoy the outdoors at Lacock Abbey this summer. From 25 July to 4 September, see how many of our active challenges you can try by picking up a free leaflet from visitor reception and finding your way around the garden. Free activities (admission applies), no booking necessary.

Outdoor theatre: Peter Pan

For a special treat for all the family, join theatre company Illyria for a brand new adaptation of children’s classic Peter Pan, by JM Barrie. Is the magical Neverland as idyllic as it seems – or will Captain Hook and his pirates kill Peter and rule over it themselves? Pack a picnic and a rug, and prepare to be whisked away to another land at Lacock Abbey on 9 August. Book your tickets.

Family fun all year round

We have different games, trails and events throughout the year. Many are free, though normal admission charges apply. You’ll find other great ideas for family activities here and for days out at other National Trust places locally here.

Family-friendly checklist

  • Children under 5 go free
  • Pushchairs admitted in the grounds, but not in the Abbey or Cloister.
  • Children's scooters and bikes (including self-propelled or balance bikes) are not permitted.
  • Dogs not permitted between 1 April-31 August (except assistance dogs)
Lacock Abbey will inspire your creativity
A little girl looking at the photograph she has taken
Lacock Abbey will inspire your creativity

 Pit-stops

  • Baby-changing facilities in access-friendly toilets in the courtyard at the Abbey, and in the Red Lion car park toilets
  • Children's menu available in the Stables Cafe, including a pick’n’mix lunch box and ice creams (suitable for adults too!)
  • Picnics are allowed in the grounds (we particularly love the orchard as a place to spread out a rug), and there are picnic benches in the Pound by the play area in the village
Have a great day out with the family at Lacock Abbey
A family on the South Lawn at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire
Have a great day out with the family at Lacock Abbey

Exploring the village

Lacock is a beautiful village with plenty to see and do (how many locations will you recognise from the Harry Potter films?). You might want to marvel at the majesty of the Tithe Barn, or paddle in Bide Brook, or just head over to the children's play area in village playing field, which is perfect for ball games.

There's a range of great village shops, including a National Trust shop in the High Street where there are family gifts and pocket-money toys available to take home and treasure.

If you’ve got the energy to stretch your legs a bit further, explore the countryside around and see the Abbey from a different angle on one of our easy walks.

Still got energy to burn?

Lacock Abbey is also a great place to tick off some of the National Trust's '50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾'. Start your journey with No. 33 Go cloud watching – the South Lawn is a great spot to enjoy.

Check out the link to find the full list of 50 things and see what else is waiting for your imagination .

Can’t make it to Lacock yet?

We’re not going anywhere – we’ll be waiting for you whenever you can get here. But if you can’t visit us at the moment, we’ve got plenty of ideas for things to do at home

Climb a tree

Join us for 50 things fun 

From climbing trees to jumping over waves, get out in the fresh air and try our 50 awesome adventures.