Summer holiday crafts at Lacock

Summer crafts in Lacock's Botanic Garden

Summer holiday activities in our colourful Botanic Garden lets little explorers make the most of every second of sunshine, putting energy in creating watercolour and sun print masterpieces. These summer holiday activities are free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

Plan ahead with our handy guide to each of the six weeks of the holiday crafts at Lacock Abbey. 

Sun catchers and sundials - 23-27 July

Our first week’s activities involve celebrating the summer sunshine through sun catchers and sundials. At Lacock we have a sundial on south east terrace of the Abbey. Explore the science of the sun and make your own sundial.

Family Crest - 30 July-3 August

This week we are decorating shields, our Great Hall has lots of individual shields on the ceiling and each one is for a different family. Join us to make your own.

Watercolour week - 6-10 August

A faithful Lacock favourite, we are inviting you to join us for a whole week of watercolour painting, in honour of the Talbot family who produced over 600 paintings during their time at Lacock Abbey. Take a clip-board and a piece of paper and head out in the grounds and gardens to draw a picture to then paint with watercolours back in the Botanic Garden activity tent. Let’s make a masterpiece!

Child with clipboard in the garden
Child with clipboard in the garden
Child with clipboard in the garden

Photography - 13-17 August

This is a take-over week from the staff and volunteers working with the Fenton photographic collection at the Fox Talbot Museum, with an activity to do with the invention of photography. On his honeymoon in Italy, and frustrated with not being able to draw what he saw, Fox Talbot wanted to find a different way of recording images. This week we will be creating photographic prints without a camera, creating Cyanotype pictures, printed directly onto paper by the sun.

***UPDATE***

This activity can not be pre-booked but there will be a waiting list set up in the craft tent on each morning throughout the week. There are limited spaces so please do pop in early to guarantee your place on this activity.   

Medieval Lacock - 20-24 August

Join us in Lacock's beautiful Botanic Garden for a week of family craft activities. This week we will be making stained glass windows, inspired by the windows in the stone gallery of the abbey which were installed to revive the medieval spirit of the nunnery.

Healing herbs gardening crafts - 27-31 August

Our current summer trail is all about healing herbs, and through this last week of craft activities, families will get the opportunity to grow their own and even make a little gift out of them. Budding mini-gardeners will get the opportunity to make seed bombs, herb pots, and decorated fabric herb sachets.

Children doing a gardening activity
Children doing a gardening activity
Children doing a gardening activity

Alongside the activities in the craft tent, there are also outdoor games to enjoy around the Botanic Garden. There is also the Healing Herbs family trail, which is all about how the nuns of Lacock grew their own medicinal herbs 800 years ago.

Upcoming events

Summer holiday family crafts - medieval Lacock

Mon 20 Aug 2018
10:30-16:00
Join us in Lacock's beautiful Botanic Garden for a week of family craft activities. This week we will be making stained glass windows.

A photography exhibition by Karen Knorr

Mon 20 Aug 2018
10:30-17:00
The photographic work of Karen Knorr is our second exhibition in the 2018 Women and Power celebration. Her work arises out of cultural research she undertakes and is in response to traditions, materials, furniture and ways of living.

Healing herbs family trail

Mon 20 Aug 2018
10:30-17:30
800 years ago, the nuns of Lacock Abbey couldn't just pop down the doctors to buy their medicine, so they grew their own. Find out more on our fun family trail.

Summer holiday family crafts - healing herbs

Mon 27 Aug 2018
10:30-16:00
Join us in Lacock's beautiful Botanic Garden for a week of family craft activities. This week in honour of our current summer trail about healing herbs, families will get the opportunity to grow their own and even make a little gift out of them.

Chapterhouse Theatre present Alice's adventures in Wonderland

Thu 30 Aug 2018
19:00-21:00
Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as they present the classic tale of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in front of Lacock Abbey

Magic themed family trail

Sat 08 Sep 2018
10:30-17:00
Lacock has hosted many film crews who captured the magic of this place. Join us this Autumn and enjoy our magic themed trail around the grounds and the cloister where very famous witches and wizards once walked.