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

The Explorer's Guide to Lacock

Sat 23 Feb 2019
11:00-16:00
The Lacock Abbey grounds are perfect for exploring all year round, with streams, gargoyles and botanic gardens all waiting to be found. What will you discover?

Spring flowers at Lacock Abbey

Sat 23 Feb 2019
11:00-16:30
With the appearance of snowdrops, crocuses and the sounds of birds shrilling through the crisp air, escape for a winter walk around the grounds at Lacock.

Photography exhibition at the Fox Talbot Museum by John Paul Evans

Sat 23 Mar 2019
10:30-17:00
These metaphoric photo series examine various points of view regarding gay marriage — with the pictures of ‘otherness’ fluctuating between the poignant, the comic, and a potentially disturbing presence in the domestic space.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Mon 08 Apr 2019
11:00-16:00
Bring the whole family together for fun and nature-filled discoveries as you spot the first signs of spring at Lacock. Follow the clues to finish your adventure with a delicious, chocolatey treat.

Healing Herbs in the Botanic Garden

Sat 20 Apr 2019
10:30-17:30
The Botanic Garden in Lacock's grounds will be bringing back the Healing Herbs border from last year due to popular demand.

Channel of peace

Sat 04 May 2019
10:30-17:30
The second in a series of artistic responses to the art commission 'Peace' at Lacock. Inspired by the place's history of sanctuary, contemplation and reflection, the artists will create a reflective experience.