Summer holiday fun in the South West

There's lots to do during the summer holidays in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Check out the things you can get up to as a family in each county in the South West this summer.

Family play in the parkland at Trelissick, Cornwall

Summer holidays in Cornwall 

There are family walks, open spaces for picnics and play, as well as great beaches in Cornwall. Take your pick for your family’s summer adventure. Antony, Cotehele, Glendurgan Garden, Godolphin, Lanhydrock, St Michael's Mount, Trelissick, Trerice and Trengwainton Garden are all open for summertime fun: please book ahead of your visit.

Girls running through a field of yellow flowers at Knightshayes

Summer holiday days out in Devon 

From rock pooling on beautiful beaches to finding the perfect picnic spots and exploring colourful gardens, there's plenty to keep the family busy during the school holidays this summer. A la Ronde, Arlington Court, Buckland Abbey, Castle Drogo, Coleton Fishacre, Greenway, Killerton, Knightshayes, Lydford Gorge, Overbeck's and Saltram are all open: please book ahead of your visit.

Summer family wildlife spotting

Summer family fun in Dorset 

Dorset has everything from glorious coast to an ancient castle and an Italian inspired palace. Don't forget, when planning a trip to Brownsea Island, Corfe Castle or Kingston Lacy you'll need to book ahead of your visit.

Snowshill Manor

Summer holidays in Gloucestershire 

Whether it is summer gardens full of flowers, cool spots to picnic or walks, Gloucestershire had lots to offer just now. Remember to book ahead if you're planning a visit to Dyrham Park, Hidcote, Newark Park, Snowshill, Westbury Court Garden and Chedworth Roman Villa.

Summer strolling through the River Garden at Dunster Castle

Summer holidays in Somerset 

Somerset is full of possibilities for summer fun, with walks, picnics gardens to explore with the family. If you're planning a visit to Barrington Court, Dunster Castle, Lytes Cary Manor, Prior Park Landscape Garden, Montacute or Tyntesfield, you'll need to book ahead.

A family walk by Stourhead's lake

Summer fun in Wiltshire 

Looking for something to do with the family during the summer holidays? There's all sorts to do at places around Wiltshire, from picnicking in glorious gardens to setting off on a family adventure walk. Don't forget, when planning a trip to Avebury, Great Chalfield Manor, Lacock, The Courts Garden or Stourhead, you'll need to book ahead of your visit.

Family activities for outdoor adventures 

We've got lots of fun activities to try on your next family adventure. Discover wildlife at the places in our care using our handy spotter guides or have a go at activities inspired by the colours and sounds of nature.

Places to visit in the South West 

Find out which other places in the South West are open by county, and how to book to visit.

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

We’ve opened more than 135 gardens and parks in England, Wales and Northern Ireland through advanced booking. Tickets are released on Friday for the following week. More than 200 coast and countryside car parks are open across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Read this article to find out what's open and what to expect from your visit.