Get creative this summer

Get creative this summer

There's plenty to do at Lyme this summer. Start on your 50 Things journey around the parkland, discover Lyme's landscape in the house, express yourself in the creative play space or join free family workshops.

Top ten things to do this Summer


Looking for inspiration for what to do with the kids? Here’s a mix of our favourite outdoor and rainy day family activities to do at Lyme this summer. There's plenty more to explore and find,

  • 1) Get to know a tree - explore the woodland and find your favourite tree. Listen for birds or squirrels who may be hiding or making their home and look close tiny cracks where minibeasts hide
  • 2) Explore Crow Wood Playscape – run, slide, and climb in Crow Wood Playscape then cool off with an ice cream in the Timber Yard
  • 3) Watch a bird – birds flock from thousands of miles each Summer to nest at Lyme. Keep an eye on the birdfeeders out in the garden, and find out which birds make their homes here or walk up on the moor to see Skylarks swooping high in the sky.
  • 4) Play in the Nursery Bedroom – imagine what it would have been like for the little Leghs who lived at Lyme and play with traditional toys. Line up toy soldiers or challenge eachother to play cup-and-ball.
  • 5) Climb a huge hill - Go for a walk up Cage Hill - what can you see from the top?
  • 6) Dress up - Head to the Dressing Room for outfits for all ages. The Dressing Room is run by volunteers and is open most days, but we cannot guarantee it is staffed so please call ahead if coming specifically.
  • 7) Pick up activities from the Timber Yard Shop - Collect a free activity sheet from the Timber Yard Shop.
  • 8) Spot the symbols in the house – the ram’s head and severed arm holding a flag represent crucial parts of Lyme’s history. You’ll find them in carvings, on ceilings and on books. How many can you spot?
  • 9) Create some wild art – Get creative in the garden play space. When it comes to creating wild art, the only limit is your imagination. What will you use, and how?
  • 10) Discover what's in a pond - It may look green and grim, but murky pond water is full of life. Scoop some out into a tub and check out what lives beneath the surface.

Completed our top ten? Now try 50 Things before you’re 11 3/4. Pop in to the Ticket office in the house courtyard and get some suggestions on where to start on your 50 Things journey around Lyme and collect your checklist with stickers.

Preloved bookshop

From picture books to young adult fiction, choose your next story from our selection of donated preloved books and help us care for Lyme. While you’re here why not drop in your unwanted books for other children to cherish?

Find your next book to cherish
Find your next book to cherish
Find your next book to cherish

Get creative this summer 23 July - 4 September

Get creative in the garden

For centuries Lyme has been an inspiration from paintings and landscape photography to family portraits and selfies. Get inspired by the landscape and take part in hands on activities in the creative play space on the west terrace.

Framing Lyme's landscape 

Over the past six centuries, the Leghs transformed Lyme from a rugged medieval hunting ground into a designed landscape of follies and views. Pick your pencils and a free activity sheet to explore the house for depictions of Lyme through the ages and spot how the landscape has changed in the garden. Pick your favourite to photograph or sketch. Don’t forget to share your creations using #NTLyme.

Why not buy an 'Get Creative' summer activity pack £2 the ticket office to sketch and draw with?

Facilities at Lyme

We have high chairs available at each of our food outlets, and babychanging facilities at the House and the Timber Yard. For little ones heading into the house, we have front-carrying baby slings or hip-carrying infant seats available to borrow, with secure buggy storage in the courtyard for a £1 refundable deposit, as well as free lockers to store all those essential items! We also have a private baby feeding room adjacent to the toilets at the house. 

It's a long walk across Lyme, especially if you're arriving at the entrance via public transport, so check if our our free shuttle bus is running to drive you between the admissions hut, house and main car park area, plus, our electric shuttle buggy is also on hand for shorter trips.

Plan your day out at Lyme