Summer fun & freedom

The view across the East Court and beyond to the parkland

The bees are buzzing, the gardens are in full flower and the sun is shining on the golden ham stone, which all means one thing, that summer has now at last arrived.

There is acres of room to enjoy the freeoms of summer at Montacute House and there is plenty to get involved with.

In the orchard, arrows are flying high with the Tudor archers.  You can get a feel of past times by viewing and handling replicas of amour and weapons, and then you can have a go shooting arrows yourself (£2 for six arrows).  The difference between Peascods and Sellengers will be explained during historical dance sessions on the North Terrace and a Tudor collage is being created in the Stables.

For those particularly active amongst you, parkrun takes place every Saturday morning at 9am.  The Courtyard Cafe is open early so that runners can reward themselves, without fear of guilt, with a bacon roll afterwards.

There are gentler summer enjoyments to be had as well; strolling through the formal gardens, picnicing on the lawns or relaxing on a tucked away bench in the sunshine. And if it gets too hot, you can always escape into the cool of the house for an explore.