Summer family fun at Nostell

A family playing on the vista at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire

Whether you've mini makers ready to get creative or outdoor adventurers looking to explore (or a little bit of both!), we've lots to fill your holidays at Nostell.

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Come and play at Nostell these summer holidays! With something new to try every weekday, 11am – 3pm, there’s plenty to get stuck into this holiday. 
Activities run from Monday 23 July to Friday 31 August and are in daily themes. Check out all the fun you can get up to every day of the week during school holidays.

Messy Play Mondays

Monday is definitely bath night! These days are all about muck, mud and mess so old clothes are a good idea. We’ve mud art and water play to get stuck into and don’t miss the mud café where we’ll be making smelly cocktails! 

Outdoorsy Tuesdays

Have you ever built a bug hotel or a hedgehog shelter? Help look after the wildlife on your doorstep. Come along to learn how to encourage more bees, bugs, frogs and hedgehogs to start calling your garden home. Develop your bush craft skills and have fun building a shelter, or get messy doing some leaf art.

Active Wednesdays

Bring your bike to have a go at some cycle skills and join a guided ride with Wakefield District Cycle Forum – they’ve got some to borrow too. Learn top tips for maintaining your bike and don’t miss those bike-only woodland trails! Don’t forget to pick up your summer of sports challenge card at reception and get each activity stamped through the holidays.

Crafty Thursdays and Fridays - Dovetail, Biscuit, Splat

From designing the highest quality furniture, to sourcing the latest fashions in wallpaper, textiles and fittings, Thoms Chippendale created a world of interiors for Nostell. Roll up your sleeves and try out different materials, tools and techniques to discover the designer within you.
This summer we are having fun with marbling paper and using it in a variety of creative pursuits.

Craft your own creations at Nostell's family workshops
Family crafting at Nostell
Craft your own creations at Nostell's family workshops

Summer of Sport from Thursdays to Saturdays

This summer we're getting active with sports and games on the vista. Come along with the entire family to try your hand at badminton, test your cricket skills or figure out who's the lawn bowling champion in your family. There are plenty of activities to keep every family member entertained. We provide the bats, balls, hoops and loops, you bring the enthusiasm.

Top tip for tots!

Got littlies that need a break from the big kids? Don't miss Nostell Nestlings especially for under 5s on Wednesdays 1 and 15 August, 10.30 - 11.30am.

Bring your tots for songs, stories and mini adventures every fortnight
Mum and toddler reading a book
Bring your tots for songs, stories and mini adventures every fortnight

Make your own adventures, any day you visit:

  • Build a den in Joiner’s Wood
  • Go orienteering in the parkland
  • Download the geocaching app and go on a digital treasure hunt. We have over 20 geocaches waiting to be found.
  • Pick up a wildlife trail and explore the gardens
  • Follow the family trail in the house (Wednesday-Sunday)
  • Explore the parkland on two wheels, including two bike-only woodland trails
Wind around sweeping bends on the green trail
A family on the green cycle trail at Nostell
Wind around sweeping bends on the green trail

Adventure playground

Swing by the adventure playground on your visit; we've everything from wobble dishes and totter beams to spring horses, sound rollers and wooden playhouses. The zip wire is a whopping 30 metres long!

Dare to whizz along the zipwire!
A mother and daughter enjoying a turn on the zipwire
Dare to whizz along the zipwire!