Nostell's Royal Garden Party

A family enjoying the sunshine in the garden

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday we’re throwing a party at Nostell in her honour. Come along and enjoy some traditional English country garden fun with vintage games, live music, trails, family crafts, quizzes and plenty of tea, cake and bunting!

Celebrate all day, 11am – 5pm

Try your hand at traditional games including hook-a-duck and hoopla and have a go at the table top games from guessing the vegetable weight to finding treasure on the map. Swot up on your royalty knowledge for the quiz and head to the family crafts table to make and decorate your own sparkly crown. Pick up a trail sheet to explore the house and gardens looking for Nostell’s royal connections and sing along to live music during the day from Crofton Silver Band and Ackworth Community Choir.

Competitions – don’t miss the parade at 3pm!

Royal fancy dress

Bring your little ones in their royal regalia and head to the West Lawn at 3pm for the procession. Your little treasures can show off the crowns they’ve made on the day and the best fancy dressed boy and girl will be crowned king and queen of the day.

Decorated cake competition

Bring your cake decorated in the most inventive royal theme for the chance to win an afternoon tea for two in the Courtyard Café. Your design could be red, white and blue, crown shaped, a cake corgi…let your imagination go wild! Drop your entry off at the cake table on the West Lawn on arrival, the winner will be announced after the 3pm parade. Remember to collect your culinary creation afterwards for the ultimate picnic pudding with your family. 

How many triangles of bunting do you think we can make?
Volunteers displaying bunting in the Top Hall at Nostell
How many triangles of bunting do you think we can make?

Knit for Nostell

We’re trying to make the longest line of bunting that Nostell has ever seen! If you’re a knitter, crafter or dab hand with a needle and thread, you can download the pattern and measurements from the following link to add your triangle to the line: Nostells Royal Garden Party Flier (PDF / 2.0537109375MB) download .

You can drop your triangle off at Nostell on your next visit, bring it on the day or join our weekly crafternoon club on Thursdays, 2 – 4pm to help out.

Willow weaving workshop

Learn the art of traditional willow weaving and create a corgi to take home with you! Suitable for beginners (over 15 years old), you’ll learn the techniques of this ancient craft from Leilah Vyner of local specialist Dragon Willow and also enjoy a cuppa and slice of cake from our café to keep the creative juices flowing. An ideal event for dog lovers; if you’re not a corgi fan, other breeds can be made too! £50, booking essential, book your place here.

Pack a picnic and relax in the gardens
Father and daughter having a picnic
Pack a picnic and relax in the gardens

Perfect picnics

Head to the Courtyard Café for seasonal goodies including sandwiches, soups, hot dishes, cakes and pick and mix kids meals. Nostell and Kinsley Women’s Institute will have a scrumptious selection of homemade cakes on offer and it wouldn’t be an English garden party without fresh strawberries – taste the best of Nostell’s crop at the ice cream cart. You’re welcome to bring your own picnic too, you’ll find plenty of pretty spots in the gardens for a lazy afternoon in the sun (hopefully!).

Admission charges

Normal admission charges apply to the house and the gardens, free for National Trust members. There will be a small charge to participate in some activities, eg. guessing games and tombola. As a special treat, parish of Nostell residents will be able to enter the house and gardens for free for this event - just bring a utility bill and head to the parish council stall on arrival.


Upcoming events

Friday Health Walk

Fri 16 Nov 2018
Enjoy an hour's walk around Nostell's picturesque parkland.


Sat 17 Nov 2018
Join in this free weekly 5km timed run through the parkland, which is open to everyone, free, safe and easy to take part in.

Marbling on silk

Sat 17 Nov 2018
Marbling is an art that makes beautiful designs and patterns on a variety of materials. Why not give fabric a go?

Easy cycle ride

Sun 18 Nov 2018
Join ride leaders from Wakefield District Cycle Forum for an easy bike ride exploring the parkland and beyond the Nostell estate.

Making a hand sewn book - Fully Booked

Tue 20 Nov 2018
In this one-day workshop, we will be looking at making perhaps one of the most important book structure for any bookbinder - the sewn case-bound book.

Nostell Nestlings

Wed 21 Nov 2018
Join in fortnightly stories, crafts and outdoor activities with your mini adventurers, especially for under 5s.