Summer holidays at Nostell

Boy tickling his dad's nose with a feather at Nostell

Come and play at Nostell this summer. With something new to try every weekday, 11am – 3pm, we've all sorts to tickle your fancy!

Activities run from Wednesday 20 July to Friday 2 September with a theme for each day of the week. Check out all the fun you can get up to below and head to the what's on page for the dates of each event. 

Mucky Mondays

Monday is definitely bath night! These days are all about muck, mud and mess so old clothes are a good idea. You can make a wormery for our wiggly wrigglers, have a go at creating compost and help up build a giant bug hotel. We’ve mud art and water play to get stuck into and don’t miss the mud café where we’ll be making stinky cocktails.

Use your imagination and mix up some muddy treats
A man, woman and young girl make mud pies
Use your imagination and mix up some muddy treats

50 things Tuesdays

Have you got your scrapbook of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾? Check out 50 things website to discover what all the fuss is about and head to reception on arrival to pick up your own book. Every Tuesday you can fill in an activity page, from campfire cooking, building dens, geocaching and bug hunting to planting herbs and blowing a grass trumpet. Don’t forget to share your pics on Twitter and Facebook @NostellNT #50things.

Have a go at toasting marshmallows on a campfire in Engine Wood
Marshmallows cooking on a campfire
Have a go at toasting marshmallows on a campfire in Engine Wood

Active Wednesdays

Challenge your friends and family to a match of cricket and volleyball on the vista, 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. Look out for pop up activities on selected days including snail races, vintage lawn games and dry land canoeing! Don’t forget to pick up your summer of sports challenge card at reception and get each activity stamped through the holidays.

Practice your bike skills at one of our cycling events
Boy riding his bike in front on Nostell's vista
Practice your bike skills at one of our cycling events

Dolls’ House Thursdays

Could you be an architect, an embroiderer, a carpenter or a sculptor? Every Thursday, we’ll be recreating the magnificent Georgian dolls’ house, room by room and we need your help! From printing wallpaper and designing bed spreads to making musical instruments and creating house bugs and beasties, we’ll have a fully decorated mini mansion by the end of the holidays.

See the elaborate doll's house at Nostell
Close-up detail of a room in the Doll's House at Nostell Priory
See the elaborate doll's house at Nostell

Pot Luck Fridays

This is the day for anything and everything! We’ve giant bubble blowing, hoola-hooping, pebble painting, junk bugs, crafts and don’t miss the garden party to finish off the holidays in style!

Create a junk bug from all sorts of recycled goodies
Girl doing a craft activity at Nostell
Create a junk bug from all sorts of recycled goodies

Regular events 

We’ve lots of activities for families throughout the year – maybe the summer holidays are your chance to give some of them a go. For tots under 5, there’s a buggy walk through the gardens every third Wednesday and Nostell Nestlings every first Wednesday for littlies to have a go at indoor and outdoor crafts, games and story time. Wakefield District Cycle Forum run regular cycle rides and you can hire bikes from Nostell every Thursday in the holidays. Why not try something new this summer?

Upcoming events

Nostell Nestlings

Wed 18 Jul 2018
10:30-11:30
Join in fortnightly stories, crafts and outdoor activities with your mini adventurers, especially for under 5s.

Visit the second-hand book shop

Wed 18 Jul 2018
12:00-16:00
Settle down with a hot cuppa and a gripping read in Nostell's second-hand book shop. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 4pm from Saturday 14 April until Sunday 28 October 2018.

Crafternoons

Wed 18 Jul 2018
13:00-15:00
Join us in The Workshop, our new creative space at Nostell for a drop-in craft session. This season we will be looking at some simple book binding methods.

Interior Worlds

Wed 18 Jul 2018
13:00-17:00
Explore how Chippendale helped create bespoke interiors and objects for his ambitious client Rowland Winn in the opulent state rooms. Immerse yourself in a world of fashion, luxury, innovation and the rollercoaster life of a top-end designer.

Chippendale: the Man and the Brand

Wed 18 Jul 2018
13:00-17:00
Visit this brand new exhibition to discover how Thomas Chippendale made his name: from the publication of his pattern book of furniture designs to masterminding entire rooms in the latest 18th century fashions for Rowland Winn at Nostell.

Interior Worlds: Thomas Chippendale at Nostell

Wed 18 Jul 2018
13:00-17:00
Join us in 2018 as we celebrate 300 years since the birth of Thomas Chippendale, one of the most influential English designers in history.