Summer at Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall garden avenue

Enjoy a summer of discovery, from wildflower meadows to dragons, garden games to conservation in action.

Nunnington Hall is chock full of adventure this summer with events and activities to suit all ages. 

Ramble with a Ranger

Saturday 11 June, 11am

Join Simon, our ranger, for a 4 mile walk around Nunnington. We'll leave the from the Welcome Hut at 11am, so arrive for 10:30 - it's first come first served. The walk will head along the riverbank to the old mill that powered Nunnington Hall, then up hill to great some great views. Please note that this walk will be on uneven ground and include hills. Wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes. 

Free, donations welcome. 

Father's Day

Sunday 19 June, 11am-3pm

Spend some quality time together this Father's Day. The Bistro Guy will be serving sourdough pizzas in the Beech Hedge and there will be drinks from The Thirsty Horse. Will and Bella Robey will be playing live music on the main lawn at 11:30am and 12:45pm. 

Cause and Effect artist workshops

Wednesday 22 & Thursday 23 June, 6pm-8pm

Discover more about the Cause and Effect exhibition with artists and scientists in these free evening workshops. On Wednesday join photographer John Arnison in an introduction to photography, with scientist Francesca Pert providing some science facts about the River Rye. On Thursday Francesca will be joined by artist Paula Hickey who will introduce capturing floating ink on paper. 

Free, book online (see what's on page). 

National Meadows Day

Saturday 2 July, 12pm and 2pm

Join Senior Gardener Nick on a Marvellous Meadows tour as we celebrate our fantastic wildflower meadows. Wildflower meadows are an important habitat, so join tour at 12pm or 2pm to discover more about these colourful habitats. 

Free, donations welcome. No need to book in advance. 

Furness Music Centre performance

Tuesday 26 July

Furness Music Centre will be playing in the Oak Hall. Come along and listen to the orchestra and choir fill Nunnington with music. 

Come out and play

Saturday 23 July - Sunday 4 September 

Head to the main lawn to try your hands at some games from the past. We’ve jumped into the archives to find out what games have been played at Nunnington Hall by those who lived here. From Pooh sticks to putting on plays, card games to dragons, there’s plenty to have a go at for all ages!

Creatures of Curiosity

Local folklore will be on show this summer, focusing on the Kirkdale caves and the Nunnington dragon with other stories incorporating elements taken from local folklore. 

Add scales on to the Nunnington dragon as it coils around the attic exhibition space and learn about the folklore tales passed on generation to generation.

Step back in time as you discover the stories of the Kirkdale caves. The fossils found there were from creatures great and small and the real creatures are themselves in some ways fantastical – creatures that lived here during the Ice Age, including mammoths, hyenas, and giant deer.

Explore how local myths were created and how even real stories can take on mythical status.

Making a house a home

100 years ago the architect Walter Brierley helped make Nunnington Hall into the family home it is today. Pick up a trail in the Smoking Room to find out more about the changes as you travel round the hall.

There's as Assistant Architect trail too - Walter Brierley needs your help! Can you help him find his tools around the hall? Then head up to the top floor to vote for which job you would have liked to do 100 years ago .