Come out and play this summer at Ormesby Hall
On your marks, get set, go! Race you to the sports field.
Summer of sport
Get out in the fresh air this summer for the whole family to get involved with active play, so let little legs go wild with a wide variety of sports. We have a wide variety of activities to try for all ages to enjoy so bring a picnic and spend the day
This summer the tenant farmer has cut the field for us so we have even more space for children to let off steam and run in the wide, open space of the front field to create some sporting memories.
You can dig deep into the sports chest and see what you can find, from sack and bean bag racing, foam shot puts, foam javelins, skipping ropes and more inside the help yourself sports chest.
Self-led sports to have fun with this summer:
- Net sports (tennis, badminton, volleyball)
- Track Sports (running, hurdles, hobby horse racing)
- Field sports (football, cricket, hockey, frisbee golf)
- Traditional games (croquet, quoits, boules, and garden games can be found in the garden)
On Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays archery will be in the sports field.
For the summer holidays the outer courtyard will come to life with picnic benches, sand pits for the Treasure Island summer trail and this is where the table tennis can be found.
New for 2019
A handmade mini 9 hole crazy golf course will be in the outer courtyard for the summer holidays, perfect for little ones.
At the bottom of the garden is the natural play area. Children can test their balance on the rope walk and across the wooden stump path, complete with balance beam and walk along see-saw. The new for 2019 barefoot walk is great for a sensory experience as you kick off your shoes and feel the different materials beneath your feet. Children can make a messy meal in the mud pie kitchen and peek into the bird hide to spot the birds on the feeders.
History of sports at Ormesby Hall
The Pennyman family loved playing sports and spending time together. The croquet lawn still stands where they once enjoyed many games and the tennis court was where the marquee is, although when the estate was bigger they also had tennis courts over towards Ormesby bank.
During the summer months cricket could often be seen playing by Ormesby cricket club from the halls window and Jim was involved with the team, football was played on the front field and they would transform the current car park into a golf course for the summer.
Download our handy planner Ormesby Hall summer holidays planner (PDF / 0.7MB) download to stick on your fridge or you can pick one up from visitor reception on your next visit. With an activity every open day of the school holidays it shows what's on, and when.
Normal admission entry prices apply for the house, garden and sports, with a standard family ticket being £14. Ormesby Hall is open 11am – 5pm.
Our garden and woodland is a great places to let the little ones loose. What’s more, when you visit during the summer your visit helps us care for Ormesby Hall for years to come.