Come out and play this summer at Ormesby Hall

Young girl enjoying archery

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.

Take part in a sack race
Children take part in a sack race for the National Trust's Summer of Sport
Take part in a sack race


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.

Outer courtyard

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.

New mini crazy golf for 2019
Crazy golf being played in the courtyard
New mini crazy golf for 2019

Natural play

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.

Make a messy meal in the mud kitchen
Girl making mud pies in the mud kitchen
Make a messy meal in the mud kitchen

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.

The old tennis court
Black and white photo of the tennis court, c.1900
The old tennis court

Summer planner

Download our handy planner Ormesby Hall summer holidays planner (PDF / 0.7021484375MB) 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.

Enjoy activities every open day of the summer holidays
Enjoy activities every open day of the summer holidays
Enjoy activities every open day of the summer holidays

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.