Family adventures this summer at Polesden Lacey

Four children run across the lawn at Polesden Lacey

While we can't guarantee sunshine, we'll do our best to make sure you have all the ingredients for a summer to remember at Polesden. From family games to live theatre, you'll find ways to get creative, get closer to nature - and most importantly of all, have lots of fun.

Our new tree swings line Admirals Walk, there are woods to explore, hills to roll down (did you know we hold the Guinness World Record for hill rolling?) and birds, bugs and bees to visit.

Here are a few other ways to spend your time this summer at Polesden Lacey. 

A young visitor enjoying the woods

May half term fun at Polesden Lacey 

Join us this May half term for woodland fun. Get to grips with bushcraft skills like making charcoal, whittling sticks, toasting marshmallows (very important) and more.

The Big Bug Hunt

Mon 27 - Fri 31 May, 2pm - 3pm.

Become a Poleden bug hunter this May half term, hunting, tracking and examining the bodacious bugs in our ancient woodland. One of our expert rangers will show you the best way to find some excellent specimens and help you examine them. £1 per child. 

Summer holidays

Summer crafts 

Get creative this summer with some crafting. From snail racing to peg insect creating, there will be a different activity each week.

Weekdays (excluding Bank Holiday Monday), 23 July-31 August, 10am-3pm, £2.50 per craft

Get creative this summer
Four children concentrate on something
Get creative this summer

Giant games in the orchard

21 July-31 August

Have a go at some larger than life-sized games on Apple Orchard - try skilttles, jenga, connect 4, noughts and crosses and more.


Polishing Polesden and Statue Scrubbing

Polishing Polesden: Meet our house team and help them out withe their conservation work in the Servants Hall. Mondays throughout the summer holidays, 12.30-4.30pm

Statue Scrubbing: Help look after our splendid statues and find out why it's so important to keep them sparkling clean. Tuesdays throughout the summer holidays

We've got lots of space for kite flying
A little girl runs with a kite flying out behind her
We've got lots of space for kite flying

Things to do before you're 11¾

  • Fly a kite - we've got loads of open sky at Polesden
  • Roll down a really big hill - we've got one of those too
  • Build a den - we've got lots of sticks and leaves

Pick up a '50 things to do' booklet when you arrive and start your adventure. 


Squirrel’s Corner, our natural play area

Take on our adventure playground! Squirrel’s Corner is a great place for kids to let loose. There are obstacles to conquer, blackboards to draw on and places to build dens.


Visit our feathered friends

Don't forget to visit the chickens and beehives in Home Farm Orchard (where there are picnic benches). If you've got a little more time, hunker down in the bird hide and see how comes along to say hi. You might even catch a glimpse of our resident peahen. 

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