Summer activities at Powis Castle

A view of the First World War camp on the Great Lawn at Powis Castle, Wales

Visit our First World War training camp this summer to discover if you’d have had the skills it took to “do your bit” as a Scout during the war.

Scouts came forward in huge numbers to help the British war effort during the First World War. They took on many different roles, helping release men from their jobs so they could sign up to serve in the military forces.

Throughout the summer holidays, you and your family will be able to test your skills by competing with one another on our assault course, sending messages using semaphore flags, dressing-up in tradition soldiers uniforms and practicing basic first aid skills – all within a traditional training camp setting on our Great Lawn.

Corned Beef Hash Coming Up

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Simon, our camp leader, will be putting you through your paces leading practice drills, assault course tasks, and demonstrating many of the daily tasks carried out in a First World War training camp. 

He’ll also be doing cooking demonstrations using a Soyer stove – an invention that meant 50 men could be served at once on the front lines. We’ll be serving up corned beef hash with First World War style bread for a truly authentic flavour of the trenches. You might even discover a few handy hints for your own kitchen!

Elsewhere at Powis

After you’ve explored the Powis training camp, there’s still plenty more going on for families this summer. 

Hunt amongst the herbaceous borders and in the shade of gigantic yew hedges to see if you can find our 10 cast iron poppies. Then run around the giant poppy mown into our Great Lawn. 

If you’re heading into the castle with your family, see if you can complete our Morse code trail. You’ll need to find all 11 clues to reveal the name a famous person associated with the First World War.