Summer fun at Powis Castle

Craft workshops and sports activities, 21st century space hopper jousting and giant deckchairs… there’s plenty happening at Powis Castle and Garden to keep your little ones entertained throughout the summer holidays. Here are some of our best daily activities:

Family view a portrait and Powis Castle, National Trust

House of Portraits family audio trail

Portraits have hung on Powis’ walls of for hundreds of years, but we’ve never uncovered the clues they hold about the people in them…until now. Take a family audio tour and discover the secrets of some of Powis’ past residents - and think …what messages would you include if your portrait was to last for hundreds of years?

Space hopper jousting at Powis Castle and Garden, natonal trust, Wales

21st Century space hopper jousting

Take inspiration from the Jacobean miniature portrait of Edward Herbert, centrepiece of our House of Portraits exhibition, and become a 21st-century knight. Visit our jousting arena, choose a trusty space hopper steed and challenge your family and friends to test their bravery in a jousting tournament on the Great Lawn.

Three children playing on a giant deckchair

Pose for a selfie!

Pose for a selfie in our giant deckchair or in giant frames on the Great Lawn. We’d love to see your favourite poses – why not share them on our social media pages? #NTHouseofPortraits

A lady and little girl doing a craft workshop at Powis Castle, Wales

Get crafty at Powis

Visit the Orangery and design your own coat of arms – what will you choose to draw that represents you? In the Old Kitchen, make your own frame to hold a miniature portrait of yourself or your family and friends.

Two girls sit on a bench completing a children's trail at Powis Castle and GArden, Wales

Family Garden Trail

Hunt high and low along the terraces and in the shadow of giant yew hedges to find the silhouettes of figures hidden around the garden. Who do you think they represent and what are they looking at? Use the chalk board next to each one to write down your thoughts.

A mother and daughter in a craft workshop at Powis Castle, National Trust, Wales

Craft workshops 

Take inspiration from our House of Portraits exhibition and create your own work of art. Each workshop will use different natural materials and everything you need will be provided on the day.