Summer at Prior Park

A family group enjoys a picnic on the bank at Prior Park on a summer's day, a small dog is relaxing in the foreground

Prior Park in summer is bursting with life, with lots to explore, space to picnic, relax and slow down the pace of life.

Dams project

Thanks to the final stages of the dams project, our largest restoration project yet, visitors can walk around the lower lake once more to enjoy the reflections of the Palladian Bridge. Summer and autumn will be busy with reinstatement work across the garden.

Nature in summer

As well as the exciting changes the project has brought, there are summer flowers and plenty of insect life to take in.

Look out for wildflowers in the Pasture - maybe an orchid or two hiding in the grass. The Cabinet also comes into its own in summer, with big cream hydrangea flowers, and a sea of colour all around.

Butterflies love the sunny flowery spots, but will also be found at the edge of the shadier woodland areas. Dragonflies patrol the Serpentine Lake looking for friend and foe.

Prior Park provides space to explore for families looking for an active day out, and space to sit and take a moment to enjoy the views, if you prefer things a little slower.

Summer holidays - Sat 23 July until Sun 4 September

For families there'll be plenty on offer this summer to get the children active and engaged during the school holidays.

The Tea Shed

The Tea Shed is open at weekends and from Wednesday to Sunday in the school holidays from 10.30am to 3.30pm, serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes, bakes and ice creams.

Opening times

Unril October, Prior Park is open daily from 10am to 5pm, with last entry at 4pm.