Play out this summer at Rufford Old Hall

Family exploring the garden with a trail

Get active in the outdoors and try out our Summer of Sports or Nature themed activities to energise your summer.

Orchard Paddock
Make the most of the wide open paddocks; picnic among the wildflowers, play outdoor games, walk the dog, go for a run or a bike ride.
This area is also home to our historic variety of apple trees and in the autumn the apples are used in the tea room.

The South Lawn
Bring a picnic and lose yourself in the wonderful smells and sights of the South Lawn. In mild years our herbaceous flower beds continue to flower into the autumn, but the South Lawn is at its best from mid-June to mid-July.

Children flying kites at Rufford Old Hall
Children running flying kites on the lawn at Rufford Old Hall
Children flying kites at Rufford Old Hall

The Woodland
Whether your youngsters are into imaginative play or physical challenge, there’s something for them to enjoy here. Make a home from home in the den building area or take in the sights and sounds of this historic woodland.

Den building in the woods
Den building Killerton Devon
Den building in the woods

The Leeds to Liverpool Canal
The Rufford Branch between Rufford and Sollom was built by the Douglas Navigation around 1760. Seven years after the Leeds & Liverpool Canal was completed, a branch from Burscough to Rufford opened in 1781. The final section, from Sollom to Tarleton, opened in 1805 as part of the Croston Drainage improvements.

Find out what's on this summer

More info for families
Children’s lunchboxes and highchairs are available in the tea room in the cobbled courtyard. You can pick up a children’s trail at our house entrance. You can find baby changing facilities in the accessible toilet, also in the courtyard. You’ll find picnic benches and tables all through the grounds. Pick up a map or ask at Reception when you arrive.