Play out this summer at Rufford Old Hall

Children running flying kites on the lawn at Rufford Old Hall

Summer is a time when Rufford Old Hall really comes to life, as our gardens become the perfect place to come together and make the most of the outdoors. From den building with the kids to enjoying a picnic in the sun, here's where you can find out everything you can do at Rufford this summer.

Throughout August, we are open seven days a week between 10.30am and 5pm (house opens from 11am). Entry is free for National Trust members and children under 5. Normal admission prices apply for non-National Trust members during the summer holidays.

Family-friendly activities
Child riding a balance bike

Get set to ride a balance bike at Rufford Old Hall

Will you be able to keep up with your children once they’ve learnt to cycle? Grab one of our free balance bikes and set out on a two-wheeled adventure.

Quick cricket on Rufford Old Hall's paddock

Free sports on the Orchard Paddock

Get stuck in to quick cricket, tennis, rounders and croquet with our free sports box on the Orchard Paddock. Have a rummage and see which game takes your fancy, before you set up and play to your hearts content. There's lots of space to run about here.

Volunteer beekeepers tending a hive

Experience wildlife up-close

Rufford is filled with wildlife in summer. Don't miss your chance to meet our beekeeper and learn all about our resident bees, or join us for a fun session where we will be creating cosy homes for bugs to take away for your own garden.

Children den building

Tick off your '50 things' list

Rufford is the perfect place to tick off your '50 things to do before you're 11¾' list, whether it's making mud pies (No.13), finding your way with a map (No.45) or making a home for bugs (No.36). Grab a guide from Reception and start your adventure.

Dressing up in armour at Rufford Old Hall Lancashire

Play pretend in the Great Hall

Don't forget to step inside our Tudor house, filled with treasures and fascinating stories. Inside the Great Hall, you will find magnificent suits of armour that will really get children's imaginations flowing. They can even pretend to be Tudor ladies and gentlemen for the day!

What families need to know
  • Children’s lunchboxes and highchairs are available in the Tea Room and in the courtyard
  • Exploring the house? Pick up a special kids trail at the house entrance. We also have hip seats available to keep you and your little ones comfortable.
  • If you need baby changing facilities, you will find them in the accessible toilet in the courtyard
  • Bringing a picnic? We have benches and tables throughout the grounds
  • Property maps are available from Visitor Reception when you arrive
  • There is free on-site parking