Get Sussed out for Summer at Sudbury

make a paper flower in  the craft tent

We’ve got summer covered here at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, help is at hand for those who want a little bit of summer holiday inspiration! From outdoor theatre to gluing and sticking there’s something to suit every little adventurer.

Drop in Crafts

Running Monday to Friday throughout the summer holidays we’ll be making all sorts, every week  there’ll  be a different craft activity. There’s no need to book just come along and visit us in the stable yard craft tent (weather permitting). Have a go at making your very own monster out of clay or perhaps a creepy crawly caterpillar. Come back throughout the holidays to try something different every time you visit.

He looks pretty hungry to us!
an example of childrens crafts

1960’s Story Trail

Calling all explorers! Pick up a trail sheet and follow the clues around the grounds of Sudbury Hall on our 1960's Story Trail. Seek out all of the iconic 1960’s stories, grown up explorers might just remember some of them. So whether you’re on a nostalgic adventure or hearing them for the first time it’s a bit of fun for everyone.

Adventure around every corner
A close up of two children's wellington boots as they kneel on a bench in autumn time at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire

Bookable craft workshops

Come and make your very own space mouse to take home with you, make him out of felt and even design him a space age outfit! We’ll be running a few of these sessions throughout the summer, be sure to book on soon as they’re very popular.

Why not make a mouse to take home?
an example of some ready made space mice

Practice your pirate skills

Ahoy Mateys! On Wednesday 2 August the Lost Boys Theatre Duo are paying us a visit, they’ll be testing out your piratical skills to see if you’re fit for a life on the seven seas! Not previous pirating skills necessary just a swashbuckling attitude and a hearty ARRR! You’ll be able to make a parrot pirate pet in the craft tent to, just to make sure you look the part.

Come and practise your pirate skills!
a little boy dressed up as a pirate


Outdoor theatre

Based on the bestselling children's book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, this fabulous feel-good show features music, songs,handcrafted puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog! Bring your blankets and perhaps a picnic and enjoy some guaranteed belly laughs on Sudbury's sunken Lawn.

Dogs don't do ballet...or do they?
dongs don't do balet outdoor theatre poster

And of course 50 things!

Of course we haven’t forgotten our 50 things to do beofre you're 11 3/4 challenge, we’ve already seen some pretty amazing adventures going on this year but for those of you trying the tick off those extra few or even start your challenge we’ll have booklets available.

Try your hand at some wild art
a dreamcatcher made out of wool and twigs