Summer holiday activities at Tatton

Tatton is perfect for long, lazy summer days, and it’s great for all the family too.

In the Gardens

Play a game of hide and seek with the children or simply relax and take in the perfumed air. Find out more about the produce we grow and learn fascinating facts about the work of the gardening team. Keep your eyes pealed to spot our gardeners in action too, who are always happy to answer questions.

In the Parklands

Spot our Red and Fallow Deer. It’s a great time to view them from a distance as many of othem are calving right now, so if you're lucky you might just spot a young fawn nestled in the long grass. Or why not take some time out in the Allen Bird Hide – a secluded space to watch nature uninterrupted. Relax by the Meres and simply take time to find the perfect spot to sit awhile and unwind.

Down on the Farm

A firm favourite with families, find out more about our Field to Fork story at the Farm. We’ve brought old characters back to life with friendly actors and lovingly restored the old mill - see and hear the original machinery in action. Enjoy butter and cheese making demonstrations, watch our cows being milked and hear fascinating animal talks each day. The rare breed animals continue to be the stars of the show and there’s den building and a woodland play trail to help the children burn off their energy.

Places to play

The playground is a long standing favourite with families and is conveniently placed near the picnic area. You can enjoy hours of fun here and there’s plenty of tracks to cycle and scoot around too.

Relax and recharge

On warm summer days don’t forget to pop into the Stableyard to buy an ice cream or chilled drink from our Tuck Shop. Savour an afternoon tea sat outside in the idyllic Gardener’s Cottage with views of the Kitchen Gardens and relax whilst we bring the finest home cooked meals direct to your table. If you feel inspired to enhance your garden at home, pop into the Garden Shop for garden themed gifts and practical gardening goods. The Garden Shop also sells Tatton grown fruit and vegetables and our Housekeeper’ Store has tempting Tatton reared meats and local produce on sale; perfect for a BBQ back at home on a sunny day.

Events not to be missed

Throughout the Summer we’re running exciting events most days with fun, alternative workshops to keep the children entertained during the six week holidays. There'll be large scale shows and events from the Foodies Festival to the RHS and outdoor cinema. See the main Tatton website for details or the summary below.

For animal and nature lovers

Event

Description

Date

Summer Deer Walk

Guided deer walk

3 July

Pigs Galore

Learn more about our beautiful rare breed pigs

7 July

Rare Breeds Weekend at the Farm

Meet the Farm’s rare breed friends

14-15 July

Summer Activities at the Farm

Meet chicks in the hatchery, enjoy storytelling, milking and butter making demonstrations and much more!

24 July – 24 August every day (closed Mondays and during RHS show)

RHS Flower Show

The incredible annual flower show returns to Tatton for its 20th year

18-22 July

Tractor Ted at the Farm

The UK’s favourite little green tractor will be visiting Tatton Park

4 August

Mini Beast Detective

Mini beast hunt for children aged 3-5 years

7 August & 21 August

Fun Dog Show at the Farm

Novelty classes include saddest eyes, waggiest tail and scruffiest dog

12 August

Boredom Busters Nature Day

View the deer and hunt mini beasts with the Rangers

22 August

Country Weekend at the Farm

A weekend of traditional English fayre and fun at the Farm

25-27 August

Green Fingers

Learn all about the plants and flowers in our award winning Gardens

30 August

For food lovers

Event

Description

Date

Toddler Kiddy Cook

Aspiring chefs pick ingredients in the Gardens and cook in the Mansion

12 July

Foodies Festival

See Michelin star chefs, Bake Off winners, sample fresh goods and much more!

13-15 July

Kiddy Cook

Aspiring chefs pick ingredients in the Gardens and cook in the Mansion

28 July

Preparing for the Teddy Picnic

Join us for a tremendous teddy picnic down at the Farm

28 August

For history and culture lovers

Event

Description

Date

Repton Rides

Cycle the parkland and see Repton’s design fo 1792

4 July

Repton Walks

A guided walk of Repton’s famous work and views

6 July

Secrets of the Old Hall

Uncover 500 years of history at the Old Hall

14 July, 17 August

Preparing for the Ball

Help prepare for a very special ball

2 August

Viking Sunday

The Vikings of Middle England invade Tatton’s Old Hall!

12 August

Junior Longbow

Tuition for young Medieval archers!

14 August

Life in the Stone Age

Hands on activities to discover what life was like 2.5million years ago

15 August

Attending the Ball

Attend a fabulous costumed ball in the Mansion

15 August

Junior Time Travellers

Step back in time as a Viking Explorer, Tudor knight or Victorian inventor!

16 August

Toys Through Time

Discover the toys that children played with in the past

23 August

A Soldier’s Story: Tatton Remembers

Exciting free event following the life and service of a WW1 soldier

26 August

Cheshire East Reflects Family Concert

An afternoon of music and stories commemorating WW1

26 August

For car lovers

Event

Description

Date

Stars and Stripes American Car Show

Classic American cars from all eras.

30 June – 1 July

VW Northwest Car Show

The largest gathering of VW vehicles in the north of England

5 August

Passion for Power Classic Car Show

2,000 cars on display, trade stands and car mart

18-19 August

For art and literature lovers

Event

Description

Date

Going Digital Photography

Learn to get the best from your digital camera.

28 & 29 July

Tatton’s Fairytale Postman

Magical storytelling for children aged 3-5 years

31 July & 22 August

Creative Writing for Children

Creative writing courses with Joy Winkler

1 August & 8 August

Traditional Tales: Cinderella

Magical storytelling for children aged 3-5 years

1 August

Once Upon A Time

Magical storytelling for children aged 3-5 years

8 August & 29 August

Warrington Art Group Exhibition

A display of over 60 pieces of art.

14-27 August