Summer holiday activities at Tatton Park
Tatton Park is the perfect place to spend long, lazy summer days. With places to play, acres of gardens and parkland to explore, a working farm to discover and events and activities throughout the summer, 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 peeled 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 them 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 sit awhile and unwind.
Down on the Farm
In its heyday, Tatton Park’s 40-acre farm fed the Tatton Estate family and staff. Today, you can discover this Field to Fork story by meeting farmworkers from the past and present, exploring original buildings such as the impressive 18th-century mill and watching fascinating demonstrations. The woodland play area, den building and kids trails bring young
imaginations to life, and of course there are still lots of rare breed friends to say hello to!
Kids will love daily farm fun!
27 July–27 August, activities are timed throughout the day. Please check noticeboards at the start of your visit
- Storytelling: Percy the Park Keeper.
- Run wild in the Maize Maze.
- Say hello to our newly hatched chicks.
- Milking demos in the Shippon with Berry, our Jersey cow.
- Imagine what it’s like to be the miller! See and hear the original mill machinery producing feed for the animals.
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. Dine al fresco with our Stables Summer picnic boxes, available to order online and pick up on your visit. Savour an afternoon tea sat outside in the idyllic Gardener’s Cottage Tearooms with views of the Kitchen Gardens and relax whilst we bring delicious cakes and homemade sandwiches direct to your table. Our Housekeeper’s Store has tempting Tatton Park 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 to keep the family entertained during the six week holidays. Here are some of the highlights:
Percy the Park Keeper – The Treasure Hunt at the Farm
Tuesday–Sunday, 19 June–5 September, 11am–4pm (last entry 3pm; closed 21–25 July during RHS flower Show event)
You’re invited to a summer treasure hunt with Percy the Park Keeper and his new farmyard friends! Percy has lost the ingredients for his delicious breakfast and needs your help to find them. This heart-warming trail is based on The Treasure Hunt Percy the Park Keeper book by Nick Butterworth and is a perfect summer activity for young families. Join in the treasure hunt around the Farm, solve riddles, find gold coins and meet our rare breed horses, cows, chickens and pigs!
Farm admission charges apply plus £1 per child for Percy the Park Keeper’s Farm trail sheets.
Tatton Park Pop Up Festival
25 June–29 August
Enjoy a 10 week socially distanced outdoor festival, offering 52 individual music and entertainment performances in the beautiful setting of the parkland. Whether you’re looking for entertainment for all the family, a night partying with friends to your favourite DJ’s or a chilled-out Sunday vibe in outstanding surroundings, Tatton Park Pop Up Festival has something for you.
Visit the Tatton Park Pop Up Festival website for the full programme and to book tickets.
Luna Open Air Cinema under the stars
Thursday 26–Sunday 29 August, doors open from 6.45pm with showings at 8.15pm
The Luna Cinema is returning to Tatton Park with a line-up of classic and feel-good films to make your summer. After months of staying indoors watching movies on the small screen, it’s time to head outside for an unforgettable big-screen experience. Throw in great food, a full bar, both with click and collect service, and of course giant screens with incredible state of the art sound, and you have yourself your perfect summer’s evening out.
The programme of films for 2021 includes the feel-good favourite Dirty Dancing to the award-winning Elton John biopic Rocketman. You’ll be able to test your vocal skills at the Sing A Long version of the smash hit movie musical The Greatest Showman and see the Sci-Fi classic Star Wars: A New Hope as it was meant to be seen – on the big screen!
Visit The Luna Cinema website for details and to book.
Country Fayre at the Farm
Saturday 28–Monday 30 August, 11am–4pm (last entry 3pm). Check the main Tatton Park website to see the daily timetable as events may vary.
Visit the Farm for a weekend of traditional English fayre and fun this August! Take part in the egg and spoon race or show your strength in the tug-of-war. There'll be Morris dancers, piping and drumming bands, country crafts with the Cheshire Guild of Spinners and ferret racing. Don’t miss having a go at circus skills and be amazed by the end of day circus performance. There’ll also be a BBQ with our very own Farm produce.
Farm admission and parkland entry charges apply