Summer Holidays at Tredegar House

A family play traditional garden games at Tredegar House

Feel the rush of the school holidays with summer family activities at Tredegar House this season. Get active with energising games in the gardens and sports equipment in the park, make the most of rainy days by exploring the mansion house, or enjoy live performances at the ‘Reggae and Riddim’ festival.

General information

There’s so much to explore over the summer months, but this is what you can expect to find every day when you visit this season… 

  • A historic house and elegant formal gardens with centuries of tales to tell. You can find our prices and opening times on our homepage.  
  • A vast parkland with sweeping lawns and towering trees, making it the perfect spot for a picnic or a kick around. The parkland is free to enter and open every day from dawn to dusk. 

  • Our cosy Brewhouse café offering a selection of light bites, cakes and ice creams, as well as hot and cold drinks, so you can recharge whenever you need. The café is open from 10am – 5pm daily.

  • Our second-hand bookshop, nestled in the corner of home farm, with a collection of stories to enjoy while you lounge in the sun. The bookshop is run by a dedicated team of volunteers, so we cannot guarantee it will be open every day.

Come out and play

Date: 23 July – 4 September

Where: The formal gardens and parkland 

Price: Free to enjoy, but entry fees apply for the formal gardens. The parkland is free to enter. 

It’s all about getting active this summer! As well as exploring the summer blooms among the winding paths and garden borders, we’ll have games and activities in the formal gardens to get everyone moving. 

Follow the sporting trail through the gardens and try your hand at traditional games as you explore. On set days*, shoot soft archery and have a go at boules in the stable courtyard, or play badminton and croquet on the cedar garden lawn. There’ll also be sport equipment available to use in the parkland, which visitors can borrow from visitor reception for free. 

*Archery and boules will be available every Thursday from 28 July, while badminton and croquet will be available every Saturday from 30 July. 

Reggae and Riddim Festival by Urban Circle 

Dates: 30 and 31 August

Where: The overflow car park. 

Price: Ticket prices vary, please visit Urban Circle’s website for details. 

Urban Circle is an independent youth arts organisation and charity, which aims to unite young people of Newport across many cultures, backgrounds and interests, and provides opportunities to positively impact their lives. 

This year's festival is unique and one of the largest events Urban Circle has ever put on. Building upon an international partnership with Irits Alliance and the Rastafarian Indigenous village, it will become one of the first officially endorsed events for the 60th Jubilee, commemorating Jamaica’s Independence. In a collective effort to make for fairer co production, the main aim for this festival is to protect the intangible culture and heritage that Reggae music is part of. A museum will be built at the festival as well as a genuine Rastafari village for all to see and explore.

National Play Day 

Dates: 3 - 6 August. Drop by when it suits you, specific timings are listed below. 

Where: The parkland (meet near the natural play area)
 
Price: Free for everyone to enjoy. 

We’ll be hosting free play sessions in the parkland, in partnership with Duffryn Community Link, Newport junior parkrun and Lliswerry Juniors. Get your little ones reconnecting with the natural world as they enjoy playing in the outdoors. 

Scheduled play sessions: 

  • 3 August, 11am - 3pm – Join Duffryn Community Link for facilitated play in the natural play area. Sit around the camp fire from 12pm - 1pm, play on the 'slip n slide' (weather permitting) at 2pm or try crafts, den building and tree climbing throughout the day. There'll also be face painting and games in Oak Avenue. This year, DCL have based many of their activities on traditional Welsh mythologies - so look out for fairy potions, wild art and a Mabinogion inspired trail. 
  • 4 August, 11am - 3pm – Our team will be on hand to provide inspiration for you to play your way. Sensory 'find it' cards will be available to set young explorers off on an adventure in the park, while hoola hoops, frisbees and other sports equipment will be available to borrow. 
  • 5 August, 1.30pm - 3pm – Join Newport junior parkrun and Lliswerry Juniors for a warm up and short run through the park. The warm up session will take place from 1.30pm, with the run starting at 2pm. 
  • 6 August, 11am - 3pm – Join Duffryn Community Link for facilitated play in the natural play area. Sit around the camp fire from 12pm - 1pm, play on the 'slip n slide' (weather permitting) at 2pm or try crafts, den building and tree climbing throughout the day. There'll also be face painting and games in Oak Avenue. This year, DCL have based many of their activities on traditional Welsh mythologies - so look out for fairy potions, wild art and a Mabinogion inspired trail. 
Summer in the parkland at Tredegar House
A family walks through the long grass in the park at Tredegar House
Summer in the parkland at Tredegar House

DREAM by Ballet Cymru

Dates: 23 – 25 August, 6.30pm onwards

Where: The formal gardens
 
Price: £20, but concessions available. Tickets are available here. Booking is essential for this event.  

In the stunning setting of the cedar garden, enjoy a night of magic with Ballet Cymru. DREAM is a vibrant, fresh, and innovative new full-length ballet based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As summer draws to a close, this is an ideal way to make the most of those remaining late summer nights. 

Explorer backpacks 

Date: Every day 

Where: The formal gardens (available to borrow from visitor reception).

Price: Free to enjoy, but entry frees apply to the formal gardens. 

There’s so much to discover in the formal gardens, whether it’s new life growing in the flower beds or burrowing insects in wet weather. These backpacks are designed to help young explorers get closer to the natural world and include useful tools to use around the gardens on your adventures. 

Explorer backpacks contain a pair of binoculars, a compass, a magnifying glass, insect observation equipment and a seasonal spotter book. There’s also a storybook to read when you’re taking a break from your discoveries. 

Feel free to use these backpacks for the duration of your visit, before returning them to visitor reception. Backpacks are available on a first come, first served basis.

Sensory backpacks 

Date: Every day 

Where: The formal gardens and mansion house (available to borrow from visitor reception) 

Price: Free to enjoy, but our usual entry fees apply to the house and formal gardens. 
 
Our colourful sensory backpacks are available for anyone to borrow and are designed for families with additional support needs. They contain a variety of sensory items, including fidget toys, ear defenders, a magnifying glass, a story book and soft toys.

Sensory backpacks are a new addition to Tredegar House and our team have carefully developed them, following guidance from several sensory-focussed organisations. We’d love to hear your feedback so that we can continue to enhance the backpacks over time. Please chat to our team if you have any comments or suggestions to share with us. 

Feel free to use these backpacks for the duration of your visit, before returning them to visitor reception. Backpacks are available on a first come, first served basis.