Summer Holidays at Tredegar House

A mother, son and baby take a closer look at the flowers in the orangery garden.

Enjoy refreshing summer days at Tredegar House this season. Relax with a picnic in the park and a stroll through the gardens, or get active with our Summer of Play throughout July and August.

What's coming up...

The formal gardens will be open from 10.30am – 5pm (last entry 4pm) daily. For those wanting a bit of shade, the state rooms in the house will be open from 11am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm) every day. The café will also be open from 10am – 5pm. 

  • 10 July - 5 September - Summer of Play 
  • 10 July - New sensory trail launches 
  • 10 July and 7 August - Cotyledon's food and craft market 
  • 19 - 25 July - Everyman Theatre's Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival: Everyman 21 
  • 31 July - 1 August - Busy Bees' City and Guilds Textile Embroidery Exhibition
  • 4 - 7 August - National Play Day 
  • 13 - 15 August - Tin Shed Theatre Company's Big Skies 3 event 

Summer of Play 

Dates: 10 July – 5 September, 10.30am – 5pm (last entry 4pm).

Where: The formal gardens and parkland. 

Price: Summer of Play activities are free, but admission prices apply for entry into the house and gardens (£8.50 for adults, £4.25 for children over 5). Activities in the parkland are free for everyone to enjoy, but donations to Tredegar House are greatly appreciated at visitor reception.

Booking: Booking is recommended to guarantee entry to the house and gardens. You do not need to book to enter the parkland. Booking slots will be made available every Friday for the following week. You can book your visit here.

Let the kids run wild this summer holiday with our Summer of Play activities, which will leave them bright eyed and rosy cheeked as they explore the gardens and parkland. We’ll have a new energising trail through the gardens, an updated natural play area in the parkland, ‘Get Set Go’ activity cards and the return of our much-loved '50 Things' activities for young explorers to enjoy as you walk around the grounds. 

Collect your ‘Get Set Go’ cards and '50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾' packs for free from visitor reception. 

New sensory trail 

Dates: Launching from 10 July, then ongoing throughout the year. 

Where: The parkland. 

Price: Free for everyone to enjoy, but donations to Tredegar House are greatly appreciated at visitor reception. 

Booking: You do not need to book this self-led trail. Trail maps are now available to download.

Follow the pink markers through the parkland and reconnect with the world around you. This trail will encourage you to not just use your eyes, but your ears, nose and finger tips as you explore the sensory experience that the parkland has to offer.

To download the sensory trail map, click here (PDF / 4.6MB) download

Reconnect with nature in the parkland at Tredegar House
Young girls touching a tree in the parkland with Tredegar House in the distance.
Reconnect with nature in the parkland at Tredegar House

Cotyledon present their food and craft market

Dates: 10 July and 7 August. 

Where: The car park. 

Price: Free for everyone to enjoy. 

Booking: You do not need to book. 

Cotyledon will be bringing more of their food and craft markets to Tredegar House this summer. With a variety of stalls selling local produce, the market is the perfect place to browse on sunny afternoons. 

Find out more information on their website by clicking here

Everyman Theatre presents Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival: Everyman 21

Dates: 19 – 25 July.

Where: The formal gardens.  

The award-winning Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival returns this summer, bringing outdoor theatre back to South Wales. This year things look a little different as they are going on tour. Their productions this year are Richard III by William Shakespeare and The Railway Children by E. Nesbit, adapted for the stage by Mike Kenny. Everyman Youth Theatre are also performing Henry V. 

The Railway Children (19 - 24 July, 6pm)

  • Price: £12 for adults, £10 for children under 11. 
  • Booking: You can book your tickets by clicking here or calling 0333 666 3366.

Richard III (19 - 24 July, 8pm) 

  • Price: £15 per ticket. 
  • Booking: You can book your tickets by clicking here or calling 0333 666 3366.

Henry V (25 July, 8pm)

  • Price: £10 per ticket.
  • Booking: You can book your tickets by clicking here or calling 0333 666 3366.
The parkland is the perfect place for a picnic
Friends enjoy a picnic in front of Tredegar House's stable block
The parkland is the perfect place for a picnic

Busy Bees' City and Guilds Textile Embroidery Exhibition 

Date: 31 July - 1 August.

Where: The Laundry.

Price: Free for everyone to enjoy. 

Booking: You don't need to book for this event. 

City and Guilds textile embroidery 7161 level two and level three final students present their final pieces after several years of studying in this unique exhibition. Be inspired by impressive artwork, created in a variety of different materials. 

National Play Day 

Date: 4 - 7 August. 

Where: The parkland. 

Price: Free for everyone to enjoy. 

Booking: These sessions will run on a drop by, first come, first serve basis from 10am – 3pm. Booking is not required. 

We’re working with local organisations to run free facilitated play sessions for National Play Day and the days following. These sessions will encourage young minds to be inspired by the natural world, letting their imaginations run wild as they enjoy the great outdoors. 

  • 4th and 7th August – Let off steam with Duffryn Community Link and Woodland Routes to Wellbeing, who’ll be running active play sessions based on our 'Summer of Play' activities.
  • 5th August – Join the Living Levels Landscape Partnership as they explore the lifecycle of a bee with fun-filled sessions that’ll remind us how important these little creatures are for our planet. 
  • 6th August - Newport City Council's Community Development team will be using natural objects for art by creating clay tiles with local artist, Nathan Sheen. There'll also be musical drum workshops throughout the day with local group, Upbeat, who'll be encouraging us to use nature to inspire our rhythm. 

Tin Shed Theatre Company and Living Levels present Big Skies 3

Dates: 13 - 15 August. 

Where: The parkland.
 
Booking: You do not need to book. For the latest information click here.
 
Big Skies is a three-year project that looks to reunite people from the city with the rural landscapes that surround them. This year's event will get visitors experiencing Tredegar House’s parkland in a different way, as they reconnect with the Gwent Levels. Big Skies is presented by Tin Shed Theatre Company on behalf of the Living Levels Landscape Partnership.

Friday 13th August 

  • The Sky Vane - Pyka invites you to enjoy a sky-driven reactive sound experience. Lay down amongst the grass, take a breath, look up to the sky, and listen. 
  • Living Levels Trail - Discover 12 key historical events from around the Levels. 

Saturday 14th August 

  • 10-11am – Breakfast at The Mobile Living Room, hosted by CARPET Spoken Word.
  • 10am - Levels Wildlife - weave a willow dragonfly. 
  • 11am - Learn to sew an upcycled hair scrunchie. 
  • 11am - 1pm - Opersonic singalong.
  • 12pm - Love the big skies - weave a willow star.
  • 1pm - Learn to sew upcycled juggling beanbags. 
  • 2pm - Love the levels - weave a willow heart.
  • 3-4pm - The Mobile Living Room: An ode to nature. 
  • 3pm - Keep cosy - learn to sew a upcycle hottie.
  • 4pm - Weave a willow bird feeder.
  • 3.30-4.30pm - The Mobile Living Room – DJ Clive and The Pylon Appreciation Society take over for an hour of pylon beats.
  • 7pm - Evening picnic in the park.
  • 8 -9pm - The Mobile Living Room: An ode to the night sky, Hosted by  CARPET Spoken Word.
  • All day - A Message to the earth. Head into the gathering of trees to leave your message for the earth.
  • All day - Dial a Tale with Mother Nature Sarah Davies - The Public Theatre Co.
  • All day - The Elders, Bob Pontin and Luana Dee The Public Theatre Co. Watch this rolling movement piece as it moves through the seasons – you may even be invited to join in to hug a tree!
  • All day - The Roaming Silent Discoteque Clive from the Pylon Appreciation Society Departing every hour from 11am (11am / 12pm / 1pm / 2pm).

Sunday 15th August

  • 10am-1pm - Repair cafe hosted by Sero Waste.
  • All day - The Urban Fridge Project has arrived! Find all fridges at Belle Vue Tea Rooms, Maindee Library & Friars Walk – capture an image of all 4 and tag @tinshedtheatre for a chance to win!
  • All day - A Murmuration Of Starlings Mural design by Andy O’Rourke – take a walk to the Maesglas Underpass where you’ll find the brightly coloured depiction of starlings in motion.

Download their event information pack here.  (PDF / 1.1171875MB) download

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