Explore nature this summer at Upton

Rescued hedgehog

Keep youngsters entertained with pop-up stands filled with fun activities and get some fresh air on our outdoor nature trails. A great way to spend quality time together and help children connect with the natural world around them.

Warwickshire Hedgehog Rescue

Discover more about Hedgehogs by meeting two young Hedgehog rescuers! Kyra and Sophie are both 12 years old from Hedgehog Friendly Town (part of Warwickshire Hedgehog Rescue). What began three years ago as a summer project to raise awareness, has expanded beyond all expectations. At the latest count they have cared for over 165 hedgehogs!  These two inspiring girls are passionate about sharing their ideas on hedgehog conservation. Their hard work and enthusiasm hasn’t gone unnoticed – they won the Pride of Stratford-upon-Avon award and have been featured on BBC Countryfile, Midlands Today and The One Show. They recently received some very special letters from David Attenborough, Noel Fitzpatrick (TV’s Supervet) and one on behalf of HM the Queen!  Meet the girls and enjoy their fun activities including: check out real hedgehog spines, guess the footprints, listen to hedgehog sounds and work out what they are telling you.  As you wander around Upton, collect some small twigs and use them to make your very own clay hedgehog to take home with you!  Enjoy the girls’ interactive talk as they tell you about their work and show some adorably cute films and photos of the hedgehogs they have had in their care.  This fun talk is aimed at all ages and gives everyone an idea of why the humble hedgehog is in decline and how we can all make small changes to help them.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Make your own bottle bird-feeders with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust a local charity whose vision is ‘people close to nature, with land rich in wildlife’. A perfect way to recycle a used plastic bottle and provide some extra food for birds.

Warwickshire Badger Group

Meet Warwickshire Badger Group and get up close with their friendly stuffed badger – we promise he doesn’t bite! Have a go at some fun nature and art activities and learn about badger ecology and behaviours. Find out more about their work on rescue, rehabilitation, conservation and what to do if you come across an injured badger. They will also be showing a film with delightful footage of badger cubs at play.

Give it a Grow

Have fun with GIVE IT A GROW and one of our Garden Volunteers. Discover the magic of compost, the creatures who live in it and how to make your own mini composter. Then have a go at the Compost Game. Sowing and growing helps us to connect with the food we eat, as well as to experience the joys of mud!

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Discover bumblebees and find out how these iconic insects play a vital role in our lives by pollinating our crops and wildflowers. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust works to address the declining bumblebee population and stop the extinction of our very rarest bumblebees. What’s the difference between a honeybee and a bumblebee? Visit their stand to find out! Play Bumblebee Bingo and other games that will help you learn more about this captivating insect.

Buff-tailed bumblebee males
Buff-tailed bumblebee males
Buff-tailed bumblebee males

Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group

Little ones who love rocks and fossils can go on our fossil trail around the outside of the house. Specially created for Upton by the Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group; see how many fossils are hidden in the outside walls and learn the prehistoric secrets that Upton holds - including a Jurassic sea bed! Visit their stand and have fun with interactive activities, look at fossils and find out more about these buried ‘treasures’.

Could you identify a ‘Ringlet’, a ‘Meadow Brown’ or a ‘Gatekeeper’? Pick up a copy of the butterfly spotting sheet and see how many species you can spot around the gardens.

Warwickshire Bat Trust

After all that running around outside visit the Squash Court for some indoor activities and make a nature-themed craft item to take home. Warwickshire Bat Trust will be giving a short talk on ‘Bats – the real stars of the night’. Come along and hear what makes these elusive little creatures so special.

Normal admission prices apply, all additional activities are FREE to enjoy.