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Family-friendly things to do at Dyrham Park

Children and adult in play area at Dyrham Park, South Gloucestershire
Family in Old Lodge play area at Dyrham Park, South Gloucestershire | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

There’s plenty for families to enjoy at Dyrham Park. Old Lodge parkland play area is fully open after a major revamp with a brand new café and ice cream kiosk. There are seasonal events all year round and you can also get involved with a range of ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ challenges.

Planning your family visit

Here is the information you need at a glance to help plan your next day out at Dyrham Park:

  • The new play area in the parkland at Old Lodge also has a café and ice cream kiosk
  • Baby-changing facilities are available near the car park
  • Please don't bring bikes or scooters into the park
  • Lockers are provided where bags, pushchairs, large child carriers and food and drink can be stored, as these items can't be brought into the house
  • There are toliets on arrival by the car park, at Old Lodge in the parkland and down by the house
  • Picnics can be held at Old Lodge, on the lawn by the East Front and the orchard in the West Garden.

Family-friendly events

Christmas through the ages - Dec 1 to Jan 7

The house will be dressed in the style of five different eras, from Tudor times right up until the 20th century. Festive writings by the likes of Samuel Pepys, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens will be brought to life.

Outside, there will be a selection of Christmas trees decorated with golden pears - a pear theme running across the site to tie in with the orchards.

Families can track down giant wooden presents in a discovery trail dotted around the 270 acre site. Indoor crafts and games are planned in the house's basement bringing to life the magic of the popular festive poem 'The Night before Christmas'.

There will also be a poetry trail, aimed at adults. This runs through the quiet terraces area offering an opportunity to reflect on 17th-century seasonal verse in a peaceful setting.

On selected dates, local choirs will be singing in the adjoining village church.

Check here for family-friendly events taking place this season.

A family walking down a wide gravel pathway with long garden beds either side. The grand manor of Dyrham House can be seen in the background and the family are wrapped up warm for winter.
A family walking around the grounds of Dyrham Park in Gloucestershire | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Family-friendly things to do on the estate

Old Lodge play area

Old Lodge play area in the middle of Dyrham’s parkland has now reopened. Youngsters can play on climbing equipment, balance beams and a log tunnel and there are play kitchens. New paths have been laid between the car park and Old Lodge, to improve access to the parkland through the year. At Old Lodge there's a brand new café and ice cream kiosk, toilets, as well as the new play facilities.

Family-friendly things to do in the garden

The garden sits in the shadow of the main house and neighbouring St Peter's Church. There are plenty of inviting benches and spots to rest along the way.

The pool gardens with a gentle cascade are a relaxing place to wander round or take a break on a bench and relax.

Family-friendly things to do in the house

The main house is open daily from 11.30am following major conservation and decorative work. The new exhibition and basement are open too.

‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’

The ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ challenges young explorers to connect with nature through play. Many of the activities can be completed at Dyrham Park like cloud-watching or getting to know a tree. You will find more information available at visitor reception on your visit.

Find out more about which ‘50 things’ activities you can take part in this spring.

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