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Summer of Play

At Dunham Massey, families and friends are encouraged to harness the vibrancy and joy of longer warmer days, with a playful, three-month celebration of summer.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

> The North Park Play Hub Share games and challenges amongst ancient trees and nature. Catch special events like crafts and storytelling. Clamber and climbing are a must at the natural play Log Pile.

> Wildlife Walk for Little Legs, all day Follow the windy paths around the Visitor Centre and explore the wild surrounds. A short, accessible trail aimed at our early years visitors and their grownups.

> Join our band, all day Find giant xylophones, colourful chimes and make merry music in the Gardens this summer.

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Play, Everyday: daily themed activities.

Musical Mondays, 1, 2 & 3pm: Catch classical music with a twist against the beautiful backdrop of the Dunham Massey Gardens.

Circus Tuesdays, drop-in, 11am – 3pm: Have a go at circus skills workshops with The Circus House

Wellbeing Wednesdays, all day Created by Dunham Massey’s Young Volunteers, Wellbeing Wednesdays brings different ways to connect with nature as part of their wellbeing trail.

Nature crafts Thursdays, 11am – 3pm: From scavenging and art attacks to seed planting with Sow the City.

Fancy Dress Fridays, all day: Come along in your favourite fancy dress or see what you can discover in the fancy dress baskets. Costume parades at 11am, 12noon, 1 .30 & 2,30pm.

Storytelling Saturdays and Sundays, 11am, 12noon, 1.30 & 2.30pm: Join us for an immersive adventure of the imagination nestled amongst ancient trees.

Times

Prices

Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics

Suitability

Suitable for all ages

Meeting point

Stop by the Visitor Centre for direction to Summer of Play top spots and activities.

What to bring and wear

Weather appropriate clothing and footwear.

Accessibility

The North Park, where the Play Hub is located, is accessed via both cement and natural paths, both of which are relatively flat and accessible.

Upcoming events

Event

Summer of Play - Wildlife Walk for Little Legs 

Who lives here? From hedgehogs in their houses to worms tunnelling underground, discover the gardens brimming with life. For under 5s and their grownups.

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on
16 Jul to 8 Sep 2024
at
10:00 to 16:00
+ 54 other dates or times
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Summer of Play - Join our Band 

Make music in the formal gardens and discover big, bright and bold musical installations.

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on
16 Jul to 8 Sep 2024
at
10:00 to 16:00
+ 54 other dates or times
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From Here to There: a trail for children 

All aboard! Pack your bags and giddy up for Speechly’s ‘Grand Tour’ of the historic house.

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on
16 Jul to 3 Nov 2024
at
12:00 to 16:00
+ 110 other dates or times
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Summer of Play - Play, Everyday 

Throughout the school summer holidays, Dunham Massey is hosting a collection of playful happenings, with different family-friendly events every day. How will you play today?

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on
20 Jul to 1 Sep 2024
at
10:00 to 16:00
+ 43 other dates or times