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Summer of Play

Two girls sitting on the lawn at Sizergh on a sunny day. They are laughing, and wearing 1920s-style hats, rummaging through a basket full of dressing up clothes.
Dress up opportunity at Sizergh | © National Trust Images/James Beck

Inspired by footage from the family archive, Summer of Play at Sizergh will transport you back in time.

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‘At Home’ with the Stricklands

Sir Gerald Strickland and his family hosted many garden parties at Sizergh. This footage, from 1898, shows a garden party hosted by Sir Gerald’s first wife Lady Edeline. 170 local people donned their finest clothes and promenaded in the garden to the sweet sound of music.

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Hop to it!

Skipping games were popular with the Strickland children. Have a go at some of the games you can see them playing in this footage.

Explore more family history

You can also trace the history of Sizergh by following the scallop trail through the house and discovering 800 years of family history.

Further afield

Walk to the bird hide to see what’s visiting the wetland, or discover which special plants are growing on Sizergh Fell.

Or take a stroll through fascinating ancient woodland on the circular Holeslack accessible trail, suitable for prams, pushchairs and little legs. Spot weird and wonderful fungi, birds and small mammals which make their home here.

Two little boys sitting on mini, old-fashioned-style cars on the lawn at Sizergh. The boys are wearing brightly coloured clothes and concentrating hard. It's a sunny day.
Summer of Play at Sizergh | © National Trust Images/James Beck