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Summer of Play

Come out to play with your friends and family this summer. Between 26 July - 01 September embark on your next adventure in nature at Rufford Old Hall.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Run wild in the natural play area, enjoy a picnic and outdoor games in one of the paddocks, try on suits of armour in the Great Hall and tuck into your favourite treats in the Victorian tea-room.

Every day during summer opening times (Fri-Tues) enjoy an abundance of garden games and self-led activities. Escape to the Orchard Paddock and take part in free sports activities including cricket, rounders, tennis, soft archery, croquet and more. From the Coach House you can collect a sports day kit box which includes instructions, skipping ropes, hula hoops, race markers, beanbags and more.

As part of Rufford’s usual offering don’t forget about the hugely popular balance bikes available to borrow, as well as nature backpacks, picture orienteering maps and binoculars which can be collected from the Coach House.

Summer of Play sponsored by Starling Bank. Normal admission charges apply.

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

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Upcoming events

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Outside Talk - History & Geography of Rufford Old Hall 

Come for a free guided walk with volunteer Anne, as she shares her knowledge on the history and geography of Rufford Old Hall and the surrounding area.

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26 Apr to 17 May 2024
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11:30 to 12:30
+ 7 other dates or times
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Outdoor Theatre - Little Women 

An uplifting and heartfelt tale of the March sisters’ journey into adulthood and all the trials and triumphs that come with it, Little Women features authentic costuming and a beautiful musical score.

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5 Jul 2024
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19:00 to 21:00
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Outdoor Theatre - A Midsummer Night's Dream 

Let yourself be whisked away on an enchanting journey to the most magical of forests and meet bewitched lovers, playful fairies, and hilarious travelling players.

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9 Aug 2024
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19:00 to 21:00
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Guided Bat Walk 

Join our friendly bat expert for an evening guided walk through the gardens and woodland here at Rufford to find out more about the different species of bat living here.

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16 Aug to 23 Aug 2024
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19:30 to 21:00
+ 1 other date or time