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Summer of Play

Come out to play with your friends and family this summer. Between 20 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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Somatic wellbeing sessions 

Escape to Rufford's peaceful garden for a free Somatic wellbeing session.

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on
26 Jul to 12 Aug 2024
at
10:00 to 11:00
+ 3 other dates or times
Event

Soft Archery - Summer of Play 

Attend free sessions of soft archery, and enjoy this exciting sport in a fun and safe way.

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on
30 Jul to 30 Aug 2024
at
12:00 to 14:00
+ 5 other dates or times
Event

Cricket games - Summer of Play 

Join in on some friendly cricket games throughout the summer holidays.

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on
3 Aug to 23 Aug 2024
at
11:30 to 13:30
+ 3 other dates or times
Event

Rounders games - Summer of Play 

Join in on some friendly rounders games throughout the summer holidays.

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on
6 Aug to 31 Aug 2024
at
12:30 to 14:30
+ 2 other dates or times