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Summer of Play at Clumber Park

Straw bale fun at Summer of Play
Straw bale fun at Summer of Play | © Jon Scrimshaw

The whole family will want to spend the day on the Front Field at Clumber this summer with interactive play zones, a straw bale creation to explore and shaded areas to relax in. With every flavour of play imaginable, once you've got a taste of what's on offer, you'll want to come back again and again. There’ll be additional activities to take part in on most days so scan our week-by-week calendar of events below so you don't miss out on any of the fun.

Every day offer

Taking place from Saturday 27 July - Sunday 8 September, Clumber Park's Summer of Play is free to enjoy and offers 7 play zones, crammed full of imaginative ways to play. Summer of Play will be open every day from 10.00 - 16.00.

Active Zone: Burn off some energy with football, badminton, hockey, rounders and a run track.

Creative Zone: Unleash your creativity with opportunities to do chalk art, dance on the stage with scarves and ribbons and engage in imaginative games.

Nature Zone: Are you a nature lover? Get hands-on and explore our accessible dig beds and mud kitchen, and have fun in the sand pit.

Performance Zone: Filled with dramatic flair? You are being called to the stage! Dress up and put on a play in the theatre area, or engage with our mini Clumber Park.

Loose Parts Zone: If it's all about play, this area is a treasure trove for the imagination. With everything from a construction area to big lawn games and play town to den building.

New for 2024, we're introducing a Toddler Zone. Just by the busy field you'll find a quieter area with a marquee for toddler-centred play.

To ensure every member of the family can get involved we also have a Dog Agility Zone next to the Front Field.

Away from Summer of Play, explore a little further afield and discover Heritage Play in the Lincoln Stables. Enjoy traditional playground games, skipping ropes, chalk on the floor & dress up.

Don't forget your cameras! Our #Clumber Hollywood-style letters make for a perfect photo opportunity. The giant, colourful letters will be situated opposite the Front Field.

Mother & son relaxing in hammocks
Mother & son relaxing in a hammock at the Summer of Play | © Jon Scrimshaw

Additional activities

Alongside Summer of Play, there will be lots of additional activities to take part in throughout the holidays, and most are free to enjoy.

There is a charge for axe throwing & archery and for the theatre performances taking place on the Parsonage Lawn by the Chapel.

Week commencing 29 July

Monday 29 July
Story telling from 10.30 - 16.00 in the Summer of Play tipi

Tuesday 30 July
Pond dipping from 11.00 - 12.00 (meet at the Summer of Play tipi)
Bug hunts from 13.00 - 14.00 (meet at the Summer of Play tipi)

Wednesday 31 July
Axe throwing & archery (£3 per 6 arrows/axes, cash payment only)
World Ranger Day in the Lincoln Stables. Meet the team and the exciting equipment and vehicles they use across the parkland.

Thursday 1 August
Family story telling with singing bowls, 11.00 - 15.00 in the Summer of Play tipi

Friday 2 August
Immersion Theatre - Peter Pan on the Parsonage Lawn, 15.00 - 17.00. Click here for full details and to book tickets.

Sunday 4 August
Live music with Claire Shaw in the Turning Yard, 12.30 - 15.30

Week commencing 5 August

Monday 5 August
Story telling from 10.30 - 16.00 in the Summer of Play tipi

Tuesday 6 August
Pond dipping from 11.00 - 12.00 (meet at the Summer of Play tipi)
Bug hunts from 13.00 - 14.00 (meet at the Summer of Play tipi)
Bee Corner from 10.00 - 16.00. See the demo hive, try on a beekeeping suit, bee related games & colouring and Clumber honey tasting.

Wednesday 7 August
Axe throwing & archery (£3 per 6 arrows/axes, cash payment only)

Thursday 8 August
Family story telling with singing bowls, 11.00 - 15.00 in the Summer of Play tipi

Saturday 10 August
Yoga for children in the Summer of Play tipi, 11.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 14.00

Sunday 11 August
Live music with Ben Haynes in the Turning Yard, 12.30 - 15.30

Week commencing 12 August

Monday 12 August
Story telling from 10.30 - 16.00 in the Summer of Play tipi

Tuesday 13 August
Pond dipping from 11.00 - 12.00 (meet at the Summer of Play tipi)
Bug hunts from 13.00 - 14.00 (meet at the Summer of Play tipi)

Wednesday 14 August
Axe throwing & archery (£3 per 6 arrows/axes, cash payment only)
Specialist Craft Centre Open Day, 10.00 - 15.00. Enjoy workshop tours, experience live demonstrations and take part in a craft activity.

Thursday 15 August
Talegate Theatre's Panto in the Park, Alice in Wonderland on the Parsonage Lawn, 15.00 - 17.00. Click here for full details and to book tickets.

Friday 16 August
Immersion Theatre's Midsummer Night's Dream on the Parsonage Lawn, 15.00 - 17.00. Click here for full details and to book tickets.

Saturday 17 August
Yoga for children in the Summer of Play tipi, 11.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 14.00

Sunday 18 August
Live music with Jayne Darling in the Turning Yard, 12.30 - 15.30

Loose parts at Summer of Play
Loose Parts Zone at Summer of Play | © Jon Scrimshaw

Week commencing 19 August

Monday 19 August
Story telling from 10.30 - 16.00 in the Summer of Play tipi
Bee Corner from 10.00 - 16.00. See the demo hive, try on a beekeeping suit, bee related games & colouring and Clumber honey tasting.

Tuesday 20 August
Pond dipping from 11.00 - 12.00 (meet at the Summer of Play tipi)
Bug hunts from 13.00 - 14.00 (meet at the Summer of Play tipi)

Wednesday 21 August
Axe throwing & archery (£3 per 6 arrows/axes, cash payment only)

Thursday 22 August
Crafts in the Summer of Play tipi, 11.00 - 12.00

Friday 23 August
Talegate Theatre's Panto in the Park, Pinocchio on the Parsonage Lawn, 15.00 - 17.00. Click here for full details and to book tickets.

Saturday 24 August
Quantum Theatre's Jemima Puddleduck on the Parsonage Lawn, 15.00 - 17.00. Click here for full details and to book tickets.

Sunday 25 August
Live music with Claire Shaw in the Turning Yard, 12.30 - 15.30

Week commencing 26 August

Monday 26 August
Story telling from 10.30 - 16.00 in the Summer of Play tipi

Tuesday 27 August
Pond dipping from 11.00 - 12.00 (meet at the Summer of Play tipi)
Bug hunts from 13.00 - 14.00 (meet at the Summer of Play tipi)

Wednesday 28 August
Axe throwing & archery (£3 per 6 arrows/axes, cash payment only)

Thursday 29 August
Crafts in the Summer of Play tipi, 11.00 - 12.00

Friday 30 August
Family story telling with singing bowls, 11.00 - 15.00 in the Summer of Play tipi
Talegate Theatre's Panto in the Park, The Little Mermaid on the Parsonage Lawn, 15.00 - 17.00. SOLD OUT

Saturday 31 August
Yoga for children in the Summer of Play tipi, 11.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 14.00

Sunday 1 September
Live music with Jayne Darling in the Turning Yard, 12.30 - 15.30

Week commencing 2 September

Monday 2 September
Story telling from 10.30 - 16.00 in the Summer of Play tipi

Tuesday 3 September
Pond dipping from 11.00 - 12.00 (meet at the Summer of Play tipi)
Bug hunts from 13.00 - 14.00 (meet at the Summer of Play tipi)
Bee Corner from 10.00 - 16.00. See the demo hive, try on a beekeeping suit, bee related games & colouring and Clumber honey tasting.

Wednesday 4 September
Axe throwing & archery (£3 per 6 arrows/axes, cash payment only)

Thursday 5 September
Family story telling with singing bowls, 11.00 - 15.00 in the Summer of Play tipi

Friday 6 September
Yoga for children in the Summer of Play tipi, 11.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 14.00

Saturday 7 September
Yoga for children in the Summer of Play tipi, 11.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 14.00

Sunday 8 September
Yoga for children in the Summer of Play tipi, 11.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 14.00


Summer of Play is sponsored by Starling Bank.
Free event, admission into the park applies. Charges for some activities.

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