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Summer of Play

Join us during the Summer holidays for free family games and activities.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

We have plenty of family activities on offer at Petworth with another year of the Summer of Play. Try out one of our lawn games, such as croquet or badminton. Take part in our free activities such as giant colouring, hula hoops, and space hoppers.

Head up to the Glade in the garden to become Queen or King of our straw bale castle.

We will also be celebrating our Tudor heritage with Tudor Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Summer holidays. Try out one of our free Tudor-themed crafts, and have a go at our family-friendly jousting.

There will be special pop up archery events throughout August! Join us for free archery practice in Petworth's Pleasure Gardens. All equipment is provided, and instructors will be on hand to help you perfect your aim. This event is open to everyone aged 6 and up. These will take place on 6, 8, 13, 15, 24 and 29 August, from 12 noon - 3pm.

All activities are free, normal admission charges apply.



Event ticket prices

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

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The basics

Meeting point

The Pleasure Garden

What to bring and wear

Most of our activities are outside, dress for the weather.


Our paths are buggy friendly, though some may be uneven or muddy.

Upcoming events


Archaeological Dig at Petworth 

Archaeologists are coming to Petworth on a special mission tracing the footsteps of Henry VIII.

Event summary

21 Jul to 31 Jul 2024
10:00 to 16:25
+ 9 other dates or times

Conserving Kauffman 

This summer, we’ll be shining a light on the recent conservation of Angelica Kauffman’s Diomed and Cressida (1788) with a spotlight display.

Event summary

21 Jul to 24 Nov 2024
10:30 to 16:00
+ 126 other dates or times

Tudor Tuesdays and Thursdays 

Join us every Tuesday and Thursday to take part in our free Tudor activities! We will have a variety of crafts and activities to try out, from bedazzling crowns to hobbyhorse jousting!

Event summary

23 Jul to 29 Aug 2024
10:30 to 15:30
+ 11 other dates or times

Have-A-Go Archery 

Are you ready to become the next Robin Hood? Come to Petworth for free have-a-go archery lessons!

Event summary

6 Aug to 29 Aug 2024
12:00 to 15:00
+ 5 other dates or times