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Family-friendly things to do at Upton House and Gardens

A child with curly blonde hair wearing green sunglasses lying on a picnic blanket.
Enjoy summer fun | © ©National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Bring the family for a fun-filled day out at Upton House and Gardens. Join in with outdoor activities, and see what we have planned coming up over the summer.

Family Friendly Events

A walk in the woods

Available daily from 3 June - 1 September, ask at Visitor Reception on arrival. £2 per trail sheet and normal admission applies.

Seek out nature in Upton's Woodland Walk and gardens with this fun trail sheet for little explorers.

Summer Evening Jazz

Sat 6 July, 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Adult £18:50, Child £11:50, Family £50. Advanced booking required, more information here.

The Great Central Big Band will perform a selection of hits from the swing era, with some classic songs you're sure to recognise. The concert is open air on the lawn at Upton. Bring a picnic and a blanket and get ready to sing along!

A summer with the collection

19 July - 1 September, 11am - 3pm. Normal admission applies. Find out more here.

Introduce your child to the pleasures and possibilities of great paintings this summer with our indoor and outdoor trails exploring some of Upton's most distinguished collection items.

Make a family visit to the house memorable and rewarding with our children's guides to the collection. With questions and suggested activities for different ages, the guides help children and adults to explore their own individual responses to paintings, their feelings and senses, to look and engage on their own terms.

Crafting Tuesdays

23 & 30 July, and every Tuesday in August, 11am - 2pm. Normal admission applies and £2 per child. Find out more here.

Engage your children's creativity with a range of fun, tactile arts and crafts activities inspired by Upton's art collection and garden wildlife. From pebble painting to making badges and seed bombs, there's something to try every Tuesday during the school summer holidays.

Wildlife Wednesdays

24 & 31 July, and every Wednesday on August, 11am - 3pm. Normal admission applies. Find out more here.

Bring your little ones to discover the fun and fascinating world of local wildlife every Wednesday throughout the summer holidays. From nature trails to treasure hunts and crafts, each week there'll be something to inspire young explorers.

Story time Thursdays

25 July and every Thursday in August. Normal admission applies. See here for more information including times.

Bring your little ones to our weekly story times every Thursday during the school summer holidays. Listen to our volunteers reading a selection of stories aloud in the outdoor Woodland Walk. There'll be new stories to inspire new adventures and old favourites for comfort and relaxation. Every story time will bring fun and shared pleasure for all ages.

(Please note that this activity is weather dependent and may be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or high winds. Please check the website on the day or telephone the property).

Jemima Puddle-Duck at Upton House and Gardens

Sat 27 July, 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Adult £18:50, Child £11:50, Family £50. On the night at the venue: Adult £20:50, Child £12:50 Family £52 Advanced booking required, more information here.

New for 2024, Quantum theatre presents a delightful new adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s much-loved tale - The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. Pack a picnic and bring the family to enjoy this heart-warming tale on Upton's south lawn this summer.

Music on the Lawn

Every weekend in Augsut including the bank holiday Monday, 12pm - 2pm. Normal admission applies. Find out more here.

Enjoy live music in the intimate outdoor setting of Upton House and Gardens. Performances will include songs and music from the jazz era and beyond and will take place on the south terrace at the rear of the house. Perfect to listen to while enjoying a picnic.

Romeo and Juliet by Illyria

Sat 24 August, 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Adult £18:50, Child £11:50, Family £50 On the night at the venue: Adult £20:50, Child £12:50 Family £52. Advanced booking required, more information here.

Two wealthy families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are at war. But when Romeo (Montague’s son) meets Juliet (Capulet’s daughter) they fall into a forbidden love with devastating consequences.

As the summer sun goes down, Upton's south terrace makes a stunning backdrop for this classic tale of love and tragedy.

Upton's Woodland Walk

Come and explore the Woodland Walk. Discover exciting wildlife while climbing over logs, through tunnels and around tree stumps. Warm up with a hot treat or light lunch at the Pavilion Cafe after the exploring.

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Discover the woodland walk | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra
The north front of Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire in summer

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