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Family-friendly things to do at Lacock

A family explore the parkland at Lacock, two adults look on as two children play at the base of an old tree, a willow sculpture representing the sun in its branches.
A family explore the parkland at Lacock | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

There are lots of things at Lacock for families to enjoy all year round. With a busy programme of activities from family crafts to the magic of live theatre, find out more about what you could discover on your next visit.

Spring at Lacock

Spring is sprung in the abbey gardens and woodland. From April showers to May flowers, wind your way around the woodland path and watch the season come to life. Can you spot the lambs skipping in the fields around the abbey? Or perhaps hear the woodpeckers in their favourite trees? Celebrate blossom in the orchard until 12 May and learn about the importance of pollinators and treat the family to a tasty lunch in the Stables Cafe (open 10am - 5pm), or an ice-cream from the Courtyard Tea-room (open 11am - 4pm weekdays and from 10am weekends).

Take a peek into the abbey's medieval and Tudor periods with a walk around the Cloister and Courtyard, and don't forget to stock up on reading material for all the family in the secondhand bookshop. In the Abbey, pick up an animal spotter sheet and see if you can find the 10 animals hidden amidst the collection items on display; from a horse in the stone gallery to a pangolin in a high place, can you find them all?

May Half Term

This May half term feel arty and inspired by the Talbot family, Lacock's Victorian residents who knew a thing or two about art and photography. Henry and Constance Talbot were early photography pioneers, with the negative invented at Lacock in the mid 1800s. Constance and her daughters were also talented artists, you can see some of their watercolours on display in the abbey on selected days throughout the year. From 27 May - 2 June take part in art and photography themed activities in the orchard and around the gardens, from 'mud' photography workshops to learning how an analogue camera works. All activities are included in the cost of normal admission, with no need to book. Visit our events page to find out more.

Outdoor Theatre: Beauty and the Beast

Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company on 15 August for a brand-new telling of this classic fairy tale. Beauty and the Beast is a show suitable for all the family and presented with lively original music and sparkling humour against the atmospheric setting of Lacock's abbey and grounds. Pack a picnic and some seating (low-backed please) and treat the family to a night of magical theatre under the summer skies. Book via our events page below:

Outdoor Theatre: Beauty and the Beast by Chapterhouse Theatre Company | National Trust

Summer of Play

Adventure awaits in the Parkland this summer. Wind your way through the wildflowers and let your imaginations run wild. Whether you're full of beans or bursting with creativity, there's something for everyone and ways to play all day. Craft sessions facilitated by Lacock volunteers will run on weekdays in the school holidays in the creative zone, with self-led activities on weekends. Take a mindful moment in the nature area, how many of Lacock's birds can you spot with the binoculars? Make a noise with the musical instruments and giant windchimes in the performance area; storytellers - gather your audience and tell a tale or two.

Planning your family visit

Here's all the information you need at a glance to help plan your next day out to Lacock Abbey:

  • Baby-changing facilities are available in access-friendly toilets in the courtyard at the Abbey and in the Red Lion car park toilets
  • A children's menu is available in the Stables Café, including ice creams
  • We welcome breastfeeding everywhere at Lacock, including in our cafe and we can provide hot water for making up baby bottles.
  • Picnics are allowed in the grounds (the orchard is a great place for a picnic) and there are picnic benches in the Pound by the play area in the village
  • Pushchairs are admitted in the garden, but not in the Abbey or cloister
  • Children’s scooters and bikes (including self-propelled or balance bikes) are not permitted in the garden.

A family enjoying Easter trails and Spring sunshine at Ickworth, Suffolk
Squelching mud and crunchy leaves at Lacock | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Family-friendly things to do in the village

Lacock is a beautiful village with plenty to see and do (how many locations will you recognise from the Harry Potter films?). You might want to marvel at the majesty of the Tithe Barn, or head over to the children's play area in the village playing field, which is perfect for ball games.

There's a range of great village shops, including a National Trust shop in the High Street ,where there are family gifts and pocket-money toys available to take home and treasure.

If you’ve got the energy to stretch your legs a bit further, explore the countryside around and see the Abbey from a different angle on one of the walks.

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Lacock Abbey is also a great place to tick off some of the National Trust's ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’. Here's some of the top activities to tick off your list:

Check out the full list of 50 things and see what else is waiting for your imagination .

Row of cottages in the village at Lacock, Wiltshire

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