Summer fun at Wightwick Manor

Two ladies and a girl taking part in an egg and spoon race on green grass.

Generations of the Mander family enjoyed the gardens at Wightwick Manor. So round up your family and enjoy a summer's day in their back garden.

Wightwick's gardens are the perfect place to bring your family this summer. Explore the 17-acre gardens, discover our woodland play, find the barefoot walk and treat yourself to an ice-cream from our tearoom.

Please help us to look after our special gardens by leaving bikes and ball games at home and keeping dogs on a short lead.

 

Get Crafty

Come Out and Play - Summer Holiday Family Crafts and Games - 27 July, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August, 11am - 3pm each day.

Join us each Wednesday in the summer holidays for family fun and creativity in the great outdoors.

Each Wednesday we will be offering different nature based and Victorian-themed craft activities for families. Like us on Facebook to find out what craft activity we will be running each week.

You can also have a go at our traditional games and races out on sunny days - who is the best hopper in the sack race and who can balance their egg on the spoon for the longest distance?

£1.50 per craft activity, no charge for taking part in our outdoor games. Normal admission costs apply, no booking required.

Please note, all activities are weather dependant and may be postponed on rainy days.

Unwind

Wightwick's gardens offer the ideal spot to stretch out and relax on the lawns for an afternoon in the sun. Bring a good book and listen to the birds sing in the trees.

You are welcome to picnic anywhere in our gardens, but if you’re looking for benches or a shady spot then head to our picnic area between the pools. Please remember to leave all areas how you found them and help us by taking your rubbish home with you.

Don't worry if you forget to bring a packed lunch - our tearoom is open from 10am - 5pm each day for hot and cold drinks, ice-creams, sandwiches, a selection of light-bites and cakes. You could even treat yourself to a cream tea!

Lunch break at Wightwick Manor
On the terrace at Wightwick Manor, two children having a picnic lunch
Lunch break at Wightwick Manor

Feeling energetic?

Our popular barefoot walk is also back in on the Tennis Lawn this summer - ask our reception team for directions and feel all of the different textures under your feet - suitable for adults too!

No. 24 Go Barefoot
A woman and girl are barefoot and walking along different textures on a barefoot walk
No. 24 Go Barefoot

Bring your family up to the woodland and see who can build the best den and explore our natural woodland play.

Suitable for young and old alike (youngsters under supervision please!) see the woods from a higher level on our tower, balance along the log walkway, scramble over the tangle climb and stretch those legs on our stilt walk.

When you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise!
Outdoor play structure in Wightwick Manor woodland
When you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise!

Learn a new skill

Adult Beginners Needle Felting Workshop - Birds inspired by The Strawberry Thief - Sunday 31 July, 10:30am - 2:30pm

This workshop is aimed at adult beginners or first time felters with tutor Natalie Harris(Brooks). Natalie is a fine artist using needle felting and the creator of Roly Poly Ponies.

This workshop will show you the basics of what type of wool and needles are best for sculpting will be explained and then you will use some basic techniques to make a bird inspired by The Strawberry Thief design by Morris and Co.

Booking is essential, £25 per person, all materials provided. You can book with Natalie on her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rolypolyponies

Adult Beginners Needle Felting Workshop - Dragons - Sunday 21 August, 10:30am - 3:30pm

This workshop is aimed at adult beginners or first time felters with tutor Natalie Harris(Brooks). Natalie is a fine artist using needle felting and the creator of Roly Poly Ponies.

The basics of what type of wool and needles are best for sculpting will be explained and then you will use some basic techniques to make a felted dragon.

Booking is essential, £30 per person. You can book with Natalie on her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rolypolyponies

Tai Chi and Qigong demonstrations

Come along every Tuesday at 2pm this summer to watch some beautiful demonstrations from Diane Brindley and her group performing Qigong exercises and Tai Chi routines on the Thimbles Lawn. (weather permitting).

Qigong is an ancient Chinese system of body and mind healing through working with energy. It combines breathing techniques, gentle movement and focused intention to strengthen and cleanse the body, and to support smooth flow of energy and blood circulation.

Tai Chi is a form of martial art using smooth and seemingly effortless, yet powerful and dynamic movements.

Come and watch and even have a go yourself. No booking required, normal admission costs apply.​

50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾

From creating wild art to watching a bird, getting to know a tree or eating a picnic in the wild - you can complete many of the '50 things' here at Wightwick this summer. See our guide below for a few ideas of things to do and don't forget to collect your leaflet from our Visitor Reception team.