Make the Mander's front garden your back garden

Two children pedalling around the terrace at Wightwick Manor

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

Unwind

You can picnic anywhere you like in the garden, but if you’re looking for benches or a shady spot then head to picnic area between the pools. The Grigg house is also a lovely shady spot to sit and relax in the afternoon heat. On sunny days, you can also recline in the Edwardian steamer deckchairs on the South Terrace lawn, just like Geoffrey Mander.

You too can enjoy a sunny spot on the terrace in our Edwardian steamer chairs
Geoffrey Mander and his son, John, enjoying a book together sitting in a deckchair on the South Terrace at Wightwick Manor
You too can enjoy a sunny spot on the terrace in our Edwardian steamer chairs

Create and learn

In the Grigg house you'll also find books to read, or why not bring you own easel and brushes to create a masterpiece. 

If the weather is good our volunteers often run impromptu architecture tours, a great way to get to know the outside of the building just as well as the inside.

On Thursday and Friday's in August, come along to discover what beastly activities we have in store for you. Our 'What a Beastly Summer!' family craft activities are inspired by the mythical beasts in the De Morgan tiles throughout the Manor and Gallery. Please check our events page for more details or download our handy guide - August Activity Guide (PDF / 1.1MB) download

Feeling energetic?

Challenge your family and friends to a game of croquet or badminton on the tennis lawn. Then head over to the woodland and see who can build the best den and have a go on our new play area. Bird and bug spotting kits can be borrowed (£2.50 including prize) from visitor reception, so see what you can spot on a family nature walk. After all that exercise you’ll be ready for a cold drink and an ice cream from the tea-room.

Culture

Enjoy one of our outdoor theatre productions in August - from Shakespeare to family-friendly fun, there will be something for the whole family to enjoy. Follow the links below to find out more.

Folksy Theatre performance in costume with masks

Playful summer nights at Wightwick Manor

Celebrate summer with an outdoor theatre performance in the beautiful setting of the Manor's South Terrace. Bring your family, friends, folding chairs and tasty picnics to enjoy an evening of entertainment.