Summer at Wimpole

Summer is the perfect time to explore at Wimpole, from the gardens brimming with colourful flowers to long walks through ancient parkland and shady woods, plus meet the Shires and the pigs at Home Farm.

Enjoy summer activities that’ll make your staycation one to remember. From 50 things to picnics, scavenger hunts and outdoor adventures, as well as inspiration to keep everyone entertained at home, we’re here to help the whole family have fun.

Gardens in bloom

Wander through the Pleasure Grounds and imagine 18th-century family and guests taking summer evening strolls and enjoying picnics amongst the many rare, exotic and unusual plants sourced from all over the world. 

Don’t forget to also visit the Parterre. Our Union Jack flower beds provide a geometric backdrop to the imposing mansion, with striped lawns and neatly cut box hedging corralling the colourful pelargoniums.  

The Walled Garden is not to be missed and is where we grow our young plants for the vegetable plots, plants for the parterre, produce for our restaurant and cut flowers for the Hall.  The herbaceous borders hum with buzz of bees and click of cameras as they wow all our visitors with their colour, texture and abundance.

Wimpole Walks

Download a Wimpole Walks leaflet and follow one of five walks around the estate through ancient parkland, the woodland belt or up to the Gothic folly through ‘Capability’ Brown’s North Park and discover some of the best views, paths and secret seats in and around the parkland.

Summer adventures with your family 

Enjoying a Summer picnic
Enjoying a Summer picnic
Enjoying a Summer picnic
Wimpole Summer Scavenger Hunt Download our NEW Summer scavenger hunt

Families can have a lot of fun together at Wimpole Estate, whatever the weather this summer.

Follow the one way route at Home Farm and you’ll see our rare breed horses, pigs and goats and if you head out into the parkland you can spot our rare breed sheep and some of our cattle.

Don’t forget to download the new Summer seasonal scavenger hunt before your visit to help you explore the gardens and parkland and beyond. Whilst you are out there why not try some of the ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11¾’

Rainy day discoveries

Bring your brolly and on a rainy day you can hop, skip and jump through the puddles and still have a great day.  Head off on a walk and watch the rain drops fall into the lake and listen for the water cascading over the dam under the Chinese Bridge or head into the Woodland Belts to hear the pitter-patter of rain on the trees.

Stop for a treat

Take a break from your discoveries or adventures for a cool drink, ice cream or a delicious treat, or bring a picnic and sit on a rug on Church field and watch the family play.

What will you find on your adventure?

Family activities for outdoor adventures 

We've got lots of fun activities to try on your next family adventure. Discover wildlife at the places in our care using our handy spotter guides or have a go at activities inspired by the colours and sounds of nature.

50 things to do before youre 11 3/4

Want to know more about 50 things to do before you're 11¾? 

Find out about all of our '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities with this handy list. From stargazing to crawling through mud looking for animal clues, we have something for every young explorer.