We’ve got so much for families to do at The Bishop’s Palace - whatever the weather, you can always have a great day out.
The Dragon’s Lair
Legend has it that in the 13th century, Somerset was terrorised by a frightful dragon who liked to eat milkmaids and other unsuspecting villagers. Bishop Jocelyn - who built The Bishop’s Palace – bravely ventured out to kill the dragon. After a mighty battle, as the dragon breathed its dying breath, it cast an eternal curse on the villagers - that if they ever forgot about it, the creature would return every 50 years….
This year, let your imagination run wild at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells. Cross the Drawbridge to receive the ancient story map and use your wits to lead you through the Palace Gardens to experience The Dragon’s Lair!
This new, interactive discovery area is designed around the themes and stories of the Palace. Taking inspiration from Dragon’s Wings, Well Pools & Water, Trees and History, this outdoor natural activity space will exercise both minds and bodies with a pole jungle, tree pods, a waterwheel and sluice gates.
The only question is – Dare you enter The Dragon’s Lair?
Storytelling at The Dragon’s Lair
Join us for some fantastic tales this Easter!
Tuesday 27th at 12 noon
Wednesday 28th at 2pm
Saturday 31st at 2pm
Wednesday 4th April at 2pm
Other Family Activities
Little ones love to explore our 14 acres of gardens, trying to spot the swans and their cygnets - if you’re lucky, you might even see them ringing the bell for their food! We’ve got waterfalls and springs to see and a lovely pond for a spot of pond dipping in the Community Garden. There are trees to climb and places to hide for a fantastic game of hide and seek in our Arboretum and we’ve got children’s trails to take you through our gardens! Head inside the Palace for a spot of dressing up, a giant stained-glass jigsaw and some dragon-spotting. In fine weather, we have a great selection of giant garden games right by the cafe, so Mum and Dad can have a coffee whilst the kids are entertained.
Easter Fun begins on Saturday 24th March with our Easter Egg Trail Children can follow the clues to find our coloured eggs all around the Gardens, and when they’ve found them all, they can return to claim their chocolate prize from the Shop!
On Monday 26th March and Monday 2nd April (10:30am-3pm), there will be “Make-it Monday” sessions in the Undercroft of the Palace. Families can take part in an array of crafting activities including Easter-themed card-making, daffodil windmills, baby animal-themed masks and puppets and making use of spring flowers.
On Friday 30th March and Friday 6th April (11am-3pm), our Garden team will be holding “Nature Ninjas” sessions in the Community Garden, aimed at getting little ones engaged with nature and gardening. The team will have lots of horticulturally-based fun activities for all ages.
If you’re a fan of Falconry, then don’t miss our Medieval Falconry Day on Saturday 7th April 10am-4pm when The Raptor Foundation will return to the South Lawn for a day of fantastic flying displays, entertaining information and beautiful birds! Suitable for all ages, the displays will illustrate how these birds would have been used in Medieval times and why. Marvel at their skill and training as they show off their well-honed moves in front of the audience and in between displays, visitors can have the chance to handle some of the birds.
All activities are included in standard admission.
Keep an eye out for future family activity dates here!
Boots and brolly day - Has it started raining again? Doesn’t matter! Put up your brolly & be like a duck!
Visit the Well pools - see them bubble with all the water passing underneath them. Walk through the medieval Palace, see portraits of past bishops, find the green dragons and complete the stained glass jigsaw puzzle. Visit the Bishop’s private chapel, look up, down, around, behind everything - there are lots of amazing details to spot. Dress up as a bishop or a medieval villager…or be a queen for a day!
Don’t forget to pop into The Bishop’s Table cafe which has a great children’s menu and plenty on offer for grown ups too!
If you think you’ll visit more than three times in 12 months then Family Membership may be just for you.
Kids under 5 years old also go FREE. Great news!