Family Fun



Are you looking for Things To Do with the Kids?

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.

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!

Family Fun Fridays will take place every Friday throughout the school holidays - see bottom of the page for more details.

“The Dragon’s Lair”

Legend has it that in the 12th 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?

Other Family Activities

There are so many things to do with kids at the Palace - 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 a selection of children’s trails and explorer packs 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.

Holiday Fun!

Come along to The Bishop’s Palace every Friday in school holidays for an array of entertaining family activities for all, with craft activities and a new children’s trail each week! Also, don’t miss the new Nature Ninjas sessions in the Community Garden.

See our Events listings below for details of future family events.

Boots and brolly day - has it started raining again? Doesn’t matter, you’ll still find things to do with the kids right here!

Put up your brolly & 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’s lots of amazing details to spot. Dress up as a bishop or a medieval villager…or be a queen for a day!

 

2nd November - 30th March

Winter Menus at The Bishop’s Table

Come along to The Bishop’s Table this Winter and sample our new, delicious menus!

9th - 23rd December

Christmas at the Palace

 FATHER CHRISTMAS TICKETS ONLINE HERE

24th - 25th February

Snowdrop Celebration

This February, for the first time, The Bishop’s Palace will be holding a “Snowdrop Celebration”.