Family Fun

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 next Family Fun Friday will take place on 7th April and is followed on 14th April by another Fun Friday along with Medieval Falconry!

See below for details of our Easter Family Fun.

New for 2017 - “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

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 events for all the family, 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 more details of this summer’s Family Activities.

Boots and brolly day - has it started raining again? Doesn’t matter!

Put up your brolly & join a Palace Water Walk 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!

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!

29th April

Aardman Workshops - Make a Morph!

Come and help us celebrate Morph’s birthday - he’s 40 this year! The cheeky lovable character was first seen on the children’s programme Take Hart and he’s s...

29th May

Family Fun Friday - Nature Ninjas

Join Amanda in our Community Garden for activities including pond dipping, minibeast hunting, seed sowing and a garden trail!

2nd June

Family Fun Friday - Creepy Crawlies’

On Friday 2nd June, it’s Family Fun Friday and the theme is “Creepy Crawlies”. Take the little ones along to the Stable Yard Room for creat...

16th September

Medieval Falconry

Join us to welcome the Raptor Foundation for a day of fantastic flying displays, entertaining information and beautiful birds in the romantic setting of the ...