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 28th July and then every Friday throughout the school holidays.

‘Midsummer Mayhem’ Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday 6th August.

See below for more details.

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!

22nd - 23rd July

The Taunton Garrison

On 22nd and 23rd July, the Palace will be hosting a wonderful weekend of historical re-enactment from firm favourites The Taunton Garrison.  Visitors wi...

28th July

Family Fun Friday - Glorious Gardens

The first of the summer holiday's weekly Family Fun Fridays begins on Friday 28th July with a theme of ‘Glorious Gardens’ when families will be i...

4th August

Family Fun Friday - Wacky Weather

Get creative with weather-based crafts this Family Fun Friday. Activities will include making Rainbows, Wind Socks and Wall Hanging. Grab your...

6th August

Midsummer Mayhem - Family Fun Day

On Sunday 6th August, the South Lawn will be given over to the annual ‘Midsummer Mayhem’ Family Fun Day with games for all ages, a bouncy castle,...

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 ...