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.
Have you visited the Dragon’s Lair? Children can explore this magical discovery area in a far corner of the Gardens! Ask on entry for a special map, which you can use to explore the Gardens and look for the Dragon’s Lair.
If you think you’ll visit more than three times in 12 months then Family Membership may be perfect for you. See our 2019 Family Activities flyer for details of all of our family friendly fun!
Kids under 5 years old also go FREE. Great news!
Throughout the school holidays, there are plenty of events taking place to keep families busy at The Bishop’s Palace: crafting, outdoor gardening, family trails, storytelling and more. These are usually included in admission.
Join the team at The Bishop’s Palace on a quest to explore the tales and legends of medieval times over May Half Term!
The Tales and Legends trail gets children following magical and mythical clues around the Palace & Gardens to end at the fantastical Dragon’s Lair Play Area. The trail is included in admission - pick up trails on arrival from the Palace Visitor Centre.
On Tuesday 28th May, the Crafty Cats session will use a range of craft activities to transform younger visitors into fire-breathing dragons or Kings & Queens, and they will also have the chance to create a medieval regal banner to fly as they march into battle!
On Thursday 30th May the activities take a rustic turn as the Nature Ninjas family gardening session will focus on fun plants from the olden days, and some peasant pond-dipping!
Keep an eye out for future family activity dates here!
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.
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!