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 just be for you.

Kids under 5 years old also go FREE. Great news!


Holiday Fun!

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.

Activities included in standard admission.

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.

pond dipping

arts crafts

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!