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.

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 flyerfor details of all of our family friendly fun!

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


Holiday Fun!

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.

There are lots of activities taking place during the summer  holidays this year.

Tuesdays from 30th July onwards:  “Crafty Cats” family activity sessions between 10:30am-3pm in the Undercroft of the Palace.  Weekly themes include“Take to the Air”,  “Woodland Wonders”, “The Tudors” and finally an “Eco-Scrap Heap Challenge”.

Thursdays (1st, 8th and 15th August) from 11am-3pm: “Nature Ninjas” family garden fun sessions.

“Midsummer Mayhem” Family Fun Day - Sunday 4th August from 10am-4pm.  Alice in Wonderland themed, with a Wonderland-themed bouncy castle, plenty of inflatable fun, crazy croquet (featuring flamingo-handled mallets), face painting and plenty of games and crafts.

In the evening of 4th August families will be entranced by Boxtree Productions’ theatre production of “The Legend of King Arthur”.

Finally, the Bowlore Medieval Weekend returns 24th-26th August - thrilling activities include longbow and crossbow shooting, weapons demonstrations, combat displays, sword lessons and have-a-go archery. 

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!