Family Fun

What’s On for Families in Wells, Somerset

The Dragon's Lair Play Area

Dragon’s Lair Family Play Area

Explore this magical discovery area in a far corner of the Gardens!  

This popular, interactive discovery area is designed around the themes and stories of the Palace, taking inspiration from well pools and 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?

Inside the Palace

Boots and brolly day – has it started raining again?  You’ll still find things to do with the kids at The Bishop’s Palace!

Put up your brolly and visit the well pools – see them bubble with all the water passing underneath them. Walk through the medieval Palace, see portraits of past bishops, and find the green dragons. Visit the Bishop’s private chapel, look up, down, around, and behind everything – there are many amazing details to spot.

The Bishop’s Table café also has a great range of children’s meals and snacks, along with plenty to keep the grown-ups happy.

Family Fun at The Bishop's Palace
Summer School Holidays at The Bishop's Palace

What’s on for Families at the Palace?

Most of our school holiday activities are included with The Bishop’s Palace 12 month Admission Ticket (unless indicated) and Membership:

May Half Term

  • May Half Term Trail – Families are invited to explore our 14 acres of RHS partner gardens in search for hidden letters and our 800-year-old Palace to find a flock of colourful crocheted birds this May Half Term.

Summer School Holidays

  • We’ll update this page as soon as we have more information on our summer holiday family events.


Family Day Out at The Bishop's Palace
Family Crafting at The Bishop's Palace


Entry for all the above activities is included with any standard admission including The Bishop’s Palace Admission Ticket  (which includes 12 months of return visits from the date of your first visit and you’re welcome to use it again on any normal sightseeing day) and Membership.

The Bishop’s Palace Admission Tickets are £17.50 (Adult) and £8.75 (Child aged 5-17). Under 5s are FREE.


Or consider whether a Family Membership may be right for you:

  • Family Membership £53  (one adult and children) – £39.75 direct debit price
  • Family Membership £79  (two adults and children) – £59.25 direct debit price

… and includes Admission to event days such as the Artisan Market, plus Members’ only special events, tours and partner discounts.

Family Activities at The Bishop's Palace