Family Fun

Looking for Things To Do with the family in Wells?


We’ve got so much for families to do at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells – whatever the weather, you can always have a great day out.

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 to take you through our gardens!

And 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.

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. Visit the Bishop’s private chapel, look up, down, around, behind everything – there’s lots of 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 too.


What’s On in the School Holidays!

Throughout the school holidays, there are plenty of events to keep families busy at The Bishop’s Palace: crafting, outdoor gardening, family trails, storytelling and more. These are usually included in admission.

Autumn Half Term Holiday:

Treasure Hunt (22nd-31st October) – a fun family Autumn Treasure Hunt. Collect a trail from the Visitor Reception and follow the clues around the site. When you’ve finished, return to collect your prize!

Autumn craft workshop (26th October) – celebrate the changing season with family crafting sessions. Take inspiration from the beautiful 14 acres of gardens to build your own autumnal crown and colour in your own autumn garden.  Suggested ages 3+.  Timings: 10.30-3.30pm. Drop in any time.

Storytelling “The Last Pumpkin” (27th October) – storyteller Beth Webb will make you laugh, squeal, and maybe shudder a little with her “The Last Pumpkin” tales of pumpkins and spiders, followed by colouring fun and a mini writing workshop.  Suitable for 6-10 year olds but everyone welcome. Times: 11am and 2.30pm

Admission for all the above activities is included with any valid Bishop’s Palace ticket.

Storytelling “An evening of saints, demons and monsters” (Saturday 30th October 2021) – in olden days, All Saints Day celebrated every saint, known and unknown, but the night before was a time for tales of extraordinary battles between good and evil. Our evening of song and story, ‘All Hallow’s Eve’ will follow this tradition, retelling St Brendan’s fantastic voyage to search for extraordinary beasts and the Pearl of Promise, followed by curious yarns of a dog headed saint, how a wife’s cooking beat the devil and the uncanny ballad of the Lampton Wyrm. Your other worldly guides will be storyteller Beth Webb and folk singer Dora Darling.   Age recommendation 14+. Tickets: £15 includes and evening of song and stories plus drinks on arrival.   Book HERE

See our What’s On events pages for more information.


Tickets to visit The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens are £15 an adult and £7.50 a child (aged 5-17). Under 5s are FREE.  This includes 12 months of return visits from the date of your first visit and you’re welcome to use it again on any normal siteseeing day. More HERE.

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

  • Family Membership £38  (one adult and children)
  • Family Membership £58  (two adults and children)

… and includes Admission to event days such as the Annual Garden Festival, plus members only special events, tours and partner discounts.

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