Family Summer Activities

25th July - 31st August


This year, we’ve introduced a revised Summer Family Activity programme to keep families entertained during the school holidays.

Due to the current pandemic, we had to cancel our hugely popular packed public events programme, but we’re still helping families to enjoy the site in a safe and socially distanced way during July and August.

Weekly family trails, suitable for all ages are available from Saturday 25th July, based on different weekly themes. The themes will include, Colour, Dragons, Water, Gardening and Animals at the Palace, and the trails will be available as a download from the Palace website, or visitors can collect a print-out from the Shop on site. The trails will lead families around the Palace & Gardens and, when completed, children will be able to collect a small prize on the way out.

We’re also running a Photography Competition for children over the summer holidays. Children are invited to submit their best photo on the theme of “My Summer at the Palace”. The photos must be taken within the grounds or buildings of the Palace, and there will be three separate age categories for entries; 1-4yrs, 5-10yrs and 11-15yrs. The winners and runners up will have their work featured in an exhibition to be held in the Stable Yard Room at the Palace at the end of the holidays, and the winners from each category will also be featured on the Palace website. To enter, families can post/tag the image to the Palace Facebook or Instagram account with the hashtag #MySummer, or email it to [email protected].

Children who are familiar with the Palace Gardens will be delighted to hear that The Dragon’s Lair play area in the Arboretum has now re-opened. The Lair explores the themes of the Palace in a fun way with climbing, sliding and pumping water!

On 18th August at 7pm, there is a Family Outdoor Theatre performance, entitled “Alice in Lockdown” - more information HERE.

Since the Palace Gardens re-opened at the end of May, a new “People’s Ticket” has been on offer costing £15 for Adults and £7.50 for Children (5-17), which allows the holder to enter for one day and return for the following 12 months, so it’s the perfect excuse to spend those long summer days exploring the 56,500m2 of gardens.

The Bishop’s Table café will be open daily for take-aways with outdoor seating, and offers brunch, lunch, creams teas, cake, ice cream, snacks and hot & cold drinks.

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