From traditional games and wildlife spotting to nature-themed crafts and open-air theatre, there are lots of events and activities on offer this summer from the National Trust.
And thanks to funding from Sport England over 140 National Trust houses, gardens and parks across the country will be encouraging families to get active and take part in a Summer of Sport, with drop-in ‘come out and play’ sports sessions.
Here’s a round-up of the best National Trust events and activities in Warwickshire to keep the whole family busy this summer.
To start your summer adventure, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Looking for somewhere for the little ones to let off some steam? There are lots of things for families to enjoy in the garden and on the wider estate at Baddesley Clinton. From lakeside strolls spotting fish to walks exploring the surrounding countryside and traditional games on the lawn to bug hunting every Friday. The magic of the moat, the stories of priest hunters and the freedom of the surrounding countryside means there’s something for every family to enjoy at Baddesley.
Get stuck in with ‘Tudor Play’ themed activities at Charlecote Park this summer. For the first three weeks, 23 July – 14 August, it's all about the arts. Perform your own play on stage, make music from recycled materials, get your Tudor dancing shoes on, pose for your own self portrait, and create poetry just like Shakespeare.
Head into the second half of the summer holidays, 15 August – 5 September, and try your hand at some Tudor games (some of which were banned!) - from dice and skittles, to 9 men’s morris and cards, and even games for royalty. Each week you can also get stuck in with activities for #WildThursdays from 1 – 3pm to connect families with nature and the great outdoors.
There's plenty of fun to be had for the whole family at Coughton this summer, from enjoying a peaceful stroll along the lakeside to exploring the giant plants growing in the bog garden and there's plenty of wildlife to spot along the riverbanks from herons to kingfishers. The Throckmorton family spent long days relaxing by the river, playing garden games and spending quality time together, so come and follow in their footsteps. There are lots of exciting events planned this summer from the teddy bear zip line to duck races on the River Arrow.
With space and freedom to explore and play, the gardens and parkland at Packwood have wide open spaces and winding paths through shady woodlands; perfect for a family adventure creating memories that will last a lifetime. The nature-themed '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities will get families out and about. Enjoy the games on the tennis lawn or come along for the family outdoor theatre event, Peter Rabbit, on Friday 5 August.
Upton House and Gardens
From outdoor theatre, games in the garden and pop-up wildlife talks, there is plenty going on for families this summer at Upton. Mondays are all about crafts such as making a pinecone bee or decorating a crown to take home. On Wildlife Wednesdays you can learn about bug hunting and bird spotting or try your hand at clay hedgehog making. There are also games and a trail available every day. Head to the sunken garden and have fun with some traditional classics like quoits and bean bag throwing or grab a royal exploration trail to take with you round the house and gardens and discover how many links Upton has with the objects in its collection.
For an evening of magic and mayhem, come along for an enchanting evening of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by Quantum Theatre. Pack up a picnic and enjoy the fun and frolics, you may even see a fairy or two…