Summer Holidays

We have a whole host of fun to keep the little ones occupied at Bowood House & Gardens this Summer.

Monday 29th July – Sunday 1st September 2024

Summer Explorers

Summer fun awaits you at Bowood House & Gardens.

Become a Nature Explorer and have fun completing our Summer Explorer worksheets over the summer holidays while visiting, get creative with Arts & Crafts within the Gardeners’ Bothy.

Then burn off some steam within the Adventure Playground and enjoy den building within The Den, pirate ship adventures to tractor trails and Wiltshire’s most famous Slide. Or simply take a walk around the beautiful Arboretum, the Cascade, Doric Temple, Hermits Cave, and the stunning mile-long lake.

Worksheets and Arts & Crafts are included within Bowood House & Gardens Day Tickets, normal admissions apply. Complimentary to Season Ticket Holders. Available between Monday 29th July – Sunday 1st September 2024. (Arts & Crafts in the Gardeners’ Bothy, dates to be confirmed.)


  • Week 1: Trees
  • Week 2: Oxygen & Science
  • Week 3: Bug Hunt
  • Week 4: Bird Spotting
  • Week 5: Plants & Flowers
  • Week 6: Explore & History
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Arts & Crafts

Dates during the Summer Holidays to be confirmed.

Between: 11:00 – 16:00

Arts & Crafts will be available within the Gardeners’ Bothy, dates to be confirmed. Please speak to Admissions for more information on arrival. No need to pre-book, included within our Bowood House & Gardens Day Tickets, normal admissions apply.

Adventure Playground

Children aged 12 and under can enjoy a range of activities from walking along the treetops on a series of aerial walkways to pushing themselves to new heights and taking the plunge down the famous 19ft vertical drop Space Dive. The playground is also equipped with balance beams, boat swings, Jumping Pillows, and climbing frames.

Focused on activities for inquisitive under 4’s and intrepid under 7’s.
The Activity Barn host’s indoor, interactive play for our under 7 visitors – with opportunities to role play in a farm yard, farm shop and café, children can enjoy letting their imaginations run wild.
Outdoors, younger children will love to ride a tractor trail giving them space to explore, with a range of exciting features to test and entertain.
Children will also have the opportunity to build their own unique outdoor woodland den, with materials sourced from trees on the Estate. There is also a Sand Pit for children to play in.

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Summer of outdoor theatre

Pack a picnic, grab a chair, dress for the weather and join in the fun this summer…

Enjoy the delights of theatrical performances outdoors:

  • Jane Austen’s – ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Chapterhouse Theatre Company on Friday 9th August
  • Shakespeare’s – ‘As You Like It’ by The Duke’s Theatre Company on Friday 16th August
  • E Nesbit’s – ‘Five Children & It’ by This is My Theatre on Saturday 24th August

Click on FIND OUT MORE for more information, prices and to book tickets for one of the above theatres. (The outdoor theatres are not included with our House & Gardens Day Tickets.)

Image credit David Fawbert Photography

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Mud & Guts

Experience den building, fire lighting, game playing, tree climbing, rope swinging fun all within an inspiring, learning and educational environment.

Activities will take place on:

  • Tuesday 30th July
  • Tuesday 13th August
  • Tuesday 27th August

These fun outdoor adventures run for 3 hours either in the morning or afternoon, Parental/Guardian consent will be required but children can be left with the fully trained/qualified Activity Instructors of Mud & Guts.

  • Best suitable for all 6 – 10 year olds
  • Each activity will last for around 3 hours and group size will be limited to 16 children per session (managed by 2 instructors) for safety reasons
  • Located close to our Visitors Car Park/Dedicated Drop Off Point
  • Advance booking is required

Price £18.00 per child

Whilst this price does not include entry into Bowood House & Gardens we are offering a 50% discount off Admission Fees for any booked child into Bowood House & Gardens.  Their accompanying Parent/Guardian will benefit with our group entry discount.  So the perfect day out for the family!

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Terms and Conditions for Summer Explorer Worksheets and Arts & Crafts

Summer Explorer Worksheets (during 29th July – 1st September 2024) and Arts & Crafts (dates to be confirmed) are included in Bowood House & Gardens Day Tickets. Normal House & Gardens Admissions apply. Complimentary for 2024 Season Ticket Holders. Disabled guests and their registered carer, receive a 50% discount off our Bowood House & Gardens Day Tickets.
Unfortunately, only assistance dogs are permitted inside the Grounds of Bowood House & Gardens.