at Bowood House & Gardens

We have a whole host of fun to keep the little ones occupied at Bowood House & Gardens this May Half Term. Join us for our Spring Garden Party on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May for ‘Punch & Judy’ puppet shows, face painting*, fete activities and the Pizza Ranch* will be here with us too.  Have fun within the Adventure Playground and enjoy den building, pirate ship adventures to tractor trails and Wiltshire’s most famous Slide within the Adventure Playground and The Den. Or simply take a walk around the beautiful Arboretum, the Cascade, Doric Temple, Hermits Cave, and the stunning mile-long lake. Enjoy refreshments, cake, cream teas, hot and cold buffet from the Stables Café or if you feel like a picnic, discover a delicious selection of sandwiches and salads from the Treehouse Café to enjoy within the beautiful grounds.

Don’t forget to pick up a free children’s ‘Nature Explorer’ booklet at admissions on arrival.

Spring Garden Party - Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May

Within the grounds join us on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May for our fun Spring Garden Party:

  • Punch & Judy puppet show, three shows each day. Timings as follows: 11:30 – 12:00 | 13:30 – 14:00 | 15:00 – 15:30
  • Fete activities
  • Face painting*
  • Ranch Pizza* will be with us over the bank holiday weekend on 25th, 26th and 27th May, serving wood fired pizzas, handmade dough with selection toppings, they will be located within the grounds, serving between 12:00 – 17:00. From £12.00 for Family Sized 12-inch pizza.
  • Arts & Crafts

More details on the above coming soon…

*(Please note there will be an additional charge for these activities)

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Nature Explorers Booklet

Saturday 25th May – Sunday 2nd June

Pick up a free Nature Explorer booklet on arrival from Admissions and have fun completing the activities throughout the grounds. Available throughout May half term.

Arts & Crafts, within the Gardeners Bothy, taking place daily between 11:00 – 16:00, free no need to pre book.

Below some of the things you will get to create and make over the week.

  • Sun Catchers
  • Nature Crowns
  • Leaf Insects
  • Paper Flower Bouquets
  • Paper Plate Snails
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Explore Wildlife and Trees at Bowood

Explore the Arboretum to look for the different kinds of wildlife you might find at Bowood. You can download the entire worksheet via our app or here in advance. Happy hunting! Download a PDF version HERE. 

While visiting us discover eight magnificent trees within Bowood’s grounds, with fun facts along the way. Download a PDF version HERE.

Wildlife at Bowood

Adventure Playground & The Den

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, life sized Pirate Ship, Jumping Pillows, and climbing frames.

The Den, 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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