Summer Holidays at Bowood House & Gardens

We have a whole host of fun to keep the little ones occupied at Bowood House & Gardens this Summer, from 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 Pantry or if you feel like a picnic, discover a delicious selection of sandwiches, salads and pannies from the Treehouse Café to enjoy within the beautiful grounds.

Don’t forget the outdoor summer theatres, guaranteed fun for all the family.

Summer Quest at Bowood House & Gardens

Friday 21st July to Sunday 3rd September

During the Summer holidays have fun completing the below five challenges. Once each challenge is completed collect a stamp at admissions, keep going until you have all challenges completed.

Challenge 1 – Birds and Minibeasts
Challenge 2 – Leaves and Trees
Challenge 3 – Get creative with nature
Challenge 4 – Scavenger Hunt
Challenge 5 – Rainy Days

Collect a ‘Summer Quest’ booklet at admissions on arrival, included in Bowood House & Gardens day tickets, complimentary to Season Ticket Holders.

Competition: For your chance to win a Season Ticket for 2024, please tag us on social media using #BowoodSummer and share a picture of you having completed these challenges. The competition will finish at the end of the summer holidays and one winner will be chosen at random.

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Book Day tickets

Explore Wildlife 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 collect a ‘Trees at Bowood’ booklet from admissions and discover eight magnificent trees, with fun facts along the way.

Included in your Bowood House & Gardens day ticket, complimentary to Season Ticket Holders.

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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