Half Term Adventures at Attingham Park

Visitors to the Shropshire tourist attraction will be spoilt for choice this May Half Term with a packed programme of activities ranging from family trails, making a bird feeder to climbing and canoeing.

Little explorers can hunt for brave heroes and scary villains that have found their way from the pages of fairy tales at Attingham’s Family Trails, or unscramble the clues to discover what strange characters lurk in the mysterious woodland wonderland. Families with older adventurers can put their map reading skills to the test with an orienteering course and hunt for hidden locations around the grounds – they can also win a prize to take home as a reward. Family and Orienteering Trails run from 24 May – 1 June, from 10am – 4pm.  All trails are £2.50 and include a prize.

The Walled Garden team will be showcasing the range of salad plants grown on site on Sunday 25 May. Visitors can drop in between 11am and 3pm to discover the range of leaves on offer and sow a pot to grow and harvest at home. 

Families will have the chance to get messy at Trusty’s Tuesday Club on 27 May and make a bird cake to take home and hang in the garden to give the birds a treat. Young bird spotters can make an identification dial to spot the birds that visit their feeder.  Families can drop by between 10am and 4pm, with a charge of just £2.50 per child.

There are also a range of sporting activities on offer including the chance to see the park from a new angle for those who make it to the top of the climbing wall on Wednesday 28 May, when families can also get competitive and enjoy some old fashioned fun and games including sack races on the play field. Climbing is just £3 each, with full instruction, making it a great way to find a new favourite sport with no experience needed.

Visitors can also enjoy a paddle on the River Tern with canoeing events on Thursday 29 May. At 11am there will be an hour coaching session in a kayak or canoe (£10 per person, pre-booking is essential). Families will also be able to hire a boat and paddle at their own pace between 11am and 4pm (£10 per boat for 45 minutes). No experience is needed to join in the canoeing events, making this a fantastic opportunity to try a new sport in a stunning location.

The popular Trusty’s Thursday Picnic makes a return for the first time this year on Thursday 29 May. Families can bring along a picnic and rug between 11am – 2pm and enjoy games and listen to the storyteller weave his fantastical tales.

Keen-eyed families will also spot the beginnings of a natural play trail, with obstacles including balance beams and stepping stones near the play field to have a go at.

Families can download a Half Term Adventures Planner from the Attingham Park website to stick to their fridge so they don’t miss a thing! The planner also suggests a number of 50 Things to do before you’re 11¾ activities as part of the National Trust’s campaign to get children outdoors and closer to nature that families can tick off during their visit.

Standard grounds admission charges apply to all events. Admission to the grounds is free for National Trust members and under 5s. For further information please visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attinghampark or call the property on 01743 708162. To download your Half Term Adventures Planner, visit: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park/things-to-see-and-do/for-families/. To enquire about booking a place on the Introduction to Canoeing Session at 11am on 29 May please email the property at [email protected].

Opening times

Attingham Park’s grounds and Visitor Reception are open daily 8am – 7pm. The Carriage House Café is open daily from 9am – 6.30pm. The Mansion is open for tours only daily from 10.30am then for free-flow from 12.30pm, with last admission at 4.30pm. From Saturday 24 May – Monday 26 May the Mansion will be open free flow from 11am. Lady Berwick’s tearoom is open in the Outer Library from 12noon – 5pm, Wednesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday (26 May). The Greedy Pig catering unit is open in the Shoulder of Mutton play field every day in the School Holidays from 11am-4pm.

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