Summer of fun for the family at heritage park

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A series of spectacular summer events are being held at Wrest Park in Silsoe during the summer to keep the whole family entertained.

Every week during the holidays there will be different events for children of all ages, including hands-on historical adventures, an archaeological dig and adventures in the vast gardens.

The programme kicks off with Victorian Explorers from Monday, July 25 and it is followed by the Ugly Bug Safari which runs from Monday, August 1.

For children who love to get their hands dirty, Awesome Archaeology kicks off on Monday, August 8.

The Garden Explorers events, which run from Monday, August 15, will give younger generations the chance to explore the gardens, hear stories about famous gardeners from the past and then get crafty using foliage found in the grounds.

Nature Detectives takes place from Monday, August 22 when children will find out more about England’s native creatures and say hello to some of Wrest Park’s smallest neighbours.

Debbie Houldsworth, events manager at English Heritage, said: “We’ve got a fantastic variety of activities and events throughout the summer holidays to keep families entertained and children amused. Each week there’ll be something new to see and do, so come along and join us this summer for a great day out or two.”

English Heritage will round off the summer at Wrest Park with its Bank Holiday Bands weekend, when the Woburn Sands Band and Hitchin Band will be entertaining visitors on Sunday, August 28 and Monday, August 29.

Visit or call 01525 860000.

What’s on

Victorian Explorers

Mon 25 - Fri 29 Jul 2016

11am - 5pm

Calling all adventurers! Travel back to Victorian days and see how they explored the globe by creating maps! Uncover the world of ‘cartography’ and see how the Victorians used instruments of navigation to travel the world. Get crafty and make a sun dial and learn how they used them to back in the 1800s. Get lost in a world of fun with us this summer.

Adult £10.80/Child £6.50/Family £28.10/Concession £9.70 English Heritage Members: Free

Ugly Bug Safari

Mon 1 - Fri 5 Aug 2016


Small game hunters wanted. Grab a magnifying glass and join our big hunt for some mini beasts. We’ll peer into the parterre, unearth insects near the orangery and encounter gruesome bugs near the long water. Discover the secret life of our creepy friends and create your own to take home.

Adult £10.801/Child £6.50/Family £28.10/Concession £9.70 English Heritage Members: Free

Awesome Archaeology

Mon 8 - Fri 12 Aug 2016


Get your hands dirty as you become a daring archaeologist on our mini dig for the day. Discover hidden treasures and fantastic finds as you excavate the secrets of Wrest Park.

Adult £10.80/Child £6.50/Family £28.10/Concession £9.70 English Heritage Members: Free

Garden Explorers

Mon 15 - Fri 19 Aug 2016

11am - 5pm

Flex those green fingers and start a garden adventure with us this summer, as 2016 is VisitEngland’s official ‘Year of the Garden’. Hear stories about famous gardeners from the past then get your creative juices flowing as you use foliage found in the Wrest Park gardens to make something crafty to take home.

Adult £10.80/Child £6.50/Family £28.10/Concession £9.70 English Heritage Members: Free

Nature Detectives

Mon 22 - Fri 26 Aug 2016

11am - 5pm

To celebrate VisitEngland’s ‘Year of the Garden’ in 2016, join the butterfly people and enjoy finding out about some of Wrest Park’s smallest neighbours! Find out more about England’s native nature and enjoy exploring the 90 acre gardens this summer.

Adult £10.80/Child £6.50/Family £28.10/Concession £9.70 English Heritage Members: Free

Capability Brown Weekend

Sat 13 - Sun 14 Aug 2016

11am - 5pm

2016 marks 300 years since the birth of famed garden landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. To celebrate we are hosting timed tours of the Wrest Park gardens showcasing the Capability Brown elements for garden enthusiasts; a self-guided trail for both adults and children to find out interesting facts about Capability Brown and children can try out landscaping for themselves in our sand pits! Enjoy the ‘Year of the Garden’ with us here at Wrest Park.

Adult £10.80/Child £6.50/Family £28.10/Concession £9.70 English Heritage Members: Free

Bank Holiday Bands

Sun 28 & Mon 29 Aug 2016


Join us for bank holiday weekend and enjoy music in the stunning surroundings of Wrest Park. Whether you’re picnicking with friends, or taking a summertime stroll, be transported back in time with our fantastic band players.

Adult £10.80/Child £6.50/Family £28.10/Concession £9.70 English Heritage Members: Free