Festival of Surprises @ Burghley House (to 15 Aug)

burghleyhouse1Stuck for ideas on where to take the kids for a day out with a difference? How about letting them enjoy a splash of summer at the Gardens of Surprise in the grounds of Lincolnshire’s grand Elizabethan estate, Burghley House?

And now there is even more entertainment in store during a two-week Festival of Surprises, tailor-made for offering kids a host of fun in the summer break.

In this hot weather, kids (and adults) can get wet amidst the 32 water features of the Tudor-inspired Gardens at any time during the summer, but from Saturday 31st July – Sun 15th August even more fun will be on offer at the annual Festival of Surprises.

A celebration of fun in the gardens with children’s activities and workshops everyday, this year the Festival has been extended to cover three weekends and is free to visitors with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket.

Events include:

Wacky Creatures – Make wire sculpture animals or paint animal masks in the Sculpture Garden Classroom.

Plaster & Pellets – Learn to identify animal tracks in the park, cast them in plaster and examine owl pellets.

Tudors & Victorians – Make Tudor jewelry or write a Victorian letter complete with seal and a penny black!

Circus Skills Workshops – Learn to juggle, plate spin, tight rope walk and many other skills from the experts.

Family Carnival – Face painting, bouncy castles and a barbecue in the Sculpture Garden.

burghleyAnd linking in with the 2010 Burghley annual exhibition featuring some of the smaller treasures to be found among the huge Burghley Collection, there will also be a ‘world in miniature’ theme to some of the events at the festival. It will be a taster of a new autumn children’s week-long event, Gulliver at Burghley, to be staged during the October half term at the stately home.

The gardens are open daily from 11am to 5pm, last admission 4.30pm. Activities will take place daily and different workshops will be available on different days. Click here for detailed information

Opening Times

During 2010 Burghley is open Saturday 20th March to Sunday 31st October daily (except Fridays) from 11am to 4.30pm with guides in the state rooms to answer any questions visitors may have.

Ticket Prices

Admission to the House and Gardens:
£11.80 adults
£5.80 children (5-15)
£30 for a family (2 adults and 2 children).

Family Season Tickets (2 adults and 2 children) cost £50.