Bring wellies and definitely don’t forget the camera when you visit Newark Park. They are a quirky Tudor hunting lodge with a huge estate and some very colourful resident peacocks who think they own the place!
Discover their Tudor bedroom stuffed with costumes where you can dress up as a prince, a knight, a medieval princess or a Victorian servant. For children of all ages they have hunts around the house to find everything from golden dragons to a Woolly Mammoth’s tooth.
They also have a cryptic quiz to get your brains working. If you want to get outdoors to enjoy the fantastic far reaching views across the Cotswold Hills that you can see from the house then try geocaching. You can rent a GPS device from reception or bring your own and hunt for camouflaged boxes filled with pirate coins, stickers and other treasures hidden in hollow trees, under fallen leaves and behind old stone walls.
They have croquet, boules and giant chess for you to play with on the lawn, it’s great fun. Hot food and drink are available whenever they are open and you can take anything you buy into the house and lounge beside the wood burning stove.
They welcome dogs to the estate and gardens, but do have some livestock to be aware of. Pushchairs can access the gardens and woodland on woodchip paths. They run events throughout the year please take a look at their website below to see what’s on.
Location Details: They advise against using a SatNav to find them as it may take you up a very steep and narrow farm track!
Facilities: Disabled access to the ground floor of the house and a disabled toilet. They have a disabled drop off in front of the house but ask for a car to be parked as usual in the car park afterwards. They also have disabled access to the walled garden and lawns but not to the woodland and larger estate.
Opening Times: Weds – Sunday 11am – 5pm. Last entry 4.30pm Close for the winter from 3rd November
Costs: Free to National Trust Members and under 5s. An Adult admission to the house and estate costs £7.90 A Child admission costs £3.90 Family £19.70 Group Adult £6.70 Group Child £3.20 (15 or over people. It doesn’t matter how many of the group are members the non members will get a group rate).
Photo Credits: © Copyright Newark Park / National Trust
For further information please visit: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk