Find out what's happening this summer with the National Trust, from yoga at Avebury, theatre at Lacock Abbey to garden tours at Stourhead.

Image credit: National Trust Images, Abby George


Yoga on the lawn

Sat 11, 18, 25 Jun and 2, 9, 16 Jul. 9.45am – 11am

Relax in the stunning setting of Avebury Manor garden as you take part in a rejuvenating outdoor yoga session with a local instructor. Yoga will help you discover how coordinating the breath, mind and body helps bring balance, not only in class but in your daily life too. The session encourages feelings of relaxation and ease to help you deal with stress, anxiety or sleep disorders as well as improving general fitness and wellbeing. Everyone can feel the benefits and all levels are welcome.

Price: £12.50. Booking essential: 0344 249 1895.

Landscape walk of Waden Hill

Sat 11 Jun. 1.30pm – 4pm

The Waden Hill circuit takes in some of the Neolithic monuments which make up this ancient and intriguing landscape. The volunteer guide will help you to unlock their past by explaining the history of the landscape as you walk. Begin at Avebury and walk along the Winterbourne towards Silbury Hill, up Waden Hill and back via the West Kennet Avenue.

Price: £8. Booking essential: online or 0344 249 1895.

Tile block pattern printing on linen

Wed 15 Jun. 10am – 4.30pm

An introduction to block print pattern where participants will carve their own tile block and print onto fabric. A one day workshop where participants will design and create their own tile block, learning how to print through ink onto linen. Inspiration will be taken from Avebury Manor garden and Georgian blooms.

Price: £90. Booking essential: 0344 249 1895.

Watercolour workshop

Wed 13 Jul. 10.45am – 4pm

This relaxed watercolour workshop is based in the Avebury Manor library and garden. It is led by artist Susan Neale who will guide you through the day.

Price: £50. Booking essential on the website or call 0344 249 1895.

Image credit: National Trust Images, James Dobson

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Janus Rising: exhibition by Sal Taylor Kydd

Daily from Mon 6 Jun. 10.30am-3.45pm

A beautiful new photographic exhibition opens at Lacock Abbey: an exploration of time passing, the interplay between fragility and strength and the resilience of self. Sal Taylor Kydd's work draws strongly on landscape, home and family. Discover images that, like the two-faced Roman god Janus, look back to the past but also forward to the future.

Price: Free, normal admission prices apply. No booking necessary

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Romeo and Juliet

Thur 14 Jul. 6pm – 8.45pm

Join us for Chapterhouse Theatre Company's new production of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. The thrilling story of two Italian families at war with each other intertwines love and hate with tragic consequences.

Price: £11 - £50. Booking essential: 0344 249 1895.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Pride and Prejudice

Fri 15 Jul. 6pm – 8.45pm

Join us as Chapterhouse Theatre Company brings to life one of Jane Austen's best-loved classics. Bring family and friends to picnic under a beautiful summer sky before you lose yourself in this unforgettable love story.

Price: £11 - £50. Booking essential: 0344 249 1895.

Come out and Play family trail

Daily from 25 Jul to 4 Sep. 10am-5pm.

Pick up a leaflet at visitor reception to follow our self-guided trail around the grounds, and see how many active challenges you can complete.

Price: Free (normal admission prices apply). No booking necessary

Come out and Play: Orienteering sessions

Every Monday from 25 Jul 4 Sep. 11am-3pm.

Learn navigation skills such as map reading, using a compass or following a string orienteering route. Price: Free (normal admission prices apply). No booking necessary

Summer crafts

Every Tues and Thurs from 26 Jul to 1 Sep. 11am-3pm.

A programme of free craft activities, from making a mobile to creating your own camera obscura. Find everything you need to make your own mini masterpiece in a marquee in the Botanic Garden.

Price: Free (normal admission prices apply). No booking necessary

Image credit: National Trust Images, Tamsin Holmes


Guided garden walks

Daily from Mon 6 Jun. Walks take place at 11am and 1.30pm

Join a guided garden walk to find out more about the Genius of Stourhead, its history and the family who created this special place.

Price: Free, normal admission prices apply. No booking necessary.

Walled garden talks

Sat 11 and Wed 22 June, Sat 9 and Weds 20 July, Sat 6 and Weds 17 Aug, Sat 3 Sept. Talks take place at 12pm and 2pm

Join our Walled Garden Talks and learn about the botanical side of Stourhead, both past and present. These talks are subject to volunteer availability and weather conditions.

Price: Free, normal admission prices apply. No booking necessary.

Guided estate walks

Fri 24 Jun, Fri 29 Jul, Fri 26 Aug. 11am – 12pm

Join a member of our Walks and Talks volunteer team and explore our wider estate. Each walk is tailored to showcase the best parts of the estate depending on the month and season, full details can be found on our website.

Price: Free, normal admission prices apply. Booking essential: 01747 841152 or by emailing

Outdoor theatre: Twelfth Night

Fri 12 and Fri 26 Aug . 7pm – 10pm

Prepare for an evening of mischief and hilarity, as five actors present an inventive take on this rip-roaring comedy, fit for all the family. Touring the UK this summer, this Shakespearean classic will be getting the full Three Inch Fools treatment: expect fast-paced drama, endless costume changes, and much music-making along the way!

Price: £9 - £45. Booking essential: 0344 249 1895.

Outdoor theatre: The Gunpowder Plot

Sat 13 and Sat 27 Aug. 7pm – 10pm

This summer, touring the UK, The Gunpowder Plot comes to life in a brand new, calamitous production fit for all the family. Expect uproarious intrigue, endless costume changes, and many, many false moustaches in this highly flammable historical tale.

Price: £9 - £45. Booking essential: 0344 249 1895.

Platinum Jubilee celebrations with the National Trust

Many National Trust places in the South West will be celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the bank holiday weekend from 2-5 June. Visit the website to find out what’s happening near you.

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