Bowood House and Gardens

In a nutshell

Bowood House sits within 100 acres of stunning gardens and parkland in Wiltshire with a fantastic adventure playground, farm animals, soft play and more.


Derry Hill, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0LZ

Contact details

Tel: 01249 812102

Web: www.bowood.org/bowood-house-gardens

Activity type

Animals, Birthdays, Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Outdoor Activities

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide


(Family Day Ticket - 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children)

Bowood House and Gardens details...

Bowood near Calne is the perfect family day out in Wiltshire, with something for everyone. A highlight for kids aged 12 years and under will be the large adrenaline-fuelled outdoor adventure playground with its life-size Pirate Ship and aerial walkways, a huge scramble net, several thrilling slides and perhaps the most famous and popular of all, the space dive with an exhilarating 19-foot vertical drop!

For the more cautious there are see-saws, swing boats, a Wendy House, swings and a sand pit. Under 7s will have a great time trying out the swinging log steps, stepping stones, balancing beams and log bridges in the ‘Partridge Play Pen’.

Sited next to the Treehouse Café is Tractor Ted’s Little Farm, where children can meet friendly farm animals, see chicks hatching and watch Tractor Ted’s real-action films, all under cover in a purpose-built barn. Outside, there is play equipment including a mini tractor track and diggers in the little digger den.

There is also an undercover soft play area with rope walks, spinning discs, slide and ball pool. On two levels, the 1,500-square-foot area will keep children up to 132cm in height entertained for ages. Their adults can relax with a coffee whilst keeping an eye on them.

The whole family can relax in 100 acres of beautiful parkland designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. There is a cascade, Doric temple, Hermit’s Cave, stunning lake and arboretum to discover. Stroll through the award-winning gardens, exploring the formal terraces and gardens at the front of the house. If you are visiting between April and June, don’t miss the amazing display of colour from azaleas and rhododendrons in the Woodland Gardens.

Allow time to discover fascinating Bowood House, housing a wealth of unique art and an antique collection. Visit the chapel where Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen in the late 18th century and find out about the history of the Lansdowne family.

Bowood is a great place to hold birthday parties for children aged up to 12 years. Themes include Pirates, Fairies and Tractor Ted. Exclusive use of a private party room and access to the Adventure Playground, Tractor Ted’s Little Farm and the Soft Play Area are included within the party package.

Refreshments are available in The Stables Restaurant, The Treehouse Café and at the Ice-cream Kiosk within the Adventure Playground.

Opening dates

In 2018 Bowood House & Gardens’ open season runs from 28th March until 4th November.

Please see www.bowood.org to find out more.

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Bowood House and Gardens Competitions

Bowood House and Gardens Family Winter Competition

Open 1 Dec - 20 Mar

Win a 2018 family season ticket to Bowood House and Gardens

Bowood House and Gardens Events

Easter Eggstravaganza at Bowood House & Gardens

Open 30th March 2018 - 2nd April 2018

Easter family fun in Wiltshire with Spring Trail, egg hunt, piglets and lambs plus the fantastic adventure playground from 30th March to 2nd April 2018.

Tractor Ted Big Machines Weekend at Bowood House & Gardens

Open 26th May 2018 - 28th May 2018

Enjoy arena displays and activities at Bowood in Wiltshire from 26th to 28th May. A great opportunity to find out more about farming and farm machinery.

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