Bowood House & Gardens

In a nutshell

The perfect day out for families, Bowood House & Gardens in Wiltshire has a fabulous outdoor adventure playground for ages 12 years and under.


Derry Hill, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0LZ

Contact details

Tel: 01249 812102

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

Activity type

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 under 12 years)

Bowood House & Gardens details...

Bowood House & Gardens 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’.

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.

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

Bowood House & Gardens is a great place to hold birthday parties for children aged up to 12 years.

Opening dates

In 2022 Bowood House & Gardens’ open season runs from 1st April until 1st November.

Please see Bowood House & Gardens’ website to find out more and book your tickets.

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Bowood House & Gardens Events

Awful Auntie – Outdoor Theatre at Bowood House & Gardens

Open 28th July 2022 - 20th August 2022

Treat the family to tickets for this wonderful outdoor production of Awful Auntie at Bowood in Wiltshire on 28th July and 20th August. Perfect summer treat!

Adventure Cinema at Bowood House & Gardens

Open 29th July 2022 - 31st July 2022

Book your tickets for the open-air cinema at Bowood in Wiltshire at the end of July and enjoy West Side Story, Mamma Mia or Harry Potter under the stars.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bowood House & Gardens

Open 10th August 2022 - 11th August 2022

Join The Duke's Theatre Company for a magical open-air production of Shakespeare's comic fairy tale at Bowood in Wiltshire on 10th and 11th August 2022.

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