• Indoor and outdoor activities all summer long
  • New for summer 2021 – animal trail, 1950s exhibition and theatre in the gardens
  • Popular themed-craft activity weeks
  • Find out more on Hartlebury Castle’s event page.

There’s a summer full of activity planned at Hartlebury Castle with fun indoors and out throughout the school summer holidays.

Set in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside Hartlebury Castle is the perfect place to escape with family and friends and enjoy a refreshing change of scenery, open every day except Monday there are historic grounds, grand state rooms and fascinating collections and displays to explore. From costume to gypsy caravans and archaeology to toys, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

There’s lots of news things for visitors to discover this year; enjoy getting back to nature with a brand new animal trail around the Castle grounds; travel back in time in Lavish Living: Worcestershire in the 1950s; an exhibition about the 1950s, and hear captivating tales about people who lived at the Castle in a new audio guide.

The ever-popular summer fun craft activities return starting on Tuesday 27 July with different themed-craft activities and a family trail to enjoy Tuesday – Thursday each week including rainbows, dinosaurs and pirates.

The wonderfully atmospheric theatre-in-the-garden evenings return with performances of The Further Adventures of Doctor Dolittle (30 July) and Treasure Island (29 August). Visitors can pop to the website to book their ring-side seats.

On Bank Holiday Monday 30 August visitors can enjoy swashbuckling family fun throughout the day. Join Captain Sharkbreath and his First Mate Ruby Cutlass to learn how to talk like a pirate, find out all about cannon drills and hear some pirate tales in the Swashbuckle Sessions.

A tasty café and undercover picnic areas mean visitors can enjoy lunch, come rain or shine too.

Events Officer Pippa Ashmore says: “This summer will be extra special as we can spend time with family and friends again and Hartlebury Castle offers a whole range of fun to be enjoyed by all the family.”

Operations Manager, Chantel Summerfield, says: “Our fantastic summer programme is filled with exciting events, offering fun activities and discoveries, both inside the Castle and outside.”

To find out more about what’s coming up please see www.hartleburycastle.com/events

Hartlebury Castle is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am – 5pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm. For visitor information and admission prices visit www.hartleburycastle.com

For further information contact:

Helen Large, at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, email Helen.Large@worcester.gov.uk

About Hartlebury Castle
Hartlebury Castle was home to the Bishops of Worcester for 1,000 years. Set in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside the Castle is owned by Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust and is a much-loved visitor attraction, wining the Visit England ‘Hidden Gem’ award for two years running. It is also home to the Worcestershire County Museum, and includes state rooms, themed galleries, historic grounds and wonderful collections of costume, toys and a national collection of gypsy caravans.


About Museums Worcestershire
Museums Worcestershire is the joint museum service of Worcester City and Worcestershire County Councils. It comprises three fantastic venues– Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, the Commandery in Worcester and The County Museum at Hartlebury Castle.

The collections and exhibitions at our sites are many and varied, covering centuries of the county’s history right up to the present day. Thousands of objects, including the historic buildings themselves, are brought to life through innovative exhibitions and events throughout the year.