|Family Fun at Blenheim Palace|
Experience a different side of Blenheim Palace with the ‘Below Stairs’ tour, daily from 11am - 4pm the fascinating tours are 30 minutes long. Offering families the chance to see the Palace through the eyes of the servants, the tours start in the east Courtyard and take visitors on an unforgettable journey.
Explore the magic of Blenheim Palace and get involved in a host of interactive events and workshops on selected dates throughout the summer. Particularly perfect for families are Blenheim Palace’s Pleasure Gardens where a range of arts and crafts are being hosted in the Pottering About Craft Studio. There will be Circus Skills Workshops, Recycled Sculpture Workshops and Animal Encounter Shows. Younger children can enjoy face painting, a petting zoo and traditional Punch and Judy Shows on selected dates.
Meet all kinds of exciting creatures at the Animal Encounter Show, hosted by Charles, Fellow of the Zoological Society, who will take families on an adventure through the animal kingdom with a variety of wildlife. The Petting Zoo at Blenheim Palace houses some more familiar but no less entertaining animals including pygmy goats, lambs, pigs, rabbits, chickens, an alpaca and a miniature pony.
Children will learn lots of exciting skills, and all the family can drop-in and have a go at the Circus Skills Workshop. Practise your juggling, try plate spinning or some tricks with the diablos. Test your balance on the pedal go and your coordination with the flower sticks. For those more arty, the Recycled Sculpture Workshops are a collaborative and inclusive creative day out with families able to get involved with creating a two metre high or wide sculpture.
Ride the miniature train from Blenheim Palace to the Pleasure Gardens where fun outdoor activities will make the most of the glorious summer sunshine. The permanent attractions including the giant Marlborough Maze, Adventure Play Area and newly renovated Butterfly House are wonderful to explore and rediscover.
Fill hungry tummies with delicious snacks in the Pleasure Gardens Deli including fresh oven baked pizzas, 'shaker' salads, and tasty yoo moo frozen yogurts. Dine alfresco and book a deluxe picnic hamper or enjoy something hot from the Pleasure Gardens BBQ, with a sizzling selection of locally sourced menu options to choose from.
Summer Event Highlights
Jousting at Blenheim Palace with the Knights of Arkley
When: 1st – 3rd August
Why visit: Knights on horseback battle, falconry displays, archery.
Sportive and Family Cycling Day
When: 17th August
Why visit: An exclusive opportunity to cycle around the parkland. There is a competitive element too for serious cyclists.
Festival of Transport
When: 24th and 25th August
Why visit: A complete collection for the car enthusiast with vehicle judging and professional motor commenting throughout.
ADMISSION: Park & Gardens ticket required: Adult £13.50 / Child £6.60 (Age 5-16) /
Concession £10.20 / Family £36.00 (2 Adults & 2 Children)
WEBSITE: www.blenheimpalace.com for more information
INFO LINE: 0800 849 6500