National Trust Events Wiltshire and Somerset Summer 2024

Sun’s out, fun’s out! And what better way to soak up the glorious summer weather than exploring the stunning landscapes and historic sites cared for by the National Trust? Wiltshire and Somerset boast a wealth of National Trust properties, each offering a unique blend of natural beauty, fascinating history, and exciting events this summer.

Whether you’re a family seeking adventure, a history buff on a quest for knowledge, or simply someone yearning for a relaxing day out in nature, the National Trust has something for everyone. In this blog, we’ll be your guide to the unmissable National Trust events happening across Wiltshire and Somerset throughout the summer of 2024. Get ready for outdoor theatre, guided walks, family activities, and much more!

Wiltshire

Stourhead estate walks: Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Stourhead’s estate! Explore hidden paths beyond the formal gardens, and witness the changing seasons unfold. In summer, delicate wildflowers and vibrant butterflies dance across the meadows. You’ll encounter whispers of the past through archaeological sites and captivating stories of this historic estate.

26 July, Park Hill Camp – looking at estate and woodland management and wildlife. 11am to 1pm.

30 August, Alfred’s Tower – looking at wildlife plus estate and woodland management. 11am to 1pm.

27 September, White sheet Hill – looking at archaeology, butterflies and wildflowers. 11am to 1pm.

Stourhead House

Fairytale theatre in Avebury: No need to book, grab your free tickets from visitor reception in the barn to secure your place for a fun-filled family experience! Tall Tales’ captivating performances, designed to engage and inspire young audiences, will feature playful performances of beloved stories like The Ugly Duckling, The Three Little Pigs, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Enter the historic Dovecote, decorated just like a traditional circus tent, at 11am, 1pm, or 2pm on Friday 1st, 9th or 16th August to sing along with the fabulous Tall Tales theatre duo. Adults and children of all ages welcome!

Somerset

Festival of Archaeology at Brean Down: Explore Down’s rich history through exciting activities! From unearthing Roman pottery to stepping into the shoes of a World War II officer, we have something for everyone. No need for reservations, just head to the welcome centre to learn how to join the fun. July 27th & 28th, 10am to 2pm

Opera Evening at Dunster Castle: Enjoy a magical summer evening under the stars at Dunster Castle’s beautiful gardens with Wild Arts’ signature opera event. Unwind with a picnic on the lawn from 5:30pm onwards – bring everything you need for a comfortable experience, from picnic rugs to chairs and hampers. Feel free to pop the bubbly as you settle in for the performance.

The 75-minute show, a love story woven from your favourite opera classics, is presented by a talented cast of rising stars accompanied by a stunning string quintet. The performance starts at 6:30pm, with a one-hour intermission for your picnic enjoyment. The evening concludes at 9pm.

Wild Arts, founded by conductor and cellist Orlando Jopling, brings world-class opera to 30 beautiful locations across the UK each summer. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience an unforgettable evening!