Relatively little known amongst the great houses of England but boasting some truly breathtaking gardens, Wrest Park is tucked away in rural Bedfordshire, to the north of Luton. Managed by English Heritage, our visit coincided with their Georgian games event, one of a series of family friendly activities taking place over the summer holidays.


One on the splendid performers (in a ‘pirate hat’ according to Tilly) explaining the games popular with Georgians

Parked up in what once would have been the kitchen garden, we headed down the long, ornate gardens to where the Georgian Games Galore event was in full swing (literally in that several of the games involved throwing.) Tilly was the youngest there by some years but got stuck in and had a go at the skittles and coits, amongst others. Others were enjoying pick up sticks, while the more complex nine men’s morris had a grown up audience trying their hand with the rules.



Tilly tries king pin

Following a stop for lunch in the cafe, which offers a decent range of options for little and big appetites alike, and a welcome visit to the adventure playground, we ventured to the house itself. It was Tilly’s first time in a stately home and she was clearly taken aback by the scale of the rooms and curious to know what they were all for. The staff on hand were clearly used to dealing with little ones and had Tilly looking for the ‘flying babies’ (read cherubs) in the ceiling detail. Inspired!


Wrest Park gardens

Back in to the gardens and Tilly had great fun exploring the gardens, especially climbing up and running down the hills before the weather broke. We’ll certainly be back for another, longer visit in the future.

Disclaimer: We were provided with free tickets in exchange for a post on the event, however all opinions are our own.

Find out more about Wrest Park on the English Heritage website.

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4 thoughts on “Georgian games galore at Wrest Park, Bedfordshire 

  • 25 August 2015 at 9:24 am

    What a fun event. I bet it was interesting to see all the old games. The gardens look beautiful.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  • 25 August 2015 at 11:16 am

    English Heritage properties can sometimes get over looked by people in favour for National Trust estates instead. But this one looks great! Love the Georgian games! Looks like you guys had fun #LetKidsBeKids x

    • 30 August 2015 at 8:20 am

      yes I get the feeling NT is better known so it’s good to discover what English Heritage has to offer

  • 25 August 2015 at 8:21 pm

    It sounds like a lovely day out! The old games sound like fun 🙂 #letkidsbekids


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