Fun for all the family at Montacute

FROM archery to Elizabethan dance, there is a variety of activities for all ages on offer during the summer holidays at the National Trust’s Montacute House and Garden, near Yeovil.

Every Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am to 4pm until 31st August visitors there are opportunities to try Tudor-style archery and learn more about Elizabethan warfare.

And for those who want to know their Peascods from their Sellengers, there will be historical dancing on Saturday 19th August from 11.30am to 12.30pm and 2.30 to 3.30pm.

Grahame Meaden, the Trust’s senior visitor experience officer, says: “Montacute is an Elizabethan masterpiece of architecture and design. Its warm hamstone construction casts playful shadows across its elegant garden making it the perfect backdrop for a summer’s day out.

“Visitors love the wibbly-wobbly hedges, perfect for a game of hide and seek, or why not pack a picnic to enjoy in the garden or wider estate where you can also enjoy the swings in the park?”

Inside Montacute House, you can admire the historic interiors and furniture, and portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. The current Copying Holbein exhibition examines the work of the famous painter Hans Holbein. It includes a portrait of Thomas Cromwell, now best known through the writings of Wolf Hall creator Dame Hilary Mantel. Cromwell was the arch-politician who engineered Henry VIII’s annulment with Queen Catherine of Aragon.

Pictured: Children playing on a swing in the garden at Montacute House © National Trust/ John Millar