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Playscape at Harewood: Summer Launch Weekend

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Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 July 2024
10am – 5.30pm

Join us this July as we celebrate the start of Summer, and the launch of our brand new Playscape!

Harewood House is the place to make core family memories this Summer. Built in the 18th century, it’s one of England’s Treasure Houses and boasts impressive art collections and over 100 acres of beautiful gardens to explore.

This July, we will be joined by the Wild Rumpus Team, and the wonderful Raggle Taggle Arts for a weekend full of play, folk theatre performances, and a one man band – alongside our new Playscape installation, and a giant Upcycled Marble Run to play throughout the weekend.

Head down to the South Park to discover our brand new Playscape, and all the other activities we have taking place this weekend!

What's on this weekend

Upcycled Marble Run
Saturday + Sunday | 10am–5.30pm

From broomsticks to lampshades, piping to bamboo, our giant
upcycled marble run is a ridiculous playful intervention. Grab a
cedar ball, and see if you can get it to roll all the way to the

Betty Brown Bags 
Theatrical Performance by Raggle Taggle Arts
Saturday + Sunday | 12.30–1pm + 3.30–4pm

Inspired by a traditional folk play from Lancaster, Betty Brown Bags and her musical side-kick Billy celebrate the strength and resilience of Northern working class culture. This interactive show is a physical theatre piece with a pantomime flair, featuring live music, clog dancing, singing and even some sword fighting, something for all ages! Let Betty and Billy tell you their tale of the evil King George and how they need all of YOU to defeat him.

The Old Time Rags
Music Performance by Raggle Taggle Arts
Saturday + Sunday | 11–11.30am + 2–2.30pm

The Old Time Rags travelling show is an original Show steeped in music and dance history. Their distinctive brand of high-octane showmanship combines multi-instrumentalist Laurence Marshall, award winning percussive dancer/singer Phoebe Ophelia and double bass player Adam Richards. This immersive show takes audiences back to the era of vaudeville variety and cabaret performing Ragtime, Blues and Jazz.

Past performances include: Glastonbury Festival UK, Auckland Folk Festival NZ, Pitch’d Circus Arts Festival EIR, Appalachian String band festival USA, Shenzhen Street Arts Festival CHINA.


About Wild Rumpus

Wild Rumpus deepen nature connectedness through a programme of projects including festivals, large-scale events, creative interventions, meaningful partnerships and sector development work. We work Internationally from our exploratory creation space in an English Woodland.

We create experiences which inspire curiosity, create environments where people feel free to play together; and design events that immerse audiences in incredible stories, gathering them for moments of collective wonder.


This Summer at Harewood

Open daily 10am–6pm | South Front

Visit our brand new Playscape throughout the summer and see just where your imagination takes you!

Daily 10am–5.30pm | Collect from the Courtyard Visitor Information

Explore the grounds of Harewood with our Summer Scavenger Hunt and see how many different natural objects and wildlife you can spot.

Open daily 10am–6pm | The Courtyard

Make your way to the Courtyard to find our Colouring Cart. We have plenty of activity sheets and colouring to keep the family entertained whilst you are down in the Courtyard.

8 + 29 August | 10.30am–12pm | Sylvascope

Brand new for summer 2024, Tree Toddlers is designed for curious pre-schoolers aged 3-5. Our sessions are a delightful blend of fun & learning set amidst the beauty of the Harewood woodland. Every session is brimming with a wide array of activities & experiences that aim to ignite the young explorers’ curiosity. Children are encouraged to roam freely, discovering & engaging with activities that pique their interests.

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