Deer Park at Dunham Massey

Summer at Dunham Massey

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor

Summer days ….. there aren’t many places we’d rather be, come rain or shine, than Dunham Massey. Read our guide to the best things to do outside at Dunham Massey this August.

We will be dreaming big at the new Midnight Garden trail, running wild in the ancient deer park,  leaping off the log piles and eating ALL the ice cream at Dunham Massey’s renowned Ice Cream Parlour.

The house, filled with 300 years of history, is also always brimming with new ways of telling the stories of the two great families that inhabited it. Scandal, fortune and duty … all the good things.

In the house are three new trails which make up Dunham Massey: A Woman’s Place? With the option to dip into just one or all three, follow incredible personal stories which highlight important questions around women’s roles in society, home and work.

Explore very different worlds and experiences through costume, books and fascinating objects that tell the stories of Lady Mary Booth (the first and only woman to inherit and run the estate), Penelope Lady Stamford, who decided to open a  military hospital during the First World War whilst caring for her children as a single mother, and the “silent presence” of Mrs. Isabella Collins, Housekeeper for 40 years.

Things to do right now

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Cinema 15–18 September 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: Sunset Boulevard at HOME

Visual Arts 20 September 2018–19 September 2019, FREE

Manchester Art Gallery Highlights Tour

Red Dust Road at HOME
Literature 11–21 September 2019, from £10.00

Red Dust Road at HOME

A Taste of Honey at The Lowry
Theatre 13–21 September 2019, from £12.50

A Taste of Honey at The Lowry

Cinema 13–22 September 2019, from £9

The Shock of the Future at HOME

MIF19 David Lynch at HOME Manchester International Festival
Cinema 6 July–29 September 2019, FREE

MIF19: David Lynch at HOME

Exhibitions 6 April–29 September 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Rights of the Child at Quarry Bank