Hertfordshire’s prestigious Knebworth House’s Gardens and Dinosaur Trail is set to reopen this weekend for the first time in 2023. It has been announced that on Sunday (March 19) Knebworth House, Gardens and Dinosaur Trail will be open again, with the Park and Adventure Playground re-opening from next Saturday (March 25).
Knebworth House, Park, Gardens, Adventure Playground and Dinosaur Trail will be open on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays from March 25 until October 1. Hertfordshire residents can visit Knebworth House – which is located in Stevenage – by purchasing a season ticket for £50, which will provide access to its Park, Gardens, Adventure Playground and Dinosaur Trail as well as many enjoyable events.
These include Father’s Day Medieval Jousting, PAW Patrol Character Appearance, Hertfordshire Garden Show, Classic Motor Show, Easter Trail and DogFest – which is the ‘nation’s favourite pup-friendly’ event taking place later this year. Other benefits include ten per cent off in the Garden Terrace Tea Room, and also ten per cent discount on selected purchases in the Gift Shop.
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This year, Knebworth House is offering a discounted rate on tickets that are pre-booked on their website before arrival. However, here are the top 12 things to do at Knebworth House in 2023:
1. Visit over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend
This Easter, Knebworth House is offering its ever-popular Easter Trail. Residents can follow the Trail sheet around Knebworth Gardens looking for clues to complete the word puzzle, with a prize on offer for the winner at the end. There is also a chance to try a tasty Easter Sunday Lunch in Knebworth Barns, which requires residents to pre-book.
2. Attend the Classic Motor Show over the August Bank Holiday
Knebworth House’s Classic Motor Show is an event not to be missed with hundreds of classic and collectible vehicles taking part each day. There will be a static display of sports, American, commercial, military and classic motorcycles. There will also be a show arena hosting parades.
3. Attend the Hertfordshire Garden Show
The Hertfordshire Garden Show will provide residents with much inspiration for the Spring and Summer months ahead. It will take place over the early May Bank Holiday from April 29 to May 1.
There will be a wide range of goods on display and on offer, including garden furniture, water features, hot tubs, tools, sculptures and more. Tickets purchased also include access to Knebworth Gardens and Park.
4. Watch the Father’s Day Medieval Jousting display
Medieval Jousting will return to Knebworth Park this Father’s Day (Sunday, June 18). The crowds are encouraged to cheer and jeer the Knights on, as they demonstrate their skill on horseback against the extraordinary backdrop of the turrets and towers of Knebworth House.
5. Spend the day at the Adventure Playground
The Adventure Playground is a place that can be enjoyed by many young children. They can play as long as they want on the swings, slides, play equipment and splash-play water features. The kids will also love ‘Fort Knebworth’, which is a wooden adventure fortress.
6. Give Chase and Marshal from PAW Patrol a wave
Knebworth Park and Gardens will be welcoming Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol on Sunday, June 25. Young families can enjoy the characters as they make personal appearances at intervals between 10am and 2pm.
7. Treat yourself at the Great British Food Festival
The Great British Food Festival will be returning to Knebworth Park this July, with a range of produce on sale from local and national producers. From chocolate to chutney and cheese to chilli sauces, there will be something to tickle your taste buds.
8. Enjoy an open-air Theatre performance in Knebworth Gardens
There will be a several Garden performances taking place in Knebworth Gardens this year, including ‘Romeo & Juliet’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘The Paul Simon Story’. Residents are advised to take a chair along with a blanket and a picnic.
9. Enjoy the views from The Watchman’s Tower
Knebworth House and Parkland’s great views can be seen by residents after climbing the spiral staircase to the top of the Watchman’s Tower.
10. Go on a Ghost Tour and Bat Walk
A “unique” opportunity can be enjoyed by Herts residents by taking a tour of Knebworth House at night to hear the tales of incidents that cannot be explained. Areas can be seen where “resident presences” have been detected. Refreshments will be served in Knebworth Barns after the Tour and Bat Walk.
11. Take your Dog on the ultimate day out
The nation’s ‘favourite dog-friendly festival’ DogFest 2023 will be hosted once again at Knebworth House on September 9 and 10. Herts pet owners can bring their close companion’s along to a variety of have-a-go activities, enter the Fun Dog Show for the chance to win Best in Show or take part in the Big Dog Walk. You can save 20 per cent on advanced tickets by using the code KNEBWORTH20.
12. Venture into the Dinosaur Trail
The 72 life-sized dinosaurs and pre-historic creatures can be found grazing amongst the shrubbery of Knebworth House. Young families can look around the woodland paths, while children can learn about the T-Rex, the Woolly Mammoth and other fascinating pre-historic creatures.
For more information, visit the Knebworth House website here for full opening dates.