Visitors to National Trust places across Lincolnshire are being invited to step back in time and enjoy traditional games and past-times this summer, just as the families who once lived there did in the past. Games such as tennis, bowling and archery, became hugely popular amongst the upper-classes in the late 1700s. Whilst croquet was the big craze of the 1860s and would have been avidly played at many of the houses and estates in the charity’s care.
This summer, visitors can carry on this tradition and relax with a game of croquet in the picture-perfect surroundings of Gunby Hall. Or at Tattershall Castle, children can travel further back in time and see what passed for entertainment 500 years ago, with have-a-go medieval games and a historic children’s trail exploring this majestic castle. Nicky Boden, Visitor Experience Consultant at the Trust said: ‘Whilst many things have changed over the years, the ways in which we like to relax and enjoy our free time have stayed remarkably the same. Whether that’s playing a traditional garden game; or just getting out into nature and building a den or climbing a tree.
‘Each place in our care is unique so we design the activities, trails and games to reflect the history of the place they’re in. This allows us to bring the stories of the people who once lived and work there to life, in hands-on and most of all, fun ways’.
This summer, visitors to National Trust places in Lincolnshire can have a go at playing games old and new. Visit nationaltrust.org.uk/midlands for details of events and activities across the county.