Imaginary Menagerie Alive!


Start date: 26 June 2021
End date: 27 June 2021


Ticketing information

Please note that for Imaginary Menagerie Alive! all the activities during the launch weekend of 26 and 27 June are included with the Gardens Only ticket.

All visitors and families are welcome. 

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Buy Hillsborough Castle and Gardens tickets

Come along to Imaginary Menagarie Alive at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens for a weekend full of falconry, arts and crafts, live music and picnicking on the South Terrace garden! 

Get Crafty: Animal Masks

Get crafty with our artist facilitator and make an animal mask to wear as you explore the Imaginary Menagerie! 

Time: 10.00 – 13.15, 14.00 – 17.00
Location: In the stretch tent on the West Lawn

This is a drop-in activity and there may be a short wait. Please help us safely manage numbers by maintaining social distancing measures. Numbers are limited, and only children may make the craft. All children must be accompanied. 

Photo of a falconer with a falcon

Flying Falcons

Come along and chat to falconer Ian Patterson about his wonderful birds of prey! Find out more about these magical birds and see them fly during one of the timed demonstrations. 

Birds are on display between 10.00 – 16.30
Flying demonstrations take place at 11.00, 12.00, 14.00, 15.00
Location: By the helipad

Downshire Brass

Enjoy music from Downshire Brass as you relax in the gardens or enjoy a picnic in the sunshine. 

Time: 14.00 – 16.00
Location: On the South Terrace

Please be aware, that unfortunately, in the event of wet weather, Downshire Brass will be unable to perform.

Help us safely manage numbers by maintaining social distancing measures. 

Visitors seated on the grass, having a picnic on the lawn in front of South Terrace.

The Ark Mobile Farm

Meet the friendly animals of The Ark mobile farm! 

Time: 10.00 - 17.00

Location: On the West Lawn

During busy periods there may be a short wait. Please help us safely manage numbers by maintaining social distancing measures. Remember to wash your hands after you’ve met the animals.

Illustration of birds, animals, insects and carriage set in green fields
Things to see Families

This summer, enjoy a day out discovering our brand new interactive play trail - the Imaginary Menagerie.

Open 26 June 2021

Hillsborough Castle


Included in gardens admission (members go free)

A guide shows a group of visitors the Throne Room in the State Rooms at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Two red and gold thrones sit at one end of the room and the walls are lined with green silk damask and the walls are lined with historical artwork.
Things to see

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family inside Hillsborough Castle.


Hillsborough Castle

Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)

Children and actors dressed in Tudor costumes enjoy a range of Tudor sports including falconry, archery, quintain and football.
Families Events

Get ready for the Round Robin Games and join the fun with family and friends.

10 July - 11 July 2021

Hillsborough Castle

Daily 11.00 – 17.00

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Historic Royal Palaces retail product - drinking glasses, books and deer cushion

Shop homewares

In our home section you will find stylish lifestyle home accessories and furnishings, including cushions, tapestries, ornaments and much more which will add those finishing touches to make your room complete.

From £9.99

Peter Rabbit my first library book collection 2001001, My first Peter Rabbit soft toy 8003005, My first Flopsy Bunny soft toy 8003006, Peter Rabbit board book 40110.

Shop Children's Toys

Discover our range of traditional toys and games inspired by Historic Royal Palaces. Bring history to life with our fun selection of toys and games inspired by our British heritage.

From £4.99

Selection of plates and cutlery on a blanket

Shop picnicware

Enjoy fine dining outdoors with our magnificent picnic hampers. Discover our luxury hampers and exquisite picnic blankets.

From £19.99