YOUNG visitors to Lydiard House this month can forget about their electronic gadgetry for a while and immerse themselves in toys children played with decades ago.

Tops, hoops, skittles, puppets and ball games go on display on August 18 and 25. And on August 11they can take inspiration from the building's painted window and design their own stained glass windows to take away.

The grand country house, once the home of the St John family, was bought for the town after it fell into disrepair and ended up on the market. The collections it houses furniture, costumes and the Lydiard Archives.

Family trails help children explore the property and there's a look and see trail that lets them get involved with the displays.

Outside in the park there's a children's play area, walled garden and cafe.Adventurous types can try out the Jungle Parc which offers two high wire courses.

Up to four children, aged 3 – 15, can visit for £1 each until 4 September when accompanied by a full-paying adult. Admission costs £5 for an adult. Under 3s go free.

The workshops cost £3.50 on top of admission, last 30 minutes and run through the day at: 11am, noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Email to book a place.

Visit for full details and opening times.

The Jungle Parc is charged separately.