Percy the Park Keeper creator to visit Dunham Massey

A very special guest has arrived at Dunham Massey and this year you can be part of his celebrations. Much-loved children’s character, Percy the Park Keeper, will be marking the 30th anniversary of his stories with activities in one of Cheshire’s very own favourite parks.

Nick Butterworth

Nick Butterworth, the man behind Percy, will be visiting the National Trust place on Saturday 13 – 14 July to host a number of workshops. In the fun and interactive sessions, Nick will bring Percy’s park to life with stories, live drawings, and even signing copies of his new book One Springy Day. Nick says, ‘Percy the Park Keeper at Dunham Massey? I don’t know who’s most pleased, Percy or me! I’m really looking forward to coming along myself and following the trail around this wonderful National Trust property. I hope to bump into you there soon!’

The visit is part of a yearlong partnership with Nick Butterworth at Dunham Massey, and will run alongside the interactive trail The Treasure Hunt. Families are invited to explore the garden, deer park and house in search of nature’s treasure, based on the Percy book of the same name. Little ones can search for sapphire blues, ruby reds, amethyst purples, citrine yellows and emerald greens as they help Percy’s woodland friends complete the puzzle.

Assistant Visitor Experience Manager, Katie Clayton says, ‘We’re delighted to be working with Nick to bring a series of special trails and events to Dunham Massey this year. Many families have grown up with Percy the Park Keeper and it’s great to be bringing the much-loved character and his friends to a special place like Dunham Massey.’

After the success of the first trail of the year, One Springy Day, keep an eye out for more trails throughout the year; all inspired by different Percy the Park Keeper books including After the Storm in autumn, and One Snowy Night in winter.

Nick Butterworth will be visiting Dunham Massey on Saturday 13 – 14 July; with tickets costing £6.50 per person (under 3s go free). To book tickets please visit

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