Hey Diddle Diddle

Where did the dish and spoon run away to?


10th to 18th February 2018

Follow the green trail from the Cavendish Shop and solve the mystery of the dish and the spoon and discover why it is thought that the popular nursery rhyme ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ originated at Bolton Abbey. Legend has it that Prior Moone was “diddled” over the sale of a cow by the Hey family, and the dogs either side of the West Tower, built by Prior Moone, are laughing because of this.

Useful Information

This is a free event. The Estate’s admission of £10 per vehicle applies.

Park in Riverside car park near the Cavendish Pavilion. The car park is open from 9am to 6pm. Last admission is at 4pm.

The trail is open from 9am to 4pm.

It is a family event. Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Dogs are welcome on a lead. The route follows the green trail from the Cavendish Shop to the Strid and return. Wrap up warm. Sturdy boots or wellingtons are advisable.

Trail forms will be handed out at Riverside kiosk. Enter the competition to win a Bolton Abbey season ticket.

Download Snapchat from the app store for a little extra fun at one of the clues.


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