Create lasting memories this October half-term with the National Trust in Herefordshire and plan your visit to Croft Castle, Berrington Hall, Brockhampton Estate and The Weir Garden where you will find lots of spooktacular activities to keep your little ones entertained all holiday.
On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October, families can don their scariest fancy dress and dust off their broomsticks for Croft Castle’s Hallowe’en Spooktacular. Children can carve their own pumpkin, enjoy some spooky crafts, have their faces painted, take part in a broomstick agility course, play games on the lawn, hear ghost stories in the church and track down Glendower the dragon in his lair on a spooky trail around the grounds. The dungeons and dragons trail is running all half-term, until Sunday 5 November.
Only six miles away at nearby Berrington Hall, families can embark on a gloriously gruesome Georgian trail around the grounds. Follow the clues through the gardens and find out all about the gory traditions and scary stories of the eighteenth-century past. Families can spend some time in the autumnal orchard and relax in the fanciful sculptural pavilion in the walled garden, designed by internationally renowned artists, Heather and Ivan Morison.
On route to Bromyard, families can get outdoors this half-term at Brockhampton Estate. Children can grab their ‘50 things to do’ adventure scrapbooks and discover some of the best spots to complete their autumnal activities on an outdoor trail, running daily throughout the holiday. Then on Tuesday 24 October, families can book onto a broomstick making workshop in preparation for Hallowe’en. Little explorers can have a go at being a Young Ranger on Wednesday 25 October, with magical wizarding workshops and practical outdoors activities. The orchards at Brockhampton are laden with fruit at harvest time and visitors can choose some freshly picked apples to take home until Sunday 29 October.
Wendy the witch has been up to her usual mischief at The Weir Garden, near Hereford; see if you can track her down on their half-term trail, running daily from 10.30am to 4pm. Then get creative on Wednesday 25 October and carve your very own pumpkin to take home. Families can wander through the gardens after hours on Friday 27 October; listen to spooky stories around the campfire and tuck into some warming autumnal soup from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
More details about events, booking information, opening times and accessibility at Croft Castle, Berrington Hall, Brockhampton Estate and The Weir Garden can be found by visiting: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/herefordshire