Days out for the October half term
Make the most of autumn this October half term with the whole family. Our gardens are ablaze with autumn colour, and many of our houses and castles are open on weekends.
Enjoy outdoor adventures in the country's most beautiful landscapes, then head inside to one of our tea rooms or cafés for hot drinks and warming seasonal treats.
Places to visit this Autumn
Enjoy hilltop castles, sweeping parklands and elegant gardens in Autumn's rich colours.
Half term events for families
Learn to be a Roman soldier, or dress up for a spooky adventure
Tricks and TonicsSat 21 - Fri 27 Oct 2017
Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
Back by popular demand, join the potion master and weave your magic as you learn amazing tricks and make your very own potion to take home.
How to be a Roman SoldierSat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017
Chesters Roman Fort, Hadrian's Wall
Have you got what it takes to be a Roman soldier? Join our Roman army for little ones this summer in the grounds of an ancient Roman Fort.
Victorian FalconryTue 24 - Thu 26 Oct 2017
Osborne, Isle of Wight
Gaze skywards in awe as hawks, owls and falcons soar above Queen Victoria's palatial seaside estate on the Isle of Wight.
Autumn AdventuresSat 21 Oct - Sun 5 Nov 2017
Beeston Castle, Cheshire
Set out on an autumn adventure to find scarecrows hidden in the woodland park, before making your own. Daily fancy dress competition.
Victorian Recipe -
English apples are at their best in autumn. Try using some heritage varieties to make an unusual autumnal treat - an Apple Hedgehog. Our Victorian cook at Audley End House has the recipe.