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

  • A man showing children a trick.

    Tricks and Tonics

    Sat 21 - Fri 27 Oct 2017 11am-4pm

    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.

  • Children holding plastic swords in the air with a man dressed as a Roman soldier.

    How to be a Roman Soldier

    Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017 11am-5pm

    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.

  • Two men holding birds of prey.

    Victorian Falconry

    Tue 24 - Thu 26 Oct 2017 10am-4pm

    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.

  • Two young boys playing with leaves

    Autumn Adventures

    Sat 21 Oct - Sun 5 Nov 2017 11am-4pm

    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 -
Apple Hedgehog

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.

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