What's On

What's On

This October, kids and families can head to our our castles, abbeys and houses for a Halloween half term filled with spooky storytelling, creepy crafts, trick or treat themed trails and woodland walks. After dark, brave souls (16+) can join our storytellers for tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history.


We've introduced a range of measures, including bookable arrival time slots and reduced visitor capacity, so that you and your family can safely enjoy exploring the places where history happened.

Demand for tickets is high, so please only book if you're sure you can make the date and time of your visit. And remember to bring a face covering - they're now mandatory in all of our indoor places.

For more details, take a look at our answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the booking process and on-site experience.


At half term, little monsters can enjoy spooky Halloween fun during the day: dress up, follow the trail to solve creepy clues, and listen to spooky stories! Later on, kids can join our ghost-hunting storytellers on a trip through the shadows; after the success of our Woodland Walks at Wrest Park last year, we're introducing this event to six historic places across the country.

Come nightfall, those who are aged 16+ can brave some of the country's eeriest castles and discover the darker side of history. Bring a torch, and join our storytellers as they guide you on a bone-chilling journey through the past.

Find out more

Christmas 2020

Due to the Covid-19 government guidelines on social distancing, we will sadly not be holding our Enchanted events this year. Instead, you can join our festive adventure quests taking place at sites across the country which will allow you and your family to explore and discover fun facts and untold stories in the places where history happened! Find out more on the individual property pages. Activities will be taking place at the following sites:

Eltham Palace, Battle Abbey, Dover Castle, Osborne, Framlingham Castle, Wrest Park, Audley End House and Gardens

Pendennis Castle, Stonehenge

Belsay Hall, Whitby Abbey, Beeston Castle, Brodsworth Hall

Bolsover Castle, Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, Stokesay Castle


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  • Family Days Out

    Discover great places across the country to visit with the kids, from mighty Norman castles to atmospheric abbeys, and more.

  • Days Out with Dogs

    There are plenty of dog-friendly sites across the whole of England for you to enjoy alongside your furry friends.

  • History at Home

    Our historic sites are open again, but we’re still here to help you discover the best stories of England’s past from the comfort of your home.

  • Shop Toys and Games

    Have fun with our collection of traditional toys and games, from family-favourite board games and dressing up costumes, to lawn games and more.

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