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Family Events

Plan an extraordinary day out and step into history together as a family.

There's plenty for kids and adults alike to enjoy. Our programme of historical events for families offer a great way to explore the beauty of our sites and bring our historic places to life. Simply use the search box below to find an upcoming event near you.

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Halloween family events

Join us at a range of phantom-tastic family-friendly events at our sites across the country this Halloween.

Enjoy ghoulishly good days out at our half-term events, where you can gather round for tales from our spooky storytellers and solve creepy clues in our Halloween Quest.

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Illuminated Whitby

Cast light on a dark history this Halloween! See Bram Stoker's inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations once again. Have your camera at the ready as you explore the gothic splendour of the ruins lit up with all the colours of the rainbow.

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Christmas Events

Gather your friends and family this winter and experience the past in a spectacular new light. Celebrate Christmas with brand new, interactive light trails at some of our most popular properties. Brought to you by our event partner Kilimanjaro Live in association with English Heritage, get ready for colour, lights and play this December.

Marvel at the historic buildings being bathed in light as you warm up with a glass of mulled wine and toast a marshmallow under the night sky. You can also stock up on Christmas gifts and tasty treats in our shop.


  • Christmas at Kenwood

    Delight in a dazzling light display within the grounds of Kenwood House and celebrate Christmas at one of the most iconic houses in London.

  • Christmas at Eltham Palace

    Experience Eltham Palace with all the spectacle that Henry VIII might have with a host of light installations designed to fit in with the surroundings.

  • Christmas at Wrest Park

    Explore Wrest Park's renowned garden and grounds in a new light and be captivated as you enjoy an enchanted Christmas with family.

  • Christmas at Walmer Castle

    Enjoy historic grounds bathed in festive light at this Tudor fortress as you explore an immersive experience guaranteed to thrill the senses.

Festive Stories with Father Christmas

Father Christmas is taking time out of his busy festive schedule to tell some of his favourite seasonal stories around the Christmas tree, in our group storytelling sessions. Then, you and your children will get the chance to meet the man himself, take photographs and make memories to treasure, as children receive a traditional present to unwrap.

Join English Heritage

Enjoy unlimited access to hundreds of historic places with an annual membership. Plus there's free entry for up to six children*

With memberships starting from £57 a year.



  • Become a Member

    Start a year of adventure. An English Heritage membership offers an unlimited annual pass to over 400 historic sites across the country.

  • Days out under £20

    From castles and monastic ruins to Iron Age hillforts, here are our top picks for family days out on a budget.

  • Family Property Guides

    Our family guides cover things for all ages to see and do, as well as practical advice on food and drink, parking, toilets and access.

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