27 and 28 September, 10am to 5pm
Come to Croft Castle's wartime harvest and experience what life would have been like during harvest time on the home front. Continuing Croft's four year-long project commemorating the First World War, this harvest weekend will explore traditional crafts and gardening methods that would have been used at Croft during that time. Soulful music in the Saloon from local vocalist and guitarist, Jack Brett from 12noon both days.
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October, 10am to 5pm
Find out what happened to the Croft family and the local community during the war. Live ancestry searches, wartime sing-songs around the piano, spam fritters and victory crown making in the garden. There's also a militaria and weapons display to see and don't forget to bring along your old photographs for dating with our Edwardian photography expert on Sunday.
The Soldier's billet
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October, 10am to 5pm
As part of Croft's First World War programme you can find out a little bit more about the regular army during the war. We've got a two- man billet in the stables over the weekend. There will be a daily uniform and weapons display detailing some of the stories and life and times of the soldiers during 1914
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October, 10am to 5pm
Family fun weekend of ghost hunting, broom stick making, face painting, storytelling, trails, games and conker matches to enjoy. Follow the family trail to find out about some of Croft's spooks and there'll also be pumpkin carving with Aunty Mabel's kitchen table workshop.
Spooky fancy dress code applies. Small charges for activities.
In Another Light
1 November 2014 to 21 March 2015, 5pm to 8pm every Saturday
Working in partnership with Meadow arts, this winter you can experience Croft in a different light. It will feature contemporary art pieces in the form of a light exhibition in and around Croft's garden, parkland, inner courtyard and other unusual spaces from the artist David Ogle. You can look forward to seeing Croft open late after hours every Saturday evening in winter until 8pm and lit up in a completely new way.