Half term fun at Anglesey Abbey

Child with magnifying glass with father in background

There's lots to see and do at Anglesey Abbey during half term. Here's a few suggestions for a great family day out this October half-term.

Extra time to explore

Throughout October half term we're opening the gardens earlier at 9.30am, giving you extra time to explore. Why not grab a coffee & tasty snack, before setting off on your wild adventure.

Conserving and Preserving

This autumn, we're lifting the lid on the work that goes on behind the scenes to keep this special place here for future generations to enjoy. Head to the house to discover the ten agents of deterioration, and how we care for them in order to minimise the threat that they pose on the future of this magnificent collection. 

Conservation Training logbook

Pick up a conservation training logbook from Visitor Reception to begin to unlock the secrets of how we care for the house, gardens and working watermill donated to the National Trust by Lord Fairhaven in 1966. 

The training will take place across the whole property. From learning about pest control at the mill, to helping us collect the leaves so vital to next year's blooms, there will also be the opportunity to head to the Discover Cabin in Hoe Fen to create your own take home display for next springtime. For every training activity completed, there will be a stamp available. Once you have collected all five stamps, head to Visitor Reception to claim your reward. 

In addition to your training logbook, there is an optional activity pack available from Visitor Reception for a suggested donation of £1. Inside, you can find all you need to develop your training further, but also a few optional extras for fun along the way! What's more, by donating, you'll be helping us ensure that the care and preservation of Anglesey Abbey is able to continue on into the future. 

Wild adventures

Head to the Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area for a real family adventure in the woods. 

Record what you see from the Wildlife Watch Hut, climb to the top of the giant Limetree Lookout Treehouse,play in the Fort, walk through the Willow Tunnel or play a tune on the Giant Xylophone.

Half-term activities

These activities are free, and there's no need to book. Just head down to the Discovery Cabin at Hoe Fen to join in. 

50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾

Collect your Wild Adventure scrapbook from Visitor Reception; its packed with 50 great adventures to complete before you're 11¾s - don't worry you can be older - even adults like taking part.

You can tick off a number of the 50 things challenges including Climb a tree (no.1),  Build a Den (No4), Make a trail with sticks (no.12), Create some wild art (no.18), 

Make sure you get a sticker when you complete each activity or get an adult to sign your scrapbook. 

Get baking

Take a tour of historic Lode Mill. Watch as the giant waterwheel turns the millstones to produce lovely wholesome wholemeal flour. 

Why not buy a bag of flour fresh from the chute and bake a tasty treat for your family. There's a selection of traditional recipes in the mill to help get you started.

Feeling peckish

The Redwoods restaurant will be serving a tasty range of hot a cold drinks, sandwiches, hot meals and plenty of homemade scones and cake.