October half term fun at Arlington Court

Halloween pumpkin carving

Autumn is the perfect time of year at Arlington, the leaves are filling the grounds with colour, the light is fading earlier in the evening, and October half-term is jam packed with fun. Whether you like to celebrate the harvest, have a go at some Halloween crafts or dare yourself to walk the grounds at night, there’s something to suit everyone.

Pre half-term

Bat talks

Tue 9 & Tue 16 Oct, 2pm-3pm
Join a National Trust ranger and learn more about some of the rare species of bats at Arlington. Donations welcome.

Morning deer walks - sold out

Sat 14 & Sun 21 Oct, 8.30am-10.30am
Join an expert ranger for a morning stroll in search of the beautiful red deer which live on the Arlington estate. In this autumn walk we hope to see the rutting stags with their impressive antlers. Booking essential. £5.

The misty grounds of Arlington Court
Misty grounds of Arlington Court
The misty grounds of Arlington Court


Join us for some spooky half term fun as the tea-rooms get dressed for halloween in the style of The School of Witchcraft, Warlocks & Wizardry. The main tea-room will be 'The Great Hall', the garden room will be 'The Classroom' and the Vine Cafe will be 'The Common Room'. Venture into the fun and come dressed in your best, free creeeepy cookie for all children in halloween costume, just pop into The Great Hall (main tea-room). 

Brilliant bats trail

Saturday 20-Sunday 28 October, 10:30-4pm
Follow the bat trail around Arlington to learn more about these amazing creatures and claim your prize. £1.

Celebrating the harvest

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 October, 11am-3pm
A weekend dedicated to Arlington’s autumnal seasonal produce. With a magnificent display of crops from the walled kitchen garden, apple tasting, recipe suggestions and family activities. Donations welcome.

Rag rug drop-in workshop

Monday 22 October, 11am-3pm
Local artist Deborah Hastings will be showing how to make beautiful creations from recycled scraps of material. Find out the basics for free, or make one of her fun designs to take home such as a red squirrel or Jacob sheep. £3

Hallowe'en crafts

Tuesday 23 & Thursday 25 October, 12noon-4pm
Make some spooky Halloween crafts. Bring your imagination and we'll supply the materils. Crafts are different each day and donations for materials are welcome. Children must be supervised at all times by an adult. 

Spooky night walk

Friday 26 October, tours starting at 6.30pm, 7.15pm, 8pm
Book on a tour of the grounds at night and follow a spooky tale of unusual happenings at Arlington. Listen out for bumps and shrieks in the night and see if you can spot any ghostly visitors. Dare you venture out in the grounds after dark? Adults £5.00, children £3.50 Booking essential.

Admission charges apply to all the events listed above, apart from the Spooky night walk. National Trust members receive free admission - charges for events still apply.