Family fun this bank holiday and autumn at Croome
Enjoy some fun during half-term and through the autumn at Croome with lots to keep the family entertained.
Apple Bobbin' - Family trail
Saturday 20 October to Sunday 4 November, 10am-4pm, £2 including prize.
We have a variety of apples in our orchard - can you find them hidden in the parkland on our family trail? Apple bobbin' is traditionally played at Hallowe'en and was enjoyed by the Georgians. Here at Croome we grow lots of different historic varieties of apples some of which will have been used in the past for such a game. Have fun searching the grounds for all the different types and don't forget to collect your prize at the end.
Apple pressing days
Saturday 13 to Monday 15 October, 11am-3pm, free
Make the most of any surplus apples or pears from your garden and have fun turning them into juice using the apple press in the orchard at Croome. Apples also available for purchase from Croome's orchard. Don't forget to bring along a container to take your juice home with you. Donations welcome.
Dunstall Castle open day
Sunday 9 September, 11am-3pm, free
Have you explored Dunstall Castle which sits on the edge of the parkland? Climb the steep and narrow staircase to the viewing platform at the top of the tower to get views across the estate to the Rotunda and surrounding countryside. Suitable for adults and older children. Free but donations welcome to continue its conservation.
Potter and Ponder map
Our sensory ‘Potter and Ponder’ map encourages visitors with disabilities to experience the beautiful parkland using touch, sight, sound, taste and smell during their visit. Download your map below of pick up a free copy at our Visitor Centre.
Natural play area
Discover the natural play area, the perfect place to sit and enjoy the last of the sun at one of the many picnic benches scattered around. Children can test their balance on tree trunks, play on the swings, build dens, sit on the wooden throne and scramble over logs amongst the trees.
RAF themed playground
Children can let their imagination run wild in the RAF themed playground with a control tower, scramble net, bunker, jeep, slides and swings.
Now is the perfect time to watch the birds feasting at the feeders which are regularly topped up by our volunteers - pick up a free bird spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre and tick off what you can see. You may even spot a cheeky squirrel.
The Visitor Centre is a great place to pick up a one of the many free spotter sheets. Don't forget to collect your 50 Things scrapbook and your sticker once you've completed a 50 Things challenge.
On rainy days retreat to the house and take apart the giant model in the basement - how long will it take you to rebuild it?
Have fun colouring in the activity room at the house or try modelling your own landscape.