October half-term fun

Children playing in autumn leaves at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Our October half term activities are inspired by the beautifully illustrated children’s poetry book I am the Seed that Grew the Tree, and the associated exhibition that will run throughout October highlighting the joys of nature. We’ll also look more closely at Belton's Creative Women.

Visit Belton's I am the Seed outdoor nature poetry exhibition this October
An exhibition to highlight illustrations from the nature poetry treasury, I am the seed that grew the tree
Visit Belton's I am the Seed outdoor nature poetry exhibition this October

Join us for a variety of nature inspired activities including autumn trails, storytelling, face painting, puppet shows and a children's book festival. 

Book festival 

Saturday 20 October, 10am – 4.30pm
Meet authors, illustrators and storytellers who inspire children of all ages from under-fives to teens. Working in partnership with Lincolnshire Children’s Book Group, celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Seasonal Trails

Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 October, 9.30am – 4pm
Enjoy a seasonal walk and the splendour of Belton’s autumn colours. Choose from two autumn inspired family trails in the parkland;

  • Poetry in the park

Create your own seasonal poems inspired by the I am the Seed that Grew the Tree poetry book and Belton’s picturesque parkland.  

Belton looks majestic amidst the autumn colour
Belton House with autumn leaves
Belton looks majestic amidst the autumn colour
  • iSpy in the park 

Aimed at younger children and pushchair friendly, search the parkland for wildlife and think about where and how animals, birds and insects live. Trail guides are £3 each, with the prize of a golden leaf medal on completion. 

A young girl peers through binoculars on an outdoor adventure
A picture of a young girl peers through binoculars on an outdoor adventure
A young girl peers through binoculars on an outdoor adventure

Face-painting   

Sunday 21 October,  11am- 3pm, £2 per child
Head for the garden interpretation room for a ‘new face’ of your choice, maybe a bee or a butterfly, badger or fox? 

Face painting
Face painting
Face painting

Nature’s story time 

Wednesday 24 October, 10am – 4pm
Drop in on the garden interpretation room and enjoy a 15-20  minute nature inspired story.

Family house tours 

Thursday 25 October, 11am-12noon.
Led by this year’s Creative Women theme, we’re taking a closer look at Nina, Marian and Adelaide. This interactive tour’s been specially designed for families with children aged 5 years and over in mind. Spaces are limited, so pre-booking online is essential.

Book your places on the family house tour today
A mother and child admiring the Dining Room at Belton
Book your places on the family house tour today

Talking pictures 

Friday 26 October, 11am, 11.30am and 12noon.
Discover the stories behind some of Belton's favourite pictures in this interactive, 20 minute workshop. Suitable for visitors aged 6 years and older. Spaces are limited, so pre-booking online is essential.               

Friday #50things challenge 

Friday 26 October,11am-4pm.
Join the Play Team in the outdoor adventure playground. Complete challenges #19 & #33 by collecting sticks and leaves to make stick characters or play pooh sticks.

Let the kids experience the different seasons
A child is passed a large autumnal leaf at a National Trust site
Let the kids experience the different seasons

Puppet shows 

Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 October, 10am – 3.30pm
Fools Puppet Theatre is back by popular demand, with a lively variety of puppet shows throughout the day. Meet SPIKE the child eating dragon! 

Family fun in the Discovery Centre

School holidays, 11am-4.30pm
Open every day of the school holidays, set your creative imagination free with activities inspired by nature and Belton’s Creative Women. Led by the beautiful illuminated manuscripts created by Marian Alford, design your own decorative scheme. 

Immerse yourself in nature and share your thoughts and feelings in a poem. Hang your piece on our poetree with the work of other young creative writers.

Craft activities in the Discovery Centre
Child reaching for colouring pens
Craft activities in the Discovery Centre

#50things activity scrapbook

Pick up a copy of the #50things scrapbook and explore the great outdoors. Head for the parkland or adventure playground. Catch a falling leaf, play conkers, or hold a scary beast to tick the activities off your checklist.

Ranger packs

Explore Belton with a Ranger Pack this autumn. Borrow a pack from the Discovery Centre. Each one contains all the equipment you will need. Choose from four ranger activities;

  • Create: be an artist
  • Explore: be a tree detective
  • Dicover: be a twitcher
  • Discover: be a bug hunter
What critters will you encounter?
Bug hunting
What critters will you encounter?

All aboard

Attention all passengers, head to the outdoor adventure playground for the ride of your life on Belton's miniature train, £1.50 per seat. Collect a choo choo loyalty card from the train station to receive your tenth journey free.

All aboard
Girls waving on a minature train
All aboard

What's more, when you enjoy an autumn adventure at Belton House your support helps us to look after this special place for ever, for everyone.

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Children playing with leaves in autumn

Belton's top autumn 50 things activities

Play outdoors, learn new skills and try something new! Start ticking off some 50 things activities at Belton.