Half term fun at Blickling Estate

From Friday 19 - Sunday 28 October, discover fun for all the family with a variety of activities across the estate. Enjoy everything from cycle hire in the park and green fingered fun in the walled garden to our contemporary art installation and bookworms in the house.

Garden adventures | Daily

Explore the garden every day of the week and find secret tunnels, squishy trees and much more. There's plenty of fun to be had, from a family game of hide and seek in the yew hedges, to planting seeds in the walled kitchen garden. 

Little explorers

Throughout half term you can collect a children's map from visitor reception and head out on an adventure around the colourful garden. The map will show you all the best bits, as well as where to play a game, do a spot of gardening, get in touch with nature and/or take a break.

Amazing autumn

On your map you will also see ten little oak leaf symbols. Find these spots as you make your way around the garden and discover what makes autumn special. Once you've found them all, continue your autumn adventure in the walled garden, where you can decorate your very own pumpkin. 

Sow and grow

Join us in the walled kitchen garden and have fun watering flowers and planting tulip bulbs in pots. You can then take your pot home and enjoy watching it grow. You will also find little wheelbarrows and watering cans for gardening fun.

Sow and grow in the walled garden
A child and her mother planting in the walled garden
Sow and grow in the walled garden

For bookworms big and small...

Three children sitting on a treestump in the woodland of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire

Discover the secret book trail

Continuing the book theme outside, follow the trail through the secret tunnel (here's a clue... it's near the secret garden) and see if you can work out the book titles as you explore. From children's much loved old classics to the world of Harry Potter, guess the book titles from the quotes and images you'll discover.

Explore the wider estate

Take part in our family nature trail in the parkland any day of the week. This walk around the wider estate is ideal for older children as it encourages curious minds to solve riddles and complete the puzzle to reveal a mystery word. You can take part on foot or by bike, all you need to do is collect a trail sheet from visitor reception. 

Cycle hire | Daily

Cycle hire is open every day from 10am - 2pm and provides a range of cycles with something for everyone. Big or small, why not take the opportunity to venture further afield? All bikes must be returned by 4pm. There are a range of options, check out our cycle hire prices.

Big or small, we have a wide range of bikes for hire with something just for you.
A little girl rides a bike through Blickling's beautiful parkland.
Big or small, we have a wide range of bikes for hire with something just for you.

Cricket | Daily

Fancy a game? Our brilliant, brand new cricket sets, courtesy of the Norfolk Cricket Board, are available to borrow from cycle hire every day from 10am. A fully refundable £10 deposit is required upon hire and all equipment must be returned by 4pm at the latest to receive your refund.


Fancy a hot chocolate?

Warm up after a busy day of adventures with a hot chocolate and shortbread biscuit. Find a selection of scrumptious snacks available in all three of our cafés. Children's lunch packs are also available daily until 2.30pm.   

Warm up with a hot chocolate and something tasty
Children enjoying hot chocolate drinks
Warm up with a hot chocolate and something tasty

Walled garden cooking | Friday 26 October

Join us in the walled garden and see the delicious dishes created from our fresh, seasonal produce. Enjoy sampling autumnal flavours and be inspired to make your own treats at home.

A colourful array of squashes and pumpkins can be found growing in Blickling's walled garden.
Squashes in the glasshouse at Blickling Estate
A colourful array of squashes and pumpkins can be found growing in Blickling's walled garden.

Smoothie bike | Daily*

Our smoothie bike is returning this half term. Watch as the bike pedals and blends fresh fruit and vegetables from the walled garden into delicious, refreshing drinks. 

*Our smoothie bike is subject to weather and volunteer availability. 

RAF Oulton Museum

In the year of the Royal Air Force's centenary, why not visit Blickling's RAF Oulton Museum? With free entry, enjoy learning about Blickling Estate during the Second World War in the lead up to Remembrance. You will also see a hand-crafted display of poppies in commemoration of both the First and Second World War forces based at Blickling.