Autumn half term for families at Bodnant Garden

Textile spider hanging in a tree

Autumn is a special time at Bodnant Garden as our huge collection of trees light up the landscape in a kaleidoscope of colour. Bring the family and celebrate the season in 80 acres of great outdoors.

Join our children’s trail Can You Spot the Attercop? during half term, Saturday 27 October to Sunday 4 November. Follow the trail through the Old Park and Acer Glade, down to the Dell in search of the ‘attercop’ (an ancient name for spider). This activity is self-led, free (normal garden admission applies) and there's no need to book.

If you've any energy left after your walk why not give the gardeners a hand collecting fallen leaves? We'll be leaving out rakes on the Top Lawn - see how many buckets you can collect and enjoy a stomp and a jump while you’re about it. While you're here you can try test driving a broomstick too! Take a Rake and Pick A Stick activities are self-led and free (normal garden admission applies).

On Saturday 27 October we'll be doing Fungal Forays with our old friend FungalPunk Dave. Explore the garden with expert help and discover the weird and wonderful fungi hidden in our woods and meadows. Join the forays at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Cost £5 per person, normal garden admission applies, book online or call 0344 249 1895.

For adults, why not join our Poetry Workshop on Wednesday 24 October 10.30am to 3.30pm Join local poet Garry Chilton for an inspiring and creative day in the garden. Cost £5 per person, book online or call 0344 249 1895.

There will also be Guided Autumn Walks for adults during the week of Monday 22 to Friday 26 October at 11am each day, Our famous tree collection includes Champion Trees (the biggest and best of their kind in Britain) which provide stunning autumn foliage, alongside brightly coloured, late blooming flower displays. These guided walks are free (normal garden admission applies) but book online or call 0344 249 1895.

On Tuesday October 30 The Poem will be open to the public, from 10am-4pm. This will be the last chance to see inside the mausoleum this year, before it closes for winter.

And a highlight of this autumn is our special celebration of women's suffrage called 'Unbind the Wing' with a garden trail and installations throughout the garden running from 26 September to 23 November (self-led, free, booking not required). 

Enjoy our autumn menu in the Pavilion and Magnolia tearooms or warm up with an al-fresco hot snack from the kiosk in The Dell, where the brazier will be burning daily during half term. Our catering team will also be serving a special Halloween themed menu during half term in the Pavilion and in The Dell, and will be running their popular Halloween cookie decorating in the Pavilion from Saturday 27 October to Sunday 4 November 11am – 3pm daily (cost £1.50 per child, no booking needed).

There are picnic areas around the garden too so whatever the weather, you can make a day of it with the family this autumn at Bodnant Garden.