May half term at Brockhampton

A family walking and  looking across the moat towards the manor

A child’s mind is like a sponge, absorbing everything they see and do throughout the day. Spending time together in the great outdoors not only builds compassion for nature but it’s also beneficial for mental wellbeing. It’s far too nice to sit indoors playing video games, why not get the whole family outside, making the most of having some time off together?

Longer spring days and warmer weather means you can spend the whole day at Brockhampton this time of year. In the woodlands bluebells spring up, creating swathes of beautiful blue and a lovely subtle aroma. There’s no prettier backdrop for family photos, why not try and find a lovely patch? The staff in Visitor Reception will happily point you in the right direction and if you’re lucky you may also spot some beautiful foxgloves too. Children also love a trip to Lawn Pool where not only do they stumble across ‘Harrold the horse’ deep in the woods but also the pool itself is full of huge fish.  ‘Spot a fish’ is number 8 on the ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities list, don’t forget to pick up one of these from Visitor Reception before you set off on your walk, there’s lots of other activities you can try whilst here on the list too.

The woods have many streams and dingles running through which create the perfect opportunity to take a dip in your wellies. The walks are dog friendly here too, even the family dog can join in on the adventure but please note they must always be kept on a lead and under control as we have grazing livestock and deer on the estate. 

Harrold stands in the woods to represent the past methods of timber extraction
A horse sculpture in the woods
Harrold stands in the woods to represent the past methods of timber extraction

Whilst on a walk keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. In the woods you may spot not only songbirds but birds of prey too, there are many varieties here. We also have three types of deer; muntjac, fallow and roe. Deer have their young in the spring months, please be considerate of the wildlife here by sticking to the pathways on the way-marked routes. Closer to the manor, the moat is also a hive of activity. On a sunny day spot ducklings skimming the water and if you look really carefully you may spot a sunbathing newt or two.

Resident ducks relax on the moat
Two ducks sleeping on a hay bale in the moat
Resident ducks relax on the moat

The manor house is open daily in May half term for families to visit. You’ll be required to pick up a ticket upon arrival with a given timeslot, please arrive within your allocated timeframe as this will help us keep everyone safe and spaced out. Inside the house, children can take part in a spotting trail as they look for the hidden felt bats and learn facts about the manor’s resident bats.

After all that exercise, pop to The Granary kiosk to grab some take away snacks and drinks. You’re welcome to use one of the outside tables here, please note you’ll be required to track and trace, you’re also welcome to take your purchases with you to consume in the orchards. Unfortunately, The Granary is not serving meals currently so if you’d like lunch during your visit please feel free to bring a picnic along to enjoy in the orchards or on one of our way-marked walks.