Autumn fun at Buckland Abbey

A family gathering autumn leaves

There are plenty of adventures to be had at Buckland this autumn half term. Join in for some spooky house and estate trails or come and help us create 1,000 willow wish stars for Christmas, there is something for everyone this autumn.

All Hallows Eve half term fun

During Francis Drakes famous circumnavigation of the globe, one of Drakes crewman was accused of witchcraft.

We need your help to gather the evidence for trial. Head around the abbey and look for all the crew statements and at the end, you will need to decide whether Thomas was a witch….

Out on the estate, the witch hunting continues. But this time, can you find all the pumpkins with clues about how to protect yourselves against witches in Tudor times?

All Hallows Eve Pumpkin trail
Pumkin sat in a window in a building
All Hallows Eve Pumpkin trail

1,000 Willow wish star workshops

We need your help to create 1,000 willow stars to create a Christmas constellation in the Great Barn this December. Then come back in winter and make a wish under the galaxy of stars to take home with you.

Workshops will be run during weekends and October half term in the school room.

Stars and the Christmas tree in the Great Barn at Buckland Abbey
Stars made by pupils from St Andrew's Primary School in the Great Barn at Buckland Abbey
Stars and the Christmas tree in the Great Barn at Buckland Abbey

Get walking

The colours in the woodland are just fantastic in autumn. Grab those wellies and find some puddles to splash in or leaves to crunch through as you follow one of the waymarked trails over the estate. Four legged friends are welcome too.

Visitors walking around the estate

Zip to the Higher Paddock play area

Fancy trying out your balance, climbing skills or having a go on a zip wire? Head off onto the red walk where you'll find the Higher Paddock play area, built by our Rangers and designed by local school children. 

 

Having fun on the zip wire
Child on zip wire
Having fun on the zip wire

Feeling peckish?

Stop by the Ox Yard restaurant for lunch or refuel with cuppa and a slice of delicious cake.