Fun for all the family at Buckland Abbey

A family gathering autumn leaves

Hunt out beasts, get creative or simply find a great big pile of leaves to jump in - there's lots to enjoy for the whole family at Buckland this autumn.

Medieval Halloween

This half term, why not take a break from the pumpkins and cobwebs and discover the medieval origins of Halloween? You'll learn all about a time when faith and superstition were connected as autumn turned to winter, and restless spirits needed to be kept at bay to ensure good luck and a good harvest. All Hallows Eve was the one night in the year when the wall between the living and the dead was thought to be at its thinnest, and so people took to disguising themselves from the spirits and using all kinds of different offerings to protect their homes. 

You can join in to the 'spirit' of things on your visit, with mask making activities and a trail around the Abbey where you'll look out for some of the superstitious objects once used at this time of year. 

If you're feeling crafty, why not join in with one of the family drop in workshops, running on selected dates through the half term week? From making felt creepy crawlies to creating magical fairy houses and learning how to rag rug, there's lots going on to keep the whole family entertained this autumn.

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. While you're out and about, why not tick off some of the activities on your 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 list like rolling down a hill, making some wild art or doing a bit of bird watching? Four legged friends are welcome too. 

Hunt for wild beasts

Get into the Hallowe'en spirit and search for beasts this autumn.

Follow the yellow or blue estate walks to complete the medieval beast trail, where you can run past a rana, march to a moldiwarpe and hunt down a herinacius. Collect your notebook from Visitor Welcome when you arrive (£1 per trail) and start your own bestiary. 

Start your search for Medieval beasties

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.