Half-Term family fun at the Abbey

Kids writing a story in the garden of Buckland Abbey

Spring has sprung at Buckland, so pop on your hat and coat and come along for a visit that the whole family is sure to love this half term.

What's on?

If you are in the mood for walking out on the beautiful estate, why not visit the Higher Paddock Play Area? Located at the start of the red route, there's all sorts of great equipment to have a go on, including a zip wire which is popular with the grown up kids too! Dogs on leads are welcome on the walks.

Spring's a great time to get crafty, with a whole host of workshops running throughout the half term week. From making bird feeders to magical fairy houses, there's a chance to get creative every day in the schoolroom:

Sat 16, Mon 18, Tues 19, Fri 22, Sat 23 and Sun 24, 11-3 - Pine cone bird feeder making in the schoolroom. Come along and create a tasty treat for our feathered friends - please be aware that we will be using peanut butter for this activity. 

Sun 17 and Wed 20, 11-4 - Naturemake in the schoolroom. Using all natural materials, you can create miniature worlds and creatures with the help of the Naturemake team. Prices start from £4 (cash only please).

Thurs 21, 12-3 - meet the Ranger team and tick off one of your 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 - making wild art. Remember to bring outdoor clothing and sturdy boots as this activity takes place out on the estate.

Sat 16, Sun 17, Wed 20, Thurs 21, Fri 22, Sat 23 and Sun 24, 11-3 - fused glass workshops. Visit the Serendipity Glass workshop in the Ox Yard and you can create your own coaster or hanging decoration with Annie. £10 per piece including postage.

Have you been on a penguin hunt yet? Disguised as members of Drake's crew, 12 penguins have hidden around the Abbey to avoid being made into tomorrow's dinner by the hungry seafarers. Pick up a free trail sheet from Visitor Welcome and see if you can spot them all. There's also an indoor 50 things trail too if you fancy an extra challenge, and a nature spotting trail if you're planning to head out on the estate.

Normal admission applies for all activities listed above.

Time for a treat

The fun doesn't have to stop when you head home - the shop is full of great gifts, food and souvenirs for all ages, so why not treat yourself to a reminder of your visit? There are plenty of things to tickle your tastebuds in the restaurant too - how about a delicious cream tea or hot chocolate?