Half term fun at Buckland

Whether it's hunting for wild beasts in the woodland, whittling a spoon or trying on a Tudor outfit, there's plenty for the whole family to enjoy on a day out to Buckland Abbey this spring.

Whittle and Burn

Get outdoors over the bank holiday weekend and head down Cot Lane to discover how the Estate team turn timber into charcoal, and how to whittle useful objects for the home. There’ll be chance for you to climb aboard a shave horse and have a go too.

Get crafty

Fancy making something extra special to take home as a memento of your visit? Join in with family felting with Claire Packer, rag rugging with Debbie Hastings or spring Naturemake and get the creative juices flowing. For dates, times and prices, check our what's on page.


Transform yourself into a Tudor

Step into Buckland’s time machine and transform yourself into a Tudor by trying on an authentic get-up in the Abbey. All of the costumes have been made by the volunteers who form the abbey’s Costume Group.

Medieval beast hunt

Hidden around the yellow and blue estate walks, sixteen medieval beasties are waiting to be discovered. Find them all in one day or across multiple visits to produce your very own medieval book of bestiaries. Will you march past the moldiwarpe, run past the rana and hunt down the herinacius? The medieval beast hunt is available daily, pick up your booklet from Visitor Welcome at the start of your visit. Normal admission plus £1 per booklet.

Higher Paddock play area

Visit the Higher Paddock play area which is at the beginning of the red and blue walks, and you'll discover balance beams, great places to build a secret den and even a zip wire. This fantastic area has just had more natural play equipment installed in it by the Ranger team, who worked with local primary school children to design its layout. Suitable for grown ups too.

Adventure into the wild garden

Just below the Cider House garden, step into the wild garden and seek out the woodland carvings hiding amongst the undergrowth. Foxes, herons and toadstools await.