Six reasons to visit Calke Abbey for half term

The Tramway Trail multi-use trail at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

There's plenty of exploring to be done at Calke Abbey, whatever the weather. Here are our top six reasons to visit this half term...

1)    You can carve a Halloween pumpkin

Get in the spooky spirit this Halloween at our annual Pumpkin Party on Wed 31 Oct, from 11am–3.30pm. You can buy a pumpkin here at Calke, or bring your own.

We'll have lots of carving tools and helping hands around to help you create a brilliantly scary pumpkin. You can add it to our display, then take it home with you. You'll need a garden ticket for this event.

Get creative with your pumpkin designs!
Calke Abbey, Midlands, kids carving pumpkins at our Pumpkin Party
Get creative with your pumpkin designs!

2)    Brave explorers can enter the spooky tunnel...

Enter the dark and spooky tunnels that run underneath Calke Abbey – if you dare! What will you discover underground?

The spooky tunnel is open every day of the half term holidays from Sat 20 Oct to Sun 4 Nov, 12.30–4pm. You'll need a garden ticket, so pop to the Ticket Office first.

3)    There are lots of things to take pictures of

Are you a budding photographer? There are lots of places to take great photos at Calke, from countryside and country houses to woodland and wildlife.

Come along to one of our popular photography walks for children and pick up lots of handy tips from our volunteer photography team. The next walk will be on Sat 27 Oct, from 1.30pm–2.30pm. Meet outside the Ticket Office and don't forget to bring your camera (and a parent!).

4)    Squirt’s Stable is open for business

Packed full of Halloween activites, Squirt’s Stable has everything you need to get crafty this half term. Dress up in costumes and discover what it was like to live at Calke. Play in Sir Vauncey’s study where there’s lots of old books, or have a go at some seasonal arts and crafts.

From Mon 15 Oct to Fri 2 Nov, join us in Squirt's Stable for some spooky activities, from 10.30am–4pm.

5)    There are over 600 acres of playground

How big is your back garden? Ours is over 600 acres! With woodland walks, wide open meadows and plenty of pathways, you can have loads of fun exploring the parkland here at Calke Abbey.

Serpentine Wood is perfect for den building, while the Tramway Trail is ideal for family bike rides. For some inspiration, download one of our popular autumn walks below. If you prefer to step off the beaten track, pick up a park map and have your own unique half-term adventure.

A chestnut tree in autumn at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Autumnal walks at Calke

Escape the crowds this autumn and explore the inspiring parkland that Calke Abbey has to offer.

6)    You can tick off lots of your '50 things' list

How many things have you ticked off your '50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾' list? There are lots of things you can tick off at Calke.

Explore inside one of Calke's huge ancient trees, go bonkers for conkers in the parkland or enjoy a really long bike ride along the Tramway Trail. Pick up your 50 Things scrapbook from Squirt's Stable and get started this half term.