Enjoy October half-term at Upton House

Children playing in the woodland walk

Bring the family, stretch your legs and kick up the leaves together in the fresh air. Explore the Woodland Walk together, look out for butterflies and bees on the Asters in the gardens, explore the house, or join in one of our upcoming events.

Look out for the birds that visit us during the autumn as we continue our lifecycle of a bird theme. Pick up a fun family activity sheet from reception (20 October – 4 November). And it's free!

Daffodil King Alfred Family Planting Activity

Practise your green fingers and help something beautiful to grow
A family enjoying a planting activity together
Practise your green fingers and help something beautiful to grow

October: Sunday 21, Monday 22, Wednesday 24, Sunday 28, Monday 29, Wednesday 31 and November: Sunday 4, 12-3pm.

This is the time of year to plant bulbs ready for spring. Daffodil King Alfred is one of the varieties that flower each year beneath the apple trees in our orchard.
During half-term on the days listed above you can pop into the potting area near the plant centre and plant three of these bulbs in a hairy pot to take home and either place into a container, or dig a hole and drop the whole thing straight into the soil in the garden.

We’ll provide you with your own plant label to decorate for them too. When they start to flower in your garden next spring you can come back to see all of King Alfred’s brothers and sisters flowering in the orchard.

This activity costs £2.50 + 5% booking fee if booked in advance or £3 on the day. Find out more about this event here. 

Family Garden Storytelling Walks

Take a stroll together with our guides
A family walking with a volunteer guide under autumnal trees
Take a stroll together with our guides

Thursday 25 October and 1 November, 11.30am and 1.30pm

Come on a walk around the garden and hear stories about Kitty Lloyd Jones who designed the garden for Lord & Lady Bearsted in the 1930s. See some of our seasonal treasures as you meander through with one of our volunteer storytellers. Walks begin at 11.30 and 1.30 on each of the days and are expected to last approximately 40 minutes.

There’s no need to book and there’s no extra charge! (Normal admission prices apply.) Find out more about this event here.

Explore the house

There's plenty to look at inside the house, and don't miss our miniature Doll's House version of Upton. Admire the tiny furniture and compare it with the real full-sized things you can see on your visit.