Autumn Adventures

A family plays with the autumn leaves at Castle Ward

Autumn is our favourite time of year at Castle Ward when the estate is bright with seasonal colour. We're celebrating the harvest season with crafts, music, trails and more than a few pumpkins...

Autumn Crafting

Saturday and Sunday 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 & 28 October

See the changes that the seasons bring
Children Castle Ward Autumn
See the changes that the seasons bring

Join us in the theatre on weekends throughout October to get creative with our autumn themed crafts. Make and take home your own autumnal mobile, and use your senses to learn all about Autumn.
Pick up your cookie decorating kit from the tearoom and get messy with icing*, and plant your own chestnut seed to take home and nuture.
*A small additional fee applies for this item, only available from 20 Oct onwards.

For keen explorers, try our Secret Shore Trail for added adventure, or take our Autumn Scavenger Hunt out on your walk and discover the best of the season.

The playground will keep kids (and big kids) entertained
The adventure playground at Castle Ward
The playground will keep kids (and big kids) entertained

Music in the Stableyard

After a long walk through the trails, treat yourself to a slice of freshly made ginger cake and a coffee while you enjoy live music in our Stableyard. 

14th - Matty Rea
20th - Lawrence T and the Wolfmen (Front Lawn as part of Pumpkinfest)
        - Baillies Mills Accordian Band
21st - Rythm and Fury (Front Lawn as part of Pumpkinfest)
28th - Sean McBride

Scarecrow Trail

20 October - 4 November

Enjoy an Autumn walk at Castle Ward and follow the scarecrows around the estate to solve the clues on our trail.

Castle Ward is full of colour in the Autumn months
A family out on an autumn stroll at Castle Ward, Co. Down
Castle Ward is full of colour in the Autumn months

Crafty Tea-room Treats

13 - 28 October

Pick up your cookie decorating kit from the tea-room and get messy with decorating your scarecrow or pumpkin throughout the Hallowe'en period.

Try your hand at icing biscuits
A child ices a biscuit in a National Trust kitchen
Try your hand at icing biscuits

Pumpkinfest

20 and 21 October

Our annual Autumn extravaganza! Come along to get your pumkpkin carved, explore the yellow brick road into the mansion house and bring your own scarecrow creation to compete in the competition.

Discover Autumn adventures at Castle Ward
Castle Ward on a busy Pumpkinfest day
Discover Autumn adventures at Castle Ward