October half-term and Hallowe'en at Claremont

We love the spooky season at Claremont, and this year we've got a big lineup of Gothic-themed events and activities to keep you busy throughout half-term. Kids in fancy dress get into the garden for free.

Three carved pumpkins outside the Thatched Cottage

Pumpkin carving 

Grab a spoon, scoop out your pumpkin's brains, and carve a terrifying face to scare all your neighbours.

The sun setting over the lake in a yellow sky

Spooky storytelling and sinister saunters 

Bring your torch or lantern, listen (if you dare) to a spine-tingling story in the play area, then head out on a spooktacular Hallowe'en walk around the dark, eerie garden.

Claremont's ha-ha covered in leaves in the glowing autumnal light

Spooky trail 

Head out on a very Gothic trail around the garden, with a small prize at the end. Available throughout half-term.

Two children in fancy dress making crafts in the Thatched Cottage

Creepy crafts 

Make all sorts of Gothic-themed crafts at our workshops for kids.

Child in red wellies splashing in puddle

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ 

If you're collecting stickers for your 50 things scrapbook, you'll be able to tick off plenty of activities at Claremont. You can build a den in the natural play area, hunt for bugs all over the place, and climb a hill to the top of The Mound - and that's just for starters.

A boy enjoying some lunch in the cafe at Claremont

Food and drink 

The café serves hot and cold lunches every day, as well as meals and lunchboxes for children. Highchairs and bottle-warming facilities are available. This autumn you'll also be able to order drinks from inside the garden, at the hut by the play area.

A family picnicking by the lake at Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey

Facilities for families

There are bicycle locks, puncture repair kits and cycle pumps available from the kiosk. From here you can also borrow umbrellas for kids and adults, picnic blankets, and wheelchairs (please call in advance to reserve). Baby-changing facilities are available in the toilet block outside the pay barrier, and you're welcome to breastfeed. A buggy- and wheelchair-friendly path takes you around the circumference of the lake, and there are covered seats and benches throughout the garden.