Cliveden's harvest season and Halloween events
Autumn is a spectacular time of year for families to visit Cliveden. The leaves have changed colour, fruits are ripening on the tree and Halloween is just around the corner...
On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October, we're hosting our ever popular ‘Apple Weekend’ event. There’ll be apple themed games, stories and harvest high-jinks held in Cliveden’s historic Round Garden, an ancient apple orchard that once supplied the mansion house with produce. The event runs from 11am until 3pm and is free, usual admission charges to the estate apply.
If you haven't visited The Round Garden before, you may find it helpful to download the estate map before your visit. Estate map (PDF / 3.5MB) download
Autumn tree climbing in Cliveden's woods
Highly skilled and friendly instructors can help children from the age of 6 reach new heights in Cliveden's woods. They will teach children how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness at all times. Once at the top of the tree, children will gain an experience which can't be found on the ground. For those who feel brave, there's a branch walk before being lowered back down. Tickets cost £20 per participant, sessions last 1 hour. Those spectating the activity will need to pay admission charges to the estate, however this is free if you're a National Trust member.
Hallowe'en Trail; The Bats Lair
Next up, during October half term, Cliveden’s annual Halloween trail returns. The estate is home to ten species of bats, and it’s time for your young explorers to join them. Children will swarm around the gardens, solving spooky challenges along the way, and finish up in the oldest part of the Cliveden estate, the mysterious ‘Bats Lair’. The trail runs from Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 from 10.30am to 2.30pm. This activity costs £3 per child, plus usual admission charges to the estate. Best enjoyed in costume!
Whilst you're here...
Over the October half term, there'll be plenty of other spooky goings on for your children to enjoy.
- 50 autumn things to do before you're 11 ¾ - Pick up a booklet from the Information Centre and have fun completeing the National Trust's 50 suggestions to get children close to nature.
- The Doll's House Café - Enclosed in the 'Storybook Play Den', this little pit-stop is the perfect place to pick up a quick hot chocolate and a snack.
- Cliveden's Giant Maze has over 500m of lush yew tree hedging. Don't be fooled by it's exterior, it's harder than it looks!
- The Woodlands offers you and the children a chance to really stretch your legs. Within the acres of foliage you'll find the Natural Play Trail, where little one's can challenege themselves by building, balancing and climbing.