Half-term fun at Compton Castle

This small fortified manor house is packed with fun things for families to do, from searching for squirrels to trying on medieval costumes and catching falling leaves in the orchard. A visit in autumn is sure to keep your little-ones entertained, especially over the half-term week as we celebrate Halloween at the Castle.

Spot the squirrels and be a nature detective

Why not see how many squirrels you can spot in and around the castle as part of the children's trail? The squirrel is significant to Compton Castle as it was the name of the ship Sir Humphrey Gilbert sailed to colonise Newfoundland in 1583 in the name of Queen Elizabeth I. Or you could complete a nature trail; perfect at this changing time of year. 


Try on medieval costumes

A group of Compton Castle's volunteers have been busy creating costumes for children to try on when they visit. Find out about how clothing showed what social class you belonged to, and the differences between men and women's outfits of the time.


Catch falling leaves in the orchard

A visit to the orchard is a must-do in the autumn. How many apples and pears can your little-ones spot ripening on the trees? And how many falling leaves can they catch? If the weather is fine or you're feeling brave on a grey day, you could eat your picnic in the orchard.


Tick off one of your 50 things to do before you're 11¾

Our list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾  will set you on your own adventure. At Compton you can:

31. Make friends with a bug

9. Eat a picnic in the wild 

17. Set up a snail race

30. Go on a scavenger hunt 


Play games on the lawn

The smooth lawn in front of the castle is the perfect place for a game of croquet or quoits, a traditional game where you throw hoops and try to land them on the markers.  


Mysterious minibeast monsters this Halloween

Tuesday 22 - Thursday 24 October, and Tuesday 29 - Thursday 31 October, 10.30am-4pm

There are spooky goings-on in Compton Castle garden this half-term. Reports have been coming in of sightings of spooky spiders, witchy woodlice and scary snails. Is your child up for the challenge of tracking them down?