Blow away the cobwebs this winter at Croft Castle

A family sitting with their dog in the parkland at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

On weekends from Saturday 6 January 2018 until February half-term, Croft is open fully to get outdoors and explore. We are then open daily from Saturday 17 February; so what can you look forward to at Croft this New Year?

The stark winter beauty of Croft’s ancient parkland is the perfect tonic for the January blues. Grab your walking boots and your four-legged friend and explore miles of way-marked walks, including the ‘Picturesque’ Fishpool Valley and rows of veteran trees. There’s around 1500 acres to discover; what better opportunity to blow away the cobwebs, get fit and tick off a few of your New Year’s resolutions?

Wrap up warm for a crisp winter walk at Croft
A woman gives child a piggy-back in winter at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Little explorers can also feel the crunch of frost underfoot as they make their way to the natural play area, complete with rope swings and a den building area. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, ask our Visitor Reception team about our orienteering maps.

Our den-building area in the natural play area is perfect for little explorers
A boy builds a den with sticks at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

From Saturday 17 February we’ll be open daily and children can enjoy an outdoor trail around the gardens every day throughout half-term. See if you can help Snowdrop the fairy banish winter from Croft and herald the start of spring.

Cold fingers can be easily warmed in our cosy Carpenters tea-room; delicious lunches, slices of home-made cake and piping hot refreshments can be enjoyed in the warmth of the tea-room or on the go as you explore the wider estate.

Going walking? Ask at the tea-room for our take-away options.
Two women drink hot drinks in winter at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

The Stables shop will also be open on weekends in January and daily from 17 February. Keep a look out for special offers and the new season’s stock, which will start to arrive at the beginning of spring.

Families can dress up and play games in the castle and discover stories of the Croft family during the twentieth century. If you’d like to try something new this year, click on the link below to find out more about volunteering with us; we’re always looking for enthusiastic castle volunteers to bring the story of this special place to life.

Come on in; we're looking for friendly volunteers to help us bring the castle to life
Two volunteers welcoming visitors into the castle at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

2018 also marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. Find out how we’re commemorating this in the Ambassador’s Room and paying tribute to the women who helped to win the war on the Home Front. Check out our what’s on listings for further information on our living history weekends, workshops and events.