Blow away the cobwebs this winter at Croft Castle

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

We are open every weekend from Saturday 4 January, where you can visit the castle and explore the parkland, and we are then open every day of the week from February half term. So what can you look forward to at Croft this New Year?

The stark beauty of Croft’s ancient parkland is the perfect tonic for the winter 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 (please be aware that Fishpool Valley will be closed during February. Follow the link to our article on ash dieback on the estate to find out more). 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
Wrap up warm for a crisp winter walk at Croft

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. Please be aware that the natural play area will be closed on certain dates in January (dates TBC) due to felling work that is taking place as part of our plans to manage ash dieback on the estate. Find out more here.

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
Our den-building area in the natural play area is perfect for little explorers

From Saturday 15 February we’ll be open daily and children can enjoy an outdoor trail around the gardens every day throughout half term, becoming a nature explorer, learning about lots of different kinds of animals that make a home at Croft.

Cold fingers can be easily warmed in our cosy Carpenters tea-room; delicious lunches, slices of 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
Going walking? Ask at the tea-room for our take-away options.

The Stables shop will also be open on weekends in January and daily from 15 February. Keep a look out for special offers and the new season’s stock, which will start to arrive at the beginning of spring.

Dress up and play games in the castle and discover stories of the Croft family during the twentieth century, finding out about how the caste was looked after in the past, versus how it is looked after today. 

Our team of conservation volunteers clean and care for a whole range of objects and artefacts
A volunteer holds an historic document up to the light at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Our team of conservation volunteers clean and care for a whole range of objects and artefacts

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 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
Come on in; we're looking for friendly volunteers to help us bring the castle to life

Check out our what’s on listings for further information on our events, workshops and activities that we have coming up in 2020.