Create an adventure this half term at Croft Castle

A child clutching autumn leaves in her hands in the parkland at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Enjoy an autumnal walk with all the family, build your best den in the parkland, kick about in fallen leaves and have a go at our children's trail around the gardens this half term.

Croft comes alive in autumn, with burnt oranges, bright yellows and deep reds emerging on the trees around the estate. Pop on your wellies and feel the crunch of autumn leaves underfoot, host a conker match or two and warm up in the tea-room with a delicious hot chocolate.

Discover dazzling autumn colours in the beech hangar in Fishpool Valley
The beech hangar in Fishpool Valley at Croft Castle
Discover dazzling autumn colours in the beech hangar in Fishpool Valley

Fishpool Valley is particularly atmospheric during autumn. Kick up the fallen leaves along the beech hangar and admire the reflections in one of the seven pools. Why not try one of our new walks through the valley or take a look at the current art installation 'All Alone'?

Croft's estate is also renowned for its ancient trees, which look particularly majestic during autumn, try the ancient tree walk from our parkland map to take them in in all their glory. 

Sit and watch the reflections in Fishpool Valley this autumn
One of the pools in Fishpool Valley in autumn at Croft Castle
Sit and watch the reflections in Fishpool Valley this autumn

Try making some wild art with fallen leaves in the woodland, build your best den or go on a scavenger hunt and tick off some of your '50 things to do before you're 11¾'. 

Create some wild art at Croft this autumn
A child creates wild art using leaves at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Create some wild art at Croft this autumn

Over Halloween half term, kids can have fun spotting the spooky pumpkins hidden around the walled garden and grounds. Trail sheets are £2.50 and include a prize at the end. This trail runs from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 October. 

The walled garden in October at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
The walled garden in October at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
The walled garden in October at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

The castle is open daily throughout half term, we strongly suggest you take a look at our opening times here before venturing out to avoid any disappointment before setting off. There are also two larger play areas at Croft, one is the Castle play area situated just outside the Carpenter’s tea-room, the other is a Natural Play Area, just a short walk to the woods.