Playful summer days at Croft

Two children gaze up at a tree at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Start planning your summer holiday at Croft with natural play, daily trails, '50 things', dressing up and more.

Tick off your '50 things'

You can tick off loads of your '50 things' at Croft, whether it be building a den or exploring inside a tree in our natural play area, making a daisy chain, bird watching in our bird-hide or finding frogspawn in our pond in the walled garden. Ask at visitor reception for an adventure scrapbook if you'd like to start exploring.

Make a daisy chain at Croft and tick off another of your 50 things
Young girl making a daisy chain at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Embark on a magical quest

'The Lord of the Rings' by J.R.R. Tolkien is a hugely successful fantasy novel, originally published in the 1950's. Track down the Croft ring on our family trail around the grounds and see if you have what it takes to save the castle from peril. Running every day of the summer holiday from 10am to 4pm.

Get outdoors and closer to nature this summer at Croft
Children running through the parkland at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Enjoy some outdoor theatre

Pack your picnics and join the boat-loving Ratty, the sensible yet curious Mole, wise old Badger and the fantastically irrepressible Toad as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime culminating in a colourful battle with the sly weasel to save Toad Hall.

On Monday 7 August at 2pm, join us for a lovely outdoor theatre adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic tale, 'The Wind in the Willows', on the lawn outside the castle.

£1 per person, normal admission charges apply. Booking not needed.

Join Toad as he embarks on an adventure at Croft
An actor from Immersion Theatre dressed as Toad from The Wind in the Willows

Step back in time to the 1950s

On Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August, join us for a living history weekend as we celebrate 60 years of the National Trust at Croft. Discover how Croft avoided the fate of other country estates in the 1950's, see memorabilia and photographs from the time, listen to live music, browse through stalls, and dress up, play games and enjoy traditional children's crafts.

See The Glamophones perform at Croft on Sunday 20 August
Members of The Glamophones during a photo-shoot

Go wild in our play areas

Build a den, hop across logs and swing high on our rope swings in the natural play area, which is just a short walk into the parkland. We also have our mini-castle play area next to the tea-room, which is perfect for younger princes and princesses.

One, two, three, four
A child playing on the stepping style in the Natural Play Area at Croft Castle and Parkland in Herefordshire

Explore the gardens

Our homely garden is bursting with summer colour and is full of little nooks and crannies, perfect for daydreaming and letting your imaginations run wild. See if you can find our secret garden and take a peek inside our new garden room to see what weird and wonderful discoveries have been unearthed recently. See who's checked in to the bug hotel and scribble down a list of the wildlife you can spot.

Escape to our secret garden this spring
The secret garden in late spring at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Bring a picnic

Pack up your picnic hamper and enjoy lunch on the lawn, while relaxing in our deck-chairs in the walled garden or even outside visitor reception on picnic tables. Why not take your picnic with you on a walk into the parkland? Don't forget the Carpenters tea-room also do take-away options, so you can enjoy a hot drink or snack while you explore.

Tuck into a picnic in the parkland at Croft
A family enjoying a picnic in the grounds at Croft Castle in Herefordshire