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
Make a daisy chain at Croft and tick off another of your 50 things

Fly away to Neverland

Fly away to the Neverland of Croft and join Peter and Wendy on this classic adventure around the gardens. Our 'Peter Pan' trail is 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
Get outdoors and closer to nature this summer at Croft

Blow off steam with traditional games

Before you sit back and relax in the walled garden, why not challenge your family and friends to a game of badminton or quoits? It's the perfect way to blow off steam and you can even enjoy a picnic afterwards.

Challenge your friends and family to a game of badminton in the walled garden
Family playing badminton at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Challenge your friends and family to a game of badminton in the walled garden

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
One, two, three, four

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 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
Escape to our secret garden this spring

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
Tuck into a picnic in the parkland at Croft