Heritage Open Day at Croft Castle
Explore Croft for free this Heritage Open Day and discover over 1000 years of history. You can even go behind the scenes and explore parts of the collection and castle you've never seen before.
There's so much to be discovered at Croft this Heritage Open Day. Pop on your walking boots and explore around 1500 acres of historic parkland as early autumn colours begin to appear on the trees. Croft is also home to many ancient trees, which look particularly majestic in late summer and early autumn.
Take a wander into Fishpool Valley and discover how we're repairing one of the dams. Thanks to our supporters, we’re not only able to protect these historic structures, we’re also conserving a habitat for endangered species and safeguarding the dams against future breaches. Our sensitive clearance plan begins again in September; we’re gradually reducing some of the secondary tree cover in the valley to improve biodiversity and open up some of the lost key views.
Little explorers can go wild in our natural play area, just a short walk into the parkland, before heading into the castle for dressing up and traditional games. There's also the mini-castle play area next to the tea-room, which is perfect for younger children.
This year, we're celebrating 100 years since the Representation of the People Act by sharing some of the stories of Croft's women through the rooms of the castle. Keep an eye out for objects and paintings marked by a rosette. You can also sign your name on a fabric oak leaf in the dining room from 12pm to 3pm. They will eventually be sewn together to form a commemorative signature cloth for the dining room table.
Backstage pass - Access all areas with the house team
Go behind the scenes this September in the castle; see conservation in action, get hands on with cleaning, discover pesky pests and other agents of decay, see inside cabinets and secret stores and find out more about what it's like to be a volunteer in the castle. You can even join one of our behind the scenes tours to discover the attics, cellars and staff areas. Running on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September from 11am to 4pm, this is your opportunity to 'access all areas'.
After a busy day exploring, head to the Carpenters tea-room for a relaxing cuppa and a hearty lunch. The Stables shop is also crammed full of delightful gifts, including hand-made jewellery, bags, scarves, home accessories and more. You'll be treating yourself, or someone special, and also helping a really great cause.