May half-term at Croft Castle

A family completing an outdoor trail at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Step into the magical land of Croft on our half-term trail, spot the spring flowers in the walled garden, discover Croft during the Second World War on 3 and 4 June and experience the launch of Matthew Wood's captivating painting exhibition.

Join us as we bring to life the magical world of C. S. Lewis in the gardens at Croft. Throughout May half-term, from Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June, step into the land of Narnia, follow the clues and resist the temptation of the wicked witch along the way. Trails are £2 each and include a prize at the end.

Then on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June, discover Croft during the Second World War. See our demonstrators as they set up camp for the weekend, with vintage wartime vehicles, living history displays, 1940's music, stalls, memorabilia and more.

We'll be bringing to life Croft during the Second World War in June 2017
A group of World War Two demonstrators gathered outside the front of Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Our artist in residence, Matthew Wood, will also be launching his exhibition in the Upper Gallery on Saturday 3 June. Matthew has been creating inspiring paintings of the castle's interiors, capturing Croft's historic collection in a new light, in an artistic residency from 7 November to 24 April. See the culmination of Matthew's work in an exhibition on the first floor gallery, daily from 3 June to 14 July. Don't miss the opportunity to meet the artist himself on 3 June as he introduces his exhibition.

Check out our what's on listings for more information about our exhibitions, trails and events.

A few examples of Matthew Wood's paintings of Croft Castle
Some of Matthew Wood's paintings of Croft Castle

Discover carpets of spring colour in the parkland this half-term, including bold foxgloves, red campions and sprinklings of enchanters nightshade. 

Discover carpets of foxgloves in the wood pasture this half-term
Foxgloves in the wood pasture at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Go wild in the natural play area in the parkland and tick off some of your '50 things to do' while you're at it; build a den, fly a kite, make a daisy chain, create some wild art, explore inside a tree and more. Check out our mini-castle play area which is perfect for little explorers and can be found opposite the tea-room.

Let your imaginations run wild in the natural play area at Croft
Children building a den in the parkland at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Dress up and play 1950's games in the castle, grab a cuppa from the tea-room and check out our new retail ranges in the shop, including our children's pocket-money range. Every penny you spend at Croft helps us to look after it forever, for everyone.