Rainy days at Croft

A family walking through the muddy parkland at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Come rain or shine, there's always something to do at Croft, so grab your wellies and make a splash this spring.

Even when the sun isn't shining, there's so much to do at Croft to keep your little ones entertained. All you need to do is grab your wellies, a rain coat and even your four-legged friend, and head out into the great outdoors. There's around 1500-acres of parkland to explore at Croft, which means lots of big puddles to make a splash in. 

Go welly wandering at Croft and tick off one of your '50 things'
Children walking along a muddy path in wellies at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Go welly wandering at Croft and tick off one of your '50 things'

Head over to our natural play area where you can swing high on rope swings, build a den, see who's checked in to the bug hotel and even perform on a stage, complete with glockenspiel. 

Little performers will love this new stage in our natural play area
The stage in Croft Castle's natural play area
Little performers will love this new stage in our natural play area

On a rainy day, the Gothic Pumphouse in Fishpool Valley is the perfect spot to take shelter; discover the inner workings of this 'Picturesque' structure and spot the spring flowers as they start to pop their heads above the parapet. 

After your outdoors adventure, there's also plenty to do inside, with a seventeenth-century castle, church, shop, stables and tea-room.

Croft Castle, Herefordshire
A view of Croft Castle, Herefordshire
Croft Castle, Herefordshire

Warm up with some hot food and a cuppa in the Carpenters tea-room, before wandering down to the stables, which also houses the shop and second-hand bookshop.

Women enjoying a hot drink

The seventeenth-century castle boasts a varied and fascinating history and this year we're celebrating the 125th anniversary of the National Trust with our new exhibition, 'Here and Now'. Families can dress up and play traditional games in the Family Room, pick up a quiz from the Hall and have a go at traditional games like bagatelle and scrabble.