Rainy days at Croft

A child walks through puddles in the 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 autumn.

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 and lots of fallen leaves to create some wild art with this autumn.

Create some wild art at Croft this autumn
A child creates wild art using leaves at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

See if you can find some conkers in the natural play area and host a match or two with all the family. Swing high on the 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

On a rainy day, the bird hide in Fishpool Valley is the perfect spot to take shelter in and you can even make a list of the birds and wildlife you spot too.

See what you can spot when you visit the bird hide at Croft
Visitors bird watching in the bird hide at Croft Castle and Parkland in Herefordshire

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

Discover how we're celebrating 60 years of the National Trust at Croft Castle
The exterior of Croft Castle in autumn

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.

Enjoy a hot chocolate in our cosy Carpenter's tea-room
A girl drinks a hot chocolate at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

The seventeenth-century castle boasts a varied and fascinating history and this year we're focusing on its twentieth-century past. Families can dress up and play 1950's games in the Family Room, pick up a quiz from the Hall and have a go at traditional games like bagatelle in the Saloon.

Step back in time to the 1950's in our Family Room, with costumes, games and memorabilia
1950s toys, games and magazines at Croft Castle in Herefordshire