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
Create some wild art at Croft this autumn

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
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 see stunning autumnal colours reflected in the seven pools. 

The pumphouse in Fishpool Valley, surrounded by autumn colour
The gothick pumphouse surrounded by autumn colour in Fishpool Valley, at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
The pumphouse in Fishpool Valley, surrounded by autumn colour

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.

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

The seventeenth-century castle boasts a varied and fascinating history and this year we're commemorating the Second World War. Families can dress up and play 1940's games in the Family Room, pick up a quiz from the Hall and have a go at traditional games like bagatelle and scrabble.