Spring into summer at Croft Castle

Rose buds blooming at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

Discover something new in the castle, smell the summer blooms, go wild in our natural play area and treat yourself in our tea-room and shop.

Join us as we bring to life stories of the Croft family during the twentieth century inside the castle. 2019 marks 75 years since D-Day and 80 years since the start of the Second World War on Sunday 1 September. From Saturday 2 March, we're commemorating these anniversaries by shedding light on stories of the Croft family from 1939 to 1945, including Henry Page Croft's vital contributions to the war effort and Edward Croft Murray's role as one of the Monuments Men. Families can also dress up and discover what life was like at Croft when it was a school for evacuated children during the war.

You can even step back in time on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September with live 1940s music in the castle from 11am to 3pm.

Discover what life was like at Croft when it was a school during the Second World War
A young girl reads Second World War memorabilia sitting at a school desk at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Discover what life was like at Croft when it was a school during the Second World War

Throughout the summer holiday, embark on an adventure on our 'Swallows and Amazons' trail; running daily from 10am to 4pm. Discover hidden treasure maps, follow the clues through the gardens and even walk the plank. While you're completing your trail, why not rest your legs in the walled garden and tuck into a picnic in the sunshine?

Spot the clues and win a prize on one of our family trails
A family completing an outdoor trail at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Spot the clues and win a prize on one of our family trails

Outdoors at Croft, summer blooms are dramatic and vibrant in the gardens and throughout the parkland. Why not take a wander into Fishpool Valley and find out how we're restoring the Gothic pumphouse and the dams? We're also introducing conservation grazing into parts of the valley this summer, so keep an eye out for the new fencing and remember to keep your dogs on leads. 

See if you can find the old pump house in Fishpool Valley
The old pump house in Fishpool Valley at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
See if you can find the old pump house in Fishpool Valley

Have an outdoors adventure and tick off some of your '50 things' while you're at it; climb a tree, build a den, play pooh sticks, go bug hunting and fly a kite in the front meadow. Our natural play area is the perfect place to get started.

Hunt for bugs in our natural play area and tick off one of your 50 things
A boy inspects a bug at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Hunt for bugs in our natural play area and tick off one of your 50 things

Don't miss our new retail ranges in the shop and tuck into a freshly made lunch or afternoon tea in the Carpenters tea-room. Ask about our take-away options which you can enjoy while you stroll around the gardens or on a walk through the parkland.

Treat yourself to coffee and a spot of lunch in Croft's tea-room
A family eating lunch at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Treat yourself to coffee and a spot of lunch in Croft's tea-room