October half term at Dyrham Park

A girl being picked up by her father to collect autumn leaves

Our gory half-term trail runs for two weeks this October, alongside lots of other seasonal activities.

Young explorers are invited to come along and find out the gruesome reality behind the exquisite portraits of the 17th century.

Be prepared to find out about black teeth, small pox and headlice that would have been rife among the people whose touched up pictures are displayed in our baroque mansion house. Visitors can learn more about some of the herbal remedies used to treat some of the unmentionable ailments of the late 1600s. 

The trail will run from Sat 20 Oct until Sun 4 Nov from 10am to 3pm. It will take you round the parkland and to Old Lodge and will cost £1 per entry. 

There will be additional outdoor activities throughout the two-week period including wild cooking, nature days and clay witch's mark making. Witch's marks were popular in the 17th century for warding off evil spirits, especially at Halloween. Events are also planned to mark popular 17th-century celebrations such as the Lord Mayor's Show and St Crispin's Day. 

Look out for pumpkins, gourds and other seasonal delights in the allotment at Old Lodge and there will be plenty of warming soups, stews and hot drinks to warm you up in the tea-room.

All this alongside the regular fun - daily deer park walks, two play areas and plenty of wide open space to explore.