This autumn at East Riddlesden Hall

Girl holding a red Sycamore leaf

As the weather starts to change and feel cooler, it's time to wrap up warm and make the most of the shorter days. The gardens are beginning to slow down and the house is starting to take on a different light.

If you're thinking of visiting us this autumn, here are some things that you might not want to miss:

Halloween half term

Saturday 20 October - Thursday 1 November (closed Fridays), 10.30am - 4.30pm

Head along this half term to hear spooky stories in the barn at 1.30pm. Follow a coloured pumpkin trail around the garden, and get crafty in the house making pompom pumpkins, spiders and ghosts. Learn how gingerbread was traditionally made on Thursday 1 November at 11.30am and 2pm. Experience tastes and smells of the past at these 30 minute gingerbread making sessions.

Families visiting on Sunday 28 October can join us for a Halloween party in the barn at 11am, 2pm and 5pm. Tickets are essential, and early booking is recommended.

Experience smells of the past
Girl smelling contents of a small dish on the kitchen table
Experience smells of the past

Children's Halloween party

Sunday 28 October, 11am - 1pm, 2 - 4pm and 5 - 7pm

Dare you join us for a spooktacular party in a 400 year-old barn? Come along for party music, dancing, games, creepy crafts, face painting, and fangtastic fun - don't forget to wear your favourite spooky costume. Children's tickets include a hotdog, bun and unlimited juice/water. A bar selling a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks will be available for over 18s.

Booking for this popular event is essential. Children £5, adults £2, children under 6 months are free - maximum of two adults per booking due to limited space inside the barn. Book now.

Christmas wreath workshops

Saturdays and Sundays from 17th November to 2 December, 10.30am - 1pm and 1.30 - 4pm

Take a little piece of East Riddlesden Hall with you this Christmas. We’ll be using natural materials gathered from the garden, including dried flowers that we’ve collected throughout the year, as well as fresh holly and ivy. Pine cones, ribbons and cinnamon sticks will add the finishing touches. Tickets include a tea/coffee and a slice of cake. Tickets are £20 and include tea/coffee and a slice of cake from the tea-room. Book your ticket.

Take a little piece of East Riddlesden Hall home with you this Christmas
Visitor holding holly cuttings
Take a little piece of East Riddlesden Hall home with you this Christmas

Voices for peace

Sunday 18 November, 2-3pm

Gather together in the Airedale Barn to mark the centenary of the ending of World War I.

'Voices of peace' is a collection of peace themed songs, poems and readings performed by two local community groups Sheeptown Songsters and The Courthouse Choir, and led by Sing Out's David Stewart. Bring along a poem or short reading if you wish to join in and read aloud.

This is a free event but a £5 donation to help cover costs would be welcomed.

Indoor Chrismas market

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December, 11am - 5pm

The heated barn, festooned with fairy lights, is the perfect place for a Christmas market. With over 25 local stall holders there’ll be a great choice of gifts to buy, food, drinks and pleny of festive spirit. Elsewhere, tie your own wish to the Christmas tree taking centre stage in the Great Hall, and step outside to follow the garden trail. The Great Barn will be dressed with greenery and filled with seasonal music. Find a straw bale, pick up a blanket, and cosy down enjoy the atmosphere.

Entry payable on the door - all tickets £3, family tickets £10 (2 adults, 3 children).

This is a popular event, and parking is limited - please help us by parking off-site or arriving by foot if possible. Access only to the Great Hall inside the house.

Get into the festive spirit this December
Visitor looking at Christmas tree decorations
Get into the festive spirit this December

General admission prices apply - free entry for National Trust members and under 5s.

Upcoming events

Schools out for spring

Sat 27 Apr 2019
Dust off the winter cobwebs and feel the freshness of spring this Easter.

Greener gardening

Mon 29 Apr 2019
Meet a member of our gardening team and tap into over 50 years collective experience.

Herbs for health and home

Tue 30 Apr 2019
Take a stroll along the herb border to discover more about the wonderful properties of herbs.

Wedding Fayre

Sun 12 May 2019
Step into the fairy-lit barn to find out why we're the most popular choice of wedding venue in the National Trust.

Butter making in the barn

Sun 12 May 2019
Do you know how butter was traditionally made? How long did it take? How was it stored? Uncover the history of butter making at one of these fun sessions.

Coins, stamps and household bills

Sat 18 May 2019
Join our enthusiasts as they share their passion for coins, stamps and the history of money. A collection of Roman and Victorian coins will take you back through history to explore how the value of money has changed over time.