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

School's out for summer

Sat 24 Aug 2019
10:30-16:30
Gather the family together and make the most of summer.

Bread in the barn

Tue 27 Aug 2019
13:30-14:30
Roll up your sleeves and fill your kitchen with the delicious smell of freshly baked bread.

Butter making in the barn

Sun 01 Sep 2019
13:30-14:30
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.

Greener gardening

Mon 02 Sep 2019
14:00-15:00
Meet a member of our gardening team and tap into over 50 years collective experience.

Natural fabric dyeing

Wed 04 Sep 2019
13:00-15:00
Learn how easy it is to use natural dyes extracted from garden plants to create a rainbow of colour.

Heritage Open Day - free entry for all

Sat 21 Sep 2019
10:30-16:30
We're joining in with England's biggest free heritage festival and welcoming everyone to come and enjoy free entry all weekend.