Autumn events at Ham House

Family walking down the avenue leading to Ham House

Autumn is full of wonderful tastes, sights and smells. Get a taste of everything on offer from wildlife trails and fabulous feasts to spooky stories and pumpkins galore.

The animals are gathering in their harvests to help them prepare for winter. Can you help them find their food? Give wildlife a helping hand this October half term and keep everyone entertained with our children’s trail, spooky storytelling and wildlife workshops.

Two children carrying a pumpkin

The gardens are putting on their autumn colours. Miles of high hornbeam hedge surrounding Ham House’s secluded Wilderness Garden start to turn a rich golden yellow before dropping their leaves to reveal fresh views across to the historic house. In the Kitchen Garden Pumpkins and squashes ripen in the autumn sunshine. Colourful kale, parsnips, aubergines, Brussel sprouts and late potatoes will be harvested until the end of October. There is flavour as well as colour in the edible flower plots where you can taste anis hyssop, calendula, nasturtiums and clove pinks.

Gathering in the harvest from the kitchen garden
Gathering in the harvest from the kitchen garden
Gathering in the harvest from the kitchen garden

The Duke and duchess have been enjoying the fruits of the season too, and it look like there has been a wonderful feast in the marble dining room. Below stairs the servants are celebrating with a traditional harvest loaf. If you are lucky you might see one of our volunteer bakers creating a fresh harvest loaf and other seasonal fayre.

Every Friday from October to Christmas you can enjoy some seasonal stories in the back parlour of the historic mansion. We’ll be telling enjoyable fictional stories based on the real hauntings at Ham House and Garden. Find dates and times here.

You can hear more about the true hauntings experienced at Ham House if you brave enough to explore Ham House and Garden after dark. Join in one of our ghost tours to find out more about the spirits that are said to haunt Ham.