Autumn family adventures at Hanbury

A child holding a trail map in the autumn gardens at Hanbury

There's lots to see and do this October half-term at Hanbury. Wrap up warm, pull on your wellies and get crunching through the autumn leaves or follow our children's trail through the garden. Don't forget your '50 things' leaflet either, we have plenty of activities to tick off your list.

Isaac the Great Crested Newt's discovery trail 

Saturday 23 October –  Sunday 31 October, 9.30am-4pm 

£2.50 per trail, including map, pencil and badge prize 

Join Isaac the Great Crested Newt and find out how we’re protecting his species on our discovery trail this half term at Hanbury. Follow the trail, answer the quiz questions, and earn your very own Great Crested Newt Expert badge to take home.

A great crested newt exploring his surroundings
Great crested newt on the beach
A great crested newt exploring his surroundings

Get crafty with us this Autumn 

Happy Hedgehogs and Peculiar Pumpkins

Saturday 23, Sunday 24, Saturday 20 & Sunday 31 October, 11am-3pm in the Walled Garden 

Come and sculpt sweet hedgehog figures or spooky looking pumpkins from our crafting clay. Nestle your creations in your very own terracotta pot surrounded by felt leaves you have created yourself. Take your autumnal creations away on the day to amaze family and friends!

£8 per child, £14 for two 

Recycled Book Crafts

Monday 25 - Friday 29 October, 11am-3pm in the Walled Garden 

Learn how to make beautiful creations from old books; from adorable hedgehogs to stylish “candles”, as well as wall hangings and garlands. Adults and kids alike will enjoy this thrifty craft. All books are recycled from our second-hand bookshop.

£2 suggested donation 

Collecting autumn leaves at Hanbury Hall
A girl collecting  autumn leaves at Hanbury Hall.
Collecting autumn leaves at Hanbury Hall

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

'50 things' is a list of the ultimate outdoor challenges to complete before you reach the milestone age of 11 and ¾ . From bug hunting to bird watching, den building to running around in the rain, there’s something for every type of explorer.

Some of our favourite activities to do at Hanbury are: 

7. Fly A Kite

Let’s go fly a kite! With lots of green spaces to explore,  there’s lots of room to get a good running start and help your kite take flight.  

18. Make Some Wild Art

Collect twigs, leaves, feathers and whatever else you can find in the park to help you create a unique piece of wild art.

28. Climb A Huge Hill

Grab yourself a park walk leaflet from the back of Visitor Reception and head out to conquer the huge hill that leads up to nearby Hanbury Church.  

31. Make friends with a bug 

The outdoors is home to millions of bugs and Hanbury’s gardens offer the perfect habitat for all kinds of creepy crawlies. Who can find the creepiest crawly?
(Remember to return what you find to the wild before it’s time to leave!)

44. Watch a bird

The gardens are full of many different species of birds all year. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the sights and sounds of our feathered friends.  

Autumn family fun at Hanbury Hall
Mother and child playing in autumn leaves
Autumn family fun at Hanbury Hall