February half term at Hughenden

A bug hotel

All creatures big and small need somewhere safe to live, but sometimes they need a helping hand to find their ideal home. This half term at Hughenden come and help us build a special home for the mini-beasts that live here.

Big Bug Build!

Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 February, 10.30am-4pm

£2 per child + normal admission

We're building a giant bug house this February to make a home for all the beneficial insects that live in Hughenden's gardens, woods and parkland. Come and help us build Bugenden Manor!

The adventure begins with a Bug Hunt ... 

Become a nature detective and go on a hunt to spot the bugs that call Hughenden home and gather materials to bring along to the great big bug build.

Whether it's a woodlouse, spider, ladybird or beetle you'll learn all about these beneficial bugs and the skills you need to encourage them into your garden.


Become a nature detective and hunt for bugs
Bug hunting at Beningbrough
Become a nature detective and hunt for bugs


Bad Bugs!

In the Manor, you can take on the house trail to find out which bugs we're trying to keep out. There are some pretty scary tiny creatures here that like to munch on the curtains and eat the chairs, not what we want to happen to our 150 year old furniture!

More family fun

There's plenty of space for young explorers to run, jump and play around at Hughenden. Grab your wellies, wrap up warm andr discover your inner adventurer in the woodland playground. 

Children in wellies walking on a muddy path

Refuel with a winter treat

Head to the Stableyard Cafe for a warming winter treat to fuel your adventures. There are kid's lunchboxes and small portions of hot meals, plus an ever-changing tempting range of cakes, sandwiches and drinks. Open every day from 10-5pm.

Tips for families

  • Baby-changing facilities are available in the disabled toilet in the stableyard. 
  • Buggies are welcome, just not inside the manor (hip carriers can be borrowed free of charge from the front desk).
  • Hughenden is on the top of a hill so some paths are steep and paths through the woodland are rough and uneven in places.