February half-term at Knole
This article was for February 2018 and will be updated early next year.
It’s cold, it’s grey and we’ve had enough of winter. Knole comes to the rescue with a host of fun family activities to enjoy this February half-term!
Make wild art at Family Monday
Get creative this half-term with our wild art workshop. Using Knole Park as inspiration, children can take part in a range of arts and craft activities including making their own bookmark and clay leaf dish.
Monday 12 February in the Hayloft Learning Centre. Sessions run from 10.30am to 11.30am, 12.30pm to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 3.30pm. Due to the weather, we will be hosting this Family Monday indoors as a bookable event. Costs £2 per child and spaces must be booked online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/whats-on or by calling 0344 249 1895. Suitable for children aged 5-11, who must be accompanied by an adult.
Create a colourful birdhouse
Assemble your own wooden birdhouse and decorate it with colourful paints and stickers. Create a mossy nest inside to make a quirky decoration for your home.
Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 February in the Hayloft Learning Centre. Sessions run from 10.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 2.30pm. The cost is £9 per child and spaces must be booked online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/whats-on or by calling 0344 249 1895. Suitable for children aged 5-11, who must be accompanied by an adult.
Follow a new trail in the park
Our new colour-coded waymarked trails make it easy to explore every corner of Knole Park and also provide great routes for biking – even more fun if it’s muddy! There are three routes to choose from: the 5km Wheels Walk, which is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs; the 4.5km Woodland Ramble, great for families and wildlife watchers, and the 5km Seven Oaks Walk, with its lovely views over the surrounding countryside. Set off from the front of the house and follow the waymarked signs.
If you prefer a guided walk, our regular park rambles depart from outside the Visitor Centre at 2pm every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and take in the park’s highlights in approx. 45 minutes. Don’t forget to pop into the cosy Brewhouse Café for a warming cuppa afterwards.
Tick off some 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾
Knole’s woodlands are the perfect place to build a den. Look out for some that are already started on your left as you walk up the Gallops or make your own by foraging for fallen branches. Trees can also be lots of fun in other ways. The park is full of fallen trees and branches – crawl inside to discover what the inside of a tree trunk looks like or practice your climbing skills. Fallen trees are habitats for all sorts of insects and plants - how many species can you spot?
The park is also a great place for tracking wild animals – especially the wild deer that live here. The best places to spot them are at Echo Mount in front of the house (deer love to be in high places so they can spot danger) or along the grassy Gallops. Be sure to stay quiet and keep a safe distance as you watch them.