October half-term at Tredegar House

A family walk through fallen leaves

Enjoy the changing of the seasons at Tredegar House as we explore all that nature had to offer this October half-term.

The Secret Life of Hedgehogs

Throughout half-term we will be celebrating the humble hedgehog; one of Britain’s most familiar wild mammals. 

Hedgehog trail

Walk a mile in a hedgehog’s shoes with our trail through the Orchard Garden. Follow the hedgehog tracks, forage for food and find out how many slugs you need to eat to survive hibernation over the winter months!

  • Dates: 26 October – 4 November
  • Times: 11am-4pm
  • Activity type: Self-led
  • Price: Inclusive of entry price.

Critter Crafts

Head to the Orangery and get stuck in with some prickly crafts to take home with you at the end of the day.

  • Dates: 27, 28, 31 October and 3-4 November
  • Times: 11am-3pm
  • Activity type: Self-led
  • Price: Inclusive of entry price.
Walk a mile in a hedgehog's shoes this October half term
A small hedgehog foraging amongst some leaves
Walk a mile in a hedgehog's shoes this October half term

Hedgehog Care and Rescue

Representatives from a local hedgehog charity will be bringing some of their rescues to the gardens at Tredegar House.

You’ll get the chance to see the hedgehogs up close and find out what to do if there is a hedgehog in your garden.

Please note, this activity is dependent on the charity having hedgehogs in their care at this time of year.

  • Dates: 1-4 November
  • Times: 11-3pm
  • Activity type: Led
  • Price: Inclusive of entry price.
Find out how to care for hedgehogs in your back garden
A group of children feel the spines of a hedgehog
Find out how to care for hedgehogs in your back garden

50 things to do before you’re 11¾

Explorer Backpacks

Head to the Garden Shelter and pick up an Explorer Backpack to start your own 50 things adventure this autumn.

We’ve highlighted the best 50 things activities to tick off here at Tredegar House and your backpack will have all the tools you need.

  • Dates: Every day until Sunday 5 November
  • Times: 10.30am-4pm
  • Activity type: Self-led
  • Price: £5 deposit, fully refundable at the end of your visit.

Ranger-led Activities

Over the course of the week our team will be helping you tick off some of the 50 things to do before you're 11¾.

Sessions will run throughout the day on a first come, first served basis.

No.18 Create some wild art

We’ll be helping you utilise the gorgeous reds and yellows of the autumn gardens to make your very own lan dart and get messy making mud hedgehog faces. 

  • Dates: 29-30 October (land art) ,1-2 November (mud faces)
  • Times: 1pm-3pm (land art), 12pm-3pm (mud faces)
  • Activity type: Led
  • Price: Inclusive of entry price.

No. 47 Cook on a campfire

Get ready for bonfire night with some tasty marshmallows toasted on our campfire. 

  • Dates: 3-4 November
  • Times: 12pm-3pm
  • Activity type: Led
  • Price: Inclusive of entry price.
Get stuck in with some mud pie making
A young boy plays in the mud
Get stuck in with some mud pie making

Pumpkin Carving

Brush up on your pumpkin-carving skills and get your spooky creation ready in time for Halloween.

Pick your own pumpkin and we’ll provide you with all the tools you’ll need to create your masterpiece.

  • Dates: 26-31 October
  • Times: 11am-3pm
  • Activity type: Led
  • Price: £3 per pumpkin (normal admission prices apply)
Carve your Hallowe'en pumpkin at Tredegar House this year
Two boys hold carved pumpkins while sitting on a bench at Tredegar House
Carve your Hallowe'en pumpkin at Tredegar House this year

Toffee Apple Bar

One of the best things about autumn is the arrival or some serious comfort food. Sweet treats are no exception to this rule so pop into Nine Old Pence and visit our DIY toffee apple bar this October half-term.

Pick your apple and choose from a range of decorations to satisfy your sweet tooth.

  • Dates: 27 October – 4 November
  • Times: 11am-3pm
  • Activity type: Led
  • Price: £3 per apple.
A man enjoys a pint at Tredegar House

Torchlight Tours

Enjoy an after-work pick-me-up in the Brewhouse Tearooms and join our historians on a tour of the mansion house after hours.