May half-term at Ormesby Hall

A Family in the woods bug spotting

With warmer weather and maybe even a bit of sunshine, half-term at Ormesby Hall is the perfect chance to get outdoors and closer to nature.

Wildlife Week

This half-term is all about wildlife and nature at Ormesby Hall so discover who calls the garden home. You might even have some of these animals living near you, so make something special for your garden wildlife. We are creating a new bug home area and you can help by adding to them and create a bug home using recycled materials to take home. To complete the bug home you will need to hunt around the garden and find twigs, leaves, moss and more to make them nice and cosy for the bugs. Then for the birds we will be making yummy pine cone bird feeders.

On Tuesday 29 May North East Yorkshire Geology Trust are joining us to chat about rocks and fossils of early signs of nature. 

Wildlife explorer day

On Monday 28 May we are having a Widlife Explorer Day with all the above and more. We will be joined by Kirkletham Owl Center and their furry friends. Cleveland Beekeepers Association will be on hand with their bees to share their knowledge and give advice on how we can do more to help the bees. Cleveland Hedgehog Preservation Society are joining us to show what type of homes hedgehogs like and advise us how we can help ensure their survival. Then seek out the hidden creatures to see which ones call the garden their home; tucked away in burrows, hiding under logs or above your head among the tree branches. Be a part of the garden development and help us develop a safe haven for the birds in the garden. We often hear them singing or chatting away, but rarely see them especially the elusive Great Spotted Woodpecker. This Bank Holiday Monday will be a great chance to explore the garden further and meet fellow wildlife and nature experts.

50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

Bring or pick up a 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 scrapbook on arrival and head into the garden to complete some of the activities. Find the fallen tree to climb ticking off No.1 on the list and go bug spotting (No. 31). Be on the lookout in the courtyards for the nesting swallows, robins and house martins, then do a spot of bird watching in the garden looking for song thrushes, chaffinches and long tail tits, to help you tick off No. 44. Don't worry if you run out of time use your 50 things scrapbook each time you visit to complete the activities with more to do as the seasons change.

Play time for families
A sunny moment in the natural play area
Play time for families

Explore the outdoors

Fine the clouds in the garden and have a go at guessing which animal is being described then search for them nearby. You may find them hiding behind a mini door. Then have a play climbing on the rope walk, crossing the wooden stepping stones and building a den in the natural play area. Then have some fun with garden games and a game of croquet on the croquet lawn. Fancy a walk? Then put on your walking boots or wellies for a family walk around the estate to see Ormesby Hall in it’s springtime glory as you cross the farmland and hear the bleeting of the lambs.

Discover what's inside

As you enjoy the garden, don't forget to go inside this eighteenth century mansion and see how the Pennyman family lived. Inside you can find the wildlife footprints and discover which belong to each animal, get creative with sketching in the Dining Room and try your hand at some washing in the Victorian Laundry. A must do is a visit to the three model railway layouts, with the interactive Thomas the tank engine layout delighting young visitors who can take control. After a day full of discovering and exploring families can enjoy a slower pace in the family room, which has a selection of toys, including a small slide and railway play table, along with dressing up and crafts.

Normal admission entry prices apply for the house, garden and event, with a standard family ticket being £13.50.

Ormesby Hall is open 11am – 5pm with make a bug home and pine cone bird feeder running from 12.30 – 2.30pm.

Our garden and woodland is a great places to let the little ones loose. What’s more, when you visit during half-term your visit helps us care for Ormesby Hall for years to come.