May half-term at Ormesby Hall

A Family in the woods bug spotting

This May half-term we're focusing on nature in the garden with activities starting on Sunday 28 May.

Wild about Ormesby

Get exploring this half-term. Starting on Sunday 28 May you can pick up an explorer pack from visitor reception and use the 50 things map to navigate around the various areas of the garden to tick off some of the 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 activities. Find the fallen tree to climb ticking off No.1 on the list, then venture further into the wild garden and see which bugs are currently visiting the bug hotel (No. 31) using your magnifying glass from your pack. Be on the lookout in the courtyards for the nesting swallows 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 explorer and 50 things scrapbook each time you visit to complete the activities with more to do as the seasons change along with the led activities later in the year. 

Nature Week

There is so much exploration to do in the garden and estate of Ormesby Hall, so this May half- term we are focusing the events around nature. On Tuesday 30 May you can give the bugs in your garden a helping hand by making them a home using recycled materials, or use this to attract bugs. Then On Wednesday 31 May decorate a terrocota plant pot to brighten up your garden. Take inspiration from the many colours of flowers in the garden, from bluebells to the eye catching giant poppies and find them all with the flower spotter trail.

Have fun with some 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.

Discover the hall

Wander through this eighteenth century mansion and see how the Pennyman family lived. On Sunday 28 May from 1.30pm meet the laundrymaids and help them with the washing, but be on your best behaviour as the butler is on duty in the dining room. Inside the mansion there is a bug themed trail for children to enjoy as they look around the rooms. In the old servant’s wing the surprise discovery of model railways and Thomas the tank engine always delights young visitors who are fascinated by the running trains. They can even take control and push the buttons to control Thomas and his friends on the interactive layout. After a day full os discovering and exploring families can relax with a book, get creative in the crafts space, dress up as a servant and have a play in the family room.

An admission ticket to the house and garden is needed for each event with an additional small charge for materials and a £1.50 cost for the explorer pack.

Ormesby Hall is open 11am – 5pm with make a wild animal home and plant pot decorating running from 1pm – 3pm and the explorer packs are available from visitor reception from 11am - 4pm.