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.

A bugs discovery

This half term is all about bugs at Ormesby Hall so discover who calls the garden home and the bugs who invade the house and damage the furniture. We are creating a new bug home area called Bugsby Hall and you can help by adding to it and decorate a bee home (Tuesday 28 May, 11am - 1pm, £1 cost towards materials) and make a bug home using small plant pots to take home (Wednesday 29 - Thursday 30,11am - 1pm). .

Wildlife explorer day

On Monday 27 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 bugs at Bugsby Hall, join us for a led bug walk and make a pine cone bird feeder to take home. 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 at the bird hide 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 bugs in the garden 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 become bug detectives and solve the crime of which bug has damaged the furniture. 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 sensory toys and crafts.

Normal admission entry prices apply for the house, garden and event, with a standard family ticket being £14

Ormesby Hall is open Monday 27 - Thursday 30th May, 11am – 5pm with making pine cone bird feeders (Monday & Tuesday ) and bee homes (Wednesday and Thursday) from 11am - 1pm.

Please note we are closed on Sunday 26 May.

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.