May half-term at Red House

Visitors at Red House

There is something for everyone this half-term at Red House. Discover a host of garden activities or wander around the beautifully designed house and learn about its original occupants William Morris and his family.

Built as a family home, Red House still welcomes all ages through its doors. Find out what’s going on in the house and garden:

In the garden

There is plenty happening this summer in the gardens at Red House. Why not heading to the bowling green for a game of croquet, skittles or quoits just as Morris and his family would have done back in the 1860s.

Morris used this garden as inspiration for some of his earliest wallpaper designs. We have created our own version of his 1862 design ‘Trellis’. You can colour in and add your own bird or flower

There’s also plenty to tick off your list of 50 things to do before you are 11 3/4s. Explore inside the trunk of our anicent apple tree, take a barefoot walk through the orchard or see if you can spot one of South London's unusual residents the rose-ringed parakeets.

If you fancy learning more about the garden join one of our garden tours. Learn about Morris’ original medieval inspired design and how the garden has changed over time. Tours run daily at 3pm from the well courtyard.

The orchard is the perfect spot for a picnic; sit under one of the many apple trees and enjoy the riot of colour and scent from the magnificent rose arch or find a quiet spot for a slice of cake in the well courtyard, decorated with the heavy purple blooms of the wisteria.

The garden well at Red House, Bexleyheath
The garden well at Red House
The garden well at Red House, Bexleyheath

In the house

The Pre-Raphaelites were known to be great lovers of wombats and we have plenty hidden around the house. Take our free wombat trail to discover why Pre-Raphaelites we so obsessed with these marsupials and get a stamp when you have found them all.

If you visit in the morning take a guided tour to hear about Morris’ time at Red House and the beginnings of his firm ‘Morris & Co.’ or if you are here in the afternoon watch our new projections in the Dining room which tell of the highs and lows for Morris and his friends whilst at Red House or join one of our ten minute talks to hear about Morris’ love of all things medieval.

Whether in the house or in garden, Red House has plenty to offer the whole family this half-term.

Red House
Wombats at Red House, Bexleyheath
Red House