Come along to Scotney Castle for some half term fun this February

If you're looking to entertain the kids this February half term, look no further than Scotney Castle for a fun-filled day out. Take part in our murder mystery trail, visit Badger and Pepper's play area or tick off some more 50 Things activities before calling into the tea-room for a well-deserved treat.

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Can you solve the Murder in the Mansion trail?

There's been a murder in the mansion at Scotney Castle and we need your help in solving the crime. Where did it happen? What was the weapon? Who was the culprit?

Collect your trail sheet from Visitor Reception then prepare to enter the house and start your investigative work. You'll need to speak to the room guides in each room and look out for clues hidden around the house. We'll also have some exhibits on display from our collection which might help you solve the crime. All successful detectives will be awarded a prize at the end.

Saturday 15 February to Sunday 23 February, 11am-4pm. £2 per detective.

On busy days, entry to the house will be by timed tickets, so you may not be able to take part in the trail as soon as you arrive.

Was it the butler, in the study with the antler? Solve the murder at Scotney Castle this half term
Scotney Castle study drawer
Was it the butler, in the study with the antler? Solve the murder at Scotney Castle this half term

Nature Photography Workshops with Sharp Shots Photo Club

Thursday 20 February.

Sign your kids up with Sharp Shots Photo Club so they can learn how to capture nature at its best! Scotney Castle is a wonderful place to find nature’s treasures together and record them on cameras.

Kids (age 7-11) 10.30am-1pm, £39 per person.
Kids will learn how their camera works, and which camera settings to use in different situations. They will go out and photograph with the Sharp Shots experts, taking close-ups of the trees and budding plants, and looking for great viewpoints showcasing Scotney’s natural beauty.

Join a photography work shop by Sharp Shots Photo Club
Scotney Castle photography for kids
Join a photography work shop by Sharp Shots Photo Club


Teens (age 12-15) 2pm - 4.30pm, £45 per person.
Teens will learn how their camera works and how aperture, shutter speed and iso influence their photographs. Together with the Sharp Shots experts, they will go over their camera’s settings explaining how to capture great close ups and how to look for inspiring landscapes. They will go out and photograph together, taking close-ups of the trees and budding plants, and looking for great viewpoints showcasing Scotney’s natural beauty. 
 

Please book direct with Sharp Shots Photo Club via their website - https://sharpshotsphotoclub.co.uk/

'50 Things' at Scotney Castle

The garden and estate at Scotney Castle are great places to tick off some of your ’50 Things’ activities. If you're looking for some inspiration on what to do, how about one of these?

• Explore our estate and visit our wilderness camp to build a den in the woods. Why not bring along a picnic and eat under the shelter of your new home?

• You can find all sorts of creatures lurking in our garden and estate. Great spots for hunting bugs are under stones and wood, the branches, bark and leaves of trees and in long grass. Keep your eyes peeled like a real nature detective if you want to see them.

• There’s something magical about stumbling across an old hollow tree buried deep within a wood. Who knows what you’ll discover when you explore inside.

Den building
Chris Lacey
Den building

Take a break in the tea-room

Open daily from 10-5pm

If all that activity has left you peckish or thirsty, then take a break in the tea-room with something tasty to eat. There will be warming soups and crusty fresh bread, wholesome one-pot stews, fluffy jacket potatoes and other daily specials. There's always a range of sweet treats too - from freshly baked scones and sponge cakes to tray bakes and hot puddings. 

Treat yourself to a warm cup of hot chocolate
Girl drinking hot chocoate
Treat yourself to a warm cup of hot chocolate

Pocket money temptations

For those with some pocket money to spend, take some time to browse the secondhand book shop for a new book to get stuck into during the holidays. There's our children's corner as well a plenty of reference, cookery and hobby books for any book worm to enjoy. If you have any old books you no longer want, we would be very grateful to receive them, especially children's books.

Take home a Scotney memento as a souvenir of your visit
Scotney castle branded souvenirs
Take home a Scotney memento as a souvenir of your visit

In the shop you'll find a selection of pocket money toys as well as Scotney Castle souvenirs such as pens, pencils, notebooks and bookmarks as well as sweets, chocolates and lollies, all at low, pocket money friendly prices too.

So whatever you get up to this half term, we hope we can welcome you to Scotney Castle for a fun day out. Don't let the weather hold you back, just pull on your wellies and a warm coat and enjoy all the day has to offer.