Enjoy the outdoors this October half-term at Scotney Castle

The days are getting colder but the sun is still shining, so why not head outdoors and burn off some autumn energy with us this half-term? We'd love to see you at Scotney for a family day out. Take part in our Halloween trail, enjoy the beautiful autumn views from the bastion, venture out on a family-friendly guided estate walk or start ticking off your 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ list.

Children of Scotney Halloween trail

Saturday 19 October - Sunday 3 November, 10am-5pm, £2 per trail

Be prepared to get a little bit spooky this half term when you take part in our Children of Scotney trail. Edwy was one of six children who grew up at Scotney Castle and the recent discovery of his diaries told us that they all enjoyed telling ghost stories.

Our trail this October half term challenges you to follow the clues around the garden to gather the names of props to complete the ghost story. As you find the answers, fill them in on the reverse of the sheet to complete the story before claiming your prize.

Enjoy some Halloween fun this October
Girls holding large pumpkins and laughing
Enjoy some Halloween fun this October

See the harvest in the Walled Garden

Autumn is a plentiful season for the Walled Garden, with pumpkins, gourds and squashes being harvested, as well as the late crops that stay until the first frosts hit. Take a stroll around the beds and see what's still growing as well as browse the produce for sale. You'll also be able to see some carved pumpkins on display, created by the team here at Scotney Castle.

Take home some of the autumn harvest from the Walled Garden
A box full of knarly gourds harvested from the Walled Garden
Take home some of the autumn harvest from the Walled Garden


Join an autumn colour guided walk

Saturday 19 October - Sunday 27 October, 11:30am & 2pm

Join our estate guides for a walk around the Scotney Castle estate.  With autumn in full swing, this is a good time to see the wider estate, including some of Scotney's champion trees and marvel at the colours of the season.

Please note that the walks go across the fields on the estate so aren't suitable for pushchairs or particularly young children. The ground underfoot can be uneven and muddy in places so please wear suitable footwear.

Scotney Castle, Kent
The autumn at Scotney Castle, Kent
Scotney Castle, Kent

'50 Things' at Scotney Castle

The estate at Scotney Castle is a great place 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.

Can you make your den waterproof?
Den building
Can you make your den waterproof?

Take a rest in the tea-room

Open daily from 10-5pm

If all that activity has left you peckish or thirsty, then take a rest 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. Or if you need cooling down then choose a scoop of Jude's ice cream - there's bound to be a flavour to tempt you!

Chicken and mustard one pot
Chicken and mustard one pot
Chicken and mustard one pot

Browse the seasonal ranges in the shop

If you're looking to bring some warmth and cosiness to your home this autumn, take a look at the new seasonal ranges on display in the shop. From blankets and throws to scented candles, vases and accessories, every purchase you make helps us look after Scotney Castle for furture generations to enjoy.

For children with a bit of pocket money to spend, there are some pocket money toys available or a range of Scotney Castle pens, pencils, notebooks, rubbers, magnets and more. There are also puzzles, games, soft toys and books for those with a little bit more in their pockets and some tasty sweet treats for something extra special.

Little monsters can have fun this season with these Halloween treats.
Halloween sweets on a wooden table.
Little monsters can have fun this season with these Halloween treats.

Don't forget to visit the second hand book shop to browse the children's section. Any young bookworm is bound to find something of interest to take home for a small donation and our selection gets updated weekly so do check the shelves regularly.

Busy days

There may be some days that are particularly busy at Scotney Castle this half term and depending on the weather, our overflow car park may be too wet to open. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you follow our twitter account for regular updates on whether the car park is at capacity and there may be a wait for a parking space.

Reception team members at Scotney Castle
Scotney Castle Visitor Reception team members
Reception team members at Scotney Castle

We will have team members on the drive to welcome you and update you as you arrive. If the situation changes from you leaving home to arriving at Scotney Castle, we can advise you on the wait time or suggest one of our neighbouring properties, such as Sissinghurst, Bodiam or Bateman's, to visit instead.

Our twitter account is @scotneycastleNT

So start planning your visit this half term, there's plenty to keep youngsters amused and entertained around the garden and estate.