October half term at Speke Hall

Children throwing fallen autumn leaves into the air at a National Trust site

Autumn adventures await you this October half term at Speke Hall. Between 24 October - 1 November, you can explore ancient woodland filled with autumn colour, follow interactive trails, jump into piles of crunchy leaves or run wild in our reopened play areas.

Please book ahead before visiting Check availability and book now

We expect to be busy between 24 October - 1 November, so please note we will only be admitting visitors who have pre-booked. If you haven't pre-booked, you will be turned away unfortunately. This is so we can safely control the number of visitors on-site. If you've booked and can no longer make your timeslot, please let us know by emailing spekehall@nationaltrust.org.uk or by calling the central booking office on 0344 249 1895.

The Tale of Terence the Troll and the Magic Acorn

Follow the trail across Speke Hall's garden and grounds to meet the mischievous creature that is gobbling up our trees and help the small but mighty Magic Acorn to protect its leafy friends and rescue nature.

To take part, you'll need to download our trail guide here.

Child and mother having fun exploring the Childe of Hale trail, pointing at the giant's feet

Explore the Childe of Hale trail

Begin a woodland adventure with our sculptured play trail, based on the local legend of John Middleton who was supposedly 9'3" tall and slept with his feet sticking out of his bedroom window in nearby Hale village. Will you spot him on your way around? Look out for giant buttons, optical illusions and some larger-than-life vegetable musical instruments that you can play. This trail is suitable for all ages and pram-friendly.

Visit the play area at Speke Hall

Enjoy our play areas

We're delighted to reopen our formal play area and woodland play area for families to enjoy from 24 October. Rediscover your little ones' favourite place to run wild and play to their heart's content. Please note that the hedge maze remains closed as we have to consider the limited space to maintain social distancing. The zip wire in the woodland play area also remains closed.

Visitors eating ice cream in the summer at Speke Hall

Grab a bite to eat 

Home Farm restaurant is open every day, 10.30am-4.30pm. Take a seat inside or outside to enjoy a delicious range of hot and cold food, sandwiches, cakes and drinks. There's something to suit all appetites, big and small. Grab some award-winning Cheshire Farm ice cream from our kiosk, handily located next to the play area and maze.

If you'd rather enjoy a picnic, there are picnic tables for you to use in the orchard and plenty of spots to lay out a blanket. Just please make sure to tidy up after yourself and use the bins provided.

Autumn walk at Speke Hall

Autumn days at Speke Hall

Experience the sights and sounds of autumn, enjoy warming treats from the restaurant or go on a family adventure in the woodlands. There's plenty to see and do this autumn at Speke Hall.