Halloween at Stowe

Over the October half term, there will be plenty of spooky goings on for your children to enjoy. From our haunting trail running daily to autumn ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’, visit us for a fun family day out at Stowe.

This event has now finished, we hope you enjoyed all the spooky fun! Visit this website article again in summer 2020 to discover what ghoulish events will be on. 

Half-term trail

From 26 October to 3 November, 10am-4pm bring your bring your brave pants to Stowe this Halloween as we take you on a mystery tour of four haunted hamlets now lost to time. Can you find the clues to solve our creepy challenge?  Normal admission applies, £2 per trail helping to restore the gardens at Stowe. Dress up your little ghouls for this fun creepy trail.

'50 things' - Autumn favourites

There are 37 things to do at Stowe to kick start your adventure. You can pick up the pace, running in acres of space or take your chances swinging from the branches of our trees.
  • No 10 Play conkers – Head down Bell Gate Drive or to Hawkwell Mead next to the Temple of Firnedship where you'll find the best haul of fallen conkers to set up a game

  • No 16 Wear a wild crown – with thousands of trees, you're spoilt for choice. Just pick a day with a little breeze, wait patiently and watch the leaves tumble to grab some golden decorations to add to a crown.

  • No 21 Forage for wild food – pick blackberries growing in the wild, turn right at Bell Gate and follow the Ha-ha walls along the outside perimeter of the gardens to find brambles and blackberries. You can also find apples in the parkland, turning right at Bell Gate to find the old Sheep’s nose apple tree behind the Temple of Friendship

  • No 44 Watch a bird – spot Swans, Robins, Lapwings, Mallard ducks, Greylag geese, Blue tits sweeping across the lakes 
  • No 49 Watch the sunset – In the October half term, you'll be able to see sunset approximately between 4.30pm and 5pm just before the gardens close, it's a lovely way to experience the gardens to end a fun filled day

 When mother nature rains

Here are our top tips for embracing the rain and having fun at Stowe for fearless families:
  • You can complete these '50 things' - No 6 Go welly wandering, No 13 Make a mud creation, No 17 Set up a snail race, No 29 Explore a cave

  • To dodge rain showers, use the temples as shelters

  • Temples with shelter, some benches or to use for picnic spots are: The Lake Pavilions, Concord and Victory, Ancient Virtue, The Grotto, The Cascade (there are small nooks to sit in), Queens Temple, The Fane of Pastoral Poetry

A family walking along the Temple of Concord and Victory in winter.

A year to make memories

Become a member when you visit Stowe and your money will help care for the gardens whilst you get to enjoy a whole year of family fun.

A witch runs across the front of a temple at Stowe

Thank you

Over the past nine years, the proceeds from the Halloween trail have helped restore Stowe. Without your support we wouldn't be able to protect the iconic gardens and monuments.