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', visit us for a fun family day out at Stowe.

Half-term trail

From 20 to 28 October, 10am-4pm bring your brave children to conquer the half-term trail. Normal admission applies, £2 per trail helping to restore the gardens at Stowe. Dress up your little ghouls for this fun creepy trail through the gardens as they reveal the spooky story of Persephone and her link to the underworld.

Persphone has been taken into the underworld by Hades in the Grotto

Venture into the underworld

Tread carefully along the spooky Halloween trail in the gardens as you track down poor Persephone. Dragg ed into the underworld by the devious Hades, you’ll need to head into the murky depths of the Grotto to rescue this goddess and claim your prize.

50 Things at Stowe - Autumn favourites

There are 37 of the things to see and 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.1 Go bird watching – spot Swans, Robins, Lapwings, Mallard ducks, Greylag geese, Blue tits sweeping across the lakes 

  • No.2 Catch a falling leaf – with thousands of trees, you're spoilt for choice. Just pick a day with a little breeze, wait patiently and watch the leaves tumble. Pegg's Terrace is a great place to try

  • No.3 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

  • No.4 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.5 Eat an apple straight from a tree - Head into the parkland, turning right at Bell Gate to find the old Sheep’s nose apple tree behind the Temple of Friendship

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 running around in the rain, No.5 Skim a stone, No.13 make a mud pie, No.22 explore inside a tree. Pick up a free 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ scrapbook from New Inn and start your adventure today. It’s full of hints and tips for success.

  • 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 seven years the proceeds from the Hallowe'en trail have helped restore Stowe. Without your support we wouldn't be able to protect the iconic gardens and monuments.