Half term at Sudbury Hall

A close up of two children's wellington boots as they kneel on a bench in autumn time at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire

Whether you're looking for something a little bit different to do on a rainy day or an outdoor autumn adventure, Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood has the best of both worlds. Get creative with our autumnal crafts or head into the museum to discover what childhood was like in times gone by.

It won't be long until winter really sets in, so now's the time to get outside and explore the grounds while you still can. Autumn is one of our favourite times of year as Sudbury's trees burst into vibrant shades of red, orange and gold.

Welly wandering trail

There's all sorts to see at Sudbury this Autumn. Pick up a trail leaflet from outside visitor services and see how many of our '50 things' activities you can fit into your visit. Wrap up warm, put on your wellies and get ready to explore from 12 October until 3 November. 

Splish splash! Go welly wandering with your friends and have lots of puddle fun
Two little girls splashing in puddle with parents in background
Splish splash! Go welly wandering with your friends and have lots of puddle fun

Autumnal crafts

Create something a bit different to decorate your home this Halloween. Join us in our museum learning room and make your very own wild art masterpiece using beautiful pine cones. (£1 per craft payable on the day). If you're brave enough, you could even make a scary spider! 

Forage for twigs and pine cones
Child holding twigs and pine cones
Forage for twigs and pine cones

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'50 things to do before you're 11¾' at Sudbury 

If you're looking to tick off a few of your 50 things there's plenty to keep you busy at Sudbury. From spotting birds at the birdfeeders to challenging someone to a conker duel, you're sure to find something exciting! 

Hunt for conkers in the grounds of Sudbury Hall
Conkers at Sudbury Hall
Hunt for conkers in the grounds of Sudbury Hall

Fires and Fairy Tales

The nights are drawing in and the air is getting cooler, it’s time to dig out your big coat, your warmest boots and join us on 5 November for our Fires and Fairy Tales bonfire night. Crunch your way through the leaves, follow the gentle warming glow of the fire pits and get ready for a night of storytelling and wonder.

Cook on a campfire
People sat around a campfire with glow of fire on their faces
Cook on a campfire