October Half Term at the Hoo

Trees on Sutton Hoo River View Walk

As the leaves fall and the days get shorter time together as a family becomes even more precious. Take advantage of those crisp autumn days and revel in the beauty of nature’s colour across the Sutton Hoo estate. With a range of special events and new trails there’s fun for all the family.

What can I do in the day?
Autumn is ideal for archaeology. The hard, dry, summer soil can be a struggle to work with, but damper autumn conditions means we can continue our geophysical survey of Garden Field. We’ll be running sessions on Monday 21st and Wednesday 23rd starting at 10:30. Why not come along and have a go and contribute to the ongoing archaeological work at Sutton Hoo? Most suitable for children aged 8 and above.

There are three new trails to try this autumn at Sutton Hoo. Our 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ trail has been updated to reflect the changing of the seasons. A perfect opportunity to come back and see how the site has changed since those scorching summer days. We have a brand new trail launching in Tranmer House on Saturday 19th. Step into a servant’s shoes and try to locate the items Basil Brown has accidentally left behind before Mrs Pretty comes home! 
There is also a special trail running across the site from Saturday 19th to Sunday 3rd November. Diana the Dragon has hidden ten eggs around the site but she can’t remember where she put them! Can you help her find them?
Once you have finished searching for eggs and finding Basil’s tools pop in to the Court where we have several self-led nature craft activities you can have a go at.

Special Events

Stargazing with DASH Astronomy

As the nights draw in and the days get shorter, it's time to make the most of these magical autumn evenings and explore the night sky at Sutton Hoo with DASH Astronomical Society. Their experts will be joining us with live observation of the night sky, family activities and talks on the science behind the stars. There's a whole world waiting to explored and it's also an ideal opportunity to tick off activity 27 from your 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4 list! So wrap up warm and come along to kick start your stargazing adventure this half term.

Tales by Torchlight


We know family and friends were a crucial part of Anglo-Saxon life with evenings spent in the mead hall huddled around the fire sharing stories. You too can capture some of that magic in our events this autumn. Tales by Torchlight sees the landscape brought to life by our Anglo-Saxon storytellers who will take you into a world of dragons, giants and myth.