October half-term at The Vyne

A photo of a family playing with autumn leaves at The Vyne

From 20 October to 4 November, pumpkins, clues and mysterious riddles await young Halloween ‘monsters’ at The Vyne in two spooky trails running through the gardens. Below, you’ll find useful information to help you plan a family day out:


Halloween pumpkin trail (ages 0-7)

Halloween pumpkin trail (ages 0-7)

Young witches, ghosts and all manner of Halloween spooks can wander The Vyne’s grounds on this family trail. Collect your £2 activity sheet from Visitor Reception and hunt for pumpkins in the grounds. Normal admission applies.

Hint: On this Halloween trail, never underestimate the power of 'reflection'.

Halloween riddle trail (ages 8+)

All is not as it seems in this topsy-turvy challenge; collect your trail sheet from Visitor Reception and look out for the lines of a riddle scattered across the grounds. Hint: Don't underestimate the power of 'reflection'.

Handy hint: Your family can easily do both trails if they want because the clues can be found on the same route around the gardens.

At Visitor Reception, young adventurers can also pick up trail sheets for a number of non-Halloween family trails such as geocaching and bark rubbing. Most trails are free and some have a price or suggested donation. Normal admission applies.

Useful to know

Ball games, Frisbees, scooters, bikes and drones
Unfortunately ball games, Frisbees, bikes, scooters and drones are not allowed on the estate. This is to prevent further damage to the house and grounds. 

Don’t worry, there’s still fun instore with our 50 things to do before you’re 11 and ¾. Some activities are listed in the article below. If you really want to let off steam, venture out into Morgaston Woods where wild play can fire young imaginations.

Visitors in the bird hide at The Vyne

50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ at The Vyne

From bird watching to geocaching to the all-important game of pooh sticks, The Vyne is the perfect place to try some of our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.

Although the house, shop, tea-room and children’s play areas are just for humans and guide dogs there are plenty of walks for you and your canine companion to do together. 

So that everyone can enjoy their visit to The Vyne, we ask that you please keep your dog on the lead at all times and use the bins provided.

Dogs on a lead are welcome.
A picture of a brown and white dog.
Dogs on a lead are welcome.

Key information for families

Toilets and baby changing
If you find yourself making a hasty dash, child in tow to the loo, you’ll find baby changing facilities and toilets in a block on the left, just after visitor reception, and also by our Brewhouse tea-room.

Access for pushchairs
You can get round the gardens on wide, hard gravel pathways. Do bear in mind that walkways through the woodland, wetland and parkland can be muddy. In some parts of the woodland, tree roots come across the path.

As the Brewhouse tearoom is rather snug, you’ll need to leave buggies and pushchairs outside. 

In the house, we can provide slings so you can carry your child. Pushchairs need to be left outside and items are left at your own risk.

Food for children
Our Brewhouse tea-room has childrens’ lunch boxes containing sandwiches, wraps, small vegetable bags, fruit, mini cheeses and cartons of drink. 

If you need to warm up milk, a microwave is available in the ground floor seating area of the Brewhouse.

Picnic areas
On dry sunny days, the best place to picnic is on our north lawn by the lake. We’ve also got benches between the north lawn and the bird hide, and dotted around the site.

Play area
Adventurers under the age of 10 can explore the Hidden Realm behind the shop.