May half term at Tredegar House

A young girl plays among the buttercups

We’re celebrating small but mighty pollinators this half term. Get buzzy in the gardens ticking off more of your “50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾” activities or create your paper pollinators as you make the most of the sunny season.

General information 

We've got a variety of exciting activities planned below, but this is what you can expect every day when you visit us... 

  • A historic house and elegant formal gardens with centuries of tales to tell. You can find our prices and opening times on our homepage. 
  • A vast parkland transforming as the seasons change. The parkland is free to enter and open every day from dawn to dusk. 
  • Our cosy Brewhouse café offering a selection of light bites, cakes and treats, as well as hot and cold drinks, so you can recharge whenever you need. The café is open from 10am daily. 
  • Our second-hand bookshop, nestled in the corner of home farm, with a collection of stories to take home for a quiet evening in. The bookshop is run by a dedicated team of volunteers, so we cannot guarantee it will be open every day.

You no longer need to book to visit us. 

Self-led 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ 

Date: Activity sheets are available everyday

Where: The formal gardens     

Price: Activity sheets are free, but entry fees apply.

Take part in 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾, the National Trust’s bucket list for young explorers, this May half term. Will you watch a bird, befriend a bug or go welly wandering as you enjoy everything the gardens have to offer? Collect your activity sheet from visitor reception before you begin your wild adventure.

Self-led crafts 

Dates: 28 & 29 May, 4 & 5 June 

Where: The orangery 

Price: Crafts are free, but donations are greatly appreciated to cover the cost of materials. Entry fees apply. 

Spark your creativity with our self-led craft sessions in the orangery. Our volunteers will be on hand to provide everything you need to let your imagination run wild. Create your own paper pollinators on 28 and 29 May, or make your own jubilee themed creation on 4 and 5 June. 

Help a plant grow 

Dates: 30 May and 3 June, 11am - 3pm

Where: The orangery 

Price: Free to enjoy, but entry fees apply. 

Tick off another activity on your ’50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4’ bucket list by helping a plant grow. Join our team in the orangery to decorate your own plant pot before planting seeds in it to take home. 
 

Create your own stories about the history of Tredegar House with our ready-made puppets in the Morning Room.
A family enjoy a puppet theatre at Tredegar House
Create your own stories about the history of Tredegar House with our ready-made puppets in the Morning Room.

Make a home for wildlife 

Date: 1 June, 11am - 3pm

Where: The orangery 

Price: Free to enjoy, but entry fees apply 

Create a home for bugs, bees and butterflies to hang in your own garden. We’ll be decorating plant pots in the orangery, before filling them with different materials for pollinators to live in. Then you’ll be able to tick ‘make a home for wildlife’ off your ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ bucket list. 
 

Explorer backpacks 

Date: Every day from 11 April onwards

Where: The formal gardens (available to borrow from visitor reception)

Price: Free to enjoy, but entry frees apply to the formal gardens

There’s so much to discover in the formal gardens, whether it’s new life growing in the flower beds or burrowing insects in wet weather. These backpacks are designed to help young explorers get closer to the natural world and include useful tools to use around the gardens on your adventures. 

Explorer backpacks contain a pair of binoculars, a compass, a magnifying glass, insect observation equipment and a seasonal spotter book. There’s also a storybook to read when you’re taking a break from your discoveries. 

Feel free to use these backpacks for the duration of your visit, before returning them to visitor reception. Backpacks are available on a first come, first served basis. 

Sensory backpacks 

Date: Every day 

Where: The formal gardens and mansion house (available to borrow from visitor reception) 

Price: Free to enjoy, but our usual entry fees apply to the house and formal gardens 

Our colourful sensory backpacks are available for anyone to borrow and are designed for families with additional support needs. They contain a variety of sensory items, including fidget toys, ear defenders, a magnifying glass, a story book and soft toys.

Sensory backpacks are a new addition to Tredegar House and our team have carefully developed them, following guidance from several sensory-focussed organisations. We’d love to hear your feedback so that we can continue to enhance the backpacks over time. Please chat to our team if you have any comments or suggestions to share with us. 

Feel free to use these backpacks for the duration of your visit, before returning them to visitor reception. Backpacks are available on a first come, first served basis.