Enjoy February half term

A child doing a bark rubbing against a tree

The early signs of spring are in the air and nature is awakening at Upton House and Gardens. Bring the family to enjoy the outdoors, join in with our bird spotting activities and treat yourself to some seasonal food from our Pavilion Cafe.

Bird and nature spotting in early spring  

Join us at Upton House and Gardens this February half term (between Saturday 19 - Sunday 27 February) as we welcome early signs of spring.  Explore our winter walk and woodland, with handy hints and tips for wildlife to look and listen out for.  We’ve spent a lot of time indoors this winter, but as nature starts to waken, Upton’s outdoors is ready for you to enjoy. Pull on your wellies and come ready to be curious. Look, listen and imagine: what colours, sounds, and textures will you find in Upton's woodland world?

Enjoy bird spotting in early spring
Robin on branches with trees in background in early spring
Enjoy bird spotting in early spring

Upton's gardens and woodland are homes to many birds, how many will you spy? Pick up a bird spotter sheet at Vistitor Reception on your way in and learn about the different varieties that can be seen in early spring. Get inspiration from our display in the garden courtyard showcasing what to look out for and handy hints and tips to help attract birds. 

Give it a grow - Wednesday 23 February, 11am - 1pm

Join volunteer Lynda outside in the plant centre near the Gift Shop (head for the small gazebo), and find out what seeds to sow in the garden now ready for summer growth. Pick up hints and tips about what to look out for in Upton’s gardens and what you can do at home this time of year in early spring. No booking needed; the sessions are informal and on a drop in basis.

Treat yourself 

Stop off at the Pavilion Cafe for a light snack or lunch. Seating is available inside and outside and take away options can also be prepared.

Our Gift Shop is open stocking a range of exciting reads for young explorers and pocket money toys. The plant centre outside in the courtyard will have the latest seasonal planting selections ready for the change in seasons. 

Enjoy a light lunch outside
Boy eating a jacket potato outside
Enjoy a light lunch outside

The house is open showcasing many pieces from the Chelsea Porcelain collection as well as pop up talks about 10 renowned paintings which made it into the '100 Paintings From the Collections of the National Trust' by John Chu and David Taylor. There is no need to pre book tickets for either. Visitor Reception will advise if timed tickets are needed on arrival if during a busy period and how frequently the pop up talks may be happening that day (please note, these will not be happening on weekends and are subject to staffing on the day).  For more about the house check here and for more on opening times check here. 

Picture Gallery and Knole sofa at Upton House and Gardens

The house and collection

Discover Upton House and Gardens, the country house and weekend retreat, where 2nd Viscount Bearsted, Walter Samuel, created one of the finest art collections in twentieth-century England.