October half term fun at Wightwick Manor

Young girl finding pumpkin

Come one, come all, to discover the horrors of a traditional Halloween. Get the kids (and grown-ups!) to don their most frightening fancy dress and join us this half term for our annual outdoors pumpkin trail and out first ever apple harvest weekend.


Annual family pumpkin trail - Friday 22 October - Sunday 31 October, 10am - 4pm, £1.50 per trail

Follow the pumpkin trail around the garden to find the fantastical beasts that have escaped from our collection. Can you help them to solve the puzzle and find the missing phoenix egg? Look out for our spooky decorations as you explore the gardens.

Remember to wear sturdy footwear as you may be walking over grassy areas which may become muddy and slippery if wet.

No booking required, normal admission costs apply.

Look out for our spooky decorations
Two wooden barrels on a grass bank painted to look like pumpkins.
Look out for our spooky decorations

Don't Go into the Cellar, Victorian Theatre presents 'Strictly Sherlock' - Wednesday 27 October, doors open 7pm, starts 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Join us in the Great Parlour for this original stage-play. Brought to you by Don't Go Into The Cellar Theatre - the British Empire's leading practitioners of macabre Victoriana!

Jonathan Goodwin returns as Sherlock Holmes, in a show scripted by himself and co-directed by Goodwin and Gary Archer.

After the terrific success of The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes, we return with this follow-up stage play.

Join the king of the detectives as he brings to life those three startling cases, “The Sussex Vampire” and “The Creeping Man”.

£20 per person, suitable for over 14's (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult), booking essential via the link above or by clicking here. All booking undertaken by theatre company, please direct ticketing questions to them.

The king of detectives
An image of the actor portraying Sherlock Holmes in front of an image of 221b Baker Street
The king of detectives


Apple Harvest - Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 October, 11am - 3pm. 

Most of the apple varieties in our historic orchards were popular in the late 18th and early 19th-centuries and would have been used by the Mander’s cook to create seasonal favourites. There are not only eating apples, you can find cooking and cider apples too.

Find us in the orchard to discover our heritage apple varieties, try some samples and learn how we grow twelve different apple varieties on one tree!

You will be able to purchase pre-picked apples for a donation from the shop.

No booking required, normal admission costs apply.

Fruit trees were important in a garden such as Wightwick's
Looking through a tree laden with apples to the garden with Wightwick Manor in the background
Fruit trees were important in a garden such as Wightwick's