Autumn at Wimpole
As the days get shorter take time to explore Wimpole in this magical season, as the gardens have a final flourish to long walks through ancient parkland and woods. And if the weather turns, there is plenty to discover inside the largest country house in Cambridgeshire.
Wander through the Pleasure Grounds as the leaves on the trees begin to change colour a fall, forming a colourful backrop to a stroll down the Explorer path or on your way to the Walled Garden.
The Walled Garden is not to be missed with the herbaceuous borders putting on a final show before Winter marches in and the fruit and vegetables being harvested in the warm Autumn sunshine, with a colourful squash display in glasshouse to brighten any dull day.
Pick up a ‘Wimpole Walks’ leaflet and follow one of five walks around the estate through ancient parkland, the woodland belt or up to the Gothic folly through ‘Capability’ Brown’s North Park.
If you’d like some company on your stroll, you can join one of our guided walks. Our Sunday Stroll is a 1.2 mile parkland walk uncovering some stories from Wimpole’s history. Or join us for a different walk each Wednesday and discover some of the best views, paths and secret seats in and around the parkland.
Pumpkin carving and Christmas craft fair
Visit our What’s On page for our full list of events, including our Wimpole Christmas craft fair in November or Half Term fun with pumpkin carving in October.
Adventures with your family
Families can have a lot of fun together at Wimpole Estate, whatever the weather this Autumn.
At Home Farm you’ll follow the daily life of our rare breed horses, sheep, pigs and goats on our working farm. Head to the trees just beyond Home Farm and you’ll discover our adventure woodland. Test your climbing skills and your balance on the walkways and castles and find everything you need to build an impressive den in the woods.
Don’t forget to pick up a seasonal scavenger hunt from the ticket office in the stable block or go hunting for a geocache with your phone app to help you explore the parkland and beyond. And while you are out there why not try some of the ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11¾’?
During half term come inside the Hall and follow our new pest trail around the house to discover the little beasties that lie beneath your feet and in the fabrics around you.
Rainy day discoveries
There is plenty to do inside at Wimpole if you’d like to avoid an Autumn shower.
Wander around the impressive Wimpole Hall marvelling at the unique architecture and interior design of the building, including some rather unusual features such as the bathhouse, plasterwork and fireplaces. Head to the basement to get a glimpse into the lives of the servants below stairs or join a talk about how renewable energy will be keeping our visitors this winter.
You could also visit the glass house in the walled garden, the gardeners cottage, the barns at Home Farm or the shops inside the stable block. And if you do get caught in the rain, why not dry off in one of our restaurants or cafes?
Stop for a treat
Take a break from your discoveries or adventures for a warming drink, light lunch or a delicious treat. Sit outside on the terrace in The Old Rectory restaurant in the Autumn sunshine, overlooking the beautiful garden, take a seat in our sheltered courtyard with a coffee and cake from our Stable Kitchen or head to the Farm Cafe with plenty of space for little ones to play outside whilst you can watch them from the warmth inside.