Things to do with the kids this autumn

Family carving pumpkin at Wray Castle

We've got a half-term packed full of Hallowe'en fun for all the family and you can start getting in the spirit of things throughout October.

Help us decorate for Hallowe'en

Start off the autumn season by making a spooky spider to help us decorate a giant web in the hall of the castle. It's free, just drop into the craft sessions every Saturday in October, between 2 and 3pm to create your eight-legged friend.  

Dare you make a spooky spider for our Hallowe'en decorations?
Pipe-cleaner spider decorating the hall at Wray Castle
Dare you make a spooky spider for our Hallowe'en decorations?

Half-term Hallowe'en happenings

Back by popular demand we've got your favourite spook-tastic family activities planned this October half-term: pumpkin carving and besom making will be running throughout the week. 

Get creative as you carve a pumpkin to be proud of. It's very popular so it's best to book in advance to reserve your pumpkin. The Rangers will also help you make a besom, or broom, fit for any wicked witch. Find out more and how to reserve your place below in the 'What's on' section.

Enjoy a colourful walk

A highlight for autumn has to be a walk in the castle grounds and surrounding woods. The views on this downloadable trail are made even more stunning in the autumn light. 

Family walking in Wray Castle grounds, Cumbria

Wray Castle to Blelham Tarn circular walk

An interesting circular walk from Wray Castle taking in Blelham Tarn and returning via Lake Windermere shoreline. From the Ice Age to the Iron Age, medieval monks to Victorian visionaries, this walk combines tranquil beauty, great views and fascinating stories from the past.

Upcoming events

The great Wray Castle drawing challenge

Mon 18 Feb 2019
Dramatic views, gothic details and natural wonders – there’s lots to sketch at Wray Castle, as the young Beatrix Potter found. Can you complete all of the drawing challenges?

The survival of Wray Castle

Mon 18 Feb 2019
A 10-minute talk explaining the journey this extraordinary building has been on; from family home to institution to public place.

Upping sticks at sixty

Mon 18 Feb 2019
This 10 minute talk introduces the Dawsons, a middle class couple from Liverpool, who built Wray Castle and made a new life in the Lake District.

Landmark in the landscape

Mon 18 Feb 2019
This 45 minute outdoor guided tour takes in the theatrical architecture of Wray Castle together with its picturesque setting.

Reading Wray Castle

Mon 25 Feb 2019
This 10 minute talk will equip visitors with the skills to understand the architecture of Wray Castle - inside and out.

Sky of birds and paper meadow

Sat 02 Mar 2019
During the weekends of March, drop in and help us celebrate the arrival of spring with this creative activity.