10 things to do with the grandkids this half term!

10 things to do with the grandkids this half term!


Plas yn Rhiw, Gwynedd, Wales

Autumn Adventures, 25 October, 11am - 3pm

Come and have an autumn adventure at Plas yn Rhiw, a manor house thathas views from the gardens across Cardigan Bay. Play Halloween games, explore the woodland and complete some of your '50 things' activities by creating wild art and building a home for a wild creature, there's plenty to do.

For more information, please call 01758 780 219



Stackpole, Pembrokeshire, Wales

50 Things autumn challenge, 28 October, 12pm – 3pm

Visit this beautiful stretch of coastline with sandy beaches, wooded valleys and lily ponds this autumn where you can do as many of the ‘50 things' activities as possible, including kites on the courtsite, cooking on a campfire, snail racing at the stone seat, and all things autumnal.

Price: (Normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 01646 661425



Crom, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Nocturnal Nature Tour, 23 - 24 October, 7pm - 10pm

One of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas, Crom's ancient woodland and picturesque islands are home to many rare species. Take a tour in the jeep and discover what lurks among the trees and foliage of Crom estate after darkness falls.

Price: Adult £10, Child £5 (booking essential). For more information, please call 028 6773 8118



Nostell Priory and Parkland, West Yorkshire

Conkers Bonkers, 30 October, 11am - 3pm

Only a stone's throw from Wakefield lies Nostell, built on the site of a medieval priory it offers landscaped parkland and gardens. Visit this half term for self-guided, guided and themed walks. Stroll around the estate or speak to one of the rangers to find out exactly where the best trees are to find a winning conker. Remember, it's not always the biggest conker that wins. 50 things tip: put some conkers in a bucket of water; all those that sink to the bottom are winners, those that float are losers.

Price: Normal admission fee applies to gardens?For more information, please call 01924 866841



Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall

Wild Art Week, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30 & 31 October, 1 & 2 November, 10.30am - 4.30pm

Have fun creating some amazing wild art in the tropical Glendurgan Garden this autumn.?Have a go at making a colourful crown of autumn leaves or maybe a pebble picture at Durgan beach, or even a magnificent masterpiece by the maze. If you fancy a natural puzzle, take a stroll around the cherry laurel maze and see if you can reach the middle first. On your way back stop off at the Giant's Stride rope swing for some spinning adventures.

Price: Normal admission fee applies. For more information, please call 01326 252020



Formby, Liverpool

Squirrel Cycle Tour, 25 October, 10.30am – 1pm

The National Trust have teamed up with the 'Visit' project so you can get on your own bike or hire one for our cycling events. Formby is famous for its red squirrels, natterjacks, and prehistoric footprints – there's plenty waiting to be discovered. Take a tour on two wheels and see if you can spot some of Formby's famous red squirrels. The ride will make a stop at Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve for refreshments and to learn some more about the conservation of these fantastic creatures. This route will take you across the landscape using paths and roads into Southport from where you can make your way home or get the train back to Formby.

Price: £4 with your own bike or ?6 with a hire bike (Normal admission fee applies and the ride will take around 3 hours) Booking Essential on-line - registration from 9.30am for a 10am start.

For more information, please e-mailformbyevents@nationaltrust.org.uk



The Weir, Herefordshire

Build A Bug Hotel, 30 October, 2pm - 4pm

Even bugs need to get away from it all once in a while so why not come along and build a bug hotel at this riverside garden. Bring the family along and join the gardener to learn more about creepy crawlies that make their home in the grounds. Once you've built your masterpiece take it home and put in your own garden and see who comes to stay.

Price: £3 (booking essential) Normal admission fee applies. For more information, please call 01981 590509.



Croome, Worcestershire

Tree Climbing, 27 October, 10.30am - 4.30pm

If there's one ‘50 thing' you should do this autumn it's climbing a tree and taking in the colourful landscape around you at the top. Spend an hour with two with highly-skilled instructors who will teach you how to use ropes, knots, carabineers and harness to climb to the top of the tree and zip wire back down again.

Price: £15.50 (for ages 4 and over, booking essential). For more information, please call 0800 055 6760.



Hatfield Forest, Essex

Deer Rut Walk for Families, 28 October, 4pm - 6pm

Explore Hatfield Forest in the Essex countryside this autumn, once a favourite place for royalty to show off their hunting prowess. Join the ranger team for an evening journey into the secretive world of the fallow deer during their rutting season. Learn how to track and stalk in silence and remember to bring your camera for those majestic shots.

Price: £10 (Ages 8 and over only, booking essential) Normal admission fee applies. For more information, please call 01279 870678.



Standen, West Sussex

Spooky Woodland Art , 29 October, 11am - 2pm

If you're feeling brave, explore the woodland and wider estate at Standen and create some spooky woodland art for Halloween. Get creative in the outdoors with local artist Bleau Hudson, and tick off number 18 on the ‘50 things' list. Bleau will show you how to create some eerie wild art inspired by trees and woodlands around you. If you can, collect some art materials beforehand and bring them with you - cones, twigs, leaves, bark, leaf litter and other woodland materials will all come in handy when creating your masterpiece.

Price: £3 (normal admission fee applies). For more information, please call 01342 323029.