Warm welcome for all the family at Half Term

 Children collecting conkers in the garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire, in autumn.It’s a perennial problem…what to do with the kids at autumn Half Term? Well, we’ve got lots to keep the whole family inspired (even the four-legged members.)

  For those who simply want to come and appreciate the garden, autumn colour is providing a spectacular display – late blooming flowers are accompanied now by stunning foliage, berries and fruit and our garden’s mountain backdrop provides some breathtaking panoramas.

  But for that little extra family fun, we’re running children’s events for two weeks from Saturday, October 19, to Sunday, November 3.

  Kids can hunt for dragons, goblins and fairies hidden around the garden on our Mystical Creatures Trail every day. There will also be Autumn Crafts running weekdays under gazebo in The Dell from 11am to 1pm and not forgetting story telling in the Pin Mill every Saturday from 2pm to 2.30pm. All these events are free.


Inside The Poem

  On Tuesday, October 29, the Poem mausoleum is open; it’s a rare chance to go inside and see the impressive interior with its marble columns, family busts, stained glass windows and star-covered ceiling, from 10am to 4pm (again, no extra charge.)

  On Thursday, October 31, explore the garden by torchlight with scary stories ending in marshmallows around the fire in The Dell, from 6pm-8pm. This costs £6 for adults and £2 for children. Also  on the Halloween theme, from Tuesday, October 29, to Thursday, October 31, there will be pumpkin carving, puzzles and story telling in Bodnant Garden Centre, from 10am to 5pm, costing £2.50. 


   The highlight of the holiday will be the launch of our new Dogs Welcome season on November 1 and 2. There will be displays from dog rescue and agility groups, dog competitions and the Dogs Trust will be at the garden offering free microchipping on both days. From now on visitors will be able to bring their dogs to the garden every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Novemer to the end of February. More on the launch event to follow so watch this space…

   All Half Term there will be special menus at the Pavilion tearoom and also al fresco refreshments in The Dell – warm your hands with hot drinks and soup by a brazier, perfect for that autumn walk.

Chapel Park in all its autumn glory low res

See our website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BodnantGardenNT for more about Bodnant Garden.


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