Dyrham Park extends opening hours during half-term
A NATIONAL Trust property near Chipping Sodbury has extended its opening hours this half-term to allow visitors to enjoy the site for one extra week.
Dyrham Park is hosting a whole range of activities next week for all the family, from guided walks to Halloween trails.
To help celebrate the National Trust’s Great British Walk this autumn, Dyrham is holding a variety of walks including a daily guided walk in the park where visitors can learn about the ancient deer park and see the 200 fallow deer in their natural surroundings, view the site of the battle of Dyrham, and admire the views across to Wales. For younger explorers there will be family discovery trails on Tuesday, October 29 and Thursday, October 31 where children will be able to go bug hunting and spot the deer.
The basement and kitchen at Dyrham will be open every day over the half-term week for those who want to explore life downstairs. There will be also be a Halloween trail for children to get involved in as they aim to find all the hidden wicked witches.
From Monday, October 28 until Friday, November 1 (12noon-2pm) there will be a new seed gathering trail on offer for families, where seeds will be collected in order to plant new trees in the parkland.
The trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 and 3/4’ campaign is also still in full swing, with the park providing the perfect playground to complete Dyrham’s top 10 activities, such as flying a kite and tracking wild animals. This half-term, an extra ‘50 things’ activity will also be on offer with a natural habitat trail and den building workshops on Sunday, November 3 (12noon-2pm).
Katie Morgan, visitor experience manager, said: “This autumn is going to be really exciting for us here at Dyrham. We’re embracing the autumnal weather, sticking our wellies on and getting involved in the walking festival, the ‘50 things’ campaign and of course our annual Halloween trail, so there will be fun for all the family.”
During half-term, the garden, park, shop and tea-room will be open from 10am to 4.30pm and the basement of the house will be open from 11am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm) every day. Normal admission charges apply. National Trust members enjoy free entry.
To find out more visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dyrham-park
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