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21 October, 2023 - 29th October

Half Term at Hatfield Park

Enjoy family time together this Half Term at Hatfield Park. There’s something for everyone! Plus all activities are included in a single ticket.

Throughout Half Term 21st-29th October – Haunted Forest

Saturday 21st – Gruesome Old Palace Tours

Sunday 22nd – Birds and Bugs plus Wedding Fair

Monday 23rd – Barry’s Bee Hive

Tuesday 24th – Gruesome Old Palace Tours

Wednesday 25th – East and West Garden

Thursday 26th – Lino Printing Workshop with KimPrints

Friday 27th – Gruesome Old Palace Tours

Saturday 28th – Lino Printing Workshop with KimPrints

Sunday 29th – Barry’s Bee Hive

The Haunted Forest

Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th October

Something spooky is going on here at Hatfield Park…

Open from 10.30am – 4pm every day during the Half Term, our Wicked Woodland Walk is the perfect place to soak up the beautiful colours of autumn.

But BEWARE, stray too deep and you might just find some gruesome characters lurking in the forest!

Gruesome Old Palace Tours

Saturday 21st October

Tuesday 24th October

Friday 27th October

Tours begin outside the Old Palace entrance; 12pm, 2pm & 3pm

Discover the secrets of Queen Elizabeth’s childhood home. The beheadings, the scandals and the fights for the throne; learn about the Tudors and their terrible time taking over Hatfield Palace – from someone who was there to witness it all..!

Was Anne Boleyn really a witch?
How did Mary earn her ‘Bloody’ title?
And how did Queen Elizabeth herself escape death?

Join us on our Gruesome Old Palace Tours especially for the children who like their history horrible!

Birds and Bugs

Sunday 22nd October

All day from 10am

Entrance to Potting Shed/Cricket Pitch

Join Rob, the ‘wild man’ of Hatfield Park, where you can discover a variety of creatures – great and small – who call our estate their home.

Get up close with creepy crawlies, and come face-to-face with nighttime hunters as you learn about their importance in the woodland ecosystem.

Barry’s Bee Hive

Monday 23rd October

Sunday 29th October

Lower Solar, Old Palace

Taster demonstrations take place on the hour at 12pm, 2pm & 3pm

Discover the secrets of one of the most important and fascinating creatures on the planet.

Join us for a taster of our Beekeeping Experience where you’ll discover the lifecycle and roles of honeybees, all the different tools and equipment used in beekeeping, and learn about a selection of hive products.

Lino Printing Workshop with KimPrints

Thursday 26th October

Saturday 28th October

Drop in sessions 11am – 3pm

Upper Mezzanine, Coach House Kitchen

Create your own Hatfield Park inspired Halloween decorations at our family friendly lino printing workshop run by the wonderful KimPrints.

Suitable for all ages, you can enjoy some creative time together and make your own hand printed paper bunting to take home.

Bring your scariest ideas and literally put them on paper, just in time for the spooky weekend.

East and West Gardens

Wednesday 25th October

Lady Salisbury would like to invite you to the final opening the East & West Gardens of Hatfield House this season.

Visitors can enjoy the colours of Autumn throughout the Private East Gardens, the lime walk, the sundial garden as well as the famous Old Palace garden – childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I.

Surrounded by bronze, falling leaves, the adjoining Woodland Garden will be bright and crisp for the last opening of the year.