Half term and Halloween fun at gothic Tyntesfield near Nailsea
By Carol_Deacon | Thursday, October 24, 2013, 10:36
Half term and Hallowe'en fun is planned at gothic Tyntesfield from Saturday to Sunday, October 26-November 3.
Pumpkins on display in the Orangery at Tyntesfield. The 1950s Wrigley truck has the Wraxall Coronet stencilled on the side. © National Trust
From a walk in the garden taking in the seasonal colours to pumpkin carving and old fashioned games, there will be activities every day to scare and delight.
A trail in the garden will help visitors explore some of gothic Tyntesfield's scariest places, with the chance to spot a hideous creature or two along the way as the National Trust team gets into the spirit of Hallowe'en.
Tyntesfield head gardener Paul Evans said: "Autumn is a really special time at Tyntesfield as the trees change and show off their amazing colours, from the acers in the Rose Garden to the oaks and purple beeches on the garden walks.
"Visitors will also be able to see our harvest of pumpkins and squashes in the Orangery and have the opportunity to buy some too at the food and craft market."
For those looking for a less spooky day out, Tuesday, October 29, will see one of the lawns filled with traditional sports day games, from sack races to hula hoops.
North Somerset families and groups are encouraged come along and enjoy some old-fashioned competitive fun in Tyntesfield's beautiful surroundings.
Participants will also have the chance to make their own medal to take home.
Sports development officer Kate Pomphrey said "This is our first Community Games event, and we're hoping to see plenty of people from nearby coming to celebrate their local places and having fun together.
"After discovering pictures of the Gibbs family playing a variety of sports on the site, including tennis, football, and cricket we have decided to reintroduce this theme to Tyntesfield."
Normal admission charges apply for the house and gardens and some activities have additional charges.
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Half term events at Tyntesfield include:
- Spooky Halloween Trail, Saturday to Sunday, October 26-November 3, 10am-3.30pm. Hunt for the scary Hallowe'en clues hidden around the garden to claim your prize. £2.50 includes prize.
- Wild Art, Saturday, October 26, 10.15am-12.45pm Family-friendly scavenger hunt in the woods. £2.50. Booking essential on 01275 461905.
- Wild in the Woods, Sunday, October 27,10.30am-3pm Learn some survival skills and take part in activities such as den building, fire lighting, cooking and much more. Fees apply. Booking essential on 01275 461905.
- Community Games, Tuesday, October 29, 10.15am-4pm. A day of old fashioned games and activities. Normal admission applies, booking not necessary.
- Meet an owl at Tyntesfield, Saturday, November 2, 10am-4pm. See some feathered friends up close and learn about the type of owls that live in Tyntesfield's woods. Normal admission applies, booking not necessary.
- Scrufts Dog Show and West Country Games, Saturday, Novmebr 2, 11am-4pm. How alike are you to your furry best friend? Enter the Scrufts look-a-like competition to find out and win a prize. The competition will be followed by West Country games for all the family. Normal admission applies, booking not necessary.
- Food and craft market, Sunday, Novmber 3, 10am-3pm. Take a walk around Home Farm, enjoy the atmosphere and pick up some seasonal treat, from freshly baked bread to fine cheeses and handmade jewellery and ceramics. Booking not necessary.
Tyntesfield is a fine Victorian country house near Nailsea created by one of England's richest commoners, William Gibbs, who built his fortune on fertiliser.
Spiralling turrets and pinnacles adorn the roof, ornate stone carvings and church-like windows complete the Gothic look, giving the feel of a mysterious, fairytale mansion.
Terraced lawns give way to spacious parkland scattered with hundreds of trees collected by the family, and a glorious walled kitchen garden beyond.
The Tyntesfield estate was saved for the nation by the National Trust in 2002 and is open every day except December 25.
Its Home Farm Visitor Centre includes a shop, Cow Barn Kitchen, second hand bookshop and interactive wildlife hub. All are open from 10.30am to 5.30pm.