Explore the fascinating and wonderful trees at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens with a week-long programme of family activities showing off the season’s best.

Trees are amazing! And at Beningbrough we are lucky to have some of the oldest, largest, widest and bumpiest varieties. From Saturday 26 October through to Sunday 3 November (closed Monday), families can see the wonder of these amazing living things with a brand new tree trail and changing daily activities including leafy art, stories, den building, broomstick making and (nearly) naked tree walks. There’s an autumnal nip in the air, so wrap up warm and grab your wellies.

Look up, look down, look all around; be a Beningbrough tree detective and follow the trail on the hunt for the weird and wonderful trees around the garden. Make a leafy bird’s nest from natural materials upstairs in the hayloft at the artrageous workshops on Sunday and Thursday. Tuesday is Bushcraft day with den building and bark rubbing.

Join a story on Wednesday and Friday and work with witches and wizards of all sizes in the American Garden to create broomsticks from some of the magical trees on Wednesday ready for any trick or treating you might do on Halloween itself.

Join the garden team as they take you on a trail of discovery on Thursday and Friday. Meander through the estate, learn more about how the changing seasons impact the trees and uncover the beauty of those which are nearly naked at this time of year.

Visitor Experience Assistant Julia Lofthouse said “Many National Trust gardens and parklands are home to some of the most wonderful trees and we enjoy helping visitors to really explore them. For this school holiday we’ve put together lots of fun family activities to share our love of the Beningbrough trees and intended to keep children of all ages entertained over half term.”

Visitors over half term will be the first to see the new outdoor exhibition Winter Wildlife in Print by Gerard Hobson as they explore the gardens and indoors in the Hayloft. Combing print with linocuts, the artist has created a series of fourteen installations showing local wildlife in their natural environment. The winter exhibition will run through winter opening hours until early March 2020.

It’s also the final week to see the current exhibition in the Saloon Galleries, Yorkshire: Achievement, Grit and Controversy, with 25 Yorkshire icons and artists celebrated over three historic rooms on the first floor of the hall, head inside before this closes on 3 November.

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens is open for half term every day (except on Mondays) from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November, 10.30am – 5.30pm. Activities vary each day and some involve a small fee. Full details and timings online http://bit.ly/BHOctHT

Free entry to National Trust members and under-fives, otherwise normal admission.

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