Digging in the Walled Garden, creating a pin-hole camera to capture inspirational scenery, and enjoying behind the scenes activities in the Bird Garden, these are just a few of the sessions on offer as Harewood House Trust launches its first Half Term Holiday Club for 7-12-year olds.

As research continues to highlight the positive benefits on children of learning outdoors, Harewood is launching a week of full-time parent-free holiday care for up to 15 children each day.

Comments Kathryn Welford, Learning Manager; “We’re really excited to be launching our first Holiday Club this half term. Our recent Small Wonders Sessions for under-5s have been going well and as a trial we wanted to extend this amazing learning opportunity and tailor it to older children.

“Harewood has been working with schools for many years and the new Holiday Club will be a great moment for children to absorb the history and beauty of this space, and enjoy it in a relaxed and informal environment.”


Daily sessions 10am – 4pm (additional hours to 5pm possible)

10am:                                 Registration & Refreshments, low-key activities

10.30 -12.00:                    Warm-up games and the main morning activity (outdoors)

12.00 – 12.30:                   Lunch (children to bring their own packed lunches)

12.30 – 1.00pm:               Facilitated outdoor games and play

1.00 – 3.15pm:                 Afternoon crafts and making (indoor, with some outdoor)

3.15 – 3.30pm:                 Afternoon juice break

3.30 – 4.00pm:                 Tidy up and cool down games

 4.00 – 5.00pm: Optional extension – low key activities and outdoor games 

Here’s a look at the week….

Monday 28 October:  Minibeast Mayhem!

Activities: a minibeast hunt and making a bug hotel outdoors, followed by giant minibeast sculpture-making

 Tuesday 29 October:  Digging in and Dining Well!

Activities: Visit to the Walled Garden and having a go at gardening.  Designing and making all things we need for a grand dinner party at Harewood House.

Wednesday 30 October: The Great Outdoors

Activities:  Making a pin-hole camera and creating ‘sun photographs’ outdoors, creating 3D maps and den-building

Thursday 31 October: Jeepers, Creepers!

Activities: All things Halloween – from a spooky trail in Harewood House, Halloween crafts and lantern making.

Friday 1 November – Flights of Fancy!

Activities:  Visit to the bird garden and ‘behind the scenes’ with our bird keeper.   We’ll be making (and flying!) kites or model birds in the afternoon to take home.


Daily fee for members:  £28 per child

Daily fee for non-members: £35 per child

Full week booking

Members:  £125

Non-members: £160

Children do not need to be accompanied by an adult.  All staff are DBS checked and we have a full risk assessment for the week’s activities.  A registration form will need to be completed for each child once you have booked and paid for your place. Children cannot participate without a registration form.

How to Book

To find out further information https://harewood.org/whats-on/event/half-term-club/




Small Wonders:  Friday 25 Oct, Saturday 26 October, Thurs 28 Nov,

25 Oct and 28 Nov dates: 10.30am / 12.30pm/ 2pm

26 Oct 10.30am-12pm


One-hour outdoor, messy play sessions for young children and their grown-ups to enjoy together. 

Inspired by the seasons, sessions include songs and a short nature trail around Harewood, where children discover the wonders of nature at this time of year.  The last part of the session is in our sheltered woodland, where children will have time to explore different free-play activities, including mark-making, modelling and wet-play.

Children over 18 months £4.50 / Accompanying adult £1.50

Prices are for the session only and do not include admission charges for non-members.



Sat 26 October – Sunday 3 November (8 days)

11am-3pm daily in the Stable Block (Café extension/Film Room)

Down in the Woods

Come help us make an autumnal scene, full of woodland creatures getting ready for winter.  Enjoy making crafty creatures with card or collage or make a habitat for a hedgehog to take home.

Activities throughout the week which will culminate in an installation of trees and woodland creatures, using cardboard or other techniques, to create a woodland scene. 






Harewood’s teacher development sessions aim to create inspiring communities for teachers, to share ideas and inspire more creativity and engagement.


Harewood Inspired: Thinking and Making around Contemporary Art

Saturday 26 October, 11am-5pm


For teachers across all Key Stages, this artist-led workshop will explore Harewood as inspiration for your art and creative teaching. Artist Jo Blaker will give prompts and activity ideas, using drawing and other media to explore ideas and themes connected with Harewood.

£20 (including admission)


For further information see www.harewood.org and on social media @HarewoodHouse

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