It’s half term fun for us this week! I’d heard great things about the Halloween event at Samlesbury Hall so I made sure we made it along to the event they’re putting on this holiday with Betsy Buttercup. For £5 a child we had a quiz which took us round the whole house and the rest of the grounds, including the wafflery and the bee & heritage centre. There was also storytime with Betsy and the chance to make some great crafts.

Even though it was aimed at three years and up both children had a fantastic time and it was perfect for Matilda at five years old. She loved talking to Betsy whilst she marked Matilda’s quiz, there were plenty of giggles. The outdoor playground was also a hit. There is a ship and house, which the children loved, as well as a mini assault course. Corben managed it reasonably well on his own at two but younger children would likely need help. We ended our visit with lunch in the main restaurant exhausted but very happy. I’ll be bringing the children back for the May half term when there will be lots of activities going on the the bee & heritage centre, including candle rolling.

I had also made a couple of visits to the hall just before Christmas for a Firespiral photo shoot. The staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating, especially when on our first visit Corben fell over and hurt his eye badly. They certainly remembered me when I went back for the shoot a couple of weeks later.

We spent most of our time in the wafflery, which has a lovely vintage atmosphere with jars of old fashioned sweets lining the walls. They also have a good selection of toys and games to keep children entertained and serve delicious cake too. For the last part of the shoot we went over to the small animal enclosures and were greeted by a friendly goat coming up to the fence. Unfortunately we had to disappoint them as we didn’t have any food with us! We also saw chickens and sheep, I believe there are rabbits and pigs too but they were staying in keeping warm.

I was surprised at how much there is to do at Samlesbury Hall over a relatively small area, especially when attending an event. We were kept entertained for hours and could have spent longer there. Being able to touch many of the displays in the house was also very different to other similar places we’ve been to and makes it very child friendly. Find out more about Samlesbury Hall and the events they put on here.