A woman and two children playing with items on a tree stump

October half-term (2020) at Compton Verney

There’s loads going on at Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park this half-term for kids of all ages. Geographically located between Stratford-upon-Avon and Banbury (approx. 20 mins from each) the beautiful manor house and grounds run family-friendly events all year around and this half-term is no exception. From outdoor lantern-making and storytelling to rocket-launching and moon-gazing, there are a range of events on offer all week, all taking place outdoors.

Lantern decoration takes place Tuesday-Sunday with loads of different time slots throughout the day and is just £5. On Thursday, there’s storytelling, Saturday Forest Club and Tuesday and Friday go and launch your rockets (for free)!

In addition to activities for kids, the amazing exhibition Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon will be on display in the park Thursday to Sunday with early times for kiddies and evening times for night owls. I saw this a few years ago at a festival and it’s absolutely stunning. Fun, fresh-air, mud, moon… what more could you want!

All activities have limited places to encourage social distancing. I’ve visited the grounds a few times in the last few months and love it. If you haven’t been before, there are lovely walks, a huge, wooden play zone in the forest, free sand-pits (bring your spades!) and outdoor carts serving food and drink with lots of room to distance. With a limited number of slots available per day, wide pathways and 120 acres of land to explore, it feels so COVID-safe (and pram-friendly too).

Pre-booking for events is essential, get your tickets online before turning up. And don’t forget that adults you need to be a member or purchase a grounds day pass for yourself to get on site for the day, so you’ll need to factor that cost in too.

We’ll see you there!

Find out more and book tickets online via Compton Verney’s website.

Photography: Compton Verney


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