Fairy Tale Fun at Painshill this Oct Half-Term

Take all the family on a fairy tale adventure this October half-term at Painshill. Our 18th century landscape garden makes a wonderful day out in autumn, full of incredible tree colour and stunning vistas. Walk a journey around a wonderful landscape and discover mystical magical garden buildings.

Here are 10 fairy tale stories to discover this autumn…

1. Take a quest to find all the dragons!

During the whole of half term incredible huge dragons will take over the landscape around the Grade 1 listed Crystal Grotto. Release your inner knight and go on the Painshill quest to find all the statues and protect the Grotto. If you find all the dragons you might even win a prize! The dragon trail is included in general admission so you can also walk the gardens and enjoy all the follies.


2. Climb the steps of the Gothic Tower

There is nothing like walking through the woods and coming across a castle! Go on an adventure to our Gothic Tower and discover the wonderful view from the top.


3.Find the hidden Hermitage

Legend has it that the Painshill Hermit didn’t last long as a recluse. He was spotted after 3 weeks drinking in the local inn! Walk through the Painshill woods and discover his story and his home.


4. Watch fairy tale theatre

This Halloween The Cat’s Grin Theatre Company bring fairy tale theatre to the Painshill marquee. The performances incorporate three stories – Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and The Elves and the Shoemaker and are perfect for 4 to 9 year olds.


5. Make spooky tricks and delicious treats

Join Painshill for a Halloween Craft Afternoon Tea on Monday 28 or Tuesday 29 of October. Make paper bats and decorate biscuits while enjoying witches’ finger sandwiches, pumpkin scones, bug jelly and cake.


6. Discover a crystal covered cave

Our Grade 1 listed Crystal Grotto is a magical place, perfect for making up a fairy tale. Find it on Grotto Island and stand in awe of the amazing sparkling space.


7. Ride a horse drawn wagon

On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October Painshill will be celebrating all things autumn trees with our Autumn Tree Festival. Come along to enjoy autumn colour, discover some of the incredibly huge trees we have and take a ride on a horse drawn wagon.


8. Treat yourself to cake

Mr Hamilton’s Tea Room is open daily to enjoy hot lunches, drinks, light bites and, of course, cake!


9. Make a splash!

This Autumn Tree Festival we will have a wet welly walk! Make a splash in the mud and really embrace the outdoors. Don’t forget your boots!


10. Get back to nature

Autumn is a beautiful season. We hope you will join us at Painshill for a walk through a living changing work of art. Embrace the fresh bright days and feel the crisp leaves under foot.