See details of activities below.
Edwardian Life: May 27 – June 4
May Half Term Family Fun
Go back in time to the early 20th century this May half term and enjoy a fascinating glimpse of the Edwardian era just before the First World War when the Astors were in residence.
Children can take part in an Edwardian school where old fashioned PE sessions will take place and the ‘three Rs’ of reading, writing and arithmetic are taught each day in an old fashioned classroom. While a fun time is promised for all, children need to mind their p’s and q’s to avoid upsetting the teacher!
Learn about the study and collection of butterflies and moths from our colourful resident lepidopterist. Meet costumed characters from the era as you explore the award-winning gardens, and look out for visitors arriving in full Edwardian dress with prizes for the best dressed boy and girl each day.
Roll up! Roll up! All the family can try their hand at traditional games of the period including a coconut shy, tin-can alley, and bean bag race, or enjoy a leisurely game of croquet on the lawn.
Follow an Edwardian quiz through the rooms of the Castle to find which stories captured the imagination of children in the period. Explore the rooms of the Castle to learn about Edwardian history. Discover the Astor family’s ‘rags to riches’ story in an interactive exhibition in the Astor Suite. Listen to interviews with former ‘below stairs’ staff on old fashioned telephones and radios and watch rare archive home movies from the Astor’s collection.
Edwardian Education and Entertainment: step back in time to the early 20th Century and discover what it was like to live in Edwardian times.
11:30 – Lepidopterist butterfly walk
12:00 – Edwardian school/ Best dressed Edwardian
13:00 – Lepidopterist butterfly walk
14:00 – Edwardian school/ Best dressed Edwardian
15:00 – Lepidopterist butterfly walk
16:00 – Edwardian school/ Best dressed Edwardian
Edwardian Sideshow Games: 11:00 – 17:00 (£1 a throw)
Castle Quiz – Edwardian Children’s Stories: follow our Edwardian quiz through the room to learn which stories captured the imagination of children in the period (requires a castle ticket); 12:00 – 17:00.
Edwardian Royal Artillery – Sunday and Monday Only: WWI re-enactors fire an original Field gun.