Special Events and Seasonal Fun - 2018
With the changing of the seasons and the comings and goings on the farm, there’s always something new to see and do at Almond Valley. There's also a year-round programme of special events and activities that add further to the fun, and celebrate the seasons. Many of these coincide with school holidays and other happy times.
Warm Welcomes on Chilly Days
In the chilly days between 15th January and 23rd March, the tearoom conservatory becomes a cozy woodland den, and the favourite camping spot for teddy bears, woolly caterpillars and many other soft toys. If you're a pre-schooler, why not join them for a picnic and a snooze beneath the stars?
Also during the season of Chilly Days (15th January to 23rd) you can enjoy a delightful and delicious afternoon tea, with a perfect miniature version for children. These must be booked in advance and allow FREE admission to Almond Valley. Read more about Chilly Days
FIRST TINGLES OF SPRING - daily from 9th to 18th February
It might be chilly outside, but if you look carefully there are all sorts of signs that spring is on its way. After braving the spring spotter's trail, have fun in the warmth of the museum, planting seeds, building nests, and joining in other crafts to prepare for the year to come.
EASTER EGGCITEMENT - daily from 24th March to 16th April
Throughout the Easter school break, the farm is alive with the cheeps and bleats of baby animals, who will be introduced to you at handling and encounter sessions. Grab your clue sheet, sharpen your pencil, and tear around the farm collecting clues on the springtime trail. Keep a look out for hidden eggs that might win you a prize. In the craft area you can make bonnets, masks and other springtime decorations. There will be still further special attractions over the four days of Easter (30th March to 2nd April), including our famous plastic duck race along the mill lade.
DEN-BUILDING ADVENTURES - daily from 30th June to 20th August
Join the tribe for daring daily adventures exploring some of the wildest and most remote corners of the Almond Valley site. Build your shelter, set up camp, forage for food, keep a look out for wild animals, and learn how to survive in the wild for at least half an hour.
SPOOKY HAPPENINGS - daily from 6th to 31st October
As the nights get darker, mysterious creatures emerge from the dark corners of the old farm. Grab your trail sheet and look out for the clues on your spooky quest. Find your way through a world of magic and shadows with mysteries to solve, games to play, and some scary surprises around every corner. Get creative in the craft area where you can make spooky masks and manufacture monsters. All of this silly scary fun can be enjoyed any day from the 6th of October until Halloween during usual opening hours (10.00-17.00) with no need to book in advance.
Friday Fright Night - 26th October - from 18.00 to 21.00
A little extra horror once the sun goes down, with a scary surprise around every corner, ghost trains to nowhere, and trailer rides circuiting the graveyard. Come dressed to kill. Good family fun, but perhaps not suitable for very young children or adults of a nervous disposition - no advance booking required.
Spooky Saturday - 27th October - the all-day Halloween Party - 10.00 to 17.00
On the Saturday before Halloween there's even more spooky fun going on throughout the day - dooking for apples and other traditional games, crafts and creations, and music for monster dancing - ideal for families with younger children. Open as usual from 10am to 5pm - no advance booking required.
SANTA'S FARMYARD COTTAGE - 8th, 9th, and daily from 14th - 24th December
Once again, it's the time of the year when dear old Santa Claus visits Almond Valley and settles into his comfortable farmyard cottage within a chilly midwinter forest. He’ll be welcoming young visitors, and handing out some early Christmas presents. Much of Almond Valley will be decorated for the season and there will be a special chance to try your hand at Christmas crafts. Almond Valley is open as usual throughout the period, but all visits to Santa need to be booked in advance. Santa tickets, including a good quality gift, costs £6 (£4 for Friends members) including admission to Almond Valley and free admission for accompanying adults
Santa Breakfasts - 14th, 17th - 21st December
Enjoy a tasty breakfast before visiting jolly old Santa in his magic cottage. Brilliant breakfasts are served at 10.30 and 11.00, and must be booked in advance. Children's breakfasts are £8 each (£6 for Friends members) including Santa gift and admission to Almond Valley. Accompanying adults are admitted free of charge, with tasty full grown-up breakfasts available at £8.
Christmas Afternoon Teas - 14th, 17th - 21st December
Enjoy a smart sophisticated seasonal afternoon tea, with cakes, sandwiches and many dainty festive nibbles. These cost £9.95 per adult, which includes free admission to Almond Valley. For children, there's a perfect scaled-down version priced at £4.95 and if they wish to visit Santa, tickets are available at £6 (£4 for Friends members). Tea is served between 14.00 and 16.00, and must be booked in advance.
Santa Suppers - 14th, 17th - 21st December
A warming and yummy evening supper, served at your tables by the kitchen elves. Once everyone has had their fill it's time to visit Santa, receive an early Christmas present, then go wild in the soft play area. Supper starts at 16.30 and the fun continues until 18.30. Booking is essential, with children's meals (including Santa visit and play session) costing £12, with wholesome eats for grown-ups at £8
Santa Parties and Group Visits
We're always delighted to cater for group celebrations and can arrange Santa to visit your private party room