TAKE all the family on a fairy tale adventure this October half-term at Painshill. The 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 garden buildings. Take in the views from the Gothic Temple, stand in awe in the crystal covered Grotto, climb the steps of the Gothic Tower and find the hidden Hermitage.
From Saturday, October 26 to Sunday, November 2 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. Bring along a picnic or visit the Tea Room to make a day of it.
Indulge in some spooky tricks and delicious treats with Painshill’s Halloween Craft Afternoon Tea. Make paper bats and decorate biscuits while enjoying witches’ finger sandwiches, pumpkin scones, bug jelly and cake. Tickets are for Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 at 12noon or 3pm.
Also during the half-term The Cat’s Grin Theatre Company bring fairy tale stories to the Painshill marquee on Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29. 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. Tickets to the theatre at just £5 and attendees can also take advantage of 2 for 1 entry to the landscape. Allow Cat’s Grin Theatre to bring fairy tales alive and then head off into the garden and create some of your own.
Find out more about Painshill and all the events at www.painshill.co.uk
Autumn Tree Festival
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October
10.00am – 4.00pm
Join Painshill to celebrate the beautiful season of autumn with stunning vistas and fun family activities. Ride on a horse drawn wagon, watch tree surgery demonstrations and browse woodcraft stalls.
Included in general admission. Some activities may have a small extra charge.
Dragons at Painshill
Saturday 26 October to Sunday 2 November
10.00am – 4.00pm
Huge dragons have taken over the landscape at Painshill! Release your inner knight and take on a quest to the Crystal Grotto. Find all the dragon statues and you might win a prize!
Included in general admission
Halloween Craft Afternoon Tea
Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 October
12pm and 3pm
Indulge in some spooky tricks and delicious treats with Painshill’s Halloween Craft Afternoon Tea. Make paper bats and decorate biscuits while enjoying witches’ finger sandwiches, pumpkin scones, bug jelly and cake.
Adults £16.00 Children £8.50
Children’s Fairy Tale Theatre
Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 October
Performances at 11.15am, 1.15pm and 3.00pm
This Halloween the Cat’s Grin Theatre 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.
All tickets are just £5 (not including entry to the landscape)
Squire’s Garden Centres is one of the latest companies to join the Chatty Café scheme.
The Chatty Café is a great way of encouraging people to talk to others. The scheme is the brainchild of Alexandra Hoskyn, who founded it after a miserable day at a supermarket café with her infant son, where she noticed that no one was talking to each other. She found that by simply putting ‘Chatter & Natter’ signs on tables in cafes it created a space for people to talk.
Alexandra Hoskyn, Founder of The Chatty Café said, “The Chatty Café is thrilled to welcome Squire’s to our scheme. Their lovely café bars are a perfect setting for Chatter & Natter tables. Anyone can join in and chat over a coffee – if you’re on your own, in a couple, with a friend, young people, old people and anyone in between. It’s just about having good old fashioned human interaction and the relaxed environment of Squire’s Café Bars will hopefully allow for lots of happy chatting!”
Sarah Squire, Chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres commented, “In this age of social media it’s so important to make an effort to talk to others face to face. So for those who would like a bit of real social interaction simply sit at a ‘Chatter & Natter’ table at Squire’s and you can talk to other customers. I believe a short conversation with another human can really brighten your day. Everyone’s welcome, and it’s a great way to meet people in your local community.”
There will be Chatter & Natter tables every Tuesday morning at all sixteen of Squire’s Café Bars, plus other days throughout the week too - simply look out for the signs on the tables.