Autumn family activities

Enjoy our Wonder Weekends together!

Enjoy our Wonder Weekends together!


  • Selected dates in October and November
Drop in throughout the day

Ticketing information

Please note that numbers are limited for some activities, and only children may take part in crafts.

All children must be accompanied.

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Take part in the family fun this Halloween and discover Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Halloween storytelling

Enjoy some spooky and traditional tales with renowned storyteller Liz Weir. Children aged 3+. 

Date: Thursday 31 October - Sunday 03 November 
Time: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30 
Location: Clore Learning Centre. Meet in the Stable Yard courtyard.

Halloween lantern making 

Join our artist facilitator and make a spooky lantern to take home. Why not use it to light your way on our atmospheric light trail? Children aged 5+. 

Date: Thursday 31 October - Sunday 03 November 
Time: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30 
Location: Clore Learning Centre. Meet in the Stable Yard courtyard.

Hands-on Hillsborough: Object handling

What will you discover at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens this autumn? Uncover some of the stories, characters and history for yourself by exploring some of the objects in our handling collection.

Date: 31 October and 01, 02, 03, 30 November
Time: 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00
Location: Stable Yard courtyard

Willow workshop make and take

Get crafty using all natural materials in this environmentally friendly workshop. Supported by our artist facilitator, make yourself a willow wand or fish to take home, while finding out more about the ancient craft of willow weaving. Children aged 5+. 

Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Only children may make the craft.

Date: Saturday 30 November
Time: 10:30, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30
Location: Clore Learning Centre. Meet in the Stable Yard courtyard.

Willow wands and fish
Children smile as they colour and draw during family activities in the Stableyard cafe courtyard of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
A family of a mother, dad and two children in the cafe courtyard of the Weston Pavilion (visitor centre) at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Family explore the Ice House at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
An image of candles burning

Join in an interactive lecture to explore of the mysterious Goligher Circle, a family of working-class Belfast psychics who were the subject of a series of experiments from 1914 to 1920.

02 November 2019

Hillsborough Castle


Separate ticket (advance booking required)

View of Hillsborough Castle gardens lit with colourful lights at night
Families Tours and talks

Take the family on a magical 'sound and light' walk through the gardens this Halloween and discover a spooky side to Hillsborough Castle.

31 October - 03 November 2019

Hillsborough Castle

Walks last 25 minutes

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Illustration of magician with cards around him.

Be transported to the secretive world of Victorian high society as acclaimed "psychic" comedian Peter Antoniou re-imagines a 'séance' held by the famous Illusionist HERCAT.

31 October - 02 November 2019

Hillsborough Castle


Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Lifestyle imagery of picnic ware

Shop Picnicware

Enjoy fine dining outdoors with our magnificent picnic hampers. Discover our luxury hampers and exquisite picnic blankets.

From £19.99

A collection of stationery items under the Royal Victoria range shown left to right:
Royal Victoria white A5 luxury notebook, Royal Victoria Royal Victoria B6 glitter gold and silver notebook, Royal Victoria Luxury White Pencil Case, Royal Victoria navy gem pen, Royal Victoria list notepads set of two

Shop Stationery

Our stationery collection ranges from greetings cards, notebooks and pens to calligraphy sets and unique home and desk accessories.

From £4.99

Selection of books

Shop HRP Books & Publications

Discover books inspired by the palaces in our care, learn about fascinating periods of British history, including our official palace guide books, children's books and more.

From £10.99