Halloween at Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey
I’d almost forgotten about this day out.  Calke Abbey is the most local National Trust property to us and we are lucky to have such a beautiful place nearby.  The parkland itself is lovely, but our favourite part are the kitchen gardens.
Calke Abbey
We visited a few weeks ago, around about Halloween, so there were some Halloween type of crafts on in Squirt’s Stables.
Calke Abbey - Spooky crafts
The boys made both crafts, a spider and bat mask. We took our own picnic, but indulged in some ice cream which was on offer at the food and drink event.
calke abbey conkers
Calke Abbey
After lunch we wandered about the grounds near the house, under the trees, collecting sticks and conkers, until the wind picked up and I heard quite a loud cracking noise, which is when we decided to move on! The conkers will come in very handy for The Fireman’s birthday party in the woods this weekend 🙂 The kitchen gardens are slowly becoming bare of vegetables, yet the redcurrant buses were still full of shiny red fruits.
calke abbey apples
The apples had also been harvested and were for sale, so many amazing varieties. We headed back down to the house, via the gardeners tunnel, which is VERY dark, but great fun.  We then went back up to the main entrance via the brewhouse tunnels which had been spooky-fied!
Calke Abbey
They’re spooky enough as they are to be honest, but it was still fun, with the strange shadows! Calke is such a nice place to escape for some fresh air and we never seem to tire of the place.  I’m now looking forward to their Christmas lights event in December.