Spooktacular fun at Bolton Abbey

Annual Firework Display

Father Christmas in his Romany caravan


Bolton Abbey

Looking ahead 

to Autumn and 


Whether it’s enjoying a walk in a spectacular landscape of autumn colour, spending time with friends and family jumping in fallen leaves, carving pumpkin faces or collecting conkers, there are plenty of reasons to love this time of year. As autumn arrives at Bolton Abbey why not put on your sparkly wizard outfit, climb aboard your broomstick and whizz down this October half term to the spoooktacular Pumpkin Trail through the woods. 


As you wander through the enchanted Strid Wood, giant oversized glittered pumpkins will line the picturesque riverside trail for families to find and count. Watch out for low flying witches and scary spiders and look out for 12 mysterious doors to unlock. Behind each door you will find ingredients, find them all to discover what’s in the witch’s magic spell. 

The trail starts at the entrance to Strid Wood (by the Cavendish Pavilion) and finishes at the Strid. After completing the trail, call back at the Cavendish Shop to enter the free prize draw.

This fun-filled event is a free activity and takes place every day from Saturday 21st October to Sunday 29th October, 9am-4pm. Simply collect an activity sheet at Riverside Kiosk on arrival to start your hunt. (Estate admission applies. £10 per vehicle).

Continuing the Bolton Abbey tradition, the Estate will once again host their annual bonfire and firework display on November 5th. Guests will be invited to enjoy fireworks, choreographed to a Disney theme by award-winning “Optimum Fireworks”,  food, beverages and mystical entertainers.

Free parking will be in Riverside car park. Gates to the bonfire open at 5pm however, guests can enjoy free admission to the Estate all day on production of their bonfire ticket. Purchase your ticket online now! 

Once again, Father Christmas will be staying in Strid Wood in his Romany caravan throughout December. Visiting children are invited to meet Father Christmas and his merry elves. Each child receives a personalised gift and the opportunity to have their photograph taken with Santa.

With open log fires, a wishing tree and Christmas carols to sing along to, it’s truly magical experience. What’s more, Father Christmas brings along his very own reindeer dust that children can take home for Christmas Eve.

We urge you to book online now to avoid disappointment! 

Following the success of the live Nativity at the Priory Church last year, Bolton Abbey and the Priory Church have once again teamed up to host two roaming performances on the 9th December at 11am and 1.30pm.  There is no need to book, just arrive at the village car park at least 15 minutes prior to the performance. Real animals bring this interactive tale of the Christmas story to life. The event is both inside and outdoors so please wrap up warm. (Estate admission applies). 

Further details about all of these events can be found at:


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