Dinefwr Park is an 800 acre estate. It is on the outskirts of the quaint little town of Llandeilo. As you drive up the long sweeping driveway you will see the 17th Century manor, Newton House. The views leading up to the house are beautiful but once you are standing in the front of the house looking out across the fields and rolling hills you get to experience a true welsh landscape. The views are just breath taking, from the front of the house and the back.
As well as the manor house there is also a castle ruin on top of a hill overlooking the river Twyi and 800 acres of ancient woodland, flower meadows, bog woods and wet meadows. There is so much to see in this huge park that it is impossible to do it all in one day. The national trust, who run the grounds provide fun family activities all year round. My family and I were invited along to their Half Term Halloween Week.
A video of our day out is at the bottom of this post.
When we arrived we were greeted by a lovely lady who directed us to where we should park our car then told us to head to the visitor centre. The lady in the visitor centre then told us about the events that they had on that day and directed us to the board walk ghost walk.
On the ghost walk we came across different letters. Next to each letter was a spooky object.
First was a pair of witches shoes and the letter N.
Second was a floating ghost and the letter O.
Third was a scary face on a tree and the letter was E
Fourth was a pair of eyes in a tree and the letter B
Fifth was a pair of tombstones and the letter S
We then had to make a spooky word with the letters that we found. Can you work out what the word was?
At the end of the board walk we reached a large beautiful lake.
We then took a wander around the woods to the left of the lake. We found what looked like some kind of water mill and a water fall. The children loved watching the water flowing down the rocks.
This walk was quite long with two little ones in tow but they only asked to be carried once as they were so excited to be exploring the trees and finding fallen twigs and acorns. We also played a game of spot the bird box. There were quite a few different bird boxes along our walk which was great to see.
We came across all kinds of wildlife from beautiful fungi to the rutting Fallow Deer. I would love to do a fungi walk with an expert here as there are so many different types, it would be great to be able to identify them. We found plenty of deer faeces on our walk too which my son (who is 4 years old) was fascinated by.
One really good thing about Dinefwr is that they leave the fallen trees laying on the ground. A fallen tree can become a whole new ecosystem. Get down to the trees level and you will see the many things that live there.
Walking along the woodland path I was inspired by the fallen trees to write a poem.
We then headed along the path towards Newton House. My son and I spotted a Stag who was standing quite close and staring straight at us. It was a beautiful sight.
This path was great for kicking up leaves too!
We then headed into the front of Newton House where there was a lovely lady inside who greeted us then showed us where to go to carve pumpkins.
The pumpkin room smelled amazing and looked even better. I couldn’t believe how many pumpkins were in there. The lady who was running the event told me that there were around 800 pumpkins! Both of my children picked a pumpkin that they wanted to be carved. The top was chopped off then we were able to get out hands messy by digging out the insides. With the help of my partner and I, our children had spooky faces carved into their pumpkins.
There were quite a few helpful members of staff there to assist everyone with the carving. They would draw on patterns for some of the children and even help carve the pumpkins. There was enough equipment for everyone and there was spooky music to get everyone in a Halloween mood.
We then went over to the crafting room where children were able to make spiders or bats. But my son and daughter were both so tired by this point that they didn’t want to stay and craft.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wanted a fun day out. Even when there isn’t an event on, there is plenty to see and do.
Just watch out for the ghosts of Newton House as it is thought to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain!
Disclosure: I was invited to experience the above day out for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.