Autumn at Blenheim Palace 2022

Crunching leaves, vibrant views and the red-tinted golden hues of autumn make this earthy season the perfect time to visit Blenheim Palace's parks and gardens.

Put on your wellies and walk through the peaceful parkland, with trails and wildlife boards for guests of all ages to get involved.

Wander the magnificent Palace State Rooms to learn about the fascinating history of the Palace with behind the scenes stories and extra tours.

There's new exhibitions full of art, history, wildlife and of course, Churchill's Birth Room.

They have activities, events and entertainment for all the family this season with their new Autumn Festival and Halloween events.

Blenheim Palace is an iconic heritage site where you can experience wonderful gardens and the history of the Palace.

We are committed to inclusivity and accessibility and want to ensure all guests who cross our threshold have the best experience possible.

Visitors that come with children are always welcome to Blenheim Palace and under 5s can visit them for free.

Walk up to the Column of Victory, an iconic photo spot with the Palace backdrop

✔ Walk around Queen Pool, spot wildlife on your way including Cormorant, Heron, Red Kite and our resident Geese

✔ Take the extended Park walk through our ancient Oak woodland, look out for beautiful, fiery colours of Autumn

✔ Stay fit, challenge yourself to running our walk routes

✔ Practice your photography skills, our Parkland is the perfect blank canvas for inspiration. Tag us #blenheimpalace

✔ Take in the 'finest view in England', with the iconic Grand Bridge backdrop

The Oxfordshire Pantry

The Oxfordshire Pantry serves fresh sandwiches, salads, homemade cakes, soft drinks and coffees, available for takeaway only.

Churchill Cabin

Enjoy a cup of tea, a Winston Churchill fruit cake and some beautiful views overlooking the Water Terraces from our brand-new Churchill Cabin.

Your mission is to complete all the Tree Tasks on the trail and see how many you can get right.

Hear from theirphotographer Peter Seaward about photographing some of the magnificent trees across the Blenheim Park and how to get the perfect autumn picture.

ycling is not permitted by adults or children in the Blenheim Palace courtyard, Walled Garden or Formal Gardens. Children are permitted to ride push-bikes, balance bikes and tricycles in the Park only. Please note that Blenheim Palace is situated on a working estate, and great care should be taken when using a bicycle or tricycle.  

Visitors are welcome to use the main roads to cycle to and from the Palace and gates. We have cycle racks by the Welcome Kiosk Information Point and next to the Shop.

Parents and carers are responsible for supervising children at all times and ensuring children are wearing the appropriate safety gear for cycling.

Scooters, Skateboards and Rollerskates

The use of skateboards, rollerskates and 'hoverboards' by adults or children is not permitted anywhere in the Palace grounds or wider Park area.

The use of scooters by adults is not permitted anywhere in the Palace grounds or wider Park area.

Children are permitted to ride on scooters in the Park (but not in any other area) and must be supervised at all times.

Parents and carers are responsible for ensuring children are wearing the appropriate safety gear.

Saturday 1st October - Sunday 2nd October 2022

Harvest is the perfect time to come together with our community and share the enterprising projects at Blenheim and across the region, including initiatives to support declining bee and insect populations, woodland renewal and clean waterways alongside many others that look to an exciting, sustainable future.

The Michaelmas Market will be welcoming 50 independent traders from across the county alongside artisanal food stalls that celebrate the new “no-dig” regenerative farming plot in the Walled Garden.

 Celebrity food writer and chef, Ursula Ferrigno of Jericho Kitchen will be creating fabulous fresh pasta bowls using produce picked straight from the garden.

Advance booking recommended!

Social enterprise brewery Tap Social will be running the bar with a focus on unusual non-alcoholic beverages as well as delicious local beers, ciders and the Blenheim gin created by local distillery Sky Wave and fresh apple juice pressing and tasting from Tiddly Pommes.

A host of super fun games, local music, theatre from the WhatNot Theatre, the fabulous Vegetable Nannies from Plunge Boom and the incredible Chivaree Circus will perform Saturday’s finale alongside many further entertainments and activities for all ages, all making Autumn Fest a (sustainable!) highlight event of the year. You can view and book on to our exciting talks and workshops below.

Highlights:

Sunningwell Art School. Tap Social Bar. "No-dig" regenerative garden from Worthy Earth and Orchard. Tiddly Pommes Apple Juice Tastings & Pressing. WhatNot Theatre, The Wonderful World of Insects Game Show. Circus walk about performers and family circus skills workshops. Saturday finale with Chivaree Circus.

Plunge Boom’s Vegetable Nannies. Expert talks, workshops, honey, gin and chocolate tastings.

Michaelmas Independent Market - 50 traders supporting best sustainable local produce.

Delicious artisan food stalls. Hook Norton shire horse wild foraging.

Family games & entertainments.

Harvest Sports Arena. Giant Hay Bale Pyramid. Sculpture Trail from the Oxford Sculptor Group. Pop-ups from Blenheim forestry partner Nicholsons, Animalltea, Sustainable Woodstock & Good Food Oxfordshire, Proudfoot & Co. Scarecrow Competition & Wishing Bugs. Photography & Mindfulness Walks. Live Music.

Late opening to 19.30 Saturday.

A spooky, fun-filled, after dark trail for all the family this half term - with new installations for 2022!

As Halloween creeps closer and the days shorten, a mysterious mist falls across the gardens at Blenheim Palace.

Join with family and friends to wander from dusk into darkness between one ghostly space to another... if you dare!

Watch out for flickering flames in a fiendish fire garden, daring fire artists and grinning pumpkins aglow.

Wind your way through the illuminated haunted woods filled with creepy neon cobwebs, ghastly ghouls, wicked witches, larger-than life spiders and beastly bats.

Then discover the Secret Garden filled with more hidden surprises. Could it be a trick of the light or do things really go “bump in the night”?

Autumn at Blenheim Palace 2022

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