5 Nov 2015
Well, we've just about managed to survive our horrifing Halloween weekend, despite a few things going unexpectedly bump in the night...
We've had a very, very busy long weekend with two fully booked evenings of horror in the house on Friday and Saturday and just over 160 kids having a creepy Halloween in the park on Saturday and Sunday.
Huge thanks to everyone who helped us organise all the events, including the actors up at the house and Granite City Events who provided the amazing lighting throughout the park. Special thanks to the very fancily dressed volunteers who came along and helped out on the Kids Creepy Halloween trail. Couldn't have done it without you!
This week we've also said goodbye to the wonderful Scottish Nature Photography exhibition in the Pheasantry. The competition to win a place in next year's exhibtition is open now (entries in by the end of November) so if you've got an perfect photo of Haddo why not send it in. You can find all the details on the Scottish Nature Photography Awards website at scottishnaturephotographyawards.com
This means our newly redecorated Pheasantry rooms are empty again, so if you'd like to use them for your exhibtition/meeting/group/event then drop us an email and we'll see what we can do!
Now Halloween's over it's time to get a head start on your Christmas shopping at the annual Christmas Craft Fair this weekend. There'll be the usual range of stalls with gifts ranging from chocolate and sweets to booze, books and jewellery. The NTS shop and tearoom will be open as well and there'll be special festive food and drink on sale throughout the day. Entry to the craft fair costs £3 per person and is free for children under 12.
With the clocks going back and the nights getting darker the park is now a lot quieter during the week. The Red Squirrels are still looking for food to see them through the winter and are regularly emptying our squirrel feeders. If you're lucky and quiet you can often see up to half a dozen chasing each other round the feeding area.
If you are visiting during the week then remember that the NTS are now on winter opening hours so the shop and tearoom are open on Saturday and Sunday only. If you're in need of a hot drink to warm you up after a walk during the week then Mrs Smith's is open from Tuesday to Sunday.
You can check all of our opening times on the front page of this website, and they're automatically updated every day.