Bruce Castle has a dedicated family gallery, runs free events throughout the year and during school holidays, and has a range of activity trails and booklets.

The Park has a children’s play area just behind the Museum.

Boy playing with giant chess set outside Bruce Castle Museum

Creepy Castle Halloween Activities 

Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 October, 1-5pm 

As All Hallows Eve approaches dress up in costume and head down to Bruce Castle, one of London’s most haunted buildings...

Poster of Halloween event showing Bruce Castle

In this family friendly event, the mysterious manor house of Bruce Castle is once again taken over by the spirits. Meet the spooky servants making potions in the old kitchen, hunt for Baron Bruce’s Bone Lab and discover what lurks inside the Round Tower... and don’t forget to watch out for the ghost of Lady Constantia as the clock strikes.

This is a free event open to all, but most suited to families with children aged 6-12 years.

Daily drop in craft activities for children between 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Suggested Donation of £2 per child.

Please dress up for the occasion!

Pop up Storytelling Workshops - Tales from the Windrush Generation

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October, 1.30 – 3.30pm

Join Code1 Community at Bruce Castle and hear some of the stories of Windrush and the journeys taken to the UK. Imagine the journeys, create your own postcard and write a message to someone you love.

Activities suitable for children aged 7+.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Little Explorers Gallery 

Drop-in to the gallery during opening hours to explore our interactives, dress-up in costume, read a book, or try a puzzle.

Our dedicated family gallery is aimed at parents and carers with children aged 3-8 years old. 

Organised groups e.g. nurseries, play-centres etc. will only be admitted to the gallery if they have pre-booked through our education team.  

There may occasionally be a wait for the gallery if an educational session is taking place.


Girl reading a book about castles outside Bruce Castle Museum

Trails and activity booklets 

Discover more about the house and grounds with our family friendly activity booklets. 

Mystery Manor  

Meet Wilbur the Wyvern, a dragon-like creature who sits on Bruce Castle. In this sticker activity booklet, Wilbur will guide you around his home to explore the mysteries of the manor house. 

Pickup from the main Reception Desk, £1 per booklet 

Bruce Castle Tree Trail  

Explore the beautiful grounds of Bruce Castle Park and the creatures and mini-beasts who call it home! The booklet contains a range of hands-on activities perfect for children who love getting outdoors and exploring nature. 

Pickup from the main Reception Desk, £1 per booklet 

Family trail booklet with magnifying class