The Owls are back!

2019-02-21T13:28:07+00:00 February 21st, 2019|

You can tell the new season is approaching. Not only is the sun beginning to shine activating the plants and wildlife, but also our visitors too! The site is steadily coming into active life again. If you hadn't noticed yet, All About Owls reopened this week to the thrill of many a visitor and glee for their regulars. With Butterfly Jungles open too, the glasshouses are a fabulous place to head for especially in cold weather. Matthew and his team are ready to introduce you to several species of owl from small to large, cute to angelic. You even have the [...]

Reopening of Butterfly Jungles – Orchid spectacular

2019-02-12T13:41:08+00:00 February 12th, 2019|

The butterflies are back after their cosy winter holiday with some new butterfly species and a replanted butterfly house. If you love orchids, you'll want to visit this month as it hosts an orchid spectacular. We're giving away money off vouchers for Butterfly Jungles to everyone who buys a ticket for the historic house and Friends of Hall Place members too. So bring your cameras - what are you waiting for?

Christmas opening times revealed

2018-12-06T16:37:57+00:00 December 6th, 2018|

Please note that the historic house, Visitors Centre and glasshouses will be closed on 24-26 & 31 December 2018 and 1 January 2019. On these days there will be no access to toilets or the Garden Trail. The site will be open 27-30 December as usual, so why not take a festive walk in the grounds, complete the Garden Trail, warm up int he cafe, view our historic house and exhibitions on these days instead.

Experiences are the new socks!

2018-12-03T15:57:20+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|

Can't think of a great Christmas present. Do they have everything? Why not gift an experience instead. Young families would love to visit our Mini City experience that opens in the new year. Here they will be able to role play in themed areas such as a supermarket, flower shop, police station, building site, doctors etc. Or, aim for the stars and give someone the entire universe with tickets to attend our January Stargazing event. With practical demonstrations, experiments/explanations and top tips as to what to look out for whatever the weather outside. Or perhaps an art class? Our host with [...]

Veterans Visit Hall Place

2018-11-08T11:39:23+00:00 November 7th, 2018|

Some very important visitors were brought to Hall Place by the famous Taxi Charity for Military Veterans on the 5 November, to mark Remembrance Day, the centenary of the 1918 armistice and to help unveil a new statue and bench. Eight black taxis brought the 17 veterans to Bexley from all across the south-east. On arrival they were taken on a guided tour of the Hall Place ‘Faces of the Great War’ and the ‘Code name – Santa Fe’ exhibitions before leaving for the gardens, where they spent some time helping pupil governors from Gravel Hill School to sow poppy seeds. [...]

Hall Place Amateur Local Photography Competition

2018-10-18T10:18:40+01:00 October 18th, 2018|

We still have time before our last category, Gardens, closes on 6 January 2019. So get snapping! Please click here to download the application form. See reverse of application form for terms and conditions. Photographs must be taken in the London Borough of Bexley, although you do not have to be a resident to enter. Only high res entries  (300 dpi) in the form of JPEGS and TIFFs will be judged. Only 3 images per person may be sent in. Shortlisted entries will be displayed on our wall in the Visitor Centre and the overall winning image will feature in our [...]

Exciting proposals for Hall Place

2018-10-11T14:56:21+01:00 October 11th, 2018|

Exciting proposals, including a children’s playground, craft stalls, a new shop, a remodelled visitor centre and exhibition spaces at Hall Place and Gardens will be discussed at next week’s Places Overview and Scrutiny Committee (16 October). Proposals for the site have been drawn up by consultants, funded by the Heritage Lottery, who have studied what the site currently offers and how it could be developed to become financially sustainable. The improvements would be funded with the investment of £600,000 by the Council. The ambitious plans include a natural, woodland style themed playground offering a high quality inclusive experience, designed sensitively to [...]

Butterfly Jungles Experience & Plant Shop closed for the winter 1st October 2018 – 31st January 2019

2018-09-27T11:35:20+01:00 September 27th, 2018|

Last chance of the year to walk around the Butterfly Jungles Experience this weekend before they close for the winter. The experience and plant shop will close at 4.30pm on Sunday 30 September and will reopen on 1st February 2019.