Whether it’s spectacular landscapes ablaze with colour or dark moody skies over ravaging seas, autumn is a time to feast your eyes on the wonders of the natural world. And with all kinds of events from bat detecting and wild crafts to Hallowe’en trails and pumpkin carving, it’ll be hard for the kids to get bored this autumn half term.
Why not build a secret hideaway using only what you find on the woodland floor, make a home for a wild animal or pluck up the courage to befriend a spider? It’s the perfect time to tick off some of our ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 3⁄4’. From running in the rain to hunting for fossils and bones, there’s something magical for everyone to experience this October.
Here are our top half term events to tick off this autumn 2019!
*Please note even if events are listed as free, admission charges still usually apply, unless you are a member.
During October half term, Cliveden’s annual autumn trail returns. The estate is home to hundreds of species of creepy-crawlies, and it’s time for your young explorers to join them. Children will scamper around the gardens, solving creepy challenges along the way, and finish up by creating a craft to take home. The trail runs from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November from 10.30am to 2.30pm. This activity costs £3 per child, plus usual admission charges to the estate. Best enjoyed in costume!
For more information, please call: 01628 605069
Osterley Park and House, Middlesex
Halloween Pumpkin Festival, 19th – 27th October, 11 am – 4 pm. Discover how the animals of Osterley get ready for winter, and carve your own pumpkin to take home. Follow the trail and complete the activities to find the pumpkins. Along the way take a break to toast some marshmallows and enjoy a hot drink from our trailer. £4 per trail.
For more information, please call: 020 8232 5070 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/osterley-park-and-house/whats-on
Discover the bats of Chartwell, Saturday 19 October – Sunday 3 November; 10am-4pm. Fly around the gardens of Chartwell this autumn half term and discover more about the beastly bats that live here.
Chartwell garden and woodland is home to a wide variety of different bat species all living right here in the grounds. Just some of them include Natterers, Pipistrelles and Daubentons. Join us at Chartwell this autumn half term on a search for very special bat boxes hidden all around the gardens. Open up each to discover all about the different types of bat living at Chartwell with some fascinating facts about each to learn. The trail will be £1.00 per person (including National Trust members). Normal site admission applies. Suitable for ages 2-10 years with a buggy friendly route available.
For more information, please call: 01732 868381
Nymans, West Sussex
Pop-up Pumpkin Patch, Sat 26 Oct – Sun 3 Nov, 10am to 5pm. The garden and woods are perfect for some autumn inspired fun. With colourful trees, autumn leaves, the return of the pop-up pumpkin patch and a pumpkin hunt, there is something to keep everyone entertained this half-term.
This half-term the pop-up pumpkin patch returns to the garden where you will be able to join in some pumpkin themed activities and games. See who will win a pumpkin rolling race, challenge your friends and family to a game of pumpkin skittles or join a pumpkin hunt around the garden.
Price: Free (normal admission fee applies)
For more information, please call: 01444 405250
Sheringham Park, Norfolk
Fabulous Fungi Trail, Daily Saturday 19 October – Sunday 27 October, 10am – 4:15pm Explore fantastic fungi with our amazing autumn trail. Some taste delicious, some will kill you and some even glow in the dark! Finding funky fungi is one of the ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’! Follow the trail and complete the quiz to win a prize. Suitable for all age groups. £2.50 per child, includes prize.
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