Get out and about this autumn, enjoy the changing colours and have some family fun with the National Trust.
Hughenden, once home to Victorian prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, is exploring the hidden world of fungi this autumn. Carved giant mushrooms will be dotted around the estate, which will be dressed in autumn colours and fungi-themed decorations. Autumn produce from the walled garden including squash, gourds and pumpkins, apples, pears and medlars will be on display too, showcasing the best of the harvest season. From 16th Oct to 7th Nov, a children's trail for 5-8 year olds will take families around the darker, wilder areas of the gardens to discover fascinating facts and put the fun into fun-gi! For adults, a mushroom spotter sheet that follows the path of the Woodcock Wood walk, a prime place for autumn colour and fungi, will be free to pick up from the kiosk from 1-31 October. A wide variety of apples will also be available from the orchard and walled gardens to buy.
Cliveden has four fortnights of family fun designed to help visitors explore new corners of Cliveden this autumn. There are four self-led family trails with a different theme for each fortnight. It starts with the Fantastic Foragers Trail (20th Sept- 4th Oct), then the Terrific Tree Trail (4th-17th Oct), followed by Creepy Creatures (18th-31st Oct) and ending with Wild Wonders (1st-15th Nov). Discover the delights of the Round Garden, hunting for minibeasts and learning something new about Cliveden's tremendous trees and lovely leaves.
For leafy autumn walks and stunning scenery, head to Stowe gardens and parkland. The awe-inspiring classical buildings set in the beautiful parkland with follies, statues and bridges make for a unique autumn walk. Enjoy the changing colours of the tree-lined avenues, relax on the quiet lake-side benches, collect conkers, watch the wildlife and grab a breath of fresh air.
The gardens and parkland at Canons Ashby are a delight in autumn and you can enjoy their Autumn Owl Trail from mid-September. An Apple Harvest weekend takes place on 25th and 26th September where you can enjoy some traditional seasonal fun and beautiful decorations in the house and church, as well as a small selection of seasonal stalls, activities and crafts, suitable for all the family.
The grounds at Waddesdon are always a pleasure and autumn is no exception, with gorgeous trees throughout the parkland and gardens that are always beautifully maintained. At half term, head down Miss Alice’s Drive to encounter magical beasts from myths and fairytales in a fantastical Cryptid safari experience. See if you can spot all the creatures and the rangers who tend them, then claim your prize at the end. In the evenings, the Cryptid Safari Trail comes alive, courtesy of the Strange-Twig Theatre Company. As darkness falls, you’ll discover the mighty dragon, trolls climbing trees and faerie folk flying high. The performance continues after the trail in the Stables courtyard where the Stables takeaway will be open for food from 6-9.30pm.