Autumn Things to do do

Autumn is a stunning time of year, with the most beautiful array of colours.  It’s also a wonderful time of year to connect with nature and enjoy all her splendour!   And the National Trust has a lot of colour to offer!   

Autumn is a great time of year to get outside and connect with nature

Autumn is a lovely time of year to enjoy the colours of nature - the reds, rusts, oranges, browns, crimsons, greens - all a joyful sight. It's a time for kicking the leaves in the air, seeing if you can catch them as they fall from a tree, doing leaf art when you get home, watching the wildlife prepare for winter - and coming home to a lovely, warming cup of tea with a yummy piece of cake, or stopping off at a coffee shop for something scrumptious!

The wildlife are busy preparing for winter
Can you help wildlife in your garden?  You could find you have your own nature show to enjoy if you do!

Ways to Connect with Nature

The National Trust has a number of ideas of ways you can connect with nature.

  1. Watch the National Trust’s You Tube playlist.
  2. They've got the top places to spot red squirrels 
  3. Go on woodland walks and take in all the stunning colours
  4. Practice identifying ancient trees – what can you spot as you go about your daily routine?
  5. Take some time at night to watch the stars in the sky.
  6. Stop and listen to birdsong.   There are tips for improving your birdwatching skills here!
  7. Give some of your garden to nature and wildlife – give them a home there - then just enjoy watching your own nature show!
  8. Take a look at what’s available in your area – you can find some great days out here and ways to connect with nature.  

Great ideas of walks for autumn colours
Lose yourself in the magic of nature!

Dogs are welcome at many National Trust places, so if you've got a four legged family member, they could have some great new days out as well as you! 

Discover nature

You could also take part in the Woodland Trust's Nature's Calendar - choose a species and behaviour you'd like to look out for, pick a spot where you'd like to record them, and then keep your eyes peeled and let the Trust know what you see.    They've also got easy identification guides so that you can work out what species you're seeing!  Take a look at how to identify wildlife here.

You could go foraging too - the Woodland Trust has a guide to foraging to keep you safe and within the law.  They do ask us to leave plenty behind so that the wildlife have lots to eat.  Why not see if you can spot different types of mushrooms?  The Trust will show you how here

Get artistic and crafty
The Woodland Trust also has lots of activities for kids to do - take a look at them here.  Why not be a big kid and do some of them yourself?!

And in Scotland...

Now, if you're in Scotland or heading that way, the National Trust for Scotland has plenty of ideas of things you can do, whether you want to enjoy family days out, go in search of wildlife, enjoy autumn walks, or be inspired for things to do on those inevitable rainy days...  

Find out what sort of things you could do in Scotland with the National Trust for Scotland
Take a look at possible things you could do in Scotland in Autumn