Your favourite autumn family days out
We asked you to tell us about your favourite places for a family day out in autumn and from dodging the waves on East Head to spotting the ‘murder holes’ of Bodiam Castle there are lots of adventures in store at the destinations you picked.
Each of the places below has been chosen by the people who know best – children and their parents – but if you have another place you love to take your family in autumn please share it with us on Facebook or Twitter.
Mount Stewart’s extensive gardens are a great place for the kids to go to let off steam. Autumn is the ideal time to go in search of the statue of the white stag or look out for the many red squirrels which call Mount Stewart home. Don’t forget to pick up a children’s tracker pack which includes binoculars, puzzles and outdoor activities.
This is a castle with bags of medieval character - great for an atmospheric autumn day. There are spiral staircases, battlements and a look-out tower plus a portcullis, moat and ‘murder holes’ to keep out enemies. Children can let their imagination run riot or join in the interactive ‘A Knight’s Peril’ adventure game to solve the mystery of the attempted murder of Sir Edward Dallingridge.
Coniston is the perfect setting for outdoor autumn adventures. It has lots of quiet roads, forest trails and bridleways – great for a family walk or going on a really long bike ride (50 things challenge number 11). For something extra special take the Steam Yacht Gondola to Monk Coniston and follow the trail through its special trees.
Beaches aren’t just for summer and with seals and sand lizards to spot and dunes to play in on East Head there’s plenty to do here on an autumn day. The soft sand is perfect for a bit of wild art (50 things challenge number 18) or some beach games and if the kids still have enough energy why not stay and watch a glorious autumn sunset over the estuary.
Standing on a crag 100ft (30.5m) above the sea and accessible only via a causeway (make sure you check tide times) Lindisfarne Castle has all the right ingredients for a blustery adventure. Explore the castle (open until 2 November) on one of the family trails or see more of Holy Island whilst rockpooling, birdwatching and flying your kite, three of our 50 things challenges.
The Blickling Estate is captivating in the autumn, as the trees start to turn. There’s plenty to see on this extensive estate which you can explore on foot, by bike or on a Segway tour. The Great Wood is a brilliant place for building dens (50 things challenge number 4) and while the fallen tree on the way up to the Orangery is a good place to hunt for creepy crawlies (challenge number 31).
Powis Castle is a great stomping ground for children in autumn. Follow the wilderness walks route through the woods and look out for bird and bat boxes or try the 50 things trail around the castle grounds. Kids can also follow clues around the castle and retrace the footsteps of Welsh princes in this impressive medieval fortress.
With Croome’s RAF connections it’s the place to visit for budding pilots and the RAF themed playground comes complete with a parachute swing, lookout tower and aeroplane slide. The natural play area is a good spot for den building (50 things challenge number 4) while explorer packs will help you seek out bugs in the autumn leaves (challenge number 31).
The Romans left a curious legacy at Chedworth – snails. These little creatures are protected so can’t be handled but you can still look out for them or use a tracker pack to identify some mini beasts and do 50 things challenge number 31. The kids can be a Roman for the day armed with an explorer’s map and there’s also the planetarium-style Discovery Dome to help unlock Chedworth’s history.