Autumn inspiration

Take in some autumn jewels like Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey © National Trust

Take in some autumn jewels like Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey

Our places are brimming with colour and harvest, stories and entertainment this autumn. Tuck into seasonal produce, discover wartime exhibitions, and capture magical autumn moments at our photography workshops. We’ve even lined up some extra spooky adults-only Hallowe’en events. To celebrate this season of rich colour, we’ve also picked out some of our most colourful houses, stories and landscapes, for you to discover.

Take a look at our highlights:

Something special at Scotney Castle

Discover Arthur’s War at Scotney Castle © Glynn Roche

Discover Arthur’s War at Scotney Castle

Arthur’s War opens at Scotney Castle

From 9 October

Discovered in Scotney Castle’s attic, a box of personal memorabilia from an officer in the First World War has uncovered the hidden stories of one of the house’s family members and the local men of Lamberhurst. See Arthur Hussey’s personal diaries, letters, images, medals and much more at this extraordinary exhibition.

Something special at South Foreland

Spooky goings-on at South Foreland Lighthouse © NTPL/Joe Cornish

Spooky goings-on at South Foreland Lighthouse

Spooky goings on in the lighthouse

31 October

Visit South Foreland Lighthouse this Halloween if you dare. Explore the lighthouse by torch light, listen to some scary ghost stories and be prepared for a fright. Children’s Hallowe’en activities will be provided between 6pm - 8pm, with adult tours from 8pm – midnight.

Something special at Hughenden

Step back in time at Hughenden © NTPL/Joe Cornish

Step back in time at Hughenden

1940s war-time weekend at Hughenden

20 and 21 September

The 1940s returns with a bang at Hughenden annual living history weekend, capturing all the nostalgia of war-time Britain. The popular event features exhibitions and demonstrations that bring the 1940s to life with music, song, and dance. Cook wartime rations, meet military and Home Front characters, see wartime vehicles and have a go at ‘make do and mend’.

Something special - autumn food festival...

Visit food festivals at Stowe and Ashridge this autumn © NTPL/David Levenson

Visit food festivals at Stowe and Ashridge this autumn

Tuck into seasonal treats at Stowe’s food festival, where you’ll find over 50 stalls of artisan produce, including traditional apple varieties from Stowe’s own orchards. 4 October to 5 October 2014, 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Or join the Ashridge Estate team for their countryside and food festival on 14 September 2014. It's going to celebrate Chilterns countryside crafts and industries, wildlife and mouth-watering local food.

Something special at Petworth House

Be a guest at Petworth House’s Three Witches Ball © NTPL/Colin Barker

Be a guest at Petworth House’s Three Witches Ball

Three Witches Ball

1 November, 7pm til late

A delightfully dark and decadent country house ball at Petworth House. Don dramatic costumes for an unforgettable evening of dining and dancing, inspired by the macabre engraving of Macbeth and the Witches which hangs in the Square Dining Room. Enjoy a traditional ball supper, followed by cabaret, and dancing to the sassy sounds of the Brighton-based Swing Ninjas. £85 per person. Booking is essential, call 01798 342207.

Something special at Hinton Ampner

Discover the dark side of Hinton Ampner © NTPL/Colin Barker

Discover the dark side of Hinton Ampner

Ghost tour – adults only...

A house so haunted that it had to be demolished, Hinton Ampner has one of the most well documented Victorian ghost stories. A professional medium will lead visitors to the site of the original house, to re-tell the terrifying tale, and introduce various techniques including dowsing rods, crystals and a spirit board. A truly haunting experience. £25 per person. Booking essential, call 01962 771305.

Something special on the River Wey

Join in with the river festival Dapdune Wharf on the River Wey © NTPL/John Miller

Join in with the river festival Dapdune Wharf on the River Wey

27 September

The River Wey festival attracts boats from around the country, which moor at picturesque Dapdune Wharf. Enjoy stalls, activities and a theatre performance by Mikron Theatre company. At dusk there is an illuminated pageant with brightly coloured boats going up to Millmead Lock and back.

Colourful characters & stories

These essays will explore various aspects of Churchills life and times

Discover the colourful stories of the people who lived and worked at our places in the south east this autumn.

Colourful rooms

Close up of tapestry.

Come and explore rooms bursting with colour at our places this autumn. Perfect for escaping on a rainy day


Take an autumn stroll in the woods at Hinton Ampner © NTPL/National Trust

Take an autumn stroll in the woods at Hinton Ampner

Special autumn events

This autumn, join us for blackberry picking days and outdoor photography displays, harvest hop tours and autumn colour walks. These jewels of events will help you bring the colours of autumn to life,