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A portrait of autumn

Two of our garden experts in the South West, Ian Wright (Garden Advisor) and Alan Power (Garden and Estate Manager at Stourhead), have given us some autumn highlights to look out for in the South West over the coming months as the yellows, reds and golds take over.

Vibrant colour in the South West

Watch the autumn colours change © Chris Watts

Watch the autumn colours change

Vibrant colour in the South West

The blue wallpaper in the library at Dunster Castle is worth admiring © NTPL/Bill Batten

The blue wallpaper in the library at Dunster Castle is worth admiring

Vibrant colour in the South West

Watch the colours change in the world famous garden at Stourhead © NTPL/Stephen Robson

Watch the colours change in the world famous garden at Stourhead

Vibrant colour in the South West

A bright blue stone in a cabinet at Snowshill Manor © NTPL/Stuart Cox

A bright blue stone in a cabinet at Snowshill Manor

Vibrant colour in the South West

Autumn colour can be found inside at Newark Park © NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel

Autumn colour can be found inside at Newark Park

Vibrant colour in the South West

It's not just the leaves and trees that are colourful in the autumn © NTPL/Paul Harris

It's not just the leaves and trees that are colourful in the autumn

Vibrant colour in the South West

Beech trees are a source of bright gold at Killerton © NTPL/Clive Nichols

Beech trees are a source of bright gold at Killerton

Vibrant colour in the South West

Some collection items are brilliantly vivid, these are found at Overbeck's © NTPL/John Hammond

Some collection items are brilliantly vivid, these are found at Overbeck's

Vibrant colour in the South West

Wander through the beech woodland at Woodchester Park © NTPL/Andrew Butler

Wander through the beech woodland at Woodchester Park

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Pick up some conkers to play with your friends

Pick up some conkers to play with your friends

Don't forget to keep ticking off your 50 things this autumn. It's a great time of year to pick blackberries, catch a falling leaf, eat an apple straight from a tree and play conkers.

  • Making a mud pie © Emma Williams

    Make a mud pie

    See who can make the biggest, messiest mud pie.

  • A bug home © Tom Hill

    Make a home for a wild animal

    Build a bug hotel, hedgehog house or even a bird box.

  • Cook on a campfire © National Trust

    Cook on a campfire

    Skewer some marshmallows and get toasting.

  • Child in wellingtons © NTPL/John Millar

    Run around in the rain

    Got your wellies and raincoat? Jump in some puddles.

We're dog friendly

A couple walking with their springer spaniel on NT land © Arnhel de Serra

Days out can be tricky when you've got a four-legged friend to consider. Of course dogs are part of the family, and many of our places are dog-friendly so you don't need to leave your pooch at home.

Rainy day ideas

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When the rain starts to pour you've got two choices, pull on wellies and waterproofs and embrace it or head indoors and explore one of the many historic buildings in our care.

If you fancy splashing about head to one of the many coastal sites in the South West, or search to find a place near you.

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