Autumn adventures at Attingham

A family plays in the autumn leaves at Castle Ward, Co. Down

Everyone needs nature and we’ve got some ideas and inspiration to make the most of your autumn visits to Attingham. Whatever the season, and whatever the weather there's plenty of adventures to be had; from putting your best foot forward on the Tree-mendous trail around the Mile Walk, spotting what's in the Woollen Woods, and having a go at making your own spooky forest face from clay.

 

Just some of the 37 varieties of apple tree in the orchard at Attingham Park
A view of the orchard at Attingham Park
Just some of the 37 varieties of apple tree in the orchard at Attingham Park

Download the Tree-mendous Trail for Nature Explorers

Download the Tree-mendous Trail for Nature Explorers, this short walk takes you around the Mile Walk ending at the Field of Play.

Leaf of the Cucumber Tree on the Mile Walk at Attingham Park.
the leaf of the Cucumber Tree on the Mile Walk at Attingham
Leaf of the Cucumber Tree on the Mile Walk at Attingham Park.

If you’re downloading the trail after you've arrived here at Attingham why not play I-SPY and see who can spot the trees on the trail first? If you’re planning ahead for your next visit you’ll find activity suggestions you might like to do as well (you will need to bring your own items to do so).

Girl sat on a tree trunk in the grounds of Lyme Park

Tree-mendous Trail for Nature Explorers

Step out with the family on this Tree Trail around the Mile Walk.

Colourful creations in Attingham's Woollen Woods

From Saturday 2 October to Sunday 21 November nature inspired crafted creations will make their home on a new part of the Mile Walk for the fourth annual ‘Woollen Woods’. Families can spot their favourite woodland animals along the self-led walk through the woods, as well as a few spooky Halloween bats, and spiders.

Hand-crafted autumnal leaves and woodland animals
Knitted items on display at Attingham's Woollen Woods
Hand-crafted autumnal leaves and woodland animals

Forest Faces wild art

Autumn is a great time to get creative and have a go at creating some wild art. From Saturday 2 October to Sunday 21 November ‘Forest Faces’ clay packs will be available to purchase from Visitor Reception, for £3 per pack. Have a go at creating a funny, spooky, scary, or friendly face to decorate a tree in a special ‘Forest Faces Grove’ area at Attingham. The air-drying clay in the pack is free from nylon fibres and will break down naturally over the coming days and weeks and return to nature.

Create your own Forest Face with clay and natural materials found on your visit.
Faces made from clay and natural materials
Create your own Forest Face with clay and natural materials found on your visit.

Visitors can collect natural materials from around the park to add to their clay face before sculpting their masterpiece for this self-led activity. Alternatively, the pack and natural materials can be taken back with the visitors, to create something at home. 


The Field of Play

The Field of Play is a hive of fun, activity and sport throughout and has some unusual natural play features. Depending on weather conditions, the field may get muddy so don't forget your wellies and warm clothes, and you're welcome to bring items such as a football or frisbee to play with in the space. 
 

Field of Play from above Attingham Park Shropshire

Find out more about the Field of Play

Find out more about the Field of Play.

Natural Play

As you head around the Park you'll find lots of natural play to keep little (and not so little) ones entertained. From fallen tree trunks to muddy paths, and logs over the stream at the top of the Mile Walk there's various levels of natural play to be found. Forage for cones and make scrap-books of leaves but please don't pick wild flowers. Children must be supervised at all times.

Escape. Play. Discover. Natural play in the woodland at Attingham.
Child playing on logs in the woods at Attingham Park.
Escape. Play. Discover. Natural play in the woodland at Attingham.

 


Cycle Policy 

Children aged 5 and under are welcome to bring tricycles and starter bikes (either no pedals or with stabilisers) when they visit. Standard bicycles are unfortunately not permitted in the Park regardless of the cyclists age, to keep the Park a safe environment for budding cyclists to learn in and for all visitors to enjoy.

Children aged 11 years old and under are welcome to explore the grounds on push/kick scooters. Battery powered scooters are not permitted in the grounds. 

If you're looking for somewhere for the whole family to cycle together head over to Comer Woods at the Dudmaston Estate (close to Bridgnorth). The Explorer Trail includes a 3.5km long  multi use trail perfect for families to explore whether walking, cycling or running.

Dudmaston comer woods boy cycle explorer trail

Explorer trail in Comer Woods

Bring your bikes or put your best foot forward. The 5k Explorer Trail in Comer Woods takes you on a journey into Dudmaston's wider estate.

 

 

View across the River Tern to the Deer Park at Attingham

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