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 late summer and 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, to exploring nature at this time of year with some 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ suggestions.

Download the Tree-mendous Trail for Nature Explorers

New for this season is the downloadable Tree-mendous Trail for Nature Explorers that takes you around the Mile Walk ending in 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.

The route follows the one-way system around the Mansion and Mile Walk before leading you to the Field of Play, the perfect place for a run around.


The Field of Play

The Field of Play is a hive of fun, activity and sport throughout the year as part of a pre-booked visit and has some unusual natural play features. Currently some areas are restricted due to Covid-19, you can find more information below about what's open in our article about the Field of Play re-opening. Sometimes, depending on weather conditions, the field may get muddy so don't forget your wellies and warm clothes! 
 
A new food kiosk which was commissioned last year in response to visitor demand, is serving takeaway barista coffee, teas, hot chocolates, cakes and bakes, ice-cream and savoury snacks daily from 11am – 4pm. For everyone’s safety at this current time drinks will be served in our takeaway compostable containers which are made from plants.

Field of Play from above Attingham Park Shropshire

Find out about the Field of Play re-opening

If you’ve got a ticket booked to Attingham and are expecting to visit the Field of Play, located at the top of the Mile Walk, read this article to find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit. We've made some changes to our usual offer, to help keep everyone safe.


50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ 

Autumn is a great time to try out some of the National Trust’s ‘50 Things to do activities’. Around the Mile Walk you’ll find some blackboards with suggestions of some of the 50 Things to have a go at on your visit. Play conkers, Have fun with sticks, Create some wild art, Go on a scavenger hunt – are just a few suggestions, to see the full list of 50 Things, follow the link below.

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.

 


Don't forget to book to visit Attingham this autumn

The Parkland, Walled Garden and Deer Park are now open for pre-booking, along with our car park, the Carriage House Café (for takeaway drinks and snacks), shop, Field of Play (and kiosk) and most toilet facilities.

To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities, we've reduced the number of people we can welcome at one time and you’ll need to book your visit in advance.

Follow the link below to find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit. Please remember that Attingham is a no smoking or vaping site (indoors and out) and dogs must be on a lead at all times.

Front gate banners at Attingham Park

Visiting Attingham: What to expect for your visit

If you've got a ticket booked for a visit to Attingham, read this article to find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit. We've made some changes to our usual offer, to help keep everyone safe.