Autumn at Avebury 2020

Hazel Barry-Scott, Senior Visitor Experience Officer Hazel Barry-Scott Senior Visitor Experience Officer
Autumn trees

There’s a lot that is different this autumn at Avebury but at the same time, so much remains the same. The landscape is giving way to autumnal colours and the season’s fruits are ripening in the kitchen garden. Whilst we can’t welcome visitors into the garden, we wanted to bring some of the beauty and inspiration of this season’s bounty to you. We’ll also be continuing to celebrate heritage open day with an online experience and hopefully enticing you into the countryside for crisp autumnal walks. Read on for details on all of this and more.

Heritage open day

For many years, a dedicated team of volunteer guides have been sharing the history and archaeology of the Avebury stone circles with daily tours. Unfortunately, we’re unable to offer these at the moment so instead, we wanted to film a shortened version for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their home. In this film, tour guide Mike Robinson takes you on a whirlwind tour of the Neolithic monument at Avebury. Click here to watch the film.

For heritage open day we’re also promoting one of the Wiltshire Landscape countryside walks. This beautiful walk at Cley Hill is filled with fabulous views, wildlife and history. It takes in every possible terrain from steep grassland, through woods, farmland and picturesque villages. In particular, the 360-degree view from the top of Cley Hill is amazing. Click here for more details and to download a walk map.

Autumn harvest display and recipes from the kitchen garden

From the end of September, the autumn harvest display in Avebury’s dovecote will return. Filled with produce from the Avebury kitchen garden as well as donated goods from our volunteer and staff teams, the harvest display is not only a celebration of autumn but also Avebury and the people who care for this special place.

If you’re feeling inspired by the harvest display, why not try one of these seasonal recipes? 

Butternut squash soup (PDF / 0.76171875MB) download

Bramley apple crumble (PDF / 0.8759765625MB) download

Family activities

One of this season’s most celebrated harvests has to be that of the apple. With over 2,700 apple cultivars in Britain, the apple harvest is an exciting time and you’ll find a huge variety of colours, sizes and tastes in any traditional apple orchard or along country roads and tracks. If you find you have a few apples left over, why not try this family activity to make an apple bird feeder? 

Keep checking back as we’ll have a family trail coming later in the autumn. This will be available to download but you’ll also be able to pick up at copy at Avebury for the autumn half-term.

Apple bird feeder sheet (PDF / 0.21484375MB) download

Walking offer

If you’ve been inspired by the Cley Hill walk, why not buy one of the walking challenge packs? The Avebury and Stonehenge Landscape pack includes eight walks from the World Heritage Site while the Wiltshire Landscape walking pack has ten walks based at the countryside sites we care for. Click below for more details.

The Wiltshire Landscape Walking Challenge

The Stonehenge and Avebury Walking Challenge