Conker collecting at Belton

conkers on the ground

The autumn splendour of Belton's park and gardens is a magnificent sight. It's also a great time of year for families to visit in search of conkers. With so many horse chestnuts it won't take you long to gather plenty.

Head to the East Avenue in the parkland or the gardens behind the mansion and look on the grass under the horse chestnut trees to find them.

If you’re visiting the adventure playground you’ll find plenty of conkers near the play tower too. Conkers are the seed of horse chestnut trees. They're easy to spot and some of them may still be in their prickly green casing.

See how many conkers you can collect
See how many conkers you can collect
See how many conkers you can collect

Playing conkers is one of Belton's top autumn '50 things' activities. Fill a bag, jar or your pockets and take them home. A few days on a radiator or in the airing cupboard will help harden your conkers before an epic battle.

Will you be a conker champion? There’s even a World Conker Championship to aim for.

Bellmount Tower as seen from the foot of the tree avenue
Bellmount Tower and East Avenue
Bellmount Tower as seen from the foot of the tree avenue

You might just like to collect some shiny specimens for an autumn display or collage. Whatever your interest, Belton will help you pursue it.

Play conkers
Boy putting conkers into a jar
Play conkers

Take a walk through the park and see what other trees, leaves and seeds you can find.

Belton buck herd in front of the mansion

Belton Park walk

This delightful walk at Belton Park passes key features of ancient woodland and the site of a deserted medieval village.