Autumn fun at Belton

A little girl wearing wellies holding a stick and playing among the autumn leaves

As the leaves begin to fall, Belton offers the perfect place to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and stories of the season. Engage your senses with a woodland walk or nature activity as part of your autumn adventure.

Heritage Open Day

Friday 10 and Saturday 11 September

Everyone is invited to explore Belton for free and find out how people left their mark on the history of the house, gardens and wider estate. 

Over the two days, we'll explore some of Belton's unheard stories and unseen spaces. Join us for garden tours, pop-up chats, meet the curator, and visit rooms in the mansion that are usually closed. 

On Saturday 11 September, join us for a guided walk from the mansion to Bellmount Tower and find out more about the Reconnecting Grantham project. We've teamed up with Grantham Dramatic Society to bring the history of this historic landscape to life. Walks are departing at 10.30, 10.45 and 11.15am, and booking is essential by emailing ReconnectingGrantham@woodlandtrust.org.uk.

Visitors do not need to book to visit Belton during Heritage Open Day. You can register onsite for talks and tours from 10.30 on a first come, first served basis.

Autumn colours surround Belton's lakes
The boating lake at Belton House, Lincolnshire drenched in autumn colour
Autumn colours surround Belton's lakes

Autumn activities at Belton

Let nature and wildlife be your inspiration this autumn as you get creative with a variety of seasonal activities for all the family.

Autumnal decorations

8 October – 19 November, 10am - 4.30pm.

Welcome in the new season by creating autumnal wreaths to bring home, or help to build Belton’s seasonal garland in the gardens. Collect fallen leaves on the East Lawn and handmake your very own decorations with all the colours of the season.

Equipment available from the East Lawn.

Autumnal colour in the garden
Autumnal leaves in the garden at Belton House, Lincolnshire
Autumnal colour in the garden

Activity sheets

8 October – 19 November, 10am - 4.30pm.

There is plenty to see and do during autumn, as the season brings in new wildlife to spot and colours to admire. Collect activity sheets from Visitor Reception and go on a nature spotting adventure or create a bark rubbing masterpiece.

Ephemeral arts

8 October – 19 November, 10am - 4.30pm.

Take inspiration from Belton to create art from nature that returns to nature. We’d love you to share your creations with us before they disappear! @BeltonHouseNT #EphemeralBelton.

Explore an incredible landscape of colour this autumn
Visitors enjoying the autumn leaves at Belton House, Lincolnshire
Explore an incredible landscape of colour this autumn

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Discover the colours of autumn and play conkers, build a den or get to know a tree. Belton’s parkland has lots of horse chestnut trees and the East Avenue is a great place for collecting conkers. Did you know that our rangers care for over 5,000 trees at Belton?

Statue of Roman Godess Diana surrounded by autumn colour
Statue of Roman Godess Diana surrounded by red autumn leaves
Statue of Roman Godess Diana surrounded by autumn colour
Two bucks rutting in Belton Park, Lincolnshire, with Bellmount Tower in the background.

Autumn shades

A walk through the gardens or parkland in the autumn reveals a richness of colours ranging from amber and gold to copper and honey. Bring the whole family to explore or take some time for a peaceful walk on a crisp, clear day. It’s also rutting season and a visit might reward you with the sight of Belton’s deer as they fight for dominance and female attention. Be careful to keep your distance. Another highlight is a walk in the woods and the view from Bellmount Tower, which you can reach from Five Gates Road.

Autumn activities for all

What’s more, when you enjoy an autumn adventure at Belton your support helps us look after this special place for future generations.

Don’t forget to share your autumn adventures with us on Belton’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.