Changing with the seasons

Published: 15 October 2019

Last update: 15 October 2019

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This blog post is written by John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Culture and Engagement John Orna-Ornstein Director of Culture and Engagement
Visitors enjoying an autumnal walk at Wallington

John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Culture and Engagement, talks about how the National Trust will approach autumnal celebrations in the future. There's a bigger focus on culture, heritage and storytelling - for everyone.

The weather has shifted to cooler, shorter days and colder nights, and we're starting to look forward to October half term. Autumn is such a brilliant time of year – maybe my favourite – with colourful leaves dancing in the air, cosy nights and so many regional and local traditions and folklore. There’s also a beautiful, inescapable feeling of nostalgia and regular decline. For me, it's time for blackberrying when I'm out on my regular walks. So, what does the future of autumn look like for the National Trust?

Blackberries ripe for the picking
Blackberries
Blackberries ripe for the picking

We're starting to look at autumn a little differently, focusing more on nature and cultural traditions. We want to tell the stories, explore the traditions and folklore and celebrate the nature of everyone’s special season. October half term is a good place to start, full of atmosphere, colour and stories. We want you to feel welcome in all of your visits to special places during every season.

The seasons provide an opportunity to bring us together, and we're opening doors to new cultural opportunities and celebrating traditions like Diwali in our local areas to enrich everyone’s experiences. Where relevant to the local community, I'm keen to see us develop that wider autumn experience outside of October half term to make the most of this special time of year and the bounty it offers.

Make memories this half term at Castle Ward, County Down
Make memories with nature's wonders this half term
Make memories this half term at Castle Ward, County Down

Everyone should have the opportunity to celebrate autumn the way they want to, so we can grow and learn together. Grab your scarves and your hats, enjoy a seasonal scone, and let's enjoy the beauty autumn brings!

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