Family fun at Coleton Fishacre

Autumn adventures with the National Trust

Discover the magical changing of the seasons with an adventure at Coleton Fishacre. The garden is the perfect base to explore and tick off some of your '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾', feel the crunch of leaves and soak up the sights, smells and sounds.


Family friendly checklist

If you're looking for a family day out, here's some handy info to help you plan your day… 

  • There's no need to book your visit in advance
  • Free entry for under 5s and free entry for National Trust members
  • Free garden trail available to pick up in Visitor Reception
  • Baby-changing facilities in access-friendly toilets
  • Buggy friendly routes around the garden
  • Children’s menu available from Coleton Café
  • Picnics are very welcome
  • Pocket money gifts and children's books available in the shop

Please note that our opening times change in November. Click here to plan ahead.


Changing seasons

The garden is an ideal base to explore the stories of the season, with woodland walks, trickling streams, viewpoints over the garden and bracing sea views. Using your senses, what can you hear as you follow the paths? Look out for the bright colours in natures pallete - what can you spot? What sounds does fallen leaves make?  

Soak up the changing season
Family enjoying the changing seasons with the National Trust
Soak up the changing season

Create your own adventure

Family on a winter trail in the garden

Autumn explorers

Bright bursts of colour, crunchy leaves and wild art - there's tons of adventures to be had in nature this season. From October discover what the garden holds, and use your imagination to create your own story.


Can you tick these off your '50 things' list at Coleton Fishacre? 

4. Build a den

As the trees shake off their green coat, can you make a den fit for a bear? There's plenty of twigs, branches and leaves around Paddock Wood.      

15. Go on a wintry adventure

Frosty walks, dew covered spider webs - a nip in the air turns the ordinary into extraordinary. Lots of outdoor activites are just as fun (or even more so) when it's a bit chilly, but remember to wrap up warm.  

18. Wild art                                                                                                            

When it comes to creating wild art, the only limit is your imagination. What will you use, and how? There's so much to choose from in the natural world - but make sure you're not making your art from another creature's home.