Fun for families this autumn at Coleton Fishacre

As the leaves fall from the trees in the garden it's the perfect time to tick off some of the 50 things to do before you're 11¾, as well as have a go on the wild play area, complete the spotter trail in the house and even learn to be a pirate.

Wild play area

As you walk down toward the house, the first path you come to on your left leads out through Paddock Wood to Scout Point. The path has been levelled and widened so that pushchairs and wheelchairs can go along the path, and is well worth a walk along for the coastal views alone. Even better for families though - towards the end of this path is a wild play area, where kids can climb, hop skip and jump on obstacles made from wood from the garden. There is even a picnic bench and stools made from tree stumps, and a bamboo chime to play music on. Watch out though as at this time of year the wild play area may get slippery - children should always be accompanied by adults while they play here.


50 things to do before you're 11¾

Are you up to our 50 things to do before you're 11¾ challenge? Now is the time to tick these off of your list:
33. Catch a falling leaf 
The walk through Paddock Woods towards Scout Point is the best place to do this.
4. Build a den
Next to the wild play area on the path leading to Scout Point there is an area dedicated to den building. Kids can play in the dens that are there already, make them bigger and better, or have a go at making one of their own.
10. Play conkers
Conkers are falling from the Horse Chestnut trees along the driveway and in Paddock Woods; children are welcome to take them to play conkers with.
At wild Wednesdays you can toast marshmallows on the campfire
Two boys toasting marshmallows on a campfire
At wild Wednesdays you can toast marshmallows on the campfire

In the house

The free spotter trail in the house challenges children to hunt for items and unscramble some clues. Just ask for a spotter trail when you get to the house. In the handling room little and big kids alike can dress up in 1920s and 30s clothing and accessories, rummage through drawers and really make yourselves at home. 


Half-term fun

Avast me hearties, on Tuesday 23 October, 2-4pm, a creative pirate school will be open to little pirates; we'll be making pirate treasure crafts and pirate crowns with autumn leaves. £3 child, normal admission prices apply. 

From Wednesday 24 - Sunday 28 October, there's a hunt for gold around the garden to complete. X marks the spot: a small prize will be up for grabs for anyone who can finish the trail. 

Wednesday 24 October is also a wild Wednesday. The team of rangers will be lighting a bonfire near the wild play area, perfect for ticking off one of the 50 things to do before you're 11¾: cooking on a campfire. Why not come along betwen 2-4pm, to toast marshmallows and campfire doughnuts? £2 child, normal admission prices apply.