Nothing beats heading out with the family for a walk on a crisp autumn day. Experience a pallete of golds, browns, coppers, bronzes and reds at Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey. The treasure trove of colour reflects in the ripples of the lake for a dazzling effect.
Halloween is in full swing in the South East this half-term with ghoulish and ghastly activities for the whole family to enjoy. With autumn providing the backdrop, you can also appreciate the wonders of the natural world as our houses, parks and garden embrace this spectacular season with a host of family-friendly events.
Between 2am and 6am on 16 October 1987, winds reaching up to 110mph ripped across the South East. The National Trust lost hundreds of thousands of trees across thousands of acres of land. Three decades on, the effects endure in the landscapes - and memories – of places caught up in the eye of the Great Storm.
Interested in making the most of your National Trust membership? Why not join your local supporter group in London and the South East?
It's a great way to meet people and to enjoy special talks, visits, holidays and other social and fundraising events.
You'll also be helping a great cause.
From the UK's largest horse-chestnut tree at Hughenden in Buckinghamshire, to adventures among red squirrels on the Mottistone Estate, on the Isle of Wight, autumn wouldn't be complete without a traditional game of conkers for your little ones.
In September and October, keep a look out for blackberries, the jewels of the hedgerows whilst out for a walk in places like Devil's Dyke on the South Downs and on the estate at Bateman's in East Sussex. Look for plump, shiny, tender berries, with none that are mushy or mouldy.