Autumn pleasures you could discover as a member

As the days shorten and woodlands come alive with colour, autumn days offer great opportunities for getting outdoors. Make the most of the season’s stunning sunsets, parades of migratory birds, bumper harvests and vibrant landscapes, and find out what a National Trust membership could inspire you to do.

1. Indulge in traditional foodie celebrations

If your foodie interests extend to fruit and veg, then our various pumpkin festivals, apple days and harvest events could be just the thing to get you growing – or decorating – your own. As a member, you’ll enjoy free entry to glorious settings such as Fenton House, Erddig and Waddesdon Manor for fruit and veg-themed fun, and there are over 500 other places to visit too.

Joining in Apple Day activities in the orchard at Barrington Court, Somerset
Collecting apples in autumn
Joining in Apple Day activities in the orchard at Barrington Court, Somerset

2. Create art with nature

It might be a far cry from your potato prints of yesteryear, but you may be surprised to learn that you can make lots of useful and beautiful things from natural materials. You’ll never be short of creative inspiration thanks to the myriad of events that we run. How about carving and campfire building at Nostell? We even run a broomstick-making class at Brockhampton, so if you hop on that you’ll definitely have the best-dressed Hogwarts squad at Halloween.

3. Relish the stillness of wildlife watching

Little ones are always fascinated by the magic of animals, but as you grow older you forget the wonder that pausing to watch nature can bring.  This autumn, watch the clashes of deer ruts, seek out red squirrels in the treetops and head to the coast in search of baby seals. When you become a member, make use of your Handbook to discover some of the best outdoor places to visit.

Watching deer on Brownsea Island, Dorset
Deer watching
Watching deer on Brownsea Island, Dorset

4. Seek out incredible colours

Hunting for autumn colour is a sure fire way to brighten your world. Look out for woodlands putting on cloaks of copper, burnt gold, flaming red and vibrant yellow. Head to the coast or countryside and discover places like the limestone rocks of Rhossili or the grassland of Devil’s Dyke. Some special places are full of colour all year round. Take Overbecks in Devon, or Trelissick in Cornwall – experience an exotic feel of the palm trees and rich tapestry of flowers planted in both these places. Members enjoy free parking at many of these spots too, which means you could seek out a different coloured adventure every day.

5. Enjoy a cosy moment

Watching autumn sunsets casting their glow across the landscape and enjoying hot bowls of soup in the café after a brisk coastal ramble – cosy moments aren't hard to find on autumn days, and as a member you’ll always be able to find somewhere nearby to give you a warm glow inside and out.

Autumnal sun in the garden at Knighshayes
View of the sunset amongst autumn leaves in the garden at Knightshayes
Autumnal sun in the garden at Knighshayes

6. Feel the fresh air at empty beaches

As the weather turns cooler, the summer beach crowds are nowhere to be seen, leaving you to enjoy quieter times by the coast. Membership helps us to care for 780 miles of coastline, and during the autumn months there’s plenty of peaceful space for walking, taking in the view or simply relaxing and enjoying time spent outdoors. 

Whatever you discover this season you can enjoy even more seasonal pleasures all year round when you become a member.