Autumn pleasures you could discover as a member

A family walking in the autumn at Morden Hall Park, London

As the days shorten and woodlands take on new colours, autumn days offer great opportunities for getting outdoors. Make the most of the season’s stunning sunsets, parades of migratory birds and bumper harvests, and find out what National Trust membership could inspire you to do.

1. Indulge in autumn apple harvests

If your foodie interests extend to seasonal fruit, then our various autumnal apple days could be just the thing to get you growing your own to use in one of our delicious recipes. As a member, you’ll enjoy free entry to glorious settings such as Wimpole Estate and Attingham Park for orchard-themed fun, and there are lots of other places to visit too.

Taking in the autumnal sights in the orchard at Barrington Court, Somerset
Visitors in the Orchard on Apple Day at Barrington Court, Somerset
Taking in the autumnal sights 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 places we care for when you collect crunchy leaves, or find conkers and spiky pine cones. Get involved with creative trails, like the wild art trail at Mottistone. Or be inspired by nature to take up photography when places like Stourhead and Charlecote transition into striking autumn colours.

3. Relish the calm 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, take some time to 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, you can 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 countryside and discover places like 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 something hot in the café after a brisk coastal ramble. These are the moments we can enjoy whether we're taking time for ourselves or spending quality time with loved ones. 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 Knightshayes
View of the sunset amongst autumn leaves in the garden at Knightshayes
Autumnal sun in the garden at Knightshayes

6. Feel the fresh air at spacious beaches

As the weather turns cooler, enjoy some 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.