How membership can bring out your family’s creative side this autumn

A little girl reaching for an autumn leaf at Biddulph Grange Staffordshire

There’s something in the air at this time of year. And we don’t just mean falling leaves. Becoming a member could help you and your family harness the magic of autumn and discover a taste for creativity. We’ve got lots of suggestions to help make sure that you enjoy a vibrant autumn this year.

Go wild for craft 

Autumn’s bounty means that it’s a brilliant time of the year to get everyone going craft crazy. Use discarded sticks and leaves from trees in woodlands to make wild art at places like Polesden Lacey – create photo frames from sticks, or collages and bunting from leaves, and berries make beautiful ink for painting. Simply hold a berry in your hand like a crayon and squish it onto paper. There are loads of nature-inspired crafts at Ickworth, too, where you can create art from the woodlands around you. Our places are perfect spots for collecting craft material and, as a member, you’ll enjoy free car parking at lots of them too.

Can you make a conker monster?
Conker crafts
Can you make a conker monster?

Banish the back-to-school blues 

Include the kids in planning your half-term adventures and going back to school will be far from boring. How about dressing everyone up for a Halloween visit to our places with face painting or costumes? Pop along to one of our themed trails or story tellings, or decorate your own pumpkin during your visit. Wherever you head, your flock will be itching to share their spooky adventures in the playground.

Halloween is the perfect time to play a spooky character
Children at a Halloween event
Halloween is the perfect time to play a spooky character

Create the recipe for success 

Once you’re a member, you can use our Handbook to inspire you to visit places with kitchen gardens such as Attingham Park, Wimpole, Llanerchaeron and Clumber Park where you’ll see amazing fruit and veg crops. When you’ve checked out what we’re growing, why not start your own veg patch with the kids at home?

Pumpkins from Clumber Park's Kitchen Garden
Pumpkins in Clumber Park's Walled Kitchen Garden
Pumpkins from Clumber Park's Kitchen Garden

Breathe new life into old objects

We’re upcycling things at lots of our places. At Northern Ireland's Minnowburn, old timber footpaths are taken up and re-worked into new benches for the gardens. While at Killerton in Devon you can see the changing fashions through the alteration of dresses and costumes, and try some on for size in Springhill's costume closet. As a member, your support helps us to look after these extraordinary places and their collections, and sometimes put things to new uses too. Why not have a think about what you and the kids can upcycle at home this half-term? 

Let your imagination run wild this half-term.
How good do you feel when you try new things?
Let your imagination run wild this half-term.

St(art) a new hobby 

Get hands-on and think about turning your hand to art. With examples ranging from classical to contemporary and settings both indoor and outdoor, once you’ve studied the pieces in our care, who knows what you’ll be inspired to create? Perhaps an autumnal heart decoration you can make with materials found on the woodland floor - twigs, leaves and ivy can create a wonderful ode to autumn that you can hang up on your door when you get home after a long day of autumn exploration.

Heather and Ivan Morrison, design for Look! Look! Look! at Berrington Hall
Garden installation at Berrington Hall
Heather and Ivan Morrison, design for Look! Look! Look! at Berrington Hall

Whether you and your family are inspired to try growing, baking, making or creating this autumn, as a National Trust member you’ll enjoy free access to lots of nearby places brimming with ideas and inspiration.