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

A family gathering autumn leaves

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 golden 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 trees to make wild art – create photo frames from sticks, or collages and bunting from leaves. Or berries make beautiful ink for painting. Simply hold whichever berry you’re using in your hand like a crayon and squish it onto paper. 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

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 Hallowe’en 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

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 veggie crops. When you’ve checked out what we’re growing then why not start your own veggie patch with the kids at home? 

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

Breathe new life into old objects

We’re upcycling things at lots of our places. At Minnowburn, old timber footpaths are taken up and re-worked into new benches for the gardens. In Killerton you can see the changing fashions through the alteration of dresses. 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?

St(art) a new hobby 

Get more 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? As part of our Trust New Art programming, we currently have a sound installation at Little Moreton Hall so your autumn won’t just look good, it can sound great too.

The new 'Oh wise owl' art trail in Beningbrough Hall's gardens
Oh Wise Owl art trail

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.