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

 A family in the garden in October at Biddulph Grange Garden, 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 nature and discover a taste for creativity. We’ve got lots of suggestions to help make sure that you enjoy a vibrant autumn this year.

Connect with nature

Explore activity trails with your family – and be the first to know about these kinds of events through your member emails. Connecting with nature is part and parcel of your membership, and autumn trails, like the ones at places we care for, are the perfect opportunity to inspire your creative hobbies. After your visit, download one of the autumn activity packs to carry on the fun at home. Nature can be endlessly inspirational, and by being a member, you're also helping to protect it.

Visitors in the garden in autumn at Stowe, Buckinghamshire
Visitors in the garden in autumn at Stowe, Buckinghamshire
Visitors in the garden in autumn at Stowe, Buckinghamshire

Take a break from the everyday

Got the back to school blues? Plan some half-term adventures to look forward to. How about dressing everyone up for a Halloween visit to our places with face painting or costumes? You could follow an autumn trail at a place near you, or try out a natural playground immersed in the woods. Wherever you head, your little ones will have memories to last a lifetime.

Halloween fun at Eastbury Manor House, Essex
Halloween fun at Eastbury Manor House, Essex
Halloween fun at Eastbury Manor House, Essex

Discover seasonal tips from our experts

As a member, you can use your handbook to discover places with kitchen gardens, such as Attingham Park, Wimpole and Clumber Park. You can see lots of fruit and vegetable varieties at these gardens, while the team at properties like Llanerchaeron who care for a 200-year-old walled garden can chat about their year-round home grown produce. Wondering what's in season? With tips and tricks from our experts to be found in your member emails, why not start your own veg patch with the kids at home? You'll also get a first look of new comforting, seasonal recipes from the expert chefs at places in our care.

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

Discover spooky tales from history

Autumn is the spooky season, and so what better time than now to delve into the haunted past of some of the houses we care for? Hauntings at The Vyne, a friendly spirit at Springhill and even ghostly dogs at Buckland Abbey are just a few stories you can discover with your family. Your membership will keep these places – and ghosts – going for generations to come. Perhaps your next visit will inspire a creative ghost story of your own?

Investigating ghost stories at Penrhyn Castle, North Wales
Visitors on a ghost trail at Penrhyn Castle and Garden, North Wales
Investigating ghost stories at Penrhyn Castle, North Wales

Craft some wild art

Autumn’s bounty means that it’s a brilliant time of the year to get everyone crafting. Use discarded sticks and leaves from trees in woodlands to make wild art at places like Wentworth Castle Gardens. There are loads of nature-inspired crafts at Ightham Mote, too, where you can create art from the woodlands around you. The places we look after 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?

If 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. And membership helps us care for these beautiful places for ever.

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​