October half-term events

Children with pumpkins at Rowallane Garden, County Down, in October.

Autumn is a feast for the senses as the natural world reveals its many wonders. As well as apple days and festivals, mushrooming events and spooky Hallowe’en thrills there’s loads more fun to be had in the great outdoors. Join in at family events across the country this October half-term.

Here are a few of our highlights:

Dyrham Park is a great playground for children in Autumn

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire

Autumn Family Nature Day, 23 October, 11am – 3pm 

Celebrate autumn wildlife at Old Lodge with the Bath Natural History Society. Test your bird spotting skills using the equipment available. Discover mosses, fossils and fungi under the microscope and take part in two fungus identification walks.

Children playing Sheringham Park, Norfolk

Sheringham Park, Norfolk

Wild Afternoon Tea, 25 October, 2pm – 4pm  

Food always tastes best when it’s free, and what could be freer than tea plucked straight from the hedgerow? Join National Trust rangers as they go foraging for 'High Tea'. Take a walk through the park keeping an eye out for tasty treats, and enjoy an afternoon tea of foraged produce afterwards.

Infection at Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank, Cheshire

Hunting for Infection, 24 – 28 October, 10.30am – 4pm 

Hunt for areas of infection in the Apprentice House and discover more about the gruesome parasites which invaded the children who worked at the mill in past times. With the help of Manchester University and the University of Salford, there will be interactive exhibitions where you can look at how infections spread through plants and hunt for infected humans.

Red squirrel standing on a woodland floor

Plas Newydd, Anglesey

Red Squirrel Week, 24 - 29 October, 12pm – 3pm 

Head to Plas Newydd this half-term to celebrate the beautiful red squirrels that live there. There will be red squirrel walks and talks with knowledgeable National Trust volunteers, as well as woodland crafts and whittling demonstrations with the Rangers. You could even carve your very own wooden red squirrel to take home.

Children playing in autumn leaves at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

October half-term events near you 

There's so much more going on at our properties this October half-term. Take a look at our list and find an event near you.