For families

Delve into our garden shed of fun activities for the kids throughout the seasons. Explore things to do, games to play and recipes to bake. There's lots to do outdoors and indoors, come rain or shine

Children at a Halloween event
 A family playing outside at Osterley Park and House, London

October half term activities 

Autumn is the perfect time to get outside with the family and create unforgettable moments. And with all kinds of things to do, from woodland adventure days to wildlife watching, it’ll be impossible for the children to get bored this October half term.


Bake it

Bake some spiderweb shortbreads

Bake some Halloween treats with Development Chef Becky Janaway. Make some spooky spiderweb shortbreads and get creative with your designs – they’re simple to make and very moreish. Watch the video recipe to follow along with Becky in the kitchen.

Make it
Visitors enjoying a pumpkin carving workshop at Belton House, Lincolnshire

How to make a pumpkin lantern 

Celebrate the spooky season with some fun Halloween-inspired ideas. Get the whole family involved with making a Halloween pumpkin lantern. Follow our easy step-by-step video on how to create this frightfully fun decoration – how scary can you make yours? Plus, find some more ideas on creating other autumnal decorations.

Share the joy
A selection of family games available from the National Trust online shop

It's time to play 

Spark their imagination, feed their curiosity or challenge their minds with our range of games, toys and puzzles. We've got something for everyone to enjoy – however old you are – with family classics and new ideas.

Things to do

Get some inspiration for activities to do on your own or with family. You won't be short of things to do this autumn.