Autumn at Hughenden

Autumn colours in Echo Valley

As the colours change from the bright hues of summer to the burnt oranges and soft yellows of autumn, celebrate the season's sights, sounds and sensations in the Hughenden countryside.

Autumn colour

Stroll through the Disraelis’ pleasure grounds and parkland to see the changing colours of the ancient specimen trees or venture further on a waymarked walk to experience the full effect of the native beech woods as the foliage turns.

Take time to wander through the formal gardens where the late summer blooms in the south terrace border are a treat of puprle, pink and silver, in the walled garden among the fruit trees and vegetable beds, the autumnal herbaceous borders are bursting with vibrant colour.

Apple harvest

Our apple orchard shines in autumn, where we harvest fruit from nearly 40 varieties of old English apples. Taste them in delicious cakes and bakes in the café and pick up a bag of apples to take home from the shop. You'll get to try varieities you'll never find in the supermarket.

Apple in the orchard
Apple in the orchard
Apple in the orchard

Fantastical fungi

Explore the hidden world of the fascinating fungi kingdom this autumn half term at Hughenden. Find out about the dark and decaying side of nature; the brazen and beautiful, striking and stinking of the mushroom world with our Fantastical fungi activity sheet.

For adults, there's a free fungi safari card to take you through Woodcock Wood on a waymarked walk, a prime locaton to see the dramatic autumn colours of the beech trees and with the rich humus of the woodland floor, an ideal place to spot fantastic fungi.

Autumn mushroom and moss
Woodland mushroom and moss
Autumn mushroom and moss