Autumn Festival at Hughenden

Make the most of nature's spectacular season at Hughenden in our Autumn Festival running from 1-31 October.

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

Changing colours

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 leaf foliage turns.

Wild Food Walk

Thur 11 October

Our expert rangers will guide you on a two hour walk through the Hughenden countryside to discover nature's edible delicacies. From 11am-1pm, £15 per person including lunch in the café, booking essential.

All things apples

Sat 13 & Sun 14 October 

Our dedicated Apple Weekend celebrates the produce from our Walled Garden orchard which features over 40 varieties of old English apples. There'll be apple harvesting, tastings and apple pressing for you to enjoy and an Autumn Market with a range of artisan stalls selling local food, drinks and gifts to buy. And you can find out more about the harvest's most vital friends, the bees, at beekeeping and honey sessions with our apiary experts. Countryside crafts will be on display too with Hughenden's volunteer team including wood carving and charcoal production. 

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

Half Term Harvest Fun

Halloween Pumpkins

Mon 22 – Fri 26 October

After apples, it’s all about the squash with pumpkin carving in our Studybase every day from 10am-4pm. Carve a fiendishly scary pumpkin to take home and light up your Halloween celebrations. £4 per child, normal admission applies. Suitable for ages 2 and above.

Children pumpkin carving

Autumn Tree Climb

Mon 22 October

The team from The Great Big Tree Climbing Co will be on hand to teach you how to climb into the tree canopy of one of Hughenden’s fantastic horse chestnuts using ropes, knots and karabiners.  Their highly skilled and friendly instructors can help people of all ages reach new heights and when you reach the top you’ll see an autumnal view only a few people ever get to enjoy. £20 per person per 1 hour session. Suitable for ages 6 and over.  Book online at or call 0800 055 6760.

Check the Hughenden What's on page for more information on all the autumn events.