'50 things' to do in autumn in the North East

There are still plenty of '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' activities you can tick off come autumn. Grab your wellies, wrap up warm and start exploring in the North East.

Family stargazing evening at Fountains Abbey

#27 Go stargazing at Hadrian's Wall 

Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is Europe’s largest area of protected night sky. Come autumn, it's the perfect place to gather the family together to admire the stars.

Childern discovering a crab in a rockpool

#37 Check out the crazy creatures in a rockpool on the Northumberland Coast 

Look out for the weird and wonderful creatures who live in the rock pools on the Northumberland Coast. Keep your eyes peeled for crabs, starfish, sea anemones and other salty sea creatures living among the rocks.

Children enjoying an autumn geocache hunt

#49 Find a geocache at Seaton Delaval Hall 

Pick up a geocaching kit and set off on a Delaval treasure hunt this autumn. You’ll have to use the GPS tracker to search far and wide, high and low to find what’s hidden in the gardens and grounds.

A deer looking at the camera

#34 Track wild animals at Cragside  

Did you know that animals such as red squirrels and deer live at Cragside? If you're not lucky enough to see a deer, try and spot their tracks on a walk through the woodland.

Den building

#4 Build a den at Allen Banks 

With rangers and volunteers having chopped back the rhododendrons, there are plenty of branches and sticks to be found at Allen Banks, perfect for making your very own hideaway in the woods.

A snow bunting perched on a rock

#44 Go bird watching at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas 

Grab your binoculars and head out to Whitburn Coastal Park on The Leas. After crossing the North Sea, wintering thrushes can arrive in their hundreds, feeding on elder and rowan berries. Africa-bound wheatears can often be seen along the cliff-tops, as can newly arrived snow buntings from Scandinavia.

Create some wild art with natural materials in Knole Park, Kent.

#18 Create wild art at Washington Old Hall 

Experiment with different natural textures and create your very own piece of wild art. Use the humble leaf as your artistic inspiration and try out leaf rubbing, pressing and collecting to tick off No. 18 from your ‘50 things’ list.

Child with a handful of conkers at Castle Coole, County Fermanagh

#10 Play conkers at Gibside 

Raid the fallen conkers and start your own conker league this autumn. There are some fantastic conkers just waiting to be discovered on a walk at Gibside.

Climb the 45ft Nootka tree at Wallington, Northumberland

#1 Climb a tree at Wallington 

Wallington's 45ft Nootka tree was voted no.1 tree in the whole of the National Trust. Its low branches make it perfect for clambering on. Planted in the 1800s, it's been the unofficial climbing tree for generations of children.