50 things to do this autumn in the North West

From kite flying and catching falling leaves to den building and hunting for bugs, get outdoors and tick off some 50 things activities this autumn in the North West.

Young boy looking at bug

Hunt for bugs (no.31) at Rufford Old Hall

Be a nature detective and hunt for creepy-crawlies in the grounds of Rufford Old Hall. Look along gaps between the cobbles in the courtyard, peer under stones in the garden and gently lift dead wood around the trees – you’re almost certain to find something. Once you've found your bugs, remember to be gentle with any that you choose to pick up and put them back in their home after.

A little girl playing pooh sticks at Quarry Bank

Play pooh sticks (no.19) at Quarry Bank

Seek out the quickest looking twig, line up on the bridges in Chapel Woods at Quarry Bank and get ready to throw your pooh stick into the river. The new accessible path also means the woods are now suitable for buggies, so what's stopping you?

Kite flying at Lyme

Fly a kite (no.7) at Lyme

Blustery autumn days are perfect for a spot of kite flying. Head up to the Cage at Lyme to catch the wind and feel like you're soaring above the world with great views across Cheshire.

Autumn activities at Speke Hall

Make a trail with sticks (no.12) at Speke Hall

The woods at Speke are a great place to making a trail with sticks to keep your friends and family entertained. Gather up sticks, pinecones or pebbles and lay them on the ground in the shape of arrows. Make sure the arrows are easy to spot on the ground – lay them on paths or on grass so they stand out, rather than on top of lots of other sticks and leaves. Then let the hunt begin!

Build a den (no.4) at Dunham Massey

The north park and deer park at Dunham Massey have plenty of branches and sticks to gather together and make your own den. How many people can fit inside? Once you’ve made a den for your family why not build a tiny den for an animal to find...or a fairy.

Children running through woods kicking up leaves

Catch a falling leaf (no.33) at Hare Hill

That magical moment in autumn where a golden leaf comes away from the tree and floats down to the ground - can you catch it as it falls? Catching a falling leaf might sound easy, but with a gust of wind the leaf that was heading straight for your outstretched palm often ends up in a muddy puddle instead. You’ll have to be quick to catch your leaf at Hare Hill.

A red squirrel eats a nut at the base of a tree at Formby

Track wild animals (no.34) at Formby  

Formby is home too. The sandy dunes make it easier to see the footprints left by critters and birds, but what signs will you spot of the red squirrels in the forest? You'll need sharp eyes for this challenge as tracking wild animals can be tricky. Don't forget to listen out to see if you can hear the animals, birds or mini-beasts.