50 things to do this autumn in the North West

From catching falling leaves to den building with sticks and branches, autumn is the perfect excuse to get outdoors and tick off some 50 things activities. Here's our top pick of special places in the North West to complete some of yours.

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. Peep 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 spot something. Once you've found your bugs, remember to be gentle 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 quirkiest looking twig, pick your favourite bridge in Chapel Woods at Quarry Bank and get ready to throw your pooh stick into the water. The new path through the woods also means that tots in buggies can explore too.

Kite flying at Lyme

Fly a kite (no.7) at Lyme

Blustery autumn days are the perfect excuse 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 of 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 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!

Children building a den at Dunham Massey

Build a den (no.4) at Dunham Massey

The park at Dunham Massey has plenty of branches for making 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 call their home.

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? It might sound easy enough, but a gust of wind can easily carry your leaf off in a completely different direction. 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  

The sandy dunes at Formby make it easier to see the footprints left by critters and birds. Step into the pine forest and you might just spot signs of red squirrels too. 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.