Autumn colour in and around East Sussex

The incredible sight of foliage ripening into the rich colours of autumn is one of the joys of the season. Treat yourself to a dazzling display from the 100-year-old purple cut-leaved Japanese Maples below the Bastion at Scotney Castle. Every time you catch one of those falling leaves, you help us look after homes for wildlife.

Spider web in the garden at Bateman's

Bateman's, East Sussex 

The wild garden is the focus of autumn colour with a range of ornamental trees and shrubs. Further afield, the amelanchiers and azaleas are particularly spectacular, and for those with a sweet tooth the bumper crops of blackberries on the estate walks are a juicy treat.

The colour changes daily through the autumn in the Sissinghurst Castle Garden


As the sunshine starts to fade and the shorter nights draw in it may feel like a time for resting up and staying in. But for those willing to brave the elements autumn is a great time to visit. Discover fiery colour in the garden and a wealth of wildlife out on the estate.

Scotney Old Castle amongst the autumn colour in the garden

Scotney Castle 

The jubilant colours framing the medieval ruin take on new tones over the fall. Don't miss the American sweetgum, down by the boathouse in the garden, or the yellow spindle-fruited oriental bittersweet vines over the doorway onto the bowling green lawn.

A picture of a girl clasping autumn leaves

Autumn colour on the South Downs

Enjoying some autumn colour. Walking the dog. Walking off lunch. Walking the 100 miles of the South Downs Way. Whatever your reasons for stepping out on the South Downs, there’s a route that’s right for you.