Family days out in Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

Looking for something to do with the family this autumn or trying to decide where to take the kids during October half-term? Why not enjoy a day out at one of these places in Essex, Bedfordshire or Hertfordshire? Take a look at what's on offer to help plan your day, you can even download activities before you arrive.

Children throwing fallen autumn leaves into the air at a National Trust site

Dunstable Downs 

Dunstable Downs is the highest point in Bedfordshire. From here you can fly a kite, watch the clouds pass by or enjoy a family walk to Whipsnade Tree Cathedral, looking for nature's bounty in the hedgerows along the way.


Adults and two children taking an autumn walk amongst the trees

Ashridge Estate 

Head into the woods just off Monument Drive and you'll find the perfect area to build a den, have fun with sticks or make your own mud creation. Keep your eyes peeled too for weird and wonderful fungi and don't let the autumn weather put you off, grab your welly boots and have fun jumping in puddles.

Activities to enjoy when you're with us 

To make your visit even more special, we've created some fun family activities that you may want to download or print off before you arrive. From leaf spotter sheets to a sounds of nature bingo, there's even tips on making your own mini nature documentary.

Children climbing a tree in the grounds of Mottisfont, Hampshire.

50 things to do in the East of England 

Fill your days with challenges and adventures and become the explorer you were meant to be. To help you on your way, here’s our top places to tick off some of our 50 things to do before you’re 11¾.

Girl holding autumn leaf

Ideas for the family 

Looking for more ideas of what to do with the family this autumn? From our top recipes to bake with the kids at home, to nature activities that can be enjoyed in our garden to yours. Why not see what takes your fancy?