Family fun in the South West

There's lots to do during the autumn in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Check out the things you can get up to as a family in each county in the South West on crisp autumn days out, for the October half term and on Halloween.

Family play in the parkland at Trelissick, Cornwall

Family fun in Cornwall 

Looking for something to do with the family as summer draws to a close and autumn unfolds? Take your pick for your family’s next adventure. Antony, Cotehele, Glendurgan Garden, Godolphin, Lanhydrock, St Michael's Mount, Trelissick, Trerice and Trengwainton Garden are all open for autumnal fun: please book ahead of your visit. Plus beaches and countryside to visit, woodland to walk through and much more.

Visitors in the garden in autumn at Knightshayes, Devon

Family days out in Devon 

From rock pooling on beautiful beaches to exploring colourful gardens and crunching through fallen leaves, there's plenty to keep the family busy as summer turns to autum. Arlington Court, Buckland Abbey, Castle Drogo, Coleton Fishacre, Greenway, Killerton, Knightshayes, Lydford Gorge, Overbeck's and Saltram are all open: please book ahead of your visit.

Autumn brings spectacular light and colour to Kingston Lacy in Dorset

Family fun in Dorset 

Dorset has everything from glorious coast to an ancient castle and an Italian inspired palace, where there's loads for kids to do this autumn. Don't forget, when planning a trip to Brownsea Island, Corfe Castle or Kingston Lacy you'll need to book ahead of your visit.

Family in the garden at Dyrham Park

Family fun in Gloucestershire 

Whether it is gardens of leaves to crunch through and nature to spot, family trails, or walks for little legs, Gloucestershire had lots to offer just now. Remember to book ahead if you're planning a visit to Dyrham Park, Hidcote, Newark Park, Snowshill, Westbury Court Garden and Chedworth Roman Villa.

Child playing on the rope swing in the park

Family fun in Somerset 

Looking for something to do with the family as autumn arrives? There's all sorts to do at places around Somerset, from visiting a natural pier to crunching through fallen leaves in colourful gardens. If you're planning a visit to Barrington Court, Dunster Castle, Lytes Cary Manor, Prior Park Landscape Garden, Montacute or Tyntesfield, you'll need to book ahead.

Girl kicking leaves at Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village, Wiltshire

Family fun in Wiltshire 

Looking for something to do with the family this autumn? There's all sorts to do at places around Wiltshire, from bundling up and setting off on a family adventure walk, to trails and '50 things' fun. Don't forget, when planning a trip to Avebury, Great Chalfield Manor, Lacock, The Courts Garden or Stourhead, you'll need to book ahead of your visit.

Family activities for outdoor adventures 

We've got lots of fun activities to try on your next family adventure. Discover wildlife at the places in our care using our handy spotter guides or have a go at activities inspired by the colours and sounds of nature.

Places to visit in the South West 

Find out which other gardens and outdoor spaces we care for in the South West are open by county, and how to book to visit.

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

You'll find lots of places open now - over 40 houses, 135 gardens and parks, and hundreds of coastal and countryside sites. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage of the place you wish to visit before you travel. Read this article to find out how to book and what to expect from your visit.