Half term in and around West Sussex

Fetch the jumpers, dig out the hats and scarves and come and enjoy autumn as a family. Little rituals like collecting autumn leaves and hunting for conkers mean so much.

This half term crunch through the autumn leaves and try nature activities at Nymans, Standen and Petworth House and Park. As the leaves start to colour, curl and drop, get closer to nature in Sussex and the South Downs.

Welcome back sign in field

Check before you visit 

Please make sure you check web pages for individual places before you travel, to see where is open and where you may need to book, as well as the most up to date information about visiting.

A young girl enjoying the autumn leaves dressed as a witch for Halloween

Petworth House and Park 

This October at Petworth House and Park try our new self-guided trails for families. Inside the house there’s a Halloween Wings and Whiskers trail. While outdoors in the Pleasure Garden, start at the Shepherds Hut for ideas and inspiration of what to spot on a family walk - including wildlife, the best autumn colour and plants putting on a show. Or take part in our Colour Catchers card activity and spot things in the grounds that match the colours.

Child walking in autumn leaves


Bring the kids to scamper along paths through the beautiful gardens at Nymans and join in with nature-inspired half-term activities. The colourful summer flower border and salvia beds last long into the autumn and first frost. While the native woodland and garden trees turn to oranges and reds. The falling leaves provide the perfect opportunity for some good family fun.

Children playing in autumn leaves underneath a tree in the parkland


Jump in crunchy leaves, discover shiny conkers and enjoy invigorating fresh air with all the family this autumn at Standen. Take a walk through our beautiful garden and woodlands, learn top tips and key jobs for keeping busy in your garden this autumn, have fun on the October half-term trail or treat yourself in the shop or café.