Top 10 Welsh autumn adventures

The bounties of nature are all around this season, waiting to be enjoyed at our hundreds of miles of coast and countryside in Wales. We've got a host of wild experiences just waiting for you at our special places too.

Visitors looking upwards at giant trees in the Dell at Bodnant Garden

Discover a Land of Giants 

Gaze up into the canopies of towering American redwoods, immerse yourself in a glade of glowing Japanese cherry trees and crunch through carpets of oak leaves. The 80 acres of Bodnant Garden are home to trees from around the world, some of them the biggest and best of their kind in the UK, and you can explore them in a new Champion Trees trail.

Boy putting conkers into a jar

Take part in a castle conker battle  

Enjoy the time-honoured autumn tradition of conkers at Chirk Castle. Face the mighty garrison guard in the medieval courtyard on October 15 and 16. Bring your own special conker or use one supplied. The guard will show you how to make one - but be warned, when the game is afoot he'll take no prisoners.

White Park cow stands in front of Dinefwr castle

A run out to meet the White Park Cattle  

Pull on your running shoes for the second White Park Cattle Run at Dinefwr Park on September 24. Adults can choose from the 10k or 5k route, children can join in with a special short run and walkers are also welcome to enjoy the Capability Brown landscape, which is home to rare breed White Park Cattle.


Experience the night skies 

Enjoy a heavenly evening at Dyffryn Gardens on October 29 when Cardiff Astronomical Society host an evening of stargazing. Take a look through their special telescopes to view the night sky. Members will be on hand to point out constellations and planets and you'll also be able to hear talks and see displays indoors.

Apples growing on trees in orchard with conical topiary in background

Savour apple harvest time  

Celebrate the fruits of nature this autumn. If you're partial to apples, you'll find a dazzling 180 different varieties on display at the gardens of Erddig. At the Apple Festival on October 1 and 2 you can chat to the head gardener, watch cider press and cookery demonstrations and enjoy craft stalls and children's entertainment.

A seal pup on the Marloes shoreline

Spot seal pups on our shores 

West Wales is home to about 5,000 Atlantic grey seals and their pups can be seen from September to December along the North Pembrokeshire coast. Bring your binoculars and join a ranger at Marloes Sands to see this annual wildlife wonder.

Celebrate our wonderful woodlands 

Join the Woodland Festival at Plas Newydd on September 24 and 25 celebrating our native trees. Run by the Ynys Mon Outdoor Learning Wales Network, it’s free to enter and brings together a host of woodland and environmental activities for children and adults, set in 169 acres of parkland. You might even spot a Red Squirrel!

View of Snowdonia showing the outfall stream of Llyn Llagi on the edge of the Gelli Iago Farm, Snowdonia.

Walk the autumn landscape 

Take in beautiful autumn vistas from the dizzying heights of the Snowdon range, or on a gentler countryside ramble. The Cwn Idwal trail offers some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the UK while the Ty Mawr y Wybrnant walk takes you through the Conwy Valley and a little slice of its rich history.

A group of children running on the beach at Stackpole Outdoor Learning Education Centre, Pembrokeshire

On your marks, get set, go! 

Get set for the very first Barafundle Bay Trailathlon on October 9. Line up at Stackpole Quay for an adrenaline-fuelled day of sporting activity in stunning surroundings. If you enjoy a gentler pace to explore the breathtaking coast and wooded countryside of this estate you can join a regular Nordic Walking session at any time too.

A family cycling together

Get outdoors with pedal power 

The family that cycles together…Join us to celebrate the first Newport Family Cycling Festival on September 24 and 25. Dust off those bikes, gather the family and get outside into the lovely grounds of Tredegar House for a spot of community cycling fun in a safe, healthy and social environment.