Top 50 things to do in autumn

Wherever you are this autumn, there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had. Get ready for days full of fun as autumn brings a world of vibrant places to explore and new creatures to meet. Get to know a tree, have fun with sticks and go foraging for wild food are just some of the fun things you could do with our '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' activities.

Visitors climbing through a tree at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

No. 1 Get to know a tree 

Trees with huge trunks sometimes have huge holes, making them great for exploring. We even have hollow trees at a few of our places, perfect for adventurers. Watch out for insects and wildlife though – lots of things like to live in the holes of trees, so you might end up sharing.

Mother and daughter building a den in the woods

No. 4 Build a den 

Den's are great spaces for letting your imagination run wild. Collect some snapping branches and crunchy leaves and start building your hideaway in the heart of nature. Who knows which inquisitive animals may pop by for a visit.

Children with a kite at Box Hill, Surrey

No. 6 Go welly wandering 

Pull on your welly boots and go on an autumn adventure. Splash around in puddles, squelch through mud or crunch your way through fallen leaves on your next welly walk.

A girl plays with a conker in autumn at Stourhead, Wiltshire

No. 10 Play conkers 

Playing conkers may be one of the oldest games around to play in autumn. First of all you should find the right conker. Next thread it with string and thirdly, you need to find at least one opponent to pit yourself against.

Family playing pooh sticks at Tredegar House

No. 12 Have fun with sticks 

Sticks come in all shapes and sizes, and there's lots of things you can do with them. Lay a secret trail for your family to follow, make a magic wand or play Pooh sticks are just a few things you can do.

Child making mud pies at Bath Skyline, Somerset

No. 13 Make a mud creation 

How creative can you get with mud? Put on your wellies and find a muddy spot to find out. Cook-up a mud pie or create a modern masterpiece are just some things you can do with squishy mud.

Two boys at a table with leaves, rocks and pens

No. 18 Create some wild art 

Create a colourful piece of wild art this autumn. This season has everything you need to get creative and use your imagination to create your own piece masterpiece. Use leaves, sticks, acorns, mud, grasses, conkers or feathers to bring some of the outside in.

A girl picks a couple of pears from a tree in front of a brick wall at Hughenden

No. 21 Forage for wild food 

Foraging is a delicious hobby that involves searching for and eating plants, herbs and fruit. People have been foraging since the dawn of time and it’s time for you to dip your hand into the hedgerows, trees and bushes to see what tasty treats you can discover.

 Girl holding a snail at Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate, Gloucestershire

No. 31 Make friends with a bug 

Looking for bugs is fun, because some are so fast that you may need to chase them a little. Does your critter have fur, wings or many legs? Remember to put any creepy-crawlies back where you found them afterwards because they can be delicate and appreciate the home they’re already in.

Pallets and pipes stacked up to create bug hotel

No. 36 Make a home for wildlife 

All sorts of animals need homes, so why not try making a bug hotel, a house for a hedgehog, or even a motel for a mouse? Think about the creature you're making a home for – does it need to be warm, light, dry, dark, cold, or wet? Check back each day or week to see if any new friends have moved in.