Your favourite autumn family days out

We asked you to tell us about your favourite places for a family day out this autumn. You can play hide and seek in the dunes on East Head or get windswept at Lindisfarne Castle. Or why not search for bugs and minibeasts in the autumn leaves? There are so many possible adventures.

These places were chosen by the people who know best – children and their parents.

Child dressing up in armour

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

Bodiam is a castle with bags of medieval character. It's a great spot for an atmospheric autumn day out with the kids. There are spiral staircases, historic battlements and a look-out tower plus a portcullis, moat and ‘murder holes’ to keep out enemies.

Visitor cycling on the Blickling Estate

Blickling Estate, Norfolk

Blickling is captivating in the autumn, as the trees start to turn. You can explore it on foot or by bike. The Great Wood is a brilliant place for building dens (50 things challenge number 4). Look out for the fallen tree on the way up to the Orangery and see if you can spot some creepy crawlies (challenge number 31).

 A Roman gives a talk to visitors

Chedworth Roman Village, Gloucestershire

The Romans left a curious legacy here: snails. These little creatures are protected so can’t be handled but you can still look out for them. Children can also use one of our tracker packs to identify some mini beasts (50 things challenge number 31). Be a Roman for the day and visit at the planetarium-style Discovery Dome.

 Passengers aboard the Gondola on the water

Coniston, Cumbria

Children will love walking or cycling on the quiet roads, forest trails and bridleways at Coniston. You could tick off the 50 things challenge number 11 with a really long bike ride. Or, for something a bit different, take the Steam Yacht Gondola to Monk Coniston and follow the woodland trail.

Children sitting on fence

Croome, Worcestershire

Croome is an inspiring place for any budding pilots. It has strong connections with the RAF, which you'll spot in the playground. There's a parachute swing, a look-out tower and an aeroplane slide. You can also go bug spotting in the autumn leaves (50 things challenge number 31), and build a den in the natural play area (50 things challenge number 4).

A solitary seal sits with its head upright and its paws supporting it on a beach at Blakeney Point

East Head, West Sussex

Beaches aren’t just for summer. See if you can spot a seal or a sand lizard at East Head. Or play hide and seek in the sandy dunes. The soft sand is also perfect for making a bit of wild art (50 things challenge number 18) or some beach games.

Visitors walking to Lindisfarne Castle

Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland

Make sure the tide is right to get over to Lindisfarne Castle. It's a great place stand on a rocky crag and enjoy the blustery autumn view. On the surrounding beach you can go rockpooling and birdwatching. If you've time left to fly a kite you'll have ticked off three of our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾. Make the most of it in the autumn as the castle is closed over winter.

A red squirrel moving among foliage in the woods

Mount Stewart, County Down

The lake and gardens at Mount Stewart are a great places for the kids to let off steam. See if you can find the white stag statue and look out for the many red squirrels that call the gardens home. Ask a member of staff or a volunteer for a children’s tracker pack, which includes binoculars, puzzles and outdoor activities, to help the kids explore.

 Children in a den at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire

Nostell Priory and Parkland, Yorkshire

The parkland at Nostell is just waiting to be explored. Make the adventure play area your first stop off. See if you can stay standing on the wobble dishes and totter beams. There’s also a zip wire, just waiting to be whooshed down. In the house, you can dress up like a Victorian in the servants' quarters.

A view of Powis Castle and terraces. Powys, Wales

Powis Castle, Powys

Powis is a great stomping ground for children in autumn. Follow the route of the wilderness walks through the woods, see if you can spot the bird and bat boxes. There’s also a special trail for those tackling our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.