Autumn adventures at Montacute House

Child playing on the rope swing in the park

The honey coloured Ham stone of Montacute House bathed in autumn sun is a warm and inviting sight as the days start to cool. With the trees turning orange and yellow and the leaves failing to the ground, it's a great time to explore the garden and parkland before taking a turn around the house and enjoying a slice of spiced toffee apple cake in the Courtyard Café.

Climb up high
This October you can see Montacute House from a whole new perspective by climbing up high with The Great Big Tree Climbing Co.  On 22 & 23 October you can join instructors and head into the canopy for an hour to get a bird's-eye view of the place. Booking is essential.

Watch the birds soar
It is the time of year where you can see the swallows and house martins gather and swoop over Cedar Lawn before they make there long journey to Africa.  At weekends from 29 September until 14 October you can also meet Albion Falconry’s bird of prey.  The falconers, dressed in period costume, will give two shows per day, but be on site from 11am till 4pm for questions and general chat.

Busy, busy, busy autumn days
Keep busy in the cooler air with our family autumn trail, which you can pick on your way through reception.  You'll find lots of activities in the family picnic area and stable block, including giant dominos, quiots, hobby horses and bats and balls. You can even draw your own family shield.

Do you know your Peascods form your Sellengers? Why not take part in our historical dance sessions and test your Elizabethan dancing knowledge on 30 September.

An autumn ramble and forage
The parkland is easily accessible and the long avenues of ash and lime trees turning orange and yellow make it an ideal spot for a ramble.  Keep an eye out for the many veteran trees, including oaks and sweet chestnut.  You can make the most of nature’s larder by gathering the sweet chestnuts, conkers, blackberries and sloes whilst out on your ramble.

There are acres to explore.  You may find yourself down by the mill copse, where the stream still flows down the steps of the old water mill, or near the swings, where the young, and young at heart, might like to have a go.

Stock up for winter
If you’re feeling very organised, you can get ahead with Christmas present purchases in the shop.  Head over on the last Saturday of the month and you’ll find the award winning Levels’ Best Farmers’ Market in full swing between 10am and 2pm; the perfect place to stock up your cupboards.