Family activities at Mount Stewart

Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Mount Stewart - it's not just the foliage changing, it's the wildlife too. Look out for the red squirrels preparing for winter and enjoy some Halloween activities. Here's what you can expect to see over the next few months.

Highlights

  • Get inspired with our autumn activity sheets by getting to know your trees, baking something seasonal or plan some new adventures!

  • Between October and November take a look at the table in the Courtyard for a new activity each week from natural treasure hunts to bark rubbing and halloween themed activities. 

  • Get excited for our Halloween trail between 25th - 31st October and help our house maids find the bats who have escaped into the house!

  • Embark on our autumn tree trail to take in the changing sights and sounds of the season. 

  • See how many treasures you can sniff out with our unique self led Geocaching experience.

  • Catch a glimpse of our visiting friends the Brent Geese on Strangford Lough. Autumn is the peak time for light-bellied brent geese on Strangford Lough with usually around 25,000 birds which is up to 75% of the global population.

Discover the tree trail at Mount Stewart
Discover the tree trail at Mount Stewart
Discover the tree trail at Mount Stewart

Foliage

Wander through the colourful carpet of leaves and watch the foliage turn from green to rich reds, ambers and gold. 

Acer shedding its leaves
Acer shedding its leaves
Acer shedding its leaves

Funky Fungi

Look out for the different types of fungi starting to appear around the garden, pleasure grounds and demesne.

Fungi on a tree in the desmesne
Fungi on a tree in the desmesne
Fungi on a tree in the desmesne

Red Squirrels

Discover the red squirrel hide and see them preparing for the colder months. 

Red squirrel with nut
Red Squirrel with nut
Red squirrel with nut

Birds

Look to the skies and trees to see some of our autumn visitors including:

  • Flocks of long-tailed tit

  • Treecreeper

  • Goldcrest - Ireland's smallest bird

  • Jay - look out for them burying acorns

Chaffinch at Mount Stewart
Chaffinch at Mount Stewart
Chaffinch at Mount Stewart

Autumn activities for all