What's on this autumn

Autumn view over the woodland at Nymans

As summer slips into autumn, the trees begin their annual dazzling display of colour. From the meadow, far reaching views across the Sussex Weald reveal a tapestry of colour from harvest yellow to pumpkin orange.

Practicing photography skills
Practicing photography skills

Photographing the autumn landscape

Wednesday 25 October 9.30am - 13.00pm & Thursday 26 October 9:30am - 13:00pm. Both workshops are £15.

Take advantage of the fabulous scenery around you and the changing colours in the landscape by joining one of our garden photography workshops. Local photographer Roger Bloxham will be running two different sessions, one aimed at beginners and the other for those with some experience. For the beginner’s workshop Roger will be encouraging you to think about:

  • Choosing the best viewpoint for vistas and close-ups
  • Making the natural light work to your advantage
  • Getting the composition right and 'framing' your photos
  • Getting the exposure right in the camera
  • Controlling depth of field to enhance your photos
  • Useful accessories for your camera

The workshop on the Wednesday 25 October is for beginners and Thursday 26 October's workshop is suitable for those who already have a better than basic understanding of using their digital SLR camera.

Woodland weekend at Nymans
Woodland weekend at Nymans

Woods Weekend

Enjoy the atmosphere of autumn with our Woods Weekend on the 7 and 8 October. Join us for a range of demonstrations, displays and activities while learning about tradtional woodland crafts and how our rangers manage acres of ancient woodland. At 11am on both days, you can join a guided walk about autumn colour and fungi in the woodland and at 2pm the woods team will be showing walkers features created by the Great Storm. Both walks are free, just turn up on the day. 

Which way?
Map reading


Walk in the woodland following waymarked trails (maps available in the shop and reception) or download our ‘great storm woodland walk’ which commemorates 30 years since the great storm of 1987 which devasted parts of south east England. Find out more about the impact on this ancient woodland and discover a hidden fallen tree with a difference.

Children's trails
Children's trails

Family activities

Throughout autumn discover more about the rare and special trees at Nymans on our seasonal family trail. While exploring the beautiful gardens this autumn look out for the mini wooden trees that we have hidden. Each one tells you something about these giants of the garden stretching up above the plants and flowers below. £1 per trail.

Pick up and go activities

Have a go at completing some of the 50 Things by running around in the rain, creating natural art, building a den or catching a fallen leaf. For the eager eyed we have family spotter sheets and children can enjoy collecting fallen leaves on a stick. 

Nymans main lawn after the storm
Nymans main lawn after the storm

Exhibition - 'A break in the Clouds: emerging from the Great Storm'.

From Saturday 1 July until Sunday 19 November you can see a new exhibition in the gallery commemorating the 30th anniversary year of the Great Storm. 'A break in the clouds' gathers a unique selection of stories, photographs and archive items and is a poignant reminder of a pivital moment in Nymans history.