Autumn in the garden at Prior Park

Autumn leaves at Prior Park

Autumn in the garden is a colourful time, with berries and fungus adding to the classic colours of the trees.

For now the trees are green and summer lingers a little longer, but soon the crisp autumn mornings will be a great time to walk down the leafy paths of Prior Park. Beech and maple trees give some of the best examples of colour, with the UK's champion norway maple looking particularly spectacular on the west side of the garden. 

There are plenty of berries around at this time of year which add to the array of colour. St John's wort and the berries of the spindle plant add a splash of colour, and if you're quick enough you might find a few blackberries to taste.

Spindle berries in autumn at Prior Park
Spindle berries in autumn at Prior Park
Spindle berries in autumn at Prior Park

The earth is still warm from summer, but damper conditions make for perfect conditions for fungus and mushrooms. There are several different types in the garden, from bracket and beefsteak fungus to Chicken of the Woods. 

Half term halloween trail - 21 to 31 October 2021 - £2 per trail

Half term fun - there will be an eerie halloween trail for children in October half term involving seeking out a collection of eight giant bats in trees around the garden. Find them all and you should be able to create your own halloween picture and claim a prize.

Bath residents can visit Prior Park for free from Mon 25 to Fri 29 Oct as part of Bath Museums Week. Please note trails are still payable.

Dams project 

The project to restore the Georgian dams is progressing, and while this work will affect access to certain areas, it will also be a great opportunity to see the conservation work in action.