Autumn at Seaton Delaval Hall

Families enjoying the Parterre in autumn

Enjoy the signs of autumn throughout the woodlands and across the parterre with reds, oranges and browns set against a bright blue autumn sky. As the nights draw in and there's a slight chill in the air, join us in the gardens to see these beautiful colours. Autumn is the ideal time to explore the gardens, jump in crunchy leaves and enjoy the invigorating fresh air with all the family.

What the gardeners are up to

The herbacious borders remain bursting with colour, the dahlias shining out from the D-lawn border.  The Ginkgo Biloba tree in the Parterre turns a bright yet delicate yellow, contrasting with the oranges and reds of the beeches around it.

Chris our gardener and his team of volunteers begin to focus on the annual tree surveys to maintain the health and safety of the broadleaved woodlands.  The mammoth task of scrub clearance around the grounds also begins.  This has the added benefit of preparing the ha-ha walls ahead of stabilisation work to them.  This will take place as part of our Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project thanks to players of the National Lottery.

Find out more about the gardens

Whatever the weather you'll often find the gardening team hard at work. If you've any questions they'll be happy to tell you more about the gardens and share a few of their tips or you can just take a seat and enjoy the results of their hard work.  You can also join one of our more in-depth free garden talks every Monday at 1.30pm.

Enjoy our spaces

While the West Wing is now closed ahead of the removal of its collection as part of the project, you can still enjoy exploring the Stables, Central Hall and Basement, each with their own distinct character and stories of the flamboyant Delaval family to tell.  It's your last chance to visit before we close for a short period while our project gets started in earnest but don't worry, we'll reopen in February in time for half term.

Family Fun

Autumn is a fantastic time to make memories with friends and family.  Don your wellies and waterproofs and go jumping in puddles or tick off one of you '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' and try and catch a falling leaf or build a den in the north-west woods.  Our geocache boxes are also hiding around the grounds and regular craft session, Make and Do, takes place on Sunday between 11am and 1pm.

Warm up in the cafe

There's also lots of warming autumn treats to be had in the cafe this autumn. Re-fuel from your garden walk with a seasonal soup and crusty bread, luxury hot chocolate or toasted tea cake.