Autumn colour at Stowe
As summer draws to a close, welcome in the damp mornings and sunny days whilst making the most of the afternoon sun. The gardens develop rich autumn hues of reds, golds and oranges creating a bright display that marks this seasonal change. Discover a kaleidoscope of colour on a variety of walks and stop off for tea-time treats in the cosy cafe.
Enjoy the fiery shades on Stowe Avenue, framing the Corinthian Arch providing a dramatic first appearance to the gardens.
Between 16 September and 3 November, pick up a variety of self-led walks from the welcome centre to enjoy a ramble around the gardens and park. This year, we're celebrating Stowe as a place of creative inspiration with a Poet-in-Residence and activities of 'Under the Hawthorn'. You'll also be able to experience Stowe's best autumn colour with a ramble route chosen by our gardeners.
We know many of you will be ringing us to find out when the best of the autumn colour is. Awaiting mother nature and her whims has proven difficult with climate change in recent years making it difficult to predict. We'll be tracking the colour throughout the season on Twitter. Help us by sharing your pictures of Stowe to tell us where the best places are and when with #autumncolour.
A programme of restoration is underway and you can see the return of lost statues in the Grecian Valley, take new paths and find areas to explore. As we complete 54 tasks over the next two years we'll be closer to our goal of restoring Stowe to its eighteenth-century heyday.
Try a midweek visit
We’re busiest at weekends, so if you’re looking for a more peaceful day out, visit during the week to enjoy the crunch of leave underfoot.
There are a selection of events taking place mid-week and we also host a monthly dog walk on the third Wednesday of each month.
Help raise funds
Help us raise funds by purchasing a raffle ticket when you visit. This year all of the donations are helping us to return Apollo and the Nine Muses in the Elysian Fields. What's more you could be the lucky winner of a variety of prizes.