Enjoy autumn at Upton House and Gardens

It's always fun to play in the autumn leaves

Wrap up and enjoy a fresh autumn stroll amongst stunning Asters and golden trees, or let the kids stretch their legs and kick up the leaves in the woodland walk.

The days are getting shorter and cooler, and the beautiful Aster collection is coming into full bloom. Asters are also known as Michelmas Daisies precisely because they often look fantastic around Michelmas (29 September). This Aster collection dates from the 1940s and consists of nearly 100 different varieties.

view of the grass path alongside the aster flowers, seen through an archway of ivy

Upton's National Aster Collection

The gardens at Upton are home to many varieties of the beautiful aster flower, filling the terraces with purples, pinks, blues and whites.

In the rest of the garden you can enjoy the varied colours as the trees turn to shades of bronze, gold, brown, yellow and red. Enjoy the crunch underfoot as you walk around the perimeter, under trees and wrap up warm against the chill.

Looking down into the Bog garden from the terrace, use your nose as well as your eyes as it embraces the new season. Those with a good nose will pick up the smell of burnt toffee from the Cercidiphyllum japonicum.

In the orchard you will see trees dripping with fruit. We are often asked why we leave fruit on trees and on the ground in the orchard, and the answer is this: it's fantastic for our wildlife. Over winter this fruit will sustain birds, animals and insects whilst food is short over the colder months.

Bring the family

Bring your little explorers and share this special season together. Put on your wellies and kick up some fallen leaves in the Woodland Walk, or see how many bees and butterflies you can count enjoying the Asters. And if it's a rainy day, get puddle splashing!

Why not warm up in the Pavilion with a hot chocolate, or pick up a momento from the shop: a new scarf is just the thing for this time of year.

A child walking through autumn leaves

Re-discover nature this October half term 

Explore the Woodland Walk with the whole family this autumn. Look out for butterflies and bees on the Asters in the gardens, discover hidden treasures in the house, or join in one of our special nature events.