Enjoy this autumn half term at Upton House

A child walking through autumn leaves

Bring the family, stretch your legs and kick up the leaves together in the fresh air this autumn half term. Explore the Woodland Walk together, get to know Upton’s trees and look out for the birds and wildlife that live here.

Trees are the ultimate symbol of autumn.   Get to know Upton’s trees with our fun family spotter sheet.  Pick yours up for free from reception and take a wander through the woodland walk to see what you can find. 

Inspire your budding artists with the colours, shapes and sounds of Upton’s falling leaves.  What shapes and patterns can you see around you?  Can you create your own swirls and colourful patterns from scattered leaves and pine cones?  Which autumn colours can you also spot in the paintings inside the house? 

The Woodland Walk also makes a good stage for aspiring actors. Watch the falling leaves closely and recreate the movements they make.  Show how you can twirl and swirl.   Or make your own music crunching leaves underfoot.  Allow your imagination to wander, as you roam in your wellies and explore the possibilities Upton has to offer this autumn.

Explore the house 

There's plenty to look at inside the house too; you’ll find lots of drama in the paintings that Upton’s owner, Lord Bearsted, collected.  We’re highlighting clothing in the painting collection, with a series of 12 Fashion in Paintings labels in the house created by Jenny Lister, Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the V&A Museum, London and see the strange clothes people once wore; feed your little ones’ imagination. Which of the costumes would you most like to wear?

A Man and his Wife by Master of the Barbara Legend, active late 15th century / Upton House NT 446752
A Man and his Wife by Master of the Barbara Legend
A Man and his Wife by Master of the Barbara Legend, active late 15th century / Upton House NT 446752