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Autumn highlights with the National Trust in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire




A new season of events are planned at National Trust properties across the region to entertain the whole family.

The west front of Basildon Park Picture: NT James Dobson
The west front of Basildon Park Picture: NT James Dobson

Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading

Put on your wellies and explore the estate on an autumn walk.

There are four different walking routes to choose from so something to suit everyone. The play area next to the Stableyard is now open.

September 22-October 31: Children’s trail explores themes of light and dark.

The parkland in autumn at Basildon Park Picture: NT James Dobson
The parkland in autumn at Basildon Park Picture: NT James Dobson

Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Following Sir Felix’s Gentle Walk is a great way to experience autumn at Greys Court. It’s short enough for little legs and has a variety of environments, colours and textures to keep lively little minds interested.

October 2-31: Children's trail is all about food and harvest. Visitors can discover what’s growing in the kitchen garden and orchard and see if they can spot any farm animals in the fields around the site. The trail runs from 2-31 Oct.

Greys Court is open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm

Children on a Halloween trail Picture: NT Amhel de Serra
Children on a Halloween trail Picture: NT Amhel de Serra

Cliveden, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire

Cliveden has four fortnights of family fun designed to help you explore new corners of Cliveden this autumn. There are four self-led family trails with a different theme for each fortnight.

Visitors of all ages are invited to engage all their senses and to discover the delights of the Round Garden, hunting for minibeasts and learning something new about the tremendous trees and lovely leaves.

Cliveden is open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm

Events include:

  • Fantastic Foragers Trail, September 20 to October 4
  • Terrific Tree Trail, October 4-17
  • Creepy Creatures, October 18-31
  • Wild Wonders, November 1-15
A family enjoying the woods Picture: NT Chris Lacey
A family enjoying the woods Picture: NT Chris Lacey

Hughenden, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Explore the hidden world of fungi this autumn. Carved giant mushrooms will be dotted around the estate, which will be dressed in autumn colours and fungi-themed decorations.

Autumn produce from the walled garden including squash, gourds and pumpkins, apples, pears and medlars will be on display too, showcasing the best of the harvest season.

Hughenden is open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm

October 16-November 7: Children’s trail, suitable for ages 5-8 years, will take families around the darker, wilder areas of the gardens to discover fascinating facts and put the fun into fun-gi!

The woodland play area, alongside the apple orchard, is a wild play space to help children to connect with nature. Carved from giant fallen trees it features rope walkways, wooden stepping stones and hideaways to climb over and explore.

Throughout autumn, families will also be able to discover the wide variety of apples in the orchard and walled garden and take home a bag of apples to enjoy at home. Every week different varieties ripen so there will be different tastes to experience through September to November.

Enjoying a nature trail Picture: NT Chris Lacey
Enjoying a nature trail Picture: NT Chris Lacey

Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon is open Wednesdays to Sundays 10am-5pm

Saturday, October 23-31: The Cryptid Safari Halloween trail – £3.50 per trail. If you head down Miss Alice’s Drive this half term, you may encounter magical beasts from myths and fairytales in a fantastical safari experience. See if you can spot all the creatures and the rangers who tend them then claim your prize at the end.

Wednesday, October 27-30: In the evenings, the Cryptid Safari Trail comes alive! As darkness falls, you’ll discover the mighty dragon, trolls climbing trees and faerie folk flying high. The performance continues after the trail in the Stables courtyard where the Stables takeaway will be open for food from 6-9.30pm. The Cryptid Safari is performed by Strange-Twig Theatre Company, 6pm 7pm and 8pm. £15 adult, £10 child.

For more information about National Trust events and properties visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Visitors walking along a path Picture: NT Megan Taylor
Visitors walking along a path Picture: NT Megan Taylor
A family exploring the parkland in autumn at Basildon Park Picture: NT James Dobson
A family exploring the parkland in autumn at Basildon Park Picture: NT James Dobson
Visitors walking in the gardens at Basildon Park Picture: NT James Dobson
Visitors walking in the gardens at Basildon Park Picture: NT James Dobson


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