Wednesday 18 October 2023

Escape into autumn with the National Trust during half term.

The National Trust has a whole host of events and activities planned to keep your young explorers busy as the nights draw in and the great outdoors changes into a kaleidoscope of autumnal colour. From Halloween pranks to nature’s treats, this October half term will be jam packed with family entertainment.

On a stroll with your family this October, look for the greatest Autumn colours, go on a leaf hunt to uncover the biggest and brightest leaves, play Top Trunks with your family, enjoy conker battles with friends or head off on a scavenger hunt to see what autumnal treasures you can find.


Discover the spooky side of National Trust places with Halloween themed activities and events, from pumpkin spotting and creepy crafts to ghostly storytelling and spine chilling Halloween trails.

Belton House
Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 2LS.
Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October.

Engage the senses with an autumnal visit to Belton as the Estate provides a stunning backdrop of auburn and gold for your half term adventures. Just like nature, Belton’s collection has transformed over time. Colour match your way around the mansion and discover how we care for the collection as it changes (available Thursday to Monday). Back by popular demand you can pick up your tree trail guide and explore an impressive array of trees in the gardens and parkland. You’ll find lots to enjoy this autumn, including natural art in the Estate Yard, giant Leaf Art to add to and new fungi walks. Or lend a hand on 26th or 27th October, and collect samples from the river Witham, plant spring bulbs, or test out a new basement experience.

Booking your visit is essential. Plan your visit and book via their website.

Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens.
Gunby, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, PE23 5SS.
Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October. (10am – 3pm).

Make a monster at Gunby this Halloween half term. Step into the stables laboratory to design your favourite monster and then explore the gardens to bring them alive. Take part in Monster yoga that’s good for your monsters’ lungs and recite a spell to summon its soul, among many other activities the whole family can enjoy. Have a break from the monster making with a picnic on the lawns surrounded by autumn colour. On Saturday 28th of October from 11am until 2pm the house at Gunby will be transformed into a haunted hall. Explore decorated rooms and meet spooky members of the Gunby team.

Normal admission charges apply. Additional charge for trail. Last admission one hour before closing. For more details visit the Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens website.

Tattershall Castle.
Sleaford Road, Tattershall, Lincolnshire, LN4 4LR.
Wednesday 18th to Sunday 29th October (11am – 3pm).

Dare to tread the ghostly grounds of Tattershall Castle, where spooky surprises await. Purchase a bespoke children’s trail and explore the haunted red brick walls of the Great Tower where a variety of spooky decoration will give you a fun fright along the way. There will be creepy crafting activities to enjoy as a family in the parlour. The grounds are also a perfect place to have an autumnal picnic surrounded by the rustic red colours of the season.

Normal admission charges apply. Addition charge for trail. Last admission one hour before closing. For more details visit the website

Woolsthorpe Manor.
Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth, Grantham, NG33 5PD.
Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October

Discover the place where Isaac Newton saw an apple fall from a tree, experimented with refracted light, and tried to solve the system of the universe all before he was 24 years old. A photo by the tree is an essential part of a pilgrimage to Woolsthorpe Manor, made even more special with the autumnal hues and epiphany inspiring apples. Newton was interested in the world around him, and often drew pictures of what he saw, follow in his footsteps and get creative at Woolsthorpe with art materials available during half term. Discover more about young Isaac’s life on the farm on an interactive family tour of the Manor House (bookable), and step into the Science Centre to test out his scientific theories.

Book your visit of the Manor House in advance.

Do you have any days out planned in October?


  1. I would love to visit some of these places. I don't have time and in the days off, I already have plans. I hope you have a lovely time if you visit them.

  2. These sound so interesting! I used to love taking my kids to visit museums and galleries during the school holidays. Now they are all grown up I still visit some of these with my best friend who also has grown-up kids.

  3. I love our National Trust membership. We have a few places planned to visit over the next few weeks. xx