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October Half Term 2023 with National Trust
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October 2023: As the nights draw in and the great outdoors transforms into a kaleidoscope of autumnal colour, the National Trust has a whole host of events and activities planned to keep your little explorers entertained. From ghoulish tricks to nature’s treats, get ready to enjoy heaps of family fun this October half-term.
Track down the best autumn colour you can find on a walk with your family this October. Embark on a leaf hunt to find the biggest and brightest leaves, challenge your family to a game of Top Trunks, 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.
Here National Trust have rounded up some of the best and most exciting events and activities near you to keep the whole family busy this October half-term.
Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire, B93 0DQ
See how many feline friends you can spot on Baddesley Clinton’s Black Cat’s Trail. Prowl through the gardens, enjoy the seasonal colours and take autumnal photos to share with family and friends at the pumpkin selfie station.
Birmingham Back to Backs
55-63 Hurst Street/50-54 Inge Street, Birmingham B5 4TE
Explore the story and skill of George Saunders – a master tailor from St Kitts who worked at the Back to Backs site from 1974 to 2001 – through contemporary fashion pieces and digital media.
Students from the School of Fashion and Textiles at Birmingham City University have taken inspiration from George’s collection and story, creating new garments from his original paper patterns, producing digital media artworks and designing a range of wallpaper.
George Saunders Reimagined is a free exhibition – no need to book.
Wellesbourne, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV35 9ER
There will be lots of Halloween goings on at Charlecote Park over half term. On the Vile Vegetable trail, children can join in with fun, vegetable-based games and find interesting facts
about food waste to earn a prize. Make your bat ears to take home on Craft Wednesday and take a look at the community Halloween Pumpkin Party display, with knitted and crocheted pumpkins made by local crafters.
Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5JA
Coughton’s family-friendly Halloween trail features spooky shapes lurking in the garden and fascinating facts to discover. Over in the woodland, there’s a natural play trail with stepping logs, a music wall and a mud kitchen and there’s plenty of autumn wildlife to spot.
Packwood Lane, Lapworth, Warwickshire, B94 6AT
This October half term come and solve the Packwood House mystery of the missing pumpkins.
Packwood’s head gardener needs help to solve the mystery of her missing prized pumpkins. Wander along the woodland trail solving clues and see if you can uncover the identity of the pumpkin thief to claim your reward.
Upton House and Gardens
near Banbury, Warwickshire, OX15 6HT
There will be messy crafting at Upton during half term with natural materials found in the woodland. Go leaf-peeping on the Woodland Walk and collect colourful leaves and twigs to make an autumnal collage. Or have a go at making a pinecone woodland animal to take home with you.
(Please check property web pages for dates, times and any additional charges.)