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There’s colour­ful work by Brazil­ian graf­fiti artists on the walls and tur­rets of this me­dieval cas­tle, but it’s what’s on of­fer in its grounds that makes it stand out. Wood­land paths and raised walk­ways in its Se­cret For­est are trans­formed into a Freaky For­est, where kids can learn cir­cus tricks from 13– 21 Oc­to­ber. For more chal­lenge, there’s an Ad­ven­ture Course, with high walk­ways and rope swings. Al­low time for a walk in Kel­burn Glen, a wooded val­ley of wa­ter­falls and gorges, which ends with a spec­tac­u­lar view across the Firth of Clyde.

Edge, and Ac­ton Scott His­toric Work­ing Farm, where fam­i­lies can learn about 19th-cen­tury ru­ral life from cos­tumed char­ac­ters and take part in tra­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties. Back at the Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre, you can eat in the cafe, see the Shrop­shire Hills Through Time ex­hi­bi­tion with its woolly mam­moth, and ex­plore Onny Mead­ows na­ture re­serve.

High­land Sa­faris runs 4WD ex­pe­di­tions into the hills around Aber­feldy in Perthshire to search for signs of Scot­tish wildlife such as red squir­rels, roe deer and the elu­sive red deer. The 90-minute For­est Sa­fari in­cludes a short walk through an­cient Cale­do­nian pine for­est in search of an­i­mal

If you ever won­der what goes on be­hind the scenes at Bri­tain’s stately homes, Kedle­ston Hall in Der­byshire will be of­fer­ing an in­sight dur­ing its Be a Ranger for the Day ex­pe­ri­ences. Chil­dren aged 8 and over and their par­ents can join the Na­tional Trust staff man­ag­ing the wildlife habi­tats

One of the best ways to soak up the au­tum­nal beauty of the New For­est is from a Cana­dian ca­noe on the tran­quil Beaulieu River. Guides at New For­est Ac­tiv­i­ties will take fam­ily groups out for a gen­tle 90-minute pad­dle through the pri­vate na­ture re­serve, with tips on tech­nique and lots of facts

RHS Wis­ley is bring­ing Ju­lia Don­ald­son’s Room on the Broom to life from 20-28 Oc­to­ber with a spooky trail around the gar­dens, crafts, sto­ry­telling, gar­den­ing and mu­sic ses­sions. There’s also pump­kin carv­ing (£5 per child) on 25-27 Oc­to­ber. SAVE TO45% AN EX­TRA£325+LIM­ITED TIME ONLY

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