Travel Fall on your feet
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