Yellow and orange days of autumn in South Somerset

The yellow and orange days of autumn are a favourite for many people – it’s certainly the case at National Trust places in South Somerset. There are lots of reasons to get outside and enjoy the changing seasons, and to get up close to nature and wildlife. Visitors can be as creative as they like whilst building their very own den with the help of Ranger George at Barrington Court on 25 & 27 October. At Montacute House, going for an autumn ramble will bring even greater rewards if you pick up one of the autumn trails to follow, from 22 to 30 October.

Children playing on a swing in the garden at Montacute House, Somerset.(C)National Trust Images/John Millar

Children playing on a swing in the garden at Montacute House, Somerset.(C)National Trust Images/John Millar

Apples play a very important part in the local calendar at this time of year in South Somerset. Barrington Court is celebrating all things apple on 22 & 23 October with a lively and fun weekend of activities happening in the orchards and pressing barn.

With autumn comes the added highlight of Hallowe’en, and there are plenty of spooky Hallowe’en high jinks to be had during the school half-term from 26 to 30 October. Visitors should be prepared for things to turn a little scary at Lytes Cary Manor, with their Hallowe’en pumpkin trail.  At Barrington Court there is ‘Creepy Creature Shadow Play’, paint a wooden pumpkin, follow the Hallowe’en trail, join the ‘Spooks Parade’ and face painting turning kids into ghoulish ghouls or scary monsters.

View along the front path through the Apostle Garden to Lytes Cary Manor, Somerset. (C)National Trust Images/John Millar

View along the front path through the Apostle Garden to Lytes Cary Manor, Somerset. (C)National Trust Images/John Millar

Caroline Jeeves, Visitor Experience Manager at Barrington Court, said:

‘Although the days are beginning to shorten, there is still so much to see and do – autumn is a wonderfully atmospheric time of year at our places, with the changing light throwing everything into sharper relief.

‘You can spot the hips, haws and berries as you wander through the gardens at Barrington Court, enjoy the wonderful golden Ham stone of Montacute House against a steely grey sky, or crunch crusty leaves underneath your feet on the river walk at Lytes Cary Manor.

‘As the temperatures begin to drop away, you can always escape inside to explore the fascinating period interiors, museum collections or enjoy hearty, warming lunches in the restaurants.’

For more information about all the activities on offer at National Trust places in South Somerset this autumn, please visit:

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/barrington-court

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute-house

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lytes-cary-manor

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