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If you’re looking for a fun-filled autumnal family day out in the North, then look no further. The National Trust are hosting plenty of free events to keep both parents and children entertained this October half-term. Dive in to see what’s on – and remember kids go half price on all Northern trains!

Autumn National Trust Events in Lincolnshire

National Trust LincolnshireThe Big Draw Festival, Lincolnshire

When: 17th – 21st October 2023

Ages: All ages

The Big Draw Festival is here and it’s suitable for all ages and skill levels! Bring along your favourite art supplies and indulge in a creative day out in nature painting or sketching Sandilands scenery to be a part of the Big Draw. Food and drink will also be available from the SandiDunes Café Kiosk.

The Big Draw Festival



Belton House Events, Lincolnshire

When: 7th & 21st November 2023

Ages: Under 5’s

Belton Acorns for under 5s, hosted at Belton House, is a fun and interactive way for little ones to learn about Belton through outdoor fun, playing and more. Children can even craft their own adorable little spider friend to take home with them, depending on which session you pick! 

Belton House Events

Autumn National Trust Events in Yorkshire

National Trust YorkshireWentworth Castle & Gardens Events, Yorkshire

When: Multiple dates in Sept & Oct 2023

Ages: All ages

Enjoy the fresh air and gold hues of autumn in Wentworth Castle’s stunning gardens! The National Trust is hosting a series of pop-up play spaces with a range of free activities to suit every little one, whether they prefer some messy digging or a quiet game of Jenga.

Plus, the castle has an exciting new feature launching this autumn – a sensory map to help you explore the castle grounds in terms of sight, sound, colour, and touch.

Wentworth Castle Garden Events


Nostell Priory Events, West Yorkshire

When: Multiple dates in Oct & Nov 2023

Ages: All ages

There are plenty of family-friendly things to do at Nostell Priory this autumn. Little ones will love burning energy, making friends, and zooming between trees on the adventure playground zipline. Plus, this October half-term, they can take part in a creepy crawly hunt, crafting & learn how apple juice is made!

Nostell Priory Events

Autumn National Trust Events in Liverpool

National Trust LiverpoolPumpkin Patch Pantomime At Speke Hall, Liverpool

When: 31st Oct & 1st Nov 2023

Ages: Aimed at younger children

Get into the spirit of Halloween and enjoy a day full of giggles this Autumn with the Pumpkin Patch Pantomime, running 31st October and 1st November. Children and parents will love this fun and light-hearted show about Horrid Horrabella and her plan to ruin Halloween.

Pumpkin Patch Pantomime



Mini Makers Event At Speke Hall, Liverpool

When: 23rd October & 6th, 13th & 20th Nov 2023

Ages: Under 5’s

Let your creativity flow this autumn and craft some fun with your little ones at Mini Makers in Speke Hall! From pretty paper flowers to colourful caterpillars and painting, there are endless things to create to keep kids and their imaginations entertained. 

Mini Makers Event

Autumn National Trust Events in Manchester

National Trust ManchesterCastlefield Viaduct’s Wicked Wildlife Trail

When: 21st – 29th October 2023

Ages: All ages

Take an autumn walk with a difference at the Castlefield Viaduct this October to learn about and teach kids the importance of beasties that some may consider spooky! Bats, spiders, and snakes may not be cute to all – but they each have their own role.

Wicked Wildlife Trail



Poisons, Potions & Plants Event At Castlefield Viaduct

When: 25th & 28th – 31st October 2023

Ages: 12+

If you have a budding young gardener, why not bring them along to the National Trust’s Poisons, Potions and Plants event? A fun and educational event – even parents may be surprised by the unique properties of these common plants!

Poison, Potions & Plants Event

We hope we helped you find the perfect family day out this autumn! From educational walks to arts and crafts, and apple juicing, there are plenty of free National Trust events to enjoy this October and November. Planning a trip? Don’t forget to book your train tickets in advance to save up to 65%!

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