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Ideas for autumnal family adventures

Children sitting on a tree branch at Rowallane Garden, County Down, in October.  © John Millar

Children sitting on a tree branch at Rowallane Garden, County Down, in October. © John Millar

Searching for starfish in rockpools. Climbing craggy trees. Spotting new constellations in the night sky. They’re not just for summer adventurers, early autumn is a great time to get back to nature with a National Trust Holiday. And even if your little explorers need to be back in the classroom, there’s a whole world of wonder to discover on a weekend in the woods or a short break to a breathtaking beach.

Here are some of our top autumn holiday ideas for explorers of all ages:

Expand their horizons at the seaside

The crowds are gone yet the days are still long, and the sea can be at its warmest from early to mid September. Whether your little ones are happiest crafting sandcastles complete with moats and bridges, experiencing the thrill of a surfing session or just squelching their tiny toes along at the shore’s edge, the beach is the perfect autumn playground.

Why not make yourselves at home at a holiday cottage near the sea where you can hang up your car keys and live the simple life for days on end.

Stay in a wondrous woodland

Lots of our cottages are nestled within forests and woodlands, where the opportunities for adventure are endless. Throw in the challenge of some of our 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ and your little explorers will never want to go home.

Want a great base for building a den (no. 4), hunting for bugs (no.31) or making a trail with sticks (12)? We’ve got family friendly holiday cottages dotted all over the country, making it easy to escape to the wilds, wherever you are.

Inspire inquisitive minds with quirky getaways

From keeping lookout in a converted lighthouse to star gazing outside a remote cottage, our quirkier holiday cottages have stories of their own to discover and create.

Wherever you choose to stay at this glorious time of year, you’ll have nature on your doorstep and a world of autumn adventures to wake up to.

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