The air is turning a bit chillier, the leaves are starting to do their red and gold thing, we’ve had our first hot choc of the year and our thoughts are turning to some of lovely seasonal events that this time of year brings with it. Its not just about bonfire night and Halloween anymore and its refreshing to see events that are more seasonal ‘experiences’. From pumpkin picking to mushroom foraging, you can immerse yourself in Autumn in Cheshire, and here are our top spots to do that:

1. Pumpkin Supper at Tatton Park Farm

Pumpkin Supper
Come down to the Farm to meet all your Farm yard favourites and then it’s off in search of the perfect pumpkin.  You’ll choose your own pumpkin, fresh from the field, so prepare to get your hands dirty! Once you’ve picked the perfect pumpkin, it’s off to the Clydesdale Barn for delicious three course pumpkin themed menu. We’ll provide you with the recipes too so you can make these delicious dishes back at home.

£25 per person includes a 3 course meal and entry into the Farm and Park. Your pumpkin dinner begins at 5pm but you can access the Farm from 12 noon.

Places are limited. Find out more here.

2. Pick your own Pumpkins at Kenyon Hall

Pumpkins at Kenyon Hall
Ready-picked pumpkins of all sizes inside our massive indoor pumpkin tunnel. An area to carve your own pumpkin with kit provided and leave the mess with us. An outdoor 'pumpkin parade' with rows of harvested pumpkins to choose from. Seasonal food & drink, including hog roast and chocolate apples. Farm shop, cafe and outdoor play area open as usual.

This is a really nice alternative to a Halloween outing if you have little ones who wouldn’t appreciate being too scared!

  • Entry to the farm, car park and all pumpkin display areas are free, and there's no need to book - just turn up.
  • The pumpkins are graded by size and cost between £2 to £10+.

Find out more here.

3. Marbury Park Foraging course 13th Oct & 18th October

On this course we expect to find a wide range of autumn mushrooms, along with some tasty edible plants. Find out more here.

4. FungalPunk Dave's Fungus Foray at Tatton Park

13th October join fungus expert Fungal Punk Dave and a Tatton Ranger, on a guided walk of Tatton’s Parkland. Young or old, two or four legged, all are welcome on this fun and unique walk, where you will discover the mysterious fungal world. Participants need to bring a packed lunch and dress for the outdoors! It is important to note that the purpose of the foray is to learn about the species found and not to collect for culinary use. Also you will be walking through an area closed off to park visitors containing dead wood habitat and where we are undertaking important survey work. Adults, children and dogs welcome!

This event must be pre-booked and includes park entry (normally £7.00 per vehicle). Find out more here.

5. Autumnal Colour at Lyme

You'll be rewarded with glorious views on this walk to a lesser visited areas of the park. You may also be able to see Lyme's Red Deer, who often spend their time in the east of the park. Find out more here.

6. The Sandstone Ridge Walk and Ride festival

Sandstone Ridge Festival
Our Festival, which takes place between 5-13 October, is the perfect opportunity to explore The Sandstone Ridge, Cheshire's magical landscape. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views to Merseyside, the Shropshire Hills, Peak District and Welsh Hills while discovering the 250 million year old Triassic sandstone outcrops and cliffs.

Don’t miss some great blackberry picking around Bickerton Hill on the sandstone trail. Find out more here.

7. Beeston Castle Autumn Fair - 5 Oct 2019 - 6 Oct 2019

Autumn Fair
A celebration of autumn comes to Beeston Castle and Woodland Park, as the castle holds its annual Autumn Fair. Falconry displays, music, foraging, local craftsmen, games and even a dog show will be amongst the outdoor entertainments on offer over the weekend, as well as a chance to explore the castle’s 4,000 year history and 40 acres of woodland park. Find out more here.

8. A Taste of Autumn: Autumn Senses Garden Tour, Photography Walks, Running the Country House, A Taste of the Estate Guided Walk.

Dunham Massey
Dunham are hosting a seasonal series of workshops / talks to celebrate all things autumn across the estate. We like the sound of the photography walks: join in a gentle walk around the park exploring photography techniques and the colours and sights of Dunham Massey. The walk will include a series of simple photography tasks to get you thinking more creatively about the way you shoot. There will be an opportunity at the end for people to share their photographs and receive feedback and guidance on how to improve. Aimed at beginners and intermediates. Find out more here.

9. Autumn Golf Days at the Mere

The Mere Golf Resort
Experience the colour of Autumn at the Mere’s Championship Golf Course and practise your swing on the North West’s only floating driving range, enjoy relaxing spa time afterwards - escape in their award-winning spa and enjoy a selection of spa treatments from facials to full body massages. Find out more here.

10. Quince and Apple Day at Norton Priory - 13th October

Quince and Apple Day
Celebrate Autumn in the historical and atmospheric walled Garden at Norton Priory. Produce from the garden will be on sale, along with Norton Priory juices and preserves. Market stalls selling a range of food and crafts, tastings and apple identification with the Head Gardener. Music, storytelling and family activities on offer with a range of traditional skills demonstrations.

Bring your own apples for the apple press and a clean bottle/container to take home the juice. Find out more here.


Tatton Park
Historic House / Palace
Deer at Tatton Park in Winter

**#1 National Trust Garden in the UK 2020** **Team of the Year Award Winner 2019**

Marbury Country Park & Outdoor Pool
Country / Royal Park
Stunning tree lined avenue at Marbury country Park

At Marbury Country park you can wander along the mere with splendid views over the water to the church at Great Budworth, or explore the arboretum and community orchard. Children will enjoy the outdoor pool and play area, close to the picnic area.

FungalPunk Dave's Fungus Foray
Guided Walk
FungalPunk Dave's Fungus Foray

Join fungus expert Fungal Punk Dave and a Tatton Ranger, on a guided walk of Tatton's Parkland.

Historic House / Palace
© National Trust Images - Lyme Gardens

Glorious house, surrounded by gardens, moorland and deer park. Nestling on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park was once a great sporting estate and home of the Legh family for over 500 years.

Autumn Fair
Fete / Fair
Autumn Fair

A celebration of autumn comes to Beeston Castle and Woodland Park, as the castle holds its annual Autumn Fair.

Beeston Castle and Woodland Park
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Beeston Castle and Bridge - English Heritage

Set 350 feet above the Cheshire Plain on the sheer rocky crags Beeston Castle is a magical site with something for everyone.

The Mere Golf Resort & Spa
The Mere Golf Resort & Spa Entrance

**The Mere will remain open for essential travellers, business meetings and elite sports people** **Large Hotel of the Year Award Winner 2019** The Mere Golf Resort & Spa in Knutsford, Cheshire is the perfect destination for leisure or business with expansive conference facilities, golf and spa, set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.

Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
Fun for all ages at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

A fascinating combination of historical, archaeological and natural beauty. Medieval monastic ruins, a large Georgian walled garden, woodland walks, pear orchard, and the National Collection of Tree Quince; Cydonia Oblonga.



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