SUMMER may be over, but there is still plenty to look forward to at Belsay Hall.
Thanks to a warmer than average spring and a cooler than average summer, autumn has arrived earlier than usual this year.
And to celebrate this magnificent season, English Heritage is launching its selection of aptly-named ‘Autumn Watch’ activities, specially designed for children.
The activities, which include mask making, a handprint tree and autumn inspired games, will run every Saturday and Sunday at the visitor attraction until October 16.
English Heritage Events Manager for the North Jon Hogan said: “English Heritage properties offer some of the best places in the region to see the true beauty of autumn and this year, we’re encouraging people to get back to nature and make the most of the great outdoors.
“With the special ‘Autumn Watch’ activities at Belsay, there is an extra incentive to bring your youngsters along to participate in some traditional autumn fun and games.
“Many of our properties also have cosy tearooms on site — perfect for some hearty refreshments after a blast of crisp autumn air.”
With the rich autumn colours lighting up Belsay Hall’s fairytale gardens, the Northumberland property is one of the best examples of the change in season.
The grounds were recent runners-up in the Britain’s Finest Garden category of the Countryfile Magazine Awards and it’s not hard to see why.
From the scent of candy-floss emanating from the Katsura tree to the sight of the beautiful winter gardens, Belsay offers a treat for all the senses.
Mr Hogan added: “Belsay epitomises the beauty of autumn and here at English Heritage, we’d encourage people of all ages to bring their cameras and capture the colours of this awe-inspiring season — there’s so much to see for families and animal lovers alike.”
For more information about the autumn activities at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens telephone 01661 881636.