Forestry England’s ultimate list of low-cost, fun activities to do this autumn half-term

By Entertainment Correspondent

For getting out and about with the kids, the seasons don’t get much better than autumn.
From conker collecting to jumping in leaf piles, there are so many brilliant, low-cost autumnal activities for the whole family to enjoy. 

So, whether you looking to whizz through the kaleidoscope of leaf colours on your bike, or to fly off on a forest adventure with Julia Donaldson’s much-loved character Zog, Forestry England has plenty of activities to keep all ages entertained this half-term. And the best thing is, they won’t break the bank with many activities being free!

Gruffalo sculpture trail, various forests

Set off on a memorable day out and venture into the deep dark wood with your family to find the Gruffalo character and his friends from Julia Donaldson’s classic story.Each sculpture has been hand-carved and placed in different positions. Can you find them all?

Your little ones will love meeting Mouse, Owl, Fox, Snake and Squirrel as well as the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s child!

 Zog activity trail, various forests

Fly over to your local forest and enjoy a low-cost family adventure this autumn, where  you’ll find an activity trail based on Julia Donaldson’s much loved Zog. Grab a Zog trail activity pack for only £4 at the visitor centre before starting the trail and setting off for a fun forest adventure. Children can channel their inner Zog by donning a pair of wings and completing fun challenges to collect golden stars.  

Reconnect with nature on a wellbeing trail, various forests

Autumn is a fantastic time to look, listen and reflect on the things all around you. Did you know that simply taking time to be mindful can be good for children’s health and happiness? 

During half-term, spend some quality time away from screens with your family and connect with nature on one of Forestry England’s wellbeing trails. 

In addition to the wellbeing trails, families can also give forest bathing a go. Simply find a quiet spot where your kids feel safe and relaxed and start practicing the art of forest bathing with Forestry England’s downloadable activity sheets.


The Ballad of Birtha, family trail, Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

This trail, made just for Westonbirt Arboretum by kids’ author and artist Duncan Beedie, is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy this autumn.

Birtha is the woodland spirit of autumn and she’s feeling a bit under the weather.

To help Birtha get back to her colourful self, follow the trail to find her woodland friends,  who are all ready to help her!

Pumpkin carving, Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Bring your little ones along for this fun pumpkin carving activity, the perfect half-term  activity for kids this Halloween. This is great for kids of all ages to get creative but most of all have fun. Children can even come dressed in their Halloween fancy dress to make the occasion even spookier.

Family cycle trails, various forests

Cycling is an excellent way to experience autumn and can be enjoyed by the whole family. With over 2,500 km of trails to enjoy, Forestry England has got your family cycling adventure covered. 

Discover dedicated cycling trails, skills areas and beginner mountain bike trails perfect for starting your children on their cycling journey. So, grab your helmet and head out for a beautiful cycle ride this autumn.

Stomp through leaves, various forests

In autumn deciduous trees lose their leaves, leaving a carpet of red, yellow and orange leaves spread across the forest. On your family walk, try gathering as many fallen leaves as you can, and have a competition to see who can build the tallest pile. Or just take the opportunity to roll, jump and play in them!

Remember to bring a picnic. It might not be as warm as the summer, but autumn can be the perfect time for a picturesque family lunch. Wrap up warm, dust off your picnic blanket and pack all your favourites into your picnic basket, you could even try including something warm, like soup in a flask! 

Here is Forestry England’s ultimate guide of autumn walks to enjoy.

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