Where to Enjoy Autumn Colours on a Family Day Out

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Walking is free and anyone can do it, all you need are comfy shoes! The Sunny-D team has researched some great days out to enjoy the glorious colours of autumn with the family.

Many parks and woods have trails that are suitable for children and pushchairs so everyone can enjoy the outdoors this autumn.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire

These lovely gardens cover 180 acres and there is a special autumn family trail. Children will love playing in the tree house, exploring the bamboo tunnels and spotting pigs in the wood. Admission charge (children free).

Where: Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0QA
More info: www3.hants.gov.uk

National Pinetum, Bedgebury, Kent

The National Pinetum has the biggest collection of conifers in the world: over 400 varieties, and they are not all evergreen so you'll see the autumn colours here too. The Wealden Times Midwinter Fair is on from 19-21 November.

Where: Bedgebury, near Tunbridge Wells, TN17 2SJ.
More info: www.forestry.gov.uk

Alice Holt Forest, Surrey

This forest of ancient oak trees was recently the location for the film Gladiator. There are marked trails for different abiltlies, cycle hire and play areas.

Where: near Farnham, GU10 4LS
More info: www.forestry.gov.uk

Haldon Forest Park, Devon

A vast 3,500 acres of woodland at Haldon Forest Park means you will never be bored! There are great walking trails and the Discovery Trail is specially for children. You can also hire bikes. Free admission,charge for car park.

Where: Haldon Gateway, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7XR
More info: www.forestry.gov.uk

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Gloucestershire

Autumn is the perfect time for a walk through the Forest of Dean. The Sculpture Trail (4.5 miles) leads you through the trees in search of sculptures like the huge fir cone. There is a play area and cafe. Free admission,charge for car park.

Where: Beechenhurst Lodge, Speech House Road, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7EG
More info: www.forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, Norfolk

Ancient woods (130 acres) with wonderful autumn colours and frequent spotting of birds migrating for the winter and sometimes even otters! Easy walking (pushchair-friendly) on lots of paths or take a trip on the river.

Where: School Rd, South Walsham, Norwich NR13 6DZ
More info: www.fairhavengarden.co.uk

Lynford Arboretum, Thetford Forest, Norfolk

A tranquil place renowned for the autumn show that its trees put on! The autumn trail (2 miles long) takes in the Sequoia Avenue, a splendid row of trees planted in the 1800s to honour the Duke of Wellington.

Where: Thetford, Suffolk
More info: www.forestry.gov.uk

Grizedale, Lake District

This ancient woodland, between Coniston Water and Windermere, is a lovely spot to see the trees in autumn. There is a very easy walking trail (one mile) through Ridding Wood, good for smaller children. The visitor's centre (with charge for parking) has a cafe and mountain bike hire.

Where: Grizedale, Lake District, LA22 0QJ
More info: www.forestry.gov.uk

National Forest, The Midlands

There are nearly 9 million trees in this 200 square mile forest, with walks, cycle trails, and interactive activities like the Conkers Discovery Centre (indoor and outdoor).

Where: National Forest, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire
More info: www.visitnationalforest.co.uk

Salcey Forest Centre, Northamptonshire

Over one thousand acres of forest with trails, and the Tree Top Way, 15 metres above the ground, for spectacular views. There's also an adventure play ground.

Where: South of Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN7 2HX
More info: www.forestry.gov.uk

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

This peaceful landscaped garden has many unusual and beautiful plants from around the world, including massive Redwood trees and Victorian Glasshouses. Free entry.

Where: Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ
More info: www.rbge.org.uk

Encourage your child to walk by packing them a rucksack with treats and a drink of Sunny-D.

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