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15 places to enjoy Autumn in Surrey

September 24, 2020

Autumn is on its way, the leaves are already turning and we are so lucky to have so many amazing places in Surrey to watch the change in seasons. 

If you’re wanting to get out and enjoy these Autumn days then look no further, here are 15 beautiful places in Surrey for you and the kids to explore.

15 places to enjoy Autumn in Surrey

1. Winkworth Arboretum

This is a National Trust-owned arboretum with Autumn one of the best times to visit. The colours are amazing with reds, purples and golds lining the hills. Early on in the season you can see the katsura trees which smell of candyfloss. 

Don’t miss the Azalea Steps leading towards the boathouse, where the candyfloss-scented katsura trees and blazing red maples create a truly magical atmosphere.

The natural play area is also a perfect stop off for little ones.

2. Painshill park

Painshill Park is one of the most stunning backdrops for the change in seasons. With lakes and Autumn trees in abundance, this is definitely worth a trip. This picture will soon be awash with Autumn colours…

3. Hatchlands Park 

Hatchlands Park is one of the largest country estates in the green belt surrounding Greater London. This circular walk follows the edge of the park through woodland and open parkland with distant views of the house and the wider Surrey countryside. Follow the pink arrows on our waymarker posts.

4. Claremont Landscape Gardens

Another favourite of ours! The maples at Claremont turn shades of soft amber in autumn, with touches of colour across the landscape garden. The paths are perfect for kids and pushchairs, so it’s a great place for an Autumn walk.

5. Polesden Lacey 

Another National Trust site with gorgeous walks located around the historic stately home of the Edwardian Greville family. 

There are wonderful views of the Surrey Hills, awash with colour and for little ones a playground.

6. RHS Wisley 

This is a wonderful place to visit all year round, but it’s also beautiful in Autumn. With cafes now open and a natural play area for children there is something for everyone. 

8. Box hill self-guided trail

Visit the Shepherd’s Hut and pick up one of the National Trust leaflets and set off to see the changing season and the wonderful autumn colours around Box Hill.

9. The Leith Hill 50 Things Trail

Get up close to nature with our exciting new trail around Leith Hill. There are a lot of the 50 things to do, and the trail is in two parts – an easy bit and a more challenging section. Enjoy the challenge!

10.Gatton Park

With far-reaching views, this historic parkland is a great place for a leisurely stroll, dog walk or energetic run. Stop off at the lakes, or spend some quiet time at the millennium stones.

11. Headley Heath

With its rare mix of woodland, chalk downland and heathland, Headley Heath offers a full sensory experience. Look at the views, smell the damp leaf-litter, feel a breeze on your face, listen to the birds in the trees and taste the sharp sweetness of a blackberry from the bush

12. Limpsfield common 

A perfect walk for the young ones, this short walk takes you around the beech trees of Ridlands Grove with their glorious autumn colour and a chance to visit the homes of the woodland animals.

14. Denbies wine estate

Autumn is one of the most beautiful and inspiring times at Denbies Wine Estate.  The 265 acres of vines, ablaze with striking golds, splashes of reds and vibrant greens are picture perfect as the harvest gets underway.  

There are lots of events taking place throughout the Autumn season at Denbies, for example the Sparkling Afternoon Tea & Tour or wine bar on the lawn.

15. Garsons garden centre 

Autumn is also known for pumpkins!! Garsons garden centre already has some pumpkins available in their pick your own, a fun activity for little ones. 

16. The Savill Garden 

The Savill Garden is a hidden gem in the heart of Windsor Great Park in Evham, surrey. 

Commissioned by George V, the Garden was created in 1932 by Sir Eric Savill and, under the careful guidance of the Keeper of the Gardens and team of horticulturists – it as majestic today as it was then. Visit and you will be connecting with decades of Royal History from the original weeping willow tree that still stands today to many others including.

The Savill Garden is now open to Friends of The Savill Garden and Members of Windsor Great Park as well as a limited number of paid for entry tickets for each day.

For more ‘what to do in Surrey ideas’ try ‘at the pumpkin patch‘ a look at one of our visits to Garsons Garden Centre.

Sarah x

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