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Autumn highlights at Attingham Park
06 Oct 2021
by Cathy Block

Jayne Gough

Enjoy the great outdoors at the National Trust’s Attingham Park on the outskirts of Shrewsbury this autumn. With woodlands, pleasure grounds, a deer park, a walled garden and orchard, autumn is impressive at Attingham. As summer comes to an end and before winter draws in the autumn colours of golden yellows, ambers, reds, deep greens and rich browns sweep across the estate and make a beautiful setting for exploring with friends or family.

This season, discover more about some of the trees on the Mile Walk, stroll among the autumn colours, see what’s being harvested in the Walled Garden, learn more about the fallow deer herd, and watch an archaeological dig taking place.

Book a ticket for a Ranger-led walk and talk on a ‘Deer Park Walk’ on Saturday 16, Sunday 17, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October. Walking around the park and stopping off at areas of interest, this walk will give visitors an insight into the trees, fallow deer herd, wildlife and land management of the estate. Deer Park Walks take place from 4 pm to 6 pm, tickets cost £5 per person, dogs welcome on leads. Admission charges will also apply for non-members of the National Trust. To book your place call 01743 708170.

Bright splashes of colour can be seen in the Walled Garden at this time of year, look out for the dahlias in bloom during early October, and the deep orange of pumpkins and squashes as they ripen ready for harvest. Over 37 varieties of apples grow in the orchard at Attingham and will be the star ingredient in a number of autumn cakes and bakes available to enjoy in the Carriage House Café.

Towards the end of October visitors will be able to see an archaeological dig taking place at Attingham. From Wednesday 20 to Friday 29 October the final season of digging will take place in the area around the underground remains of the mysterious 19th Century ‘summer house’ near to the Walled Garden. Over the last three years, archaeological investigations and research carried out by professional archaeologists and National Trust volunteers, have pieced together clues regarding the existence and development of this fascinating small building, previously unknown before archaeological work took place here in 2018.

In 2021 the discovery of an additional mid-19th century map has provided new evidence of the building and associated features. During October the team will further investigate the building and its relation to historic boundaries and tracks.

For more information on What’s On at Attingham visit nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park/whats-on

National Trust members and under 5s visit Attingham for free, standard admission charges apply for non-members. Attingham is open daily from 8 am. nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park