Enjoy the arrival of autumn at Sudeley Castle
Throughout September and October, families can follow a trail around our grounds, finding out about some of the creatures that call our countryside home.
As the seasons change and shades of orange, yellow and red colour the countryside, Autumn is the perfect opportunity to enjoy our breath-taking gardens.
There are an array of flowers, shrubs, trees and herbs to delight the senses in Autumn, such as the golden yellow of the lime and tulip trees, to the burned orange of the Persian ironwood.
Horse chestnut trees laden-down with conkers will bear their fruit near to the castle’s adventure playground and British wildlife will feature in a new trail around the castle gardens this autumn.
The new wildlife trail has been developed in partnership with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and includes everything from birds and bats to hedgehogs to trees and toads.
The new trail will run throughout September and October, including the half term holidays. Entry to the trail is free with admission tickets.
As well as completing the trail and enjoying the castle gardens, younger visitors can play on the new fun fort, warm-up with a hot drink and delicious food at the Terrace Restaurant, before enjoying the fascinating new exhibition which tells the 1,000-year story of Sudeley Castle.
Resources and trail details
Trail includes 10 bird boxes to find around the castle grounds. Bird boxes include wildlife information found in the area, and a stamp for children to use on their activity sheet obtained from the Visitor Centre upon arrival. Please leave the bird boxes, information sheets and stamps as you found them for other visitors to enjoy.
For further information on how you can help support the wildlife in Gloucestershire, and if you’ve participated in our trail and would like further information on the things you’ve seen, follow the links below:
Butterfly watch – https://www.bigbutterflycount.org/
Helping hedgehogs – https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/what-do-if-you-find-wild-animal/help-hedgehog
Find out more about frogs and toads – https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/amphibians
Calculate the ageof a tree – http://www.wbrc.org.uk/atp/Estimating%20Age%20of%20Oaks%20-%20Woodland%20Trust.pdf