5 things to enjoy at Painshill in October

Hello October

The days may be getting shorter and the temperature has dropped, however nature is about to treat us to a stunning riot of reds, golds and yellows.

In the 18th century Charles Hamilton, the designer of Painshill, would buy trees and shrubs from John Bartram in America. They would arrive in seed boxes that travelled across the Atlantic by ship. Painshill has been left with a legacy of deciduous plants that were awarded plant heritage status in 2006. They give a wonderful display of autumn colour.

Here’s 5 things to enjoy at Painshill in October.

1. Autumn colour

The John Bartram Heritage Collection of American trees and shrubs can be found across Painshill, particularly around the Chinese Bridge which casts a stunning reflection on a still day.

2. Fairy Doors

This autumn the Painshill team have created a fun family Fairy Door trail to spark every child’s imagination. Take a wander and see if you can spot homes of the fairies.

Fairy Doors at Painshill

3. Autumn Tree Day

Learn more about the tree collection at Painshill, enjoy live music and watch a wood turning demonstration at our Autumn Tree Day on Sunday 23 October.

4. Mushroom spotting

Across Painshill there is a huge variety of mushrooms in autumn. Head out and see if you can spot fungi of every shape, colour and size.

Mushrooms in Autumn

5. Atmospheric mists

John Keats wrote that autumn was the season of mists and there are many mornings when an atmospheric cloud lays over the lake and around the follies. Head to Painshill at opening time on a misty day to enjoy a different view of the landscape.

misty morning