WITH THE autumn colours starting to make an appearance it’s a great time to take a walk through the gardens to enjoy the change in season.

You’ll see shades of bronze and gold slowly start to appear and bursts of purple adding a deep contrast.

The trees that line the paths are now weighed down with apples, pears and figs, waiting for you to pick and enjoy.

As we move through October the red oak tree to the side of the drive becomes a fantastic photo opportunity with its red flame-like leaves.

And the spindle tree (‎euonymus europaea) in the formal garden will soon be covered with scarlet and orange fruit.

You can find out more about the organic fruit trees and hear about how we look after the gardens on the greener gardening walks.

These run every Monday between 2pm and 3pm and are led by a member of our garden team.

The house, which has a normally moody exterior, takes on a more atmospheric feel at this time of year, and the lack of lighting combined with darker days gives off a feeling of not being alone.

As Halloween draws closer, East Riddlesden Hall is the perfect place to put your nerves to the test.

Come along during half term to follow a garden trail, make spooky masks and have a go at carving your own pumpkin.

Dates and times for the activities vary so please take a look at the website for full details nationaltrust.org.uk/riddlesdenhall.

Between October 25-31 we’re offering free entry for all under 18s who arrive in their scariest fancy-dress costumes.

The popular children’s Halloween party in the barn will be taking place on Thursday October 31 at 10.30am, 1pm and 3pm.

We’ll be joined by Pop Party Discos who’ll be entertaining little witches and wizards with their favourite party music and spooky games.

As well as a disco, there’ll also be face painting and creepy crafts too. Tickets cost £6 for children and £2.50 for adults.

A hot dog, bun and unlimited soft drinks are included in the children’s tickets and the bar will be open for adults.

Even though it still feels too early to be mentioning Christmas, our wreath-making workshops that run on weekends from November 16 are filling up fast.

The workshops are a great place to take some time out with friends and loved ones to create something beautiful for your home.

We’ll be using natural materials that we’ve collected from the garden throughout the year, including dried flowers, as well as fresh holly and ivy.

Pine cones, ribbons and cinnamon sticks will add the finishing touches.

Tickets cost £27 and include tea/coffee and a sweet treat from the tea-room. Please call 0344 249 1895 or see online to book.

East Riddlesden Hall is open every day except Fridays between 10.30am-4.30pm (last admission at 4pm).

General admission prices apply; free entry for National Trust members and under-fives.

For more information on all the autumn activities, please visit nationaltrust.org.uk/riddlesdenhall or call 01535 607075 during office hours.