15 November 2016

Autumn Leaves at Rufford Abbey

Nature and Autumn always seem to work together to create the most beautiful colours, for the last few years we have headed out into the woods to play amongst the leaves and this year was no different.

We headed up to Rufford Abbey, a usual haunt for some autumn leaf action. It started off as a sunny autumn day but no sooner had we got our wellies on it started to cloud over. But for us it didn’t matter, we all had our waterproof coats and wellies on, wrapped up so we were snug and warm.

We played in the woods, throwing leaves, running and jumping over logs, then we looked for mushrooms and acorns and talked about the seasons.

The children climbed the trees and even rode them like horses and the ever changing season never failed to give us something to look at and play with.

As we walked through the woods we saw a log pile, so all of us broke into the Gruffalo story, it is a great way to spend a lazy Sunday morning, reciting one of our most favourite stories.

As we got towards the ford it started to rain, so we watched a few cars splash through the water and then headed into the café for a warming sausage roll and hot chocolate, a standard for us on our winter visits.

It carried on raining so we headed back around the river, covered by the dwindling canopy of the trees, the little miss still munching away on her sausage roll and me holding on to the last bits of warmth from my hot chocolate. We came to some rather sodden and hungry ducks who were eager to eat any crumbs that dropped off my daughter’s sausage roll, we befriended a duck who followed us like a little puppy.

As we came out of the woods the rain had stopped but the wind whipped round our ears and so the children decided they wanted to go home and snuggle on the sofa, but not before they pretended to be birds flying with the giant leaves they had found.

I love Rufford Abbey and the fun we have there, it is a place we visit all the time and we still manage to find something new to explore or see. The ever changing seasons offer up new colours, fauna and wildlife and that's why we love it.



  1. Love that picture of them throwing the leave up! It's absolutely the most beautiful time of the year.

  2. Such beautiful pictures! I love the colours of autumn, but sadly my kids are too old and too booked up with football and rugby matches for us to go out and enjoy it all!

  3. The photo where they are throwing the leaves is just lovely. Looks like you had a fun, snuggled up kind of day!

  4. What a great place to explore. I really like the photo of them throwing leaves in the air. Made me smile. Keeping warm with hot chocolate sounds lovely.

  5. Such beautiful pictures! Rufford Abbey sounds like a great place to visit with kids.

  6. Your kids have really grown up. I can't believe it's been that long since I was at your home photographing your girl as a newborn! Beautiful photos, I've yet to visor Rufford Abbey x

  7. It looks like a beautiful place for a day out - I love the picture of them throwing leaves!

  8. This really is the best time of year to wrap up warm and get outside - the colours are gorgeous x

  9. Lovely photo's, my kids love playing in the autumn leaves


I love reading your comments, thank you. By leaving a comment you agree to the terms set out in our Privacy Policy.