Time to get ready for some autumnal fun
This has been a great summer for getting out and about and enjoying the outdoors.
The National Trust's 50 things festival has been full of ideas for new things to try, and the places to try them, from jumping over waves to exploring inside hollow trees, tracking wild animals to climbing a really big hill.
Thousands of people have joined in the festival all across the South West, and the best news is that, just because the holidays are coming to an end, there's still lots more to see and do over coming weeks and months.
As summer makes way for autumn, conkers will be high up the list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾, and now's a good time to remind yourself about where the nearest horse chestnut tree is: if you're not sure what it looks like, visit the Woodland Trust's website (woodlandtrust.org.uk) which has lots of help for budding conker hunters. Once you know what you're looking for, Dyrham Park, near Bath, is a good place to start your search.
Another 50 things activity perfect for an autumn day is catching a falling leaf. Head to anywhere with trees and keep your eyes open – it can be harder than you think to actually catch a leaf. Lacock Abbey, just south of Chippenham has lots of different trees in the estate's woodland, and if you're feeling creative, try catching lots of different shapes and colours and making some wild art (ticking off another 50 things activity).
Stourhead, south of Frome, is another great place to try – you might even catch a leaf from Britain's tallest oak tree.
There are lots of other activities going on across the region. If you've been visiting Bristol over the summer you might have seen Gromit Unleashed the new public art exhibition on the city's streets. Tyntesfield, just west of Bristol has joined in the fun with its very own Gromit called Oops A Daisy, designed by celebrity garden designer Diarmuid Gavin. To celebrate Oops A Daisy at Tyntesfield, there are five of Gromit's favourite things hidden around the estate for you to find.
If you'd like a castle visit with a difference, how about an expedition to Dunster Castle near Minehead?
This weekend (August 31 and September 1), a local archery group will be helping visitors get on target with have-a-go sessions.
You'll be aiming at a gold bull's-eye rather than enemy invaders, but if you've ever fancied a go with a bow, now's your chance. (No need to book, just turn up, 11am to 4pm.)
If you've had a great summer of 50 things activities and you'd like to do more, visit 50things.org.uk