National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride. Photo © Ruth Armstrong 04

New Outdoor Autumn Trail to ‘Fall’ for at the National Museum of Rural Life

The National Museum of Rural Life has launched an Autumn Explorers Trail for half-term, with a range of activities for the whole family.

Running from Tuesday 12th October until Friday 15th October and supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, visitors to the Museum can take part in autumnal activities such as storytelling, outdoor discovery trails and wildlife ranger walks around the farm.

They will have the chance to join storyteller Allison Galbraith, and  listen to her tales about Scotland’s wildlife on the Tuesday and Wednesday, and follow Dan the Story Man on the Thursday and Friday, as he walks the museum’s Willow Sculpture Trail, spotting animals handmade from willow branches along the way.

Visitors can also explore the farm with a countryside ranger from Tuesday to Friday to discover some of the wildlife that live in the area. From identifying roe deer tracks, to finding bats in time for Halloween, the walks will inspire junior wildlife watchers to get their wellies on and get outside.

The activities are free with museum admission, but tickets should be booked in advance via the National Museum of Rural Life website. Visitors can also sign up to the Autumn Explorers Trail activities on the day.

Allison Whitehill, Engagement Officer at National Museum of Rural Life says:

“As we head into the cooler months, we wanted to offer our visitors an experience to bring people outdoors and closer to nature this autumn.

 “We are thrilled to be offering the Autumn Explorers Trail at the museum this October half-term. It is the perfect time of year for people to explore our diverse range of wildlife and the trail has something for all nature lovers to enjoy.”

 Stephanie Kerr, Programmes Advisor at People’s Postcode Lottery added:

“There’s something for everyone at The National Museum of Rural Life this autumn. The seasonal colours make it one of the best times to be outdoors at the 1950s-style working farm and will make you ‘fall’ for the fresh air and cooler weather.

 “I am pleased that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are helping to support activities that help get families closer to nature. With stirring storytelling or wanders along the willow sculptures, the Autumn Explorers activities are guaranteed to be a fun day out for everyone.”

Located near East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, the National Museum of Rural Life is open seven days a week between 10am-5pm.

In line with Scottish Government guidelines, a range of measures has been put in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. This includes pre-booked timed entry, face coverings, enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens, hand-sanitising stations and one-way routes.  

The latest information and guidance on how to visit all museums can be found on our website: 

National Museums Scotland has been awarded the UK-wide, industry-standard “We’re Good To Go” accreditation. This means the museums follow Government and public health guidelines, have carried out COVID-19 risk assessments, and have the appropriate processes in place.

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