Leaves are crinkling under foot and the trees are bare but the autumnal chill is locked away outside.
That is the creative reality in Harewood House’s sculptural paper forest at least, as the seasonal colours and shapes prove the inspiration for visiting families this half term.
The north Leeds estate’s leafy grounds have become home to its Autumn Glory attractions, which include the vibrant handcrafted indoor forest inside its courtyard education suite as part of the Big Draw scheme.
Children and their parents are being urged to come along and depict their own leaves to hang on twine branches to encourage people to get drawing and make the most of the autumn.
Zoe White, learning coordinator at Harewood House, told the YEP: “It’s about embracing Harewood when it looks at its best.
“With the paper forest we have something unique to do and it’s a great experience – we have a lot of families working together with adults making leaves as well.”
The Big Draw, which runs from October 1 to November 3, is a national campaign designed to get everyone drawing, whether you are adept or an amateur, enthused or just inquisitive about what you can create.
Harewood’s Autumn Glory events will also see children’s craft activities, including potato and leaf printing, an interactive literature trail, storytelling in the bookshop and a carved pumpkin display, run until Sunday.
Seasonal food demonstrations in the estate’s old kitchen will also see a broad range of apples from the Northern Fruit Group and Harewood’s orchards displayed.
Ms White added: “It’s a full family event, there is lots going on and pretty much everything is free once you’re in the grounds.”
Feathered friends will also be roaming the Harewood’s bird garden, while the adventure playground, ruins of Harewood Castle and walks are there to enjoy.
The event is the last chance to visit the estate ahead of it closing for winter conservation before its 2014 opening.
Free to Harewood members, entry to Autumn Glory is included in a grounds ticket for all other visitors, which costs up to £10. Ticket upgrades are available for entry to the house itself.
Visit www.harewood.org or call 0113 2181000 for further information.