FAMILIES should find plenty to occupy themselves this half-term at Brownsea Island.

The autumnal colours are at their best and across the island, owned by the National Trust, nature is preparing for the long winter months ahead. There are great trails that will captivate the kids and beautiful landscape and wildlife that all the family can enjoy.

The Great Brownsea Storybook trail, which leads visitors across the island, takes a spooky turn on the build up to Hallowe’en. Hansel and Gretel have stolen the witch’s belongings and it’s up to visitors to try and find them for her. After the trail there are drop in sessions for Hallowe’en crafts in the visitor centre.

If the spooky trail is too scary, visitors can always opt for Brownsea’s tree climbing trail that ends up at the natural play area, hours of fun all carved out of Brownsea timber.

The ever popular family red squirrel walks are back, running daily at 11.30am and 2pm, led by Trust volunteers. This is the perfect way to find out all about these cute little red squirrels, a rare sight on the mainland and hopefully get to spot a few as well.

The Outdoor Centre are also opening their doors to visitors this half-term, with a chance to warm toes or toast a marshmallow around the campfire between 12pm and 3pm on Monday October 23 and Wednesday October 25.

If that wasn’t enough to occupy the kids, then there will be archery and low rope activity days on Tuesday October 24 and Thursday October 26. Booking for the archery and low rope sessions is essential.

To book onto the activity days, email brownseaisland@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01202 707744.