Something for the Autumn; Summer May Be Nearly over but English Heritage's Packed Programme of Events Will Be Sure to Keep the Winter Blues at Bay. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details

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WATCH history come to life with English Heritage this autumn as its properties in Northumberland open their doors to a wide range of funfilled events.

From brass bands to Roman trails, sites including Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens and Chesters Roman Fort have it all this autumn.

So whether you are planning a trip out for all the family or just want to escape into the great outdoors for some fresh air, why not visit one of the many fascinating sites English Heritage has to offer in the North East? Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens will provide the perfect backdrop for a series of performances from some of the best brass bands the region has to offer.

Taking place every Sunday throughout September from 3pm onwards, visitors can pack a picnic, unwind and indulge in the music.

Belsay will also be home to the popular Vintage Car show (September 11, from 11am), showcasing a wide array of vintage cars from the North East pre-war Austin Club on display with models ranging from 1920s to the 1970s.

English Heritage's Chester's Roman Fort site has fallen under the spell of the Roman era this autumn.

If you have a troop of little soldiers ready for action, why not take them along to the Roaming Roman Trail and Dress as a Roman soldier' event (October 22 to 30), where they can experience first-hand life as a Roman soldier. …