Now that autumn has officially planted it’s feet, we’ve all been inundated with a pile of pumpkin spice recipes, photos of stunning autumn leaves and a whole host of scented candles. Autumn is a fun time of year, because we have the cool air to enjoy, gorgeous colours to look at and events such as Halloween and Guy Faulks (Bonfire Night) in the UK. It’s a busy time of year, and if you’ve been to any shops in the last week you’ll know that the countdown to Christmas has officially begun *gulp*. But before you start running around like a headless chicken worrying about preparations for the festive season, take some time to enjoy this time of year. There are so many cliche things we all like to do at this time of year (Starbucks PSL), but let’s think about the places you can visit and activities you can fill your weekends with. It’s still a great time to be outdoors and enjoy our country, so let’s see what kind of things we can do at this time of year before the weather becomes arctic.
It might be too cold to wear a vest top and shorts now, but it’s no excuse to hide indoors until next spring. Autumn is an amazing time to be outdoors because it’s not too hot, not too cold. You can wear floaty dresses and layer up with tights and jackets. There’s nothing better than stepping outside on a sunny autumn morning and feeling the bite of crisp air on your face. Take some time to explore some amazing countryside locations at this time of year, the Peak District in particular is stunning in the colder months and the trees offer you loads of Instagram opportunities.
The UK in particular is full to the brim of amazing historical buildings and castles for us to explore. The home of Hadrian’s wall, the castles which make up Hogwarts School of Witchcraft And Wizardry and even the hometown of William Shakespeare. The world is full of cultural and historical spots which we should all take the time to see once in our lives. If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, visiting Highclere Castle would be an amazing way to release your inner flapper. Plan a day out with your family or some close friends to see beautiful architecture and learn about a whole different era.
The epitome of the autumn bucket list is to go to a local farm and pick out a pumpkin the size of Cinderella’s carriage. You can then spend the next few weeks gutting the pumpkin and carving it for Halloween, and making an assortment of pumpkin flavoured recipes. Pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, and not forgetting the all-important pumpkin spice latte. Pumpkins are the symbol of autumn all around the world, so get yourself onto google and find the nearest farm to pick your perfect pumpkin this month.
Because it’s getting closer to Halloween now, if you are thick skinned it might be a really fun idea to gather with your friends and spend the night in a haunted house. An old, dusty manor is the perfect setting to make you paranoid and set you up for Halloween by scaring the living daylights out of yourself and your friends. If you don’t want to go that far, there are some farms such as Apple Jacks which hold week-long events where they celebrate all things Halloween. You’ll have a fun night out and set yourself up perfectly for the end of October.
At the beginning of November, us Brits like to gather around a Bonfire and let off fireworks in celebration of a foiled plot to blow up the houses of parliament centuries ago. We sit around the fire, drink hot chocolates and eat hotdogs from a van, and then watch as the flames grow and lights illuminate the sky. It’s a fun way to spend a Saturday night and it really makes the most out of the autumn night. If you are going to go to one of these, make sure to wrap up warm and bring your camera.
Late Night Drives In The Countryside
Driving at night time is something which seems to be everyone’s idea of relaxing. Listening to your favourite songs while cruising along country lanes is a great way to get out of the house without having to brace yourself for the cold weather. Bring a flask of hot chocolate and park up in the mountains to enjoy the evening air.