If you’re anything like us, you’ll have wondered where that summer went?! As the nights draw in, we find ourselves feeling like Autumn is well and truly upon us and activities in autumn are here! From the rich red of the leaves to those cold but bright mornings, there’s SO much to love about this snuggly season but after what has been a weird year for weather, we’re finding it a little harder to get into that autumnal spirit. So, to help us get ready for one of the most magical times of the year, we’ve decided to pull together 10 of the best activities in autumn.
1. Spend the day at a pumpkin patch
One of the best activities in autumn has to be pumpkin picking! No matter what your plans are for the spookiest day of the year, pumpkin picking makes a wonderful day out with family or friends. Whether you’re looking for a variety to decorate and have around the house or perhaps you’re after some orange beauties to carve up, grab your wellies and find your local pumpkin patch! If you are close to London you could try Crockford Bridge Farm, Cammas Hall Farm or Priory Farm that are all just a stone’s throw away, or else have a search for pumpkin patches near you!
2. Collect some conkers
Another one of our favourite activities in autumn is grabbing some reusable bags and head down to your closet park or forest to collect some conkers – they have so many fantastic and fun uses and can be found pretty much anywhere in autumn! Get creative with the kids and make your very own conker caterpillar, have an afternoon making your own autumnal wreath (see point 10!) or simply use them as delightful decorations around the house.
3. Remember, remember
…the 5th November! Wrap up warm and head down to watch your local firework or bonfire display. There’s nothing cosier than an evening of ahhh-ing and oooh-ing at the colourful displays, as well as plenty of food and drink stalls so you can make an evening of it. Don’t quite fancy heading out? Get in some of your own and host your own firework display at home responsibly.
4. Hunt down a hot chocolate
For those with a sweet tooth, enjoying a hot chocolate on a chilly day is a true mark of autumn. We know that most people will already have a go-to spot to get their chocolate fix but if you’re in London, Rococo Chocolates and Venchi are off the chocolate scale! For vegans, fear not! Copperhouse Chocolate is a dairy-free dream!
5. Enjoy a Sunday roast
There is nothing more wholesome about autumn than a delicious Sunday roast. Whether that’s at your local pub or in the comfort of your own home, make it a tradition each Sunday of the week to enjoy some yummy Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes after a nice long walk. Take a read of Time Out’s seriously good Sunday lunches for a list of London’s best roasts!
6. Watch an autumn sunset
As autumn goes by and the evenings draw in, the early sunsets provide a magical opportunity to watch wildlife in their natural habitat. Also known as ‘The Sunset Switch’ by nature lovers, you can enjoy golden hour whilst watching wildlife head off to rest whilst others come out to forage. Take a warm drink and some snacks for a wonderful evening watching all the magnificent colours of the sky and see which animals you can spot! Have your own favourite sunset spot? Share yours in the comments!
7. Go apple and damson picking
One of our favourite activities in autumn is fruit picking! It might be the end of the growing season but it’s prime time for apples and damsons! Head out for a spot of responsible foraging or make a day of it at a ‘pick your own’ farm to pick some deliciously ripe fruit and see what you can bake with it…why not try a couple of our favourite farms; Parkside Farm and Garsons Farm?I
8. Ready, set, bake!
After your day apple, damson and/or pumpkin picking, spend the afternoon in the kitchen cooking up some tasty treats! Try your hand at homemade jam, perfect for the festive season or a delicious apple or pumpkin pie that can be enjoyed after a scrumptious Sunday roast!
9. Eye spy!
From Richmond Park to Bushey Park, Clissold Park to Greenwich Park, head over to your closet deer park to try to spot some stunning stags. Not only are they all beautiful parks perfect for a wholesome autumnal walk, the start of the season marks rutting season where you can watch from afar deer locking antlers to impress the female deer, also known as hinds. Here’s a helpful article about the different things you need to know when deer spotting during rutting season – but most importantly, remember to keep your distance!
10. Make your very own autumnal wreath
Wreaths aren’t just for winter! Making a DIY wreath is one of our favourite activities in autumn so get foraging for twigs, leaves and berries to create your very own! Find those rich reds and warm oranges to give it that welcoming, autumnal feel. Get as creative as you like to make your own that matches your style – not forgetting to use pinecones and conkers too! Make sure you’re foraging responsibly.
Give one of these activities in autumn a try and send us your photos of your conker caterpillars or autumnal wreaths over to @marthabrookldn!
P.S. Need some pumpkin decorating inspiration? Keep your eyes peeled on our Instagram for this year’s pumpkins, designed by our very own team! Coming soon…