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Alternative Autumn Breaks

  • Sophie
  • 28th September 2015
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Goodbye summer, hello autumn.

The kids are back at school, the nights are drawing in and days spent at the beach and having BBQs in the back garden are nothing more than a distant memory.

But, wait a minute! Just because summer's over doesn't mean we need to go into hibernation. Oh no. Autumn rocks it's actually our favourite season. It's when our forests look most beautiful, with the leaves changing from green to warming reds, oranges and yellows. It's when we get to wrap-up warm and go on crisp, autumn walks with family and friends. It's when we get to cosy-up by the fire and over-indulge in cups of hot chocolate. And then you've got other things to look forward to, such as pumpkin carving for Halloween and watching fireworks on Bonfire Night.


What's not to love?


Why not make the most of this glorious season and organise an alternative autumn break for you and your loved ones? Here are some ideas:

Ottery St Mary Tar Barrels


It's an event that has health and safety officials up in arms each year. On November 5th, in a small village in the heart of Devon, (mildly deranged) villagers pick up huge, flaming tar barrels and run through crowds of gawping spectators (13 15,000 of them, to be precise). Men, women and children(!) all get involved in this annual tradition, which dates back to the 17th century. With a grand bonfire and plenty of stalls to grab a hot chocolate, this is a great, alternative way to spend Guy Fawkes Night.

Picture Perfect at Westonbirt Arboretum


During the October half term Westonbirt Arboretum is hosting a Picture Perfect event for families. Kids and their parents will set off on a walk through the arboretum, exploring the variety of colours, shapes and textures of the trees. There will be craft activities on offer, where little ones will be able to create their 'perfect picture' of autumn.

City of the Dead


Dubbed 'Britain's Best Ghost Walk,' Edinburgh's City of the Dead tours will leave you trembling in your boots. This Halloween, take a stroll around a haunted graveyard or explore the deep, dark depths of the city's underground. Your guide will share stories of ghostly goings-on and gruesome tales of yesteryear. And if your little ones have nerves of steel, City of the Dead offer kids tours. Prepare to be afraid very afraid€¦

Take a family trip to a pick-your-own farm


Did you know that there are hundreds of pick-your-own farms dotted across the UK? (Find one near you). October's harvest brings late apples; and there's something very humbling about heading out on a crisp autumn's day, picking your fruit and bringing it home to make delicious treats such as chutneys, pies, or perhaps a hearty crumble to complement a Sunday roast. What's more, during the month of October many of these farms invite the public to come and pick their own pumpkins for carving!

Go Ape


If you're planning a crisp autumn's walk through the forest, why not stop by Go Ape to have a go on one of our award-winning Tree Top Adventure courses? With 28 locations across the UK, there's bound to be a course near you.

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