Autumn has arrived. The leaves are changing, the air has become crisp, and the signs of the new season popping up everywhere. Despite how beautiful Autumn can be, it's always a little sad to say goodbye to Summer.
Instead of feeling glum about Summer being over, it's better to look forward with optimism. Embrace the new season by planning fun seasonal activities. Despite the short days, long nights, and miserable weather; there's a lot to enjoy as Summer makes way for Autumn.
Autumn is one of the best times of year to make the most of the mild weather and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. We're sharing our favourite Autumn adventures with slow travel ideas, dog-friendly activities, and seasonal recipes to help you make the most out of this season.
Visit a Handmade Market
All throughout autumn you'll discover seasonal events taking place both indoors and outside. With the run up to Christmas, most weekends you'll be able to find a handmade market happening almost every weekend. These craft markets are the best place to shop for handmade gifts. It's an awesome way to enjoy the festive season, support local businesses, and buy unique holiday gifts for your loved ones.
We're back at the Paperdolls Market for the winter craft fair. We'll be bringing our sustainable jewellery to sell alongside other local independent designer-makers. The market takes place in the Custard Factory, Birmingham. There are over 50 stalls featuring everything from art, homewares, and clothing. Save the date!
Go On a Woodland Walk
Autumn is one of the most wonderful times of years to get outside and see nature at its finest. From mid-September to mid-October, the autumn colours and at bold and vibrant. It's the ideal opportunity to embrace the chance in season and witness is first hand outdoors. Now is the time to go on a woodland walk, wander through a forest, get lost in a maize maze, or have a go at pumpkin picking.
Take a Short Break off the Beaten Track
Autumn is the ideal time to take a slow travel adventure off the beaten track. Whether it's a cosy cabin in the woods, a secluded hideaway by the beach, or glamping in the countryside. These eco-friendly short breaks will make travelling in autumn a magical experience.
Decorate for the Season
One of the best ways to truly embrace the changing seasons is with seasonal decorations and scents. In autumn, dried flowers, natural wreaths, and seed heads replace freshly cut summer flowers. Candles with spicy, woody scents not only fill a house with beautiful fragrance, they offer softer, warmer lighting that creates a calmer environment.
Cook Seasonal Recipes
There are so many amazing seasonal foods and festive treats available around Autumn. This time of year has some of the best deserts to enjoy, including pumpkin pie and apple crumble. Even the savoury options are a delight, from toasted pumpkin seeds to pumpkin soup. It's also a great season to make a batch of fire cider.
It's what we've all been waiting for: Halloween! Embrace the spooky season with traditional Halloween activities. Whether you want a spooky day indoors or a fun activity outside, there are so many Halloween activities to choose from. Craft something creepy, carve a pumpkin or turnip, attend a Halloween parade, or make a costume.
Become a Ghost Hunter
Ghost tours are a fantastic way to enjoy an Autumn evening, learn about your local history, and maybe even spot a ghost... Ghost walks combine a crisp outdoor stroll with seasonal festivities that won't fail to set the mood for this special season. Find a local event and book a place on a ghost tour to hear grisly stories from the past, including murder, grave robbing, and infamous hauntings.
Visit a Scarecrow Festival
One of the best things about Autumn are the traditional festivities. Scarecrow festivals are a UK tradition dating back to the 1990s. Town residents compete to make the best themed scarecrow using whatever materials they can find. Displayed outside homes, pubs, communal lawns, and public buildings; you can visit these humorous creations and vote on your favourite ones.