Six relaxing things to do this autumn

Photo of a sunset and geese flying over water.

Do you have a favourite season? Could it be the crisp and golden months of autumn? If so you’ll want to try these six totally relaxing autumnal activities before the long nights draw in.

1. Witness an early evening sunset

Autumn is nothing if not beautiful, even if it is a bit chilly! Take some time to breathe and go for a wander where the air is crisp and the colours are striking. Expect warm hues of auburn, red and gold in the sky, in the trees and on the ground. Take a trip to these destinations for some spectacular autumn colours:

  • RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve, Conwy - look out for mushrooms in the ultimate nature’s larder if you find yourself wandering around this beautiful reserve. Take in the striking colours and autumn wildlife at this 5 star Euan’s Guide rated venue.
  • Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester - This impressive reservoir has a 4 star access review for a great countryside experience. Get excited to spot some wildlife and witness spectacular sunsets across the water.

2. Create a leafy masterpiece

If the weather is nice, grab the kids and look for pretty leaves in your local park. After dinner you can get messy with the paints and make some colourful new decorations for the walls! Here are some great parks to explore with the family:

  • Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Ashley Heath - Where better to find freshly fallen leaves than a forest? This park has a whole host of events on this autumn, including a traditional conkers competition and cooking demonstrations.
  • Forest Farm Country Park, Cardiff - Head out for a gentle walk alongside the river in this peaceful country park. There will be plenty of fallen leaves for the taking at this time of year!

Photo of a forest.

3. Look to the skies

It’s firework season, so sit back, relax and watch the sky come to life. These are some great spots for viewing the spectacles across the country:

  • Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell - See Guy Fawkes fireworks reflected across the water in this beautiful country park setting. The display starts at 8pm on November 5th. Check out this great access review of Strathclyde Country Park.
  • West Midland Safari Park, Bewdley - Try something different this November and go along to the Firework Festival at this 5 star rated safari park. On the 7th and 8th November 2015 you can watch their impressive bonfire display with fireworks and join in the after party with all the attractions, food and drink that comes along with it!

4. Show your foodie side

Food festivals spring up across the country when autumn arrives! Tuck in to crunchy apples, warm pies and tasty pumpkin treats at these gastronome festivals and markets:

  • The Great Bath Feast, Bath - Indulge in food and drink for a whole month of mouth-watering events involving some of the country’s best chefs. Check out reviews in Bath to find out a bit more about this World Heritage City.
  • BBC Good Food Show, Scotland - The food show that tours the country will be in Scotland this November cooking up a storm. Where else would you find dedicated food villages? Here’s a 5 star review of the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

Photo of Bath.

5. Grab the popcorn

When it gets too dark to enjoy the outdoors, escape with a film at home or at your local cinema. This is the time for film festivals too!

  • Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness - If you’re looking to warm up with a movie, the Hippodrome do ‘Cuppa Screenings’ which give you tea or coffee and a piece of cake included in your ticket price. This venue is wheelchair friendly and has a 4.5 star review on Euan’s Guide.
  • Broadway Cinema, Letchworth Garden City - An accessible Art Deco cinema with a 4 star review on Euan’s Guide. This cinema offers personal Audio Description headphones for visually impaired visitors.

6. Plan your getaway

If the tail end of autumn is beginning to get you down a little, cheer yourself up by planning your next holiday escape! Check out our Pinterest boards for some destination inspiration.

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