As we enter the beautiful season of autumn, we can already feel that the nights are drawing in and there definitely seems to be a slightly cooler edge to the breeze. But hey, no long faces now people; instead, let’s investigate some ideal activities and places to visit in the coming season that are going to continue to fill us with the same cheery, summer spirit.
A quick trip to Ireland
OK, so you may have already enjoyed your main annual holiday, but there is nothing to prevent you from hopping across the Irish Sea for a day or two to experience the warmth and hospitality of the Irish people. Autumn is a fantastic time to take a quick ferry crossing to the Emerald Isle. You can enjoy some fantastic retail therapy opportunities in the capital, Dublin, and all the time allow the famous Irish sense of humour to keep your spirits raised.
Box Hill, Surrey
Located in the stunningly picturesque North Downs area, a trip to Box Hill, in Surrey, is definitely a great suggestion for the autumn. Few other parts of the United Kingdom boast as many species of flora and fauna as Box Hill and the whole area really comes to life at this time of the year as the trees explode into colour – an experience that is well worth your time.
Walking in Wordsworth’s Cumbria
Most of us are completely familiar with the world-famous poems of Wordsworth and of how he manages to set a scene so eloquently; well now, this is your perfect chance to tread in his very footsteps and explore one of England’s most beautiful counties.
There is an officially-designated walk that allows you to take in Wordsworth’s former homes and experience some of the most spectacular scenery on offer in the Lake District National Park. The walk starts at St. Oswald’s Churchyard, in Grasmere, and goes on to basically retrace the life of this poet over the years.
The Malvern Autumn Festival
For those of you with a real hankering for some culture this autumn, you should certainly try your best to visit the Malvern Autumn Festival which runs from late-September through until late-October. Set in the backdrop of the Malvern Hills, this festival welcomes many people with artistic bents: from musicians, to film makers, writers and poets.
Visit a theme park
Now that the massive hoards of summer crowds have dissipated a wee bit and the entrance prices have come down a tad, the autumn is definitely the best time in which to visit one of the country’s main theme parks. Queues for the rides and attractions will be much shorter than in the Summer Holidays and this will all turn out to be an altogether much more pleasant experience.
Most main theme parks hold Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night celebrations in late-autumn and this will prove to be extremely magical for the kids. There are truly spectacular fireworks displays and often the rides are open until well into the evening – often the only chance to ride these attractions in the dark.
Ghost hunting tours
As the season of autumn includes the haunting celebration of Halloween, we simply had to look at some suitably ghostly attractions. With this in mind, you might like to investigate the idea of heading to one of the country’s oldest cities for a ghost tour. Cities such as York and Edinburgh are well-known for their organised ghost tours. Such tours are never prohibitively expensive and are excellent ways of finding out about the history of the city you are visiting. Whilst there are no promises that you will actually get to see a ghost, a fun time is most certainly guaranteed for all who take the tour!
A West End show
Autumn is an ideal time to head for the bright lights of London and spend a night or two in the capital. As you will be in the mildest part of the country, you can still walk around London without the need for thick clothing in the autumn. Why not enjoy a sumptuous meal in one of the city’s myriad restaurants; after which, you could round off the evening with a West End show at the production you had in mind for so long. Make sure you bring your credit card along for some great shopping opportunities as well.
An autumn food festival
As the season of autumn is so well-known for harvest time and our general celebration of food, this is the ideal time to take in a food festival. Luckily enough it would appear that many towns and cities across the country are thinking along the same lines; hence the fact that there are so many autumn food festivals to choose between. Some of the best examples for you include Leamington Spa (Warwickshire), Ludlow (Shropshire), Brighton & Hove (East Sussex), Ashburton (Devon) and there is even a Liverpool Food and Drink Festival for you to visit and enjoy.
Visit your closest national park
As we are so lucky to have so many national parks across the British Isles, autumn is a truly wonderful time of the year in which to visit and make the most of these wide open spaces. The changing foliage is a sight to behold and you might even be able to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife making its preparations for the forthcoming winter.
While we all tend to feel a little gloomy when we leave the summer behind and enter the season of autumn, perhaps we need to take a little time to appreciate just how beautiful this season is in its own right. There are still numerous activities and places to visit at this time of the year. What’s more, as all of the avid summer queues have died down, autumn usually transpires to be the best time in which to visit an attraction.
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