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Things to do in Autumn

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Looking for things to do in Autumn – we’ve got an amazing autumn bucket list that’s bursting with autumn gorgeousness to help you make the most of the season.

Autumn is my favourite season – I LOVE every second of it, so always make an effort to put together a fall bucket list to make sure I enjoy it as much as possible.

And do you know what? I kinda think a bucket list is really good for my wellbeing – it prompts me to think and do nice things – and – nice things make me happy.

Our fall bucket list is made up with adults in mind – but kids can enjoy these activities with you to, and you’ll end up making some great seasonal memories together.

Autumn activities – go apple picking

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Nothing says autumn quite like beautiful red apples picked straight from the tree. You can search for an apple picking orchard near you over on the Pick Your Own Farms website.

Things to do in autumn – bake a pie

Autumn brings a chill to the air and makes me hungry for comfort food – baking a pie from scratch is a great autumn activity – why not go for the whole pie baking experience and visit a local farm shop for fresh seasonal produce to fill your pie with.

Fall activities – stargazing

Plan an evening of snuggling up in the garden wrapped in woollen blankets, sipping hot chocolate as you stargaze and search out shooting stars. The Draconids and Orionids meteor showers both happen throughout October – find out more from Earth Sky on the best times and places to view them.

Things to do in autumn – make toffee apples

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It simply wouldn’t be autumn without a rosy red sticky toffee apple. We always used to make these as kids and now I make them with my kids too. Get the toffee apple recipe here.

Fall activities – hygge your home

Hygge is a Danish concept – it basically involves creating an environment around you that encourages and envelopes you in a warm, content, cosiness, one that makes you just feel happy and connected.

Adding in little touches at home can really help the hygge to flow. Try…

  • Bringing the outdoors in – display interesting looking twigs, simply decorated in a vase. Make autumn nature garlands, or just add a little autumn nature centrepiece to your table.
  • Light candles and dim the lights for a cosy glow.
  • Add soft blankets and comfortable cushions – leave slippers by the door for tired feet to slip into as they arrive home.
  • Cook warming comfort food, from scratch and share them with friends and family.
  • Sip warming drinks – hot chocolates, pumpkin spiced latte, mulled wine.

Things to do in autumn – seasonal picnic

Choose a fresh sunny day and head out for an autumn picnic – soak up nature and the changing seasons as you take time out to relax and enjoy some good food and company.

When doing fall picnics I tend to take flasks of soup, rustic bread and delicious cakes. Get our delicious vegetarian soup recipes here – they’re perfect for fall.

Fall activities – have a bonfire

The smell of woodsmoke drifting through the air is one of the most evocative autumn memories – when you’re tidying up the garden ready for the winter – I always like to have a little bonfire – or even just put on the wood burner and take time out to enjoy watching the flames flicker.

You could always tie a bonfire in with Guy Fawkes night and go to a firework display or community bonfire party.

Things to do in autumn make an fall lantern

You can make a lovely atmospheric fall lantern or luminary with just an old glass jam jar, some foraged fallen leaves, some glue and a tea light candle (or battery tea light if you prefer no-flame)

Just paste glue onto the outside of the jam jar, stick on the leaves, then when you light up the candle the autumn leaves glow lovely colours.

Autumn activities – organise your wardrobe

One of the BEST parts of autumn is the clothes! Layers of lovely warm jumpers, scarves, boots with dresses -fall is just the best time of year.

Take a few hours to unpack and organise your autumn clothes ready for the season ahead.

Things to do in fall – visit a pumpkin patch and carve jack o’lanterns

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When Halloween is just days away head off to the local pumpkin patch and choose a lovely pumpkin for carving into a Halloween lantern.

happy pumpkin carving

Autumn activities – walk through the woods

We’re super lucky in Britain there’s loads of woodland to visit and walk through – check out the Woodland Trust to find a woodland walk near you.

Visiting the woods in fall is just the best time – the trees will be amazing colours, the leaves crunchy to walk through and the air crisp. Get outdoors and have some fun and healthy exercise.

Things to do in autumn – make pumpkin soup

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There’s nothing better in fall than a bowl of homemade smoky pumpkin soup – so simple and nutritious – perfect for warming up with after a woodland walk.

Get the pumpkin soup recipe here.

Autumn activities – drink warm spiced apple cider

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Snuggle up by the fire and sip a cup of warm apple cider – don’t drink alcohol? Not a problem just substitute the cider with a good quality apple juice.

Get the mulled cider recipe here.

Things to do in fall – have a cosy night in

Pick out a couple of great films, stock up on the snacks and drinks and have a cosy night in watching films in your PJs.

Autumn activities – make apple candles

Apple candles are a lovely fall dinner table centrepiece – just carve out the apple centre making enough room for a tea light candle and then sit the apples in a shallow bowl so they don’t roll once the candles are lit.

Things to do in autumn – bat watching

Early fall is still great for spotting bats – even around urban areas – just sit out at dusk or just past and watch for them flitting between building. Grab our bat watching guide here.

Many National Trust properties and parks also run bat watching walks throughout the autumn – get the details over on the National Trust website.

Autumn activities – simmer up some stove top autumn scent

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A completely natural way to fill your house with the scent of autumn is to simmer up a scented stove top freshener. You can get the autumn stove top freshener ingredients and instructions here.

Enjoy the fall y’all

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Autumn bucket list - go apple picking, bake a pie, stargaze, make toffee apples, higgle your home, autumn picnic, have a bonfire, autumn lantern craft, sort autumn wardrobe, visit a pumpkin patch, walk through the woods, carve pumpkins, make pumpkin soup, drink warm apple cider, cosy night in, make apple candles, bat watching, simmer autumn stove top scent

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