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Autumn Activities: 35 things to do in autumn

Lisa O'Keeffe

24 September 2018

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For getting out and about with the kids, the seasons don’t get much better than this - autumn activities bring changing colours, welly walks, conker collecting and a feast of Halloween events.

So whether you’re on the lookout for the best place to toast marshmallows, carve pumpkins or simply enjoy the great outdoors this autumn, then we’re on hand to help with some brilliant autumn activities you can try from anywhere in the UK. Plus, there’s even a special treat from our friends at FatFace to help you make the most of autumn, read on for more!

A girl sitting and throwing autumn leaves in the air

35 things to do in autumn:

  1. Go pumpkin picking
    You’ll never want to go to the supermarket for a pumpkin again, trust us! Find out where to go pumpkin picking near you now. New to the patch? Here’s 7 tips for picking the perfect pumpkin.

  2. Carve pumpkins
    So you’ve picked your pumpkin, now what?! We’ve got your guide to 5 easy pumpkin carving ideas to do with kids.

  3. Plan a Halloween day out
    Halloween is one of the biggest dates in the autumn calendar, so it’s never too early to start making plans. For some classic frights and fun, here’s our guide to 20 things to do this Halloween.

  4. Find a fireworks display near you
    Heading out for Bonfire Night is the ideal way to ensure autumn ends with a bang. Find family-friendly fireworks displays near you.

  5. Go foraging
    From blackberries and apples, to wild garlic, combine a family walk with some free ingredients as you go foraging! Check out our top tips for beginners to family foraging before you set off.

    Autumn activities pumpkin picking collage

  6. Visit a deer park
    Autumn is the start of rutting season, making it the ideal time to visit a deer park. Watch from afar as male deer battle head-to-head using their antlers, all in an attempt to woo a female deer!

  7. Go to a harvest festival
    Celebrate the best of homegrown fruit and veg at a harvest festival near you. With food, farming demonstrations and loads more family fun, it’s great for the whole family.

  8. Go on a lantern trail
    The nights drawing in isn’t all bad, it also means you can head out after dark to see spectacular lantern trails. Intricate designs and stunning sets are lighting up parks around the UK - make plans to visit your nearest this year!

  9. Go rockpooling
    We have it on good authority from our friend Harriet - from Toby and Roo - that rockpooling is much better in autumn than summer. Take a closer look and see what creatures you can find!

  10. Jump in a pile of leaves
    Sometimes it's the simple things that bring the most fun, like jumping in a crisp pile of autumn leaves! Head to your local park, or even your back garden, to create your own leaf piles.

    Autumn activities including harvest festival

  11. Toast marshmallows
    Not just for camping trips, nothing beats a freshly toasted marshmallow. Keep it classic, or serve as smores, for a tasty autumn treat.

  12. Collect conkers
    Guaranteed to excite the grown ups as much as the kids, grab a bag and see how many conkers you can collect. Use them to play the classic game, or try some arts and crafts at home - we love this conker caterpillar idea!

  13. Go on a welly walk
    We’ll bet you have somewhere local that would be the perfect spot for an autumn welly walk? Grab all the gear and head off, either following a set route or letting the kids lead you off the beaten track. Make a list of fun things to find, or keep it simple and see what you come across along the way. Or, try a James and the Giant Peach trail all thanks to Forestry Commission England!

  14. Spot scarecrows
    Often stars of the harvest festival, scarecrows sometimes get their own spotlight too, with scarecrow festivals taking place in towns and villages across the UK! They normally have a theme, with residents creating incredible scarecrow designs. If there’s one near you, it’s definitely worth a visit.

  15. Host family movie night
    It’s cold, dark and probably raining. The plan? Grab your blankets, snuggle on the sofa and watch a film together as a family. Share the snacks round, or order a takeaway, and you’ve got the perfect night in together. Need ideas for a film? Work your way through our list of 10 family films all kids have to see before the age of 10.

    Autumn activities including collecting conkers

  16. Drink hot chocolate
    Warm up after a day outside with a tasty hot chocolate. Feeling fancy? Make your own using real chocolate, we’ve got your guide to how to make real hot chocolate, 4 different ways!

  17. Listen to spooky stories
    Get in the mood for Halloween, by hosting your very own haunting bedtime story! Choose something spooky to suit your kids ages, then read by torchlight for extra fear-factor. Don’t fancy reading? Sign up for a free trial of Audible and listen together whilst a famous name reads it out loud for you!

  18. Learn about bats
    It’s the start of mating season for bats, ahead of winter hibernation, but there’s still plenty of time to learn about these amazing creatures. Check out the National Trust guide.

  19. Watch an autumn sunset
    Sunset is getting earlier and earlier, which is great news if you’ve got younger kids in tow. Check online to see what time it’s due to set, and aim to be in the perfect spot about 10 minutes before. Once it starts, it will disappear quicker than you think, then it’s home and off to bed!

  20. Collect pinecones
    Pinecones fall in autumn, and just like conkers, are a great thing to collect on your next outdoor adventure. Pinecones make great decorations and can be used for printing too. Or, why not try a pinecone bird feeder? Skip straight to #24 for more on that...

    Autumn activities including collecting pinecones

  21. Go on an autumn picnic
    It might not be as warm as the summer, but eating al fresco in autumn is still loads of fun. Wrap up warm and pack all your favourites into your picnic basket, you could even try including something warm, like soup in a flask! The best thing? You can even include some other activities from this list for the ultimate autumn day out.

  22. Turn the clocks back
    Say goodbye to lighter evenings and longer days, as the clocks go back on Sunday 28th October 2018.

  23. Do leaf crafts with the kids
    Take advantage of all the colourful leaves on the ground, by taking some home for some autumn arts and crafts! Make an autumn suncatcher or do leaf printing and painting.

  24. Build a bird feeder
    Although feeding garden birds is most important in winter, there’s no reason why you can’t spend autumn getting your bird feeders ready and raring to go! From oranges to egg boxes, here are 3 easy bird feeders kids can make.

  25. Make a tasty bonfire night chilli
    Cook up the ultimate autumn dinner, a family-friendly chilli con carne recipe. You can cook it in one go, or pop it in the slow cooker as a delicious meal to come home to.

    Autumn activities including autumn suncatchers

  26. Make delicious edible sparklers
    Sparklers are a staple of bonfire night fun, but we might just prefer these edible versions to the real thing. Find out how to make tasty edible chocolate sparklers for bonfire night.

  27. Make some quick and easy Halloween treats
    Talking of treats, from scary shortbread to witches’ fingers, try these 6 quick and easy Halloween recipes.

  28. Wrap up warm
    Make sure you’re all snug as a bug, by picking out some cosy kidswear autumn essentials. Plus, don’t miss 15% off the new FatFace Kids collection below, using our exclusive code below!

  29. Go apple picking
    There’s a whole day dedicated to the start of the apple harvest, with Apple Day on 25th September this year. Visit an orchard and pick ripe fruits from the tree, ready to take home to make something delicious (or enjoy in your packed lunch!). Not an apple fan? See our guide to the best places to pick your own fruit near you in the UK.

  30. Make hedgehog bread
    Another tasty recipe to add to your autumn collections, and it looks as good as it tastes too! Find out how to make easy Hedgehog bread rolls now.

    Autumn activities including baking recipes

  31. Visit a maize maze
    Maize mazes aren’t just for the summer, see if you can find your way to the middle (and back out again!) at a maize maze near you.

  32. Dress up
    Halloween is the only excuse we need to dress up. Still looking for costumes? Take a look at these Halloween fancy dress costumes for kids.

  33. Go stargazing
    Hopefully we’ve already persuaded you that the darker evenings aren’t all bad? Stargazing is another great reason to explore the night’s sky - how many constellations can you spot?

  34. See the Hunter’s Moon
    The Hunter’s Moon is the full moon that comes after the Harvest Moon, typically appearing in October. Also known as the blood moon, it can look a little more orange than your typical full moon - but that’s all to do with how close it is to the sunset.

  35. Fly a kite
    The weather tends to be a bit windier in autumn, making it the ideal time to hoist a kite in the sky and send it flying! Encourage the kids to give it a whirl, it’s an old-school hobby we still love!


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We hope this has given you loads of ideas for things to do in autumn and great autumn activities for kids, but for even more great family day out ideas, simply head to the homepage and enter your town or postcode!



Lisa O'Keeffe

24 September 2018

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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