As every season comes around, I get excited by its arrival. But autumn has my heart. The crisp air, the changing colours in the trees, the celebrations, I love it all. There is a magic in the air, and while a lot of that has a lot to do with samhain, the Celtic new year, there’s the start of school (really feeling it this year with Betsy starting Year 1 this week) and my return to work after a month’s break (I am very lucky). Everything feels bright and optimistic at the moment (although to be fair, I have not looked at the news so much these past couple of weeks and that decision I think has helped my current mood a lot! Ugh.)

Anyway, want some ideas to get into the autumn groove? Here’s a few ideas:

  1. Celebrate the humble apple. The National Trust has lots of apple and harvest related events going on, and Enfield’s own Forty Hall Farm hosts a wonderful Apple Fair which is always worth visiting.
  2. Speaking of Forty Hall, they have a spooky fright night in the Jacobean manor to attend
  3. …or go on one of a ton of ghost walks that happen all over London.
  4. Visit an architectural delight at Open House.
  5. Make some mulled cider (cider, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, slices of fresh ginger, brandy. Heat low and slow, ideally in a slow cooker).
  6. Visit a pumpkin patch. Our local pick your own farm does a great line in squash and I always get enough to last me most of winter. Willows activity farm near St Albans has a pumpkin patch available during the half term holiday
  7. Make some pumpkin spice syrup to add to your coffee (because the Starbucks version is not very nice since the recipe change last year)
  8. Buy a pumpkin spice latte, because even though you (I) don’t t like it, there’s something about getting one, isn’t there? See also gingerbread lattes. I’m such a sucker for commercialism.
  9. Listen to Halloween Radio (I like Halloween Oldies the best)
  10. Get the slow cooker out and make some stews. I’m going to try this Nigel Slater pumpkin stew.
  11. Fill a flask and walk in some woods.
  12. Get on your bikes and cycle
  13. Go on a colour walk. The wonderful women at In Colourful Company have a walk in Manchester in late September, they’re excellent people. Here’s what we did at the London walk.
  14. …or go on your own colour walk! Pack your camera and take yourself and a bunch of mates to somewhere vibrant. Take all the photos and Boomerangs.
  15. Toast marshmallows over a fire.
  16. Draw shapes with sparklers!
  17. Go to a firework display, obvs. We flipping loved the display at the scout camp in Bounds Green last year and I think we shall be heading there again.
  18. Ride the Rail Mail. The Postal Museum opens up its underground tunnels for a thrilling (well I find the idea thrilling!) 20 minute ride under London’s streets.
  19. Have a drink during London Cocktail Week.
  20. Make toffee apples
  21. Have porridge for breakfast with stewed apples, raisins and cinnamon.
  22. Carve a pumpkin
  23. Knit a scarf (I have a crochet scarf for Betsy to finish)
  24. Celebrate the autumn equinox.
  25. Stargaze
  26. Create a space like a mantle in your home and place foraged autumnal things like pinecones on there.
  27. Make some spice scented play dough. We like this recipe from The Imagination Tree
  28. Find a park, kick the fallen leaves around.
  29. Make a wreath
  30. Get the wellies on for the first time in a while and jump in some puddles
  31. Go conkering
  32. Snuggle on the sofa under a blanket with a hot chocolate and a good book
  33. Do some leaf and bark rubbings
  34. Plant spring bulbs.
  35. Watch the sunrise
  36. Visit Villa Walala as part of the London Design Festival
  37. Go to a vintage market. There’s a weekly market in Flat Iron Square and they pop up all over the country at this time of year too.
  38. Wrap up warm and have a picnic in a park.
  39. Look at all the glorious autumnal colours in a fancy garden (we’re visiting Kew Gardens in October and I’m so excited!)
  40. Have a massive Sunday roast at home
  41. …even better have a massive Sunday roast in a cozy pub.
  42. Donate to your local food bank.
  43. Look for deer. It’s rutting season!
  44. Go geocaching (Betsy has just told me this is her favourite thing to do in the autumn)
  45. Visit a food or farmers market.
  46. Step on-board the Thames sailing pop-up museum as part of the Totally Thames festival.
  47. Celebrate Halloween.
  48. Have fireworks in the back garden and eat jacket potatoes (this is Dave’s favourite autumn memory)
  49. Make cinnamon rolls. These from the Pioneer Woman are foolproof.
  50. Bake pumpkin cupcakes.
  51. Get crafty. FUN CLUB is happening again in November. I’ll post more details soon.
  52. Practice mindfulness. This is a great seasonal start.
  53. Find a heritage railway and watch the autumn colours from the comfort of an old-fashioned carriage. Flask of weak lemon drink optional.
  54. Visit a village or town you’ve never been to before.
  55. Sigh, I suppose it’s sensible to start thinking about Christmas and presents, isn’t it?
  56. Make simple bird feeders
  57. Bake a pie and give to a friend.
  58. Write a gratitude list of the good things that have happened so far this year, big or small.
  59. …and lastly, have a listen to my autumnal playlist (this is the same one as last year, but I shall be adding to it over the next couple of months):

Not to mention that this is the month of Betsy’s birthday and mine and Dave’s wedding anniversary and meeting anniversary. Lots of things to celebrate in the next few months! What are you looking forward to the most this autumn?

50 plus things to do in Autumn




  1. There is so much to love and enjoy about Autumn. We hope to see a fireworks display, we will be celebrating our anniversary and of course there’s lots of yummy food around. I’d love to go to a pick your own farm for pumpkins and other veg! #MMBC

  2. What a fantastic list – I found myself smiling and starting to feel a little bit excited as I read through it! Thank you for sharing; I’m now sitting with lots of ideas buzzing around in my head and off to look you up on Instagram so I can get some more inspiration. Hope you have a great day!

  3. Great list Charlotte – I am looking forward to the new season. I love the idea of the postal museum too, I will check that out! Let me know dates for Fun Club too.

  4. Hi Charlotte, that is one hell of a list of things to do this autumn! I can imagine what a wonderful sight a pumpkin patch is, full of beautifully orange pumpkins! When I was younger I would have been first in line for a ghost hunt, but I’m not sure I’m up for it anymore. I’d never sleep! We do listen to a Christmas radio station in December, but a Halloween one? How funny must that one be?

    I often step away from listening to or reading the news and I do feel better for it too!

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


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