Autumn is here, the kids are back in school and the leaves are starting to fall. To help you make the most of the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, here are some great ideas for family fun at the weekends.
No matter what your budget, an autumnal treat is only a car ride away.
What better place to take in the sights and sounds of autumn than your nearest woods? There’s always plenty to do and see, and the kids will have a whale of a time. There’s a whole host of activities to keep you occupied:
Piles of fallen leaves are great for stomping through.
Bike trails – great for kids to let off steam.
Wildlife is very active in autumn – have fun spotting squirrels and other animals busy fattening themselves up for winter.
Collect colourful Autumn leaves to turn into a collage.
Climb a tree – don’t forget to be careful.
Pick blackberries for a fruity feast back at home.
A great place for ideas to inspire your woodland wander, the Woodland Trust website has a tool for locating your nearest forest.
According to the Ordnance Survey, Church Flatts Farm, about a mile south-east of Coton in the Elms, Derbyshire, is the furthest you’ll get from the sea in the British Isles. But even that’s only 70 miles from the coast – a day at the seaside is easily reachable for everyone. And while it may be too chilly to sunbathe, there’s still plenty to do:
Long, bracing walks across the sands. Have fun watching the children – and the dog – run wild. Let them tire themselves out.
Collect shells to turn into decorations and jewellery.
Investigate rockpools – they’re packed with marine life.
Build sandcastles – and let the tide wash them away.
Always remember that the beach can be a dangerous place. For more information on how to stay safe while you’re having fun, check out the RNLI website.
Historic homes and monuments
The quieter months are perfect for visiting some of Britain’s most beautiful and historic sites:
Gardens are stunning at this time of year, when autumn leaves. present a kaleidoscope of seasonal colours.
Children love castles, with their stories of sieges and battles.
Stately homes offer you the chance to see the how the other half lived.
Prehistoric monuments are perfect a countryside walk and a glimpse of the ancient world.
English Heritage and the National Trust have a wide range of resources to help you plan the ultimate autumn day out.
A great option for a real autumnal treat is a visit to one of the many adventure and theme parks that dot the British Isles. This is a great time of year to take advantage of ticket discounts, with parks cutting entrance fees as the weather deteriorates.
Don’t forget indoor attractions either. Petting zoos, swimming pools with fun slides, indoor climbing walls – there’s never a shortage of things to do when it’s raining. A little research is all that’s needed and often, local visitor attractions offer season ticket deals for families.
Wherever you decide to go this autumn, make sure you and your family are protected by quality car insurance
A Guest Post by Liam Williams writes for the Sainsbury’s Bank Money Matters blog. In his spare time he enjoys motoring and organic gardening.
No funds were received for this post, it is a guest post.