As the temperature starts to drop some people stop spending time outdoors. But here at Millets we think autumn is the perfect time to get outdoors…it’s not too hot or too cold and the change in colours and wildlife is something that can’t be missed. Whether you like going out this season or not there’s more to do then you might first thing, which is why we have gathered together a list of great activities you can do with the whole family this autumn.
You may think fruit picking is for the summer time, but there are actually some fruits that are better in the autumn. Apples and plums are best during this season. Who doesn’t love a hot apple pie on a chilly evening or some lovely jam on toast for breakfast?
When you have the fruit collected, a bit of home baking is perfect for when the weather is a little too bad for an adventure (but remember…there’s never bad weather, just bad gear).
Tip: Crab apples may not be the best to eat raw, but they make blooming good pies!
Autumn is the time when stags and bucks develop their antlers and fight rival males to attract the females. Therefore, we think this is the best time to head to a deer park. Who would want to miss these beautiful creatures in action? Discovering more about these animals and wondering around the park will be a lovely day out for the whole family.
Crunch through the leaves
We don’t know about you but we love the sound of leaves crunching under our feet. This is why autumn is a great time to head out on a family walk through the countryside. Kid’s in particular are guaranteed to have hours of fun finding the biggest piles of leaves to trudge through - let's just hope they stick to the leaves and avoid the mud (we can only dream).
Who hasn't collected conkers as a child? Take your kid's out this autumn and show them how much fun you cam have with such simple and free object. Help them build up their collection so they can have the best selection out of their school friends. They may not be allowed to play conkers in school anymore, but that doesn't mean you can't show them at home.
Tip: Rumour has it conkers repel spiders due to the noxious chemicals they contain.
Pumpkins are harvested in September and October so now is the time to head to your local pumpkin patch and select the best one ready for Halloween. Remember the bigger the better!
There are more things to collect in the autumn than conkers to get a bit creative with. Leaves and pine cones are the easiest objects to find and possibly the best ones to have fun with. Leaf painting and decorating pine cones is a great way to spend an afternoon with your children getting messy with glue and glitter.
Prepare your garden to help creatures
So many creatures don’t like the autumn as much as we do. It’s a struggle for them to find food and warm shelter to survive, this is why we think it’s so important for us to do are bit for the wildlife. Keeping our gardens stocked with nuts and berries will help out animals, such as birds and squirrels. You could even create little homes for hedgehogs and other wildlife to hide out until the warmer weather returns.
Carry on camping
It’s never too late in the year to go camping. All you need is slightly different gear to summer camping. Grab a thicker sleeping bag, a few extra thermal layers and plenty of thermal flasks and your good to go. Check out our blog on why we love autumn camping for more tips.