Adventure can be found ANYWHERE… and autumn gives us all new ways to get outside and have some fun. So pull on those cosy layers, slide into your wellies and see how many of these autumn adventures you can tick off. Remember, adventures can be BIG even when they’re small.
1) Crunch Through the Leaves
There’s something about a bunch of fallen leaves that just makes you want to kick through them right? That satisfying sound of the crunch beneath your walking boots as you stroll, run and jump around. It’s nature’s bubble wrap! Even grown-ups can’t resist taking a detour on their Sunday walk for a pile of leaves. Here’s an easy way to embrace the crunch of autumn every time you step outside.
2) Conkers – A British Tradition
Once a favourite playground game across Britain, the traditional battleground for conkers is set every autumn. Keep your eyes on the ground and in the trees when walking through your local park or woodland and you might just find that perfect conker. These seeds from the horse chestnut tree are hard and smooth in texture and when on the tree are surrounded by a prickly green outer case.
Fun Fact: The first recorded game of conkers was on the Isle of Wight in 1848.
The best conkers for play are un-cracked, firm and symmetrical. With adult assistance, make a hole through the middle of the conker, thread a strong piece of string about 25cm long through the hole and tie a knot at one end to secure it. To play the game, you and your opponent take turns at hitting their opponent’s conker. If you miss your opponent gets two further goes. The winner is the one who’s conker remains intact.
Top Tip: When placed in water, damaged conkers will float to the surface. Find a conker that will sink.
3) Building a Forest Den
Your local woods are the perfect place to construct your secret hideout! Den-building has been popular with kids for centuries and autumn is the perfect time to scavenge the building materials you’ll need from the woodland debris. Our top tip is to find a natural solid structure from which to build your shelter around. This might be a fallen tree, low stable branch or boulder.
Build your frame from strong branches and sticks first, before covering them with leaves, moss and bracken. Probably the most popular frame is a tipi shape which surrounds the tree or branch you have chosen. Den-building is a great activity to do with your friends and family, and the best part is when its complete and you can all cosy up together inside. Share your shelter snaps at #MyMillets to inspire others.
4) Pumpkin Patch
As Halloween approaches, head out to your local pumpkin patch or store to select your prize specimen. Pumpkin patches are available across the UK and slots can sell out fast so check out availability at your local patch before you travel. Collecting and then carving pumpkins in time for Halloween is a fantastic activity for all the family. Just be sure to get adult supervision when carving pumpkins.
5) Autumn Art Project
Autumn can be described as a budding artist’s dream. With so many bold colours, crisp textures and exciting wildlife spots, it is the perfect season to inspire your creative side. Create an autumn scrapbook with textures you find, sketch animals you spot on your local woodland walk, or use fallen leaves to create paint prints. Forage your local outdoor spaces for items that you can use to create fun autumn art. Just remember to only take what you need and don’t disturb wildlife. Plus check out our Junior Explorer Club ideas
6) Prepare Your Garden
As the cold sets in and the wind bites, we bunker down in our cosy houses wearing woolly socks and jumpers. Why not give the wildlife in your garden a place to hibernate and rest? You could create a bug hotel from garden waste, wood, straw and hollow sticks, or put up a bird feeder to keep them going through the colder months. Creating corridors in your garden will allow animals and insects to explore and pass through your garden easier, while nesting spaces for birds give them a welcome home.
7) Snap the Season
Autumn colours, morning sunlight, googly eyed bugs; there is so much to capture your imagination throughout the season. Plus, you don’t have to have an expensive camera to take good snaps, a smartphone will work just fine. Whether you’re into photographing nature, want to seek out interesting textures, or would like to remember a fun adventure, we encourage you to get out there with your camera and snap away. Once you’ve taken your photo, don’t forget to enter it into our autumn competition: simply tag your picture with #MyMillets and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a £50 giftcard. For the competition details Click Here.
8) Take the Lead
As autumn rolls in, wrap up when taking the dog for walks in a cosy fleece, sturdy walking shoes and gloves. We’ve sniffed out the top 50 best family walking routes in the UK. If you fancy expanding your local patch, you’re sure to find something that suits you and your furry companion. Just Click Here
9) Carry on Camping
Camping adventures don’t have to stop just because summer does. To keep camping through autumn we’d recommend adding to your gear store a warmer sleeping bag, extra thermal layers (mainly to wear at night), a headtorch and thermal flask for that all important hot chocolate. Whether you’re planning a garden camp out or autumn staycation, with the right equipment you can adventure anywhere.
10) Sharing Spooky Stories
A real treat (or trick) in autumn as we get closer to Halloween. Gather your family around a firepit or lantern and let your inner storyteller share tales of ghouls, ghosts and goblins. Why not go all out by setting up a tent or shelter in your back garden for you to sleep under a full moon? Stock up on warm thermal clothing, marshmallows and a torch. Beware of the things that go bump in the night.
Autumn invites us to ADVENTURE ANYWHERE! How many of these adventures will you enjoy this season? Don’t forget to share your outdoor snaps with us using #MyMillets for your chance to win a £50 giftcard to spend on outdoor goodies. Click Here for Details