Autumn is a fabulous time of year to be outside. The weather is generally very moderate, places are less crowded, and tourist attractions often have cheaper fares because it’s not the peak season. Don’t waste this lovely time of year running errands, stuck in traffic, or sitting on the couch. Here are 4 fabulous things to experience in the UK this autumn.
Visit an Arboretum
An arboretum is a botanical garden that is filled with different types of trees. Visiting an arboretum in the autumn is amazing because all of the leaves are changing colours. This creates kaleidoscopic patterns that will leave you breathless. Batsford Aboretum is in the Cotswolds and it is a great place to see the contrast of the changing leaves mixed with evergreen species. Winkworth Arboretum in Godalming Surrey is great because you can also go on a circular walk across the wetlands. Yorkshire Arboretum is at the Castle Howard Estate and it is a 120km garden that includes ponds, lakes, and many different kinds of trees. The Estate is about one hour from Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Go for a Sunday Roast
Many people in the UK grew up with Sunday Roast being part of their childhood. One way to experience this without the hassle of cooking and cleaning up is to head to a cosy pub. This leaves you free to spend the day playing football, walking or cycling so that you can work up an appetite. A traditional Sunday roast generally consists of roast beef, pork, or lamb, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, sausages, stuffing, vegetables, and gravy. If you’re travelling in a big group, and you want to experience making a Sunday Roast yourself, you can all stay in a holiday home, and enjoy going out to local markets and farm shops to forage for the best fresh ingredients to cook with. Check out this recipe for making the perfect roast potatoes!
Stargaze in Northumberland
The Northumberland International Dark Sky Park was designated a park in December 2013. It is by far the best place in the UK for stargazing and it is 1,483 square kilometres. The perfect combination of no outside light sources and the lack of pollution make this the ideal spot for viewing the night sky. You can easily see the Andromeda Galaxy, The Milky Way, and spectacular meteor showers. Dress warmly as it may be cold. Take binoculars for better viewing. If you have a tripod and a good zoom lens this is a great place to get some photos.
Camping in Stonehenge
Stonehenge is in Wiltshire, England and it is about an hour’s bus journey from London. Stonehenge is a stunning rock formation made of several stone slabs with the largest slab being 30 feet tall and weighing up to 22.6 tonnes. Stonehenge is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and it dates back to 3100 BC. Scientists are still mystified by the purpose of this rock formation and no one knows who built it or for what purpose it was built. Autumn is a great time to go camping in Wiltshire and you can stay in tents, caravans, or glamping pods. However, if you’re travelling with young children, it might be easier to stay in a holiday home with the amenities you need already provided. Here are some other tourist attractions and ideas of fun things to do in the UK.