Is anyone else in complete denial that the summer holidays are well and truly over? It’s taken me a good week to get stuck back into the school routine to be honest. I’ve really enjoyed spending time with my boys this summer, especially being outdoors and making the most of the fabulous weather in Brittany and the Italian Lakes. I keep having to remind myself that back to school doesn’t have to mean the end of our outdoor fun. Below I’ve shared some of our favourite autumn outdoor family adventures. I’ve also asked some of my favourite travel bloggers to share their ideas for making the most of these crisp autumn months too. If you’re looking for some weekend inspiration for keeping your kids entertained read on!
7 ideas for autumn outdoor family adventures…
Take a stroll around an arboretum
We love visiting our local arboretum Westonbirt at this time of year to see the vivid colours of the leaves. I always feel that I can give my boys some freedom to run and explore as it’s a safe place for them to play away from cars. They love building dens, discovering strange tree roots, following the stepping-stones through the forest and trying to navigate the family activity map. Although the thing they love the most of course is coming home with pockets full of conkers! Tips for visiting Westonbirt Arboretum. Find your local Forestry Commission forest here.
Swing through the trees
I recently took my boys for their first experience of a forest rope course (Foret Adrenaline) whilst in Brittany and they absolutely adored it. My youngest son normally asks to be carried everywhere so I was actually gobsmacked at how well he took to hooking himself on and off the equipment and following the toddler rope course. I can foresee we’ll definitely be visiting some of these rope adventure sites recommended by other bloggers very soon!
Go Ape review, Chessington World of Adventures
Tamar Trails Centre Review, Tavistock, Devon
Go Ape Review, Forest of Dean
Go Ape Review, Delemere Forest, Cheshire
Beamish Wild Review, County Durham
Review of zip Lining and other adventurous outdoor sports, North Wales
A budget friendly welly walk
Like most kids, my boys love nothing better than playing in the rain in their wellies! I love these two recommended welly walks – the first along Titchfield Canal, Hampshire and the second at The Wolseley Centre in Staffordshire. They both have one thing in common… big puddles and photos of kids having an absolute blast!
Hop on a bike or scooter for a ride
Since we were asked to review child and adult Micro scooters we’ve used them everyday for the school run and enjoy taking them out for an occasional family scoot at the weekends. My hubby and I always feel like big kids when scooting and we love how convenient they are. We literally throw all four scooters into the back of our car and don’t have to worry about bike racks or blowing up tyres!
There is something really adventurous about going under ground into a cave. We loved our visit to nearby Clearwell Caves last year and now that my eldest son is more adventurous we hope to visit more caves and possibly try pot holing too. After reading this review featuring Cheddar Gorge I fully intend to visit with my boys soon. Did you know it’s Britain’s largest gorge? Nope, I didn’t either!
I’ll be honest, I’m a fair weather camper! Our camping gear normally gets packed away at the end of August and doesn’t come back out again until late spring. I am however tempted over the next few weeks to go glamping after reading this fun guide to camping by Halfords. It quite rightly points out that glamping sites are going to be less busy at this time of year and pod/tipi/yurt prices are reduced too. If you are tempted here are a few glamping reviews to give you some inspiration –
Review of Wigwam Holidays: Crowtree Farm, Spalding – I love the sound of toasting marshmellows on the fire pit!
North Star Club review – A luxurious glamping escape in Yorkshire
Luxury ‘Camping’ at Lantern & Larks – Sleeping in a canvas tent in Lancashire
Luxury caravan Lincolnshire – We stayed here at Easter and loved the private hot tub
Glamping at the Dandelion Hideaway Farm in Leicestershire – Perfect if you want fresh eggs and milk in the morning
Pick some pumpkins
And last, but certainly not least, as visiting a local pumpkin patch in the run up to Halloween is one of my favourite things about autumn. We are lucky in Gloucestershire, there are lots of Halloween outdoor themed events for kids including the annual event at Over Farm Market in Gloucester. Check out a review by my local blogger friend Joy here – Over Farm Market Halloween.
What are your favourite autumn outdoor family adventures? Have I included them above? If not please pop your ideas below!
Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post with Halfords. All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.
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