Winter may be well and truly on its way, but there’s still time to get out and enjoy autumn before the snow starts to fall. Grab yourself a hire car and hit the road to enjoy the best of the UK’s most beautiful season, before it’s too late.
- Dancers, music and illuminations come together in a dazzling display during the Somerset Carnivals, a series of festivals across the county that add up to one of the biggest events of its type in the world. And this isn’t any old small-fry procession – the huge rolling floats of the Somerset Carnivals are up to 50 feet long and covered in hundreds of lights to commemorate the Gunpowder Plot. Follow them until Saturday 16th November.
- Looking to escape the city for that last gasp of quality time with the great outdoors before winter sets in? Hire a car from Manchester and travel the short distance to Lyme Park on the edge of the Peak District. With 1,300 acres of stunning gardens and a resident red and fallow deer herd thrown in for good measure, this Edwardian estate is the perfect place to say goodbye to nature until spring rolls around.
- When you conjure up a picture of the perfect autumn day, the cascading colours and leaves of the Winkworth Arboretum are sure to be the backdrop – you just don’t know it yet. This National Trust site in Surrey is home to over 1000 shrubs and trees. With snapshot views reminiscent of a New England fall, there’s no better place for that Sunday ramble in the crisp autumn air.
- More than half a million people turn out to see the Lord Mayor’s Show in London every year, and this 9th November will be no different. Thousands of performers from all over the capital are involved in the flamboyant procession which is known as one of the most famous pageants on the planet. Don’t miss the impressive closing fireworks display, lighting up the skies above the Thames between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges.
- Bath is home to a spectrum of fantastic activities for all ages no matter what time of year it is. But autumn is when the regal crescents, royal gardens and leafy countryside really come into their own. It’s not all long walks and history however – don’t miss the Bath Film Festival for a buzzing and diverse fortnight of creativity from some of the industry’s hottest talent.
- For those who want to pack some autumn nature into one afternoon, the Ashridge Autumn Colours Walk on the Ashridge Estate in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, offers a step-by-step saunter through the season. Bright and colourful leaves complement woodland alleys and wide meadows, offering the ideal respite for Londoners looking for a break from the city.
- Hit the beach for the final time this year and take in the dazzling Blackpool Illuminations. The most famous spectacle on the North West coast has been extended by an extra week, so you can now catch the illuminations until the 10th of November. One advantage of the darker nights is that you can see these award-winning lights in all their glory, so wrap up warm and take a walk down the promenade with some hot chips to keep you toasty.
- We all know Scotland packs a punch when it comes to scenery and autumn is no different north of the border. But you don’t need to travel all the way into the Highlands to experience the wild and spectacular countryside. Hire a car in Edinburgh or Glasgow and take the easy drive up to Perthshire, where a world of autumnal delights awaits.
- Get some inspiration for a winter fit for foodie royalty at the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC Birmingham. From 27th November until 1st December, fill your boots and your bellies with some of the best culinary tastes from all over the country. Highlights include a Great British Bake Off Village and the World – that’s right, the World – Cheese Awards, with the chance to taste a selection from the 3000 cheeses available.
- Looking for some of the best autumn rambles in your area? Check out the Great British Walk for details of over 1000 routes, trails and tips, as told by locals.
Where do you go to catch the tail end of autumn?