Enjoying the autumn season: What to do outside in autumn

Enjoying the autumn season: What to do outside in autumn

Enjoying the autumn season: What to do outside in autumn

It’s getting cooler. The leaves are changing. A new perspective on the world and on life is coming.

With that in mind, if you’re looking to get the most out of autumn, heading outdoors to revel in the joy of sitting out is a surefire way to help you enjoy the season. There’s plenty to do in the great outdoors at this time of year. 

Here are some tried and tested activities to help you get inspired.

Discover your favourite autumn decorating ideas for outside

Discover your favourite autumn decorating ideas for outside

If you’re entertaining this autumn, sitting and eating outdoors is still possible, and actually, we thoroughly recommend it. To celebrate the time of year, you could even decorate your outdoor dining area with chunky candles, autumn wreaths or pumpkin centrepieces, and remember to provide plenty of warmth for your guests. Blankets, spare coats, patio heaters and a fire pit or outside fireplace will all do the trick.

How to build an autumn wreath

How to make an autumn wreath

  1. Prepare your frame — Typically circular and can be made of wood or other sturdy materials which keep their shape once the decorative elements are in place.
  2. Add and arrange florals — Great autumnal florals include orange and red flowers, eucalyptus branches and orange, brown or yellow leaves.
  3. Add and arrange decorative elements — Fake mini pumpkins, pine cones, spirally twigs and dried orange work well as decoration during the autumn season.
  4. Piece your wreath together — Hot glue and wire will both likely be needed to create your perfectly in place autumnal arrangement.
  5. Hang or lay your wreath — Add it to your dining table as explored above, or hang the wreath from your front door or in your garden.

Enjoy an autumnal evening around the fire

Enjoy an autumnal evening around the fire

We may be biased, but we think you cannot beat a night around the fire, and as the weather gets cooler and the nights darker, autumn is a fabulous time of year to congregate at the fireside. From your garden to safely contained fires further afield, why not spend time outdoors watching the lick of the flame and listening to the crack of firewood?

From building a fire from scratch to setting up a brand new fire pit for yourself, and from making the most of Bonfire Night to taking a Swedish fire torch on the go with you — there’s plenty to be done around the fire. You could even have a barbecue, they’re not just for the summer!

Take in the views on autumn walks outside

Take in the views on autumn walks outside

The best autumnal walks are considered so stunning because of their leafy surroundings. Walk in the great outdoors and take in the beautiful colours that autumn brings at some of the following walking routes across the UK — breathtaking routes we consider to be up there with the best!

  • Cotswold Way: Stroud to Dursley
  • Hadrian’s Wall Path: Housesteads to Sycamore Gap
  • West Highland Way: Bridge of Orchy to Fort William
  • Glyndŵr's Way: Knighton to Machynlleth
  • Southern Upland Way: Over the Galloway Hills
  • South West Coast Path: Padstow to Tintagel
  • Yorkshire Three Peaks from Ribblehead
  • Thames Path: Marlow to Cookham
  • Pennine Way: Kinder Scout Loop
  • The Ridgeway: Overton Hill to Sparsholt Firs

Collect autumn leaves

Collect autumn leaves

They’re not just pretty. Autumn leaves can be very useful in a multitude of ways. You can add them to your homemade autumn wreath, for example. If they fall on your lawn, you can mow over them to shred them into small pieces to become an excellent conditioner for your grass. You can also add them to your compost bin as they are a wonderfully nutritious addition to the regular compost created for your garden. Or, if you have children, think about collecting leaves that are at various levels of decomposition and use them to teach your child about nature and lifecycles. The sky is the limit.

We hope we’ve inspired you to get outdoors this autumn. The UK is a lovely place to live, and we’re lucky to have so much scenery and so many autumnal activities both on our doorstep and in our garden. Let us know what you get up to this autumn via Instagram or Facebook!

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