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Things to do this Autumn

Published: 28/09/2020

Although life is somewhat different to how we imagined it to be this year, there are still plenty of things you can do this Autumn and Halloween.  

We've put together a list of different activities that you can do during October that are safe for you and your family and of course adhere to social distancing measures and restrictions.  

So be sure to take inspiration from this and enjoy celebrating the Autumn season and have fun...

Drive-in move night/outdoor cinema

If you’re not super keen on visiting the cinema just yet, then these drive-in/outdoor cinemas are a great option.

There are specially organised events, such as the ones at Sprowston Manor and The Norfolk Showground, where you can watch a film on the big screen in the open air. These are good fun because they’re different to the normal cinema experience and you can also bring picnics along.  

Another option is creating your own outdoor cinema experience in your garden. You just need a projector/screen, some chairs or cushions, your favourite film and get cosy!

Look at the blue moon

Why not see if you can spot the blue moon?

There are normally just twelve full moons each year, but this year is an exception! In October there is going to be two, one on the 1st and another on the 31st. The Hunter’s Moon on October 31st is a blue moon as that is what you call a second full moon that occurs in a single calendar month.

These only typically occur once every two to three years, so take the opportunity to see one for yourself, you could even do some star gazing whilst you’re there!

Woodland walks

As the seasons are changing it’s lovely to go for a woodland walk to appreciate all the little things that are different. The most noticeable is of course the leaves changing colour and falling, you can’t beat the sound of crunchy Autumn leaves under your feet.

You can also collect conkers and pinecones on your travels, either for decoration or perhaps a little conker tournament.

See the wild deer

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and feel like going further afield, you could go to Holkham Hall for a walk and see if you can spot any wild deer.  

You can do this yourself or, on the 7th, 14th, and 21st October at 2pm, there are socially distanced guided deer and wildlife walks, where you can learn some interesting facts about the deer in Holkham park.

Pumpkin picking

A festive favourite! There are lots of local farms that allow you to go and pick your own pumpkins at this time of year. It’s best to go as early as possible to get a better selection because they can run low quite quickly, but it’s such a lovely activity for people of any age to do.  

You can then either use them for decoration purposes, have fun carving them, or even make your own pumpkin soup. Yummy!

Draw and colour in a pumpkin for your window

There’s no doubt that Halloween isn’t going to be the same this year for children as trick or treating is unlikely to happen. Instead, why not get them to draw their own pumpkins, colour them in and put them in the window for others to see.  

Like the NHS rainbow idea, this is a nice way of connecting with other people who celebrate the occasion.