The Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Autumn in North East England

Autumn is just the best isn't it! I've popped together some posts and information to help you get the most from the season.

What to do in Autumn 

Autumnal glamping at Hesleyside Huts 

Autumn is a fantastic time to explore our region's dark skies. Click here to read a guide to exploring Durham's Dark Skies or how about a trip to Kielder instead? If glamping is more your thing, I can highly recommend a cosy break at Hesleyside Huts in the autumn - check out my review and photos here. 

Autumn is the best time of year to go blackberry picking - check out my guide to where to pick blackberries across the North East here.

Looking for somewhere to keep the kids entertained over October Half Term? This Ultimate Guide should give you some ideas. 

Freckled Mum of 2 has an awesome guide to where to pick pumpkins near Darlington - click here to give it a read and Nora&Co went Pumpkin Picking in the North East last year - check out their beautiful photos and more info here. 

Looking forward to Halloween? Here's a guide to 20+ Halloween events taking place across the North East this year. 

Bonfire Night is always something to get excited about. Here's my guide to some of the best places to watch a fireworks display across the North East this year. 

New Girl in Toon has put together a brilliant guide featuring some of the best days out in North East England for Autumn - click here to read.

Best Autumnal Walks 

Plessey Woods

Nothing beats a woodland walk at this time of year. Here's a guide to 11 of the best woodland walks to try in our region.

Other great walks for Autumn include Plessey WoodsDerwent Waterside Park and Rising Sun Country Park. 

Northumberland Family Diaries has put together a fab guide to where to find the best conkers too. 

Looking for more ideas for enjoying the great outdoors? Check out my post featuring 5 ways to enjoy the great outdoors in autumn. 

New Girl in Toon has shared some of the best Autumnal walks at Gibside here.

Fancy an Autumnal Night in? Nomipalony has put together a fab list of Halloween Movies for families with younger children here and Big Stevie Cool has recommended these 5 horror movies to watch with teens. 

Autumnal Comfort Food 

New Girl in Toon's guide to the best places for hot chocolate is a must-read! 

Take an autumnal walk and create your own autumn-themed yoghurt bark. Read this post for inspiration.

Have you tried my slow cooker chocolate orange fudge? It's delicious and a brilliant one to cook with the kids. Here's the recipe. 

Big Stevie Cool has a few autumnal comfort food recipes on his blog. How about Lamb Casserole with Herby Dumplings or Homemade Steak & Ale Pie?

New Girl in Toon has put together a guide to some of the best comfort food from across the North East - check it out here. 

September / October is the best time to make your Christmas Cake. Here is my fail-safe recipe inspired by Mary Berry. 

The Oktoberfest menu at the Broad Chare is always an autumnal highlight for me. Check out these photos from a few years ago. YUM! 

The Northernist has some fantastic recipes over on their site. Check them out below:

Autumn Bucket Lists 

Finally, need more reasons to get excited for autumn? Check out these bucket lists below:
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Anyone else excited for Autumn? 



  1. YESSS! I am so so happy that it's October - my favourite month of the year! Just love all the lovely things there are to do this time of year and how beautiful everything looks! Thanks for sharing so many of my posts, I had no idea I'd written so much Autumn content x

  2. This is such a great post. I'm going to pin it as my autumnal go to resource. Thank you for including my halloween films post too! Much appreciated.


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