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 the North East this Autumn 

Are you looking for things to do in September? Check out my guide to What's on in September here. Halloween and October guides will be coming soon..... 

Go Glamping

Autumnal glamping at Hesleyside Huts 

Autumn is the absolute best time to go glamping in my opinion. It's not too cold, it gets dark pretty early so you can enjoy a proper campfire and the whole thing just has cosy hygge vibes at this time of year. 

I can highly recommend the Black Hut at Sycamore Glamping (watch our video review here)  and Herding Hill Farm is excellent if you're looking for a site with excellent facilities. 


Use code NEFF for a 10% discount off any booking made with Sycamore Glamping near Hexham. They have three glamping pods available (one sleeps up to 6 guests!). Find out more and book:

If you're looking for other ideas, check out this post:

Collect Conkers 

This is such a wholesome, fun and FREE activity to enjoy with the kids.

Need inspiration? Our writer Bethanie has shared a guide to the best places to find conkers in North East England. The post also shares a few conker craft ideas. 

Visit Raby Castle Deer Park 

Raby Castle 

Raby Castle Deer Park just looks stunning in Autumn and is a beautiful place for a walk. The Deer Park is home to two species of Deer and it is during Autumn that you may witness their 'rutting' season. 

You may hear the clash of antlers and the roar of the stags as they challenge each other. It's an impressive display so make sure you bring your binoculars to enjoy from a safe distance. 

Pumpkin Picking 

Looking forward to Pumpkin Picking? Take a look at my North East Pumpkin Patch guide which shares some of the best places to go.

We usually visit the Pumpkin Patch at Spilman's in Thirsk and absolutely love it! You can read about our experience and top tips here and I would also highly recommend booking tickets for this one. 

Bonfire Night

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 post still needs to be updated for this year.) 


Black Forest Gateaux from a previous Oktoberfest at The Broad Chare

There are a few Oktoberfest celebrations taking place in the North East this year including the main event in Newcastle Times Square which promises Oompah Bands, Bratwurst, Pretzels, a huge Bavarian Beer Hall and more. This event is for ages 18+. 

If you're looking for somewhere you can celebrate with the kids, Oktoberfestbier starts at The Broad Chare on October 5th. You can expect some authentic German food on the specials boards alongside some interesting German beers. Reservations recommended. 

Make Your Christmas Cake

Autumn is the best time to make your Christmas Cake. I like to make mine in October. You can check out the super easy Christmas Cake recipe I use here. 

Enjoy the Apple Orchard at Gibside

The Apple Orchard at Gibside is at it's best in Autumn and on specific dates you can often help to pick apples too. Keep an eye on their website for dates. 

Make Slow Cooker Fudge 

Autumn is prime slow cooker season but this doesn't mean you are stuck with making casseroles. Did you know you can make your fudge in a slow cooker? It's super easy. Check out my step-by-step instructions here. 

Scarecrow Festivals 

Autumn is the season of Scarecrow Festivals! Some people are so creative and I love seeing all of the different designs. Here are a few dates for your diary: 

Take a Hot Chocolate Walk 

Autumn is the best season to enjoy a brisk walk followed by a hot chocolate. This post shares the Best Places for Hot Chocolate with a Walk in the North East. 

Go Stargazing 

With the darker nights, Autumn is the perfect time to go stargazing. We are very lucky in the North East to have access to some pristine dark skies. You can either book onto an organised event or just pop along to a stargazing site in your own time. The following resources may be of interest: 

Make a S'mores Board 

I absolutely love doing this and it's a nice activity to try on an autumn evening. I've put together a post with ideas for how to make your own S'mores board here. 

Catch a Sunset or Sunrise in the North East 

Sunset at Cresswell 

By the time we reach the end of October, the sun will rise at 7:45am and set at 4:40pm. If you want to catch a sunset/sunrise, there is no need to stay up extra early or extra late. 

Have an Extra Hour in Bed 

Don't forget, we gain an extra hour at 2am on Sunday 29 October. I recommend making the most of this with an extra hour in bed (if you don't have young children of course). 

Enjoy an Autumnal Walk 

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:
Need to keep the kids entertained over October Half Term? My guide to what's on over October Half Term and Halloween Guides will be coming soon..... 

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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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