Am I already talking about Autumn? Yes, yes I am (and I have no shame!).
I have always been an autumn/winter gal as opposed to a summer one, even though I was born in August I much prefer the cooler temperatures. I think it’s got to do with the fact that I don’t feel the cold as much as I do the heat, for some odd reason. I’ve always been like this and prefer to be comfortable and not all sweaty in the heat (yuck!). I get through the summer months and enjoy the low 20’s but anything more than that and I’m not enjoying myself, so as soon as we near the end of August I can’t help but get so excited for the coming months.
It is so crazy that we are here already as I’m sure most of you will agree that this year has gone by incredibly fast, probably due to coronavirus and lockdown. Due to this, I’m going to make sure I enjoy autumn and the winter months even more so than I usually do. This year has taught me to take all the opportunities I can going forward and make the effort to do all the things I’ve wanted to do these past few years. That’s why I thought it would be nice to do my first little Autumn post and come up with some ideas for activities you can do this Autumn/Winter. I hope you find it helpful!
Things to do in Autumn/Winter
- Watch Harry Potter or your favourite fall movies
As soon as I feel Autumn approaching the first thing I need to do is watch Harry Potter, specifically the first one as it’s just such an autumn/Christmas vibe and gives you a good reason to cosy up on the sofa with a hot chocolate. I’m not ashamed to admit that I really want to watch it now in the middle of August (I will probably do so after this blog post). However, I do have to refrain myself from watching the Gavin and Stacey Christmas specials until at least November…!
- Go Pumpkin Picking
I can’t actually remember if I have ever been pumpkin picking before…maybe once! I always think it’s such a nice autumnal thing to do and I can imagine it seriously gets you into the festive spirit. This is also a great activity to do with children but if you don’t have any to bring along then you can just go with a friend or your significant other (or on your own if you like!).
- Plan your Halloween day/evening
If you are one who loves Halloween and has to make sure you are doing at least something for it then why not plan a day/night full of Halloween activities with your friends or your partner. You can do some of the things mentioned in this list or just have a quiet night in watching some of your favourite scary movies (if you’re brave enough!!).
- Go to a Firework Display
If you’re anything like me then an excuse to put on a cosy coat with a scarf, gloves and a cute little hat is a massive YES. I love firework night mostly because I get to stand outside in the cold and be all cosy with a hot chocolate and some sugary donuts. I actually enjoy this more than the actual fireworks…but of course you cannot beat the pretty display of all the different colours in the sky.
- Make S’Mores
Now this makes me quite sad to admit that I’ve never made S’Mores before…I’ve always wanted to but just never got round to doing it I guess! This year I’m going to make sure I tick it off the list…finally!!
- Go on a mini Autumn break
I’ve always wanted to go on a little vacation to the beach in the Autumn, I don’t know why but there’s something so cute about eating fish & chips on the beach when you’re all cosy with a blanket or little ear muffs on that appeals to me so much! I’ve never done it before but it’s definitely one for my bucket list. If this doesn’t seem like your vibe then you could always go to a log cabin for a few days or a woodland cottage (whatever tickles your fancy!).
- Do some baking
I mean baking is an all-year activity but you could make it more festive by baking a warm loaf of bread or themed cookies/cakes! There are plenty of websites online for Halloween or Christmas themed cookies and cakes. There’s nothing better than having a big slice of chocolate cake in the winter…Yum!
- Christmas Markets
eeeek!! Now this is one I’m super excited for as I’ve never been to a Christmas market before and I was about to go last year but missed the deadline for when they close. This year I am definitely going to one or maybe 2 along with probably Winter Wonderland in London as that’s something I’ve also always wanted to go to. Cue the Christmas songs, delicious food stalls and warm hot chocolates with all the marshmallows!
- Cinema Dates
Going to the cinema is of course an all year round kind of thing but for me, it’s definitely more exciting going when its cold outside as opposed to when its summer and you feel as though you should be outside making the most of the sun! I used to go to the Cinema quite a lot before Covid 19 happened and I genuinely miss having a load of popcorn and Pick ‘N’ Mix to accompany a great film.
- Go on a Ghost tour
If you’re a believer like me and would love to go and explore the daunting aspects of the spirit world then this would be a perfect activity for you, especially around Halloween time. I have never been on a ghost tour as basically I’m a massive wimp but there’s just something that sounds so fun and also insanely scary about going on one. I’m going to put it on my bucket list for sure to tick off one day (first I need to find somebody who will want to come with me!) but for now, I’ll stick to the scary movies.
I hope you enjoyed reading! Do you have any plans for Autumn/Winter this year? What are your favourite activities to do in the colder months? Let me know below!