Make the start of Autumn Awesome!

August 24, 2021

Autumn starts on the 22nd September, the children are back at school and we are all in full swing of the normal routines but have no fear, the fun had in summer is not too distant a memory. We have some ideas below on places to go to make the start of autumn awesome!

As autumn falls over the South Downs landscape head to Butser Ancient Farm (left) to discover how our ancestors would have lived and adapted to the changing seasons. Enjoy re-enactments, fire festivals, ancient skills demonstrations and hands on crafts on selected weekends and school holidays.

Until the end of September you can still visit the beautiful Houghton Lodge Gardens situated in Stockbridge and if you are lucky enough, the resident alpacas may pop over to see you to say hello.

‘Fun’, ‘Brilliant’, ‘Excellent’, ‘FUN’, ‘Enjoyable’, ‘Really great fun’. These are just some of the lovely comments about Text Quest. Try a quest yourself and explore a city or find out more about your own!

New Forest Activities are experts at continuing the fun as the weather gets more chilly! Their ‘Halloween Archery Pumpkin Shooting‘ session allows you to shoot spooky-themed targets, whilst learning the ancient art of archery. Or opt for their ‘Spooky Halloween River Tour’ and paddle the Beaulieu River after dark.

From 11th September ‘Threads in Sheds‘ (right) is the latest special exhibition at Whitchurch Silk Mill featuring tapestry art created by members of the British Tapestry Group. These new pieces, inspired by heritage and weaving traditions, feature new innovative techniques and three-dimensional forms on display for the first time.

Selborne is magical in the Autumn. Come along to Gilbert White’s House and see the majestic Selborne Hanger in all it’s autumn colour glory. Try home made food made from ingredients from the kitchen garden, sample the beer brewed on site and enjoy crisp autumn walks.  

The Isle of Wight becomes a riot of colours in autumn, so where better to explore the great outdoors! Take part in the Isle of Wight Walking Festival, open to all ages and abilities, it’s a great way to get and discover the natural beauty and history of this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Join the Brickworks Museum in celebrating the changing of the seasons on September 26th at their Harvest Home steam event, and on October 24th for their Halloween steam event – the museum’s spookiest steam up! Tickets will be available to book online. 

Wrap up and explore the beautiful changing colours of Marwell Zoo’s 140-acre walking safari park (left)! Keep warm with a delicious hot drink from one of the catering outlets while enjoying the natural sounds, picturesque landscape and spotting your favourite animals!

Sound is set to get awesome this autumn with the new science show at Winchester Science Centre, Acoustic Explorers. Take an adventure through some epic sounds, find out more about reverberation and how we control sound. And, don’t miss the mind-blowing, light-bending laser harp finale. Weekends and school holidays from 25 September to 21 November.

The children are back at school!  So, enjoy a day out to Hurst Castle. Take a leisurely ferry ride from Keyhaven and discover this artillery fortress built by Henry VIII.  With open spaces and spectacular views, it’s a great place to meet up with friends and family for a coffee and cake with history!

Take the family outside this autumn to enjoy the best of nature at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Marvel at world-class bird of prey flying displays and the kid’s can blow off steam as they search for giant Top Trumps cards as part of the Top Trumps activity trail!

With a huge and colourful cast of abstract puppets, this absurd take on Edward Lear’s classic poem explores that difficult age between being a child and becoming an adult. The Dong with a Luminous Nose (right)comes to Theatre Royal Winchester Tue 26 – Wed

27 October – a perfect show for families and children aged 7+.

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