The temperature has dropped a notch or two and the leaves are turning gold. But forget the chill, because in autumn the sea is still warm and the winter swells are on their way. As if that wasn’t enough, an abundance of nature is coming to life, so check out these UK autumn highlights for every family’s to-do list and explore the great outdoors. It’s good for the soul.
A 30-minute drive from Bournemouth takes you to the New Forest where the whole family can explore leafy heathland and the captivating Sika deer. The elusive females are as beautiful as Bambi. But visit during autumn’s rutting season and you’ll catch the feisty males locking horns. This natural stage would make even David Attenborough a tad jealous.
Our four legged friends in Somerset are a little more mild-tempered. So wrap up warm and meet the gentle Exmoor ponies that are native to this area’s beautiful National Park. You’ll find lots of riding schools on the doorstep of bustling Minehead. So the whole family can explore the moorlands on the back of these friendly rare breeds.
Indulge the kids’ inner marine biologists by the Welsh town of Cardigan, where ‘Flipper’ and his friends hang out. Set up an autumn picnic on Mwnt Beach, or take a boat trip out of Cardigan Bay and spot pods of harbour porpoises and bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some spectacular minke and fin whales.
The most gigantic ocean predators always set the kids’ imaginations alive. So take the family on a sea safari from Newquay and enjoy the rare chance to spot basking sharks off the Cornish coast. Keep your eyes peeled for their huge dorsal fins and you can even snorkel with these mighty fish. Don’t forget your waterproofs and woolly jumpers – it gets choppy out at sea!