Winterfylleth, the Anglo Saxons called October, because at the full moon (fylleth), winter was supposed to begin. On Sunday 29th October the clocks go back, and winter officially begins. One thing that doesn’t change is the opportunity to get outdoors into fresher air and the beauty that Autumn brings to our towns and countryside. Clearly for the less hardy among us, camping does not seem to be such an attractive proposal and the comfort of a warm home makes it very tempting to stay indoors and watch the months slip away waiting for the arrival of spring. From the point of view of our health, there are big advantages to wrapping up and getting out in the fresher colder air, not to mention the physical benefits of long walks and the joy of watching children running through the carpet of fallen leaves.
Halloween at the end of the month provides the ideal opportunity to dress up and have lots of fun. There are
events being staged all over the country, all wanting to make your spine tingle and get children screaming with excitement and no doubt, frightening a few adults into the bargain. English Heritage, Alton Towers and a host of other locations will be doing their utmost to guarantee you a spooky experience! For further details of some of these events have a look at our spooky Halloween blog on the home page.
Autumn is being celebrated across Britain at numerous festivals in some of the countries most beautiful locations. The Pitlochry Autumn festival in the stunningly beautiful Perthshire countryside features light shows, attractions for families and children encompassing all that is special about Autumn. The festival runs from 22 October until the 7th November , whilst from the 23 to the 31st October Lake Windermere hosts its own spectacular celebration of Autumn, for further details go to www.lakedistrictgov.uk/index/brockhole.wtm.
Westonbirt and Batsford in the delightful Cotswolds will be encouraging one and all to get out into the forest with guided awesome autumn walks and photographic workshops, fungi forays and family events from the 25th to the 29th October, further details of these events telephone 01386 701441.
From the 23rd to the 31st October in Llanelli Wetland Centre will be encouraging you to join them for guided ‘pond dipping’ and guided bird and wildfowl viewing. Cycle hire and an excellent café encourage even the most reluctant members of the family to get outdoors and see and experience the migrants and other wildlife to be found in this beautiful landscape.
Over the weekend of the 6th to the 8th October you can enjoy panoramic walks through historic Montgomery upland and lowland countryside, rich in Welsh and English history, running alongside the Offa’s Dyke National Trail .
The festival caters for all levels of walkers and there will be wildlife experts on hand to explain the flora and fauna of the canal and the Montgomery Wildlife Trust reserves on the way. Country bus services will be used to access the start and finish of the walks.