Where to go this Autumn
For many people autumn is the best time to go away. There’s less traffic, fewer crowds and cheaper tariffs.
Of course you’re not going to get hot weather unless there’s an Indian summer. But that’s a plus for many of us. After all, snuggling up and getting cosy is one of the best things about touring, camping and glamping!
Autumn colours do make stunning views. You won’t have to go far to make the most of the changing season because many of our parks are wooded, surrounded by woodland or near great parks and gardens.
If you’re thinking about an autumn break, our parks have provided some ideas on where to go and what to do. Don’t forget to check out our parks’ Special Offers too.
(Image above provided by Longnor Wood Holiday Park)
Wales rally and food festival from Tyddyn Du
This year’s Wales Rally GB will be hosted in Llandudno, near Tyddyn Du Touring Park, from 3-6 October. This is Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship and it has moved locations to allow a new town centre audience experience the excitement. Learn More
‘Gwledd Conwy Feast’ Conwy Food, Music & Art Festival takes place on 25 and 27 October. This also happens to be the last weekend of the 2019 season for Tyddn Du.
Rally route near Red Kite
The Wales Rally GB will also pass near Red Kite Touring Park. The local town, Llanidloes, and surrounding area will host part of the rally, with one track being just 3 miles from the park.
Local colour around Lamb Cottage
Just a 14-minute drive from Lamb Cottage Caravan Park, lies Delamere Forest. This is a perfect place to enjoy the season and changing colour of the trees, and the leaves create a colourful carpet beneath your feet as they fall.
If you take a walk around the park after dark, you might see or hear the local Barn Owls.
Nearby events include:
- The Northwich Beer & Drinks Festival 20-21 September, featuring over 50 beers, 20 ciders, gin and Prosecco,
- Arley Hall Harvest Charity Concert on 26 September, and
- The season finale of Chester Races on Saturday 28 September.
Spoiled for choice at Longnor Wood
There are wonderful colours to be seen at Longnor Wood itself. Also worth seeing are the Matlock Bath Illuminations which run from 7 September to 27 October and feature a parade of illuminated and decorated boats along the River Derwent.
South Wales Touring Park gardens and events
Carmarthenshire is known as ‘the Garden of Wales’ and Llwynifan Farm is within easy reach of several gardens where you can enjoy the autumn colours. These gardens include the National Botanic Garden of Wales and Aberglasney Gardens and you can find details of these and other local gardens on the South Wales Touring Park gardens page.
For local events, see the Discover Carmarthenshire website. These range from Carmarthen Beer Festival on 3 and 4 October to the Heavenly Kitsch Cake Festival on 5 October and Llanelly House Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre.
Back of Beyond onsite woodland and nearby New Forest
With 18 acres of woodland onsite and the New Forest close by, there are plenty of opportunities to make the most of autumn at Back of Beyond Touring Park in Dorset. And there is a 4 for 3 offer on pitches throughout September.
Autumn is a special time in the New Forest, not just because of the colour but also due to the ‘Pannage’ season, where pigs roam free to feed on the acorns. Great gardens for autumn colours within easy reach include Kingston Lacy, Exbury Gardens and the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.
If you’re looking for cosy glamping accommodation, both of the shepherd huts and the luxury yurt are equipped with real wood burners.
Melton Mowbray Food Festival near Eye Kettleby Lakes
Held in the heart of Melton Mowbray, the world-class East Midlands Food Festival takes place on 5 and 6 October. You’ll find many of the finest producers in the East Midlands taking part, and no doubt a pork pie or two!
You’ll also find some great walks around Eye Kettleby Lakes Touring Park.
Take it easy or go exploring at Woodland Springs
You can put your feet up and watch the leaves turn from the comfort of your own van or at Woodland Springs Touring Park or go exploring in this scenic part of Devon. From 1 October it’s 7 nights for 5 including the Christmas period.
Autumn colours abound on Dartmoor with the leaves turning red and gold, and early morning mists gently rolling in the valleys. It’s the last chance to see foals running across the moors before they’re weaned and taken off the moor. Find out more about autumn on Dartmoor.
Autumn treats and 5-star creature comforts at Bath Chew Valley
As the evenings draw in and the mornings cool, guests appreciate the comforts of hardstanding pitches and pathways at Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park. In addition, there’s good park lighting and every park facility is undercover. The park’s hotel-style, luxury personal facilities will keep you comfortable and warm at any time of year.
In harvest time, when the hedgerows are filled with berries, wildlife is feeding on this bounty and harvesting it for the cooler season to come. Over-wintering birds are arriving on Chew Valley Lake, bringing great excitement to birdwatchers. There are now 7 Great White Egrets to see and a pair of the elusive Bittern.
In a few weeks, the hedges and trees will display a blaze of copper and gold as they shed their foliage. This makes it a wonderful time for walking and cycling around the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. After working up an appetite exploring, the dog-friendly Red Lion Inn serves hearty pub favourites. It’s just a few moments’ stroll into the village from Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park.
Experience an explosion of colour, light music and dance during carnival season in Somerset! These amazing extravaganzas take place from September to October – see the complete list here. All are free to attend and raise money for local charities. If you want to stay at a peaceful park after all the razzle-dazzle, there’s a great choice of Tranquil Parks in Somerset:
- Waterrow Touring Park
- Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park
- Old Oaks Touring Camping & Glamping Park (fully booked for the Glastonbury Carnival and providing a coach service to the Bridgwater Carnival)
- Wells Touring Park
- Greenacres Touring Park
Colours and vintage vehicles at New Lodge Farm
New Lodge Farm will be hosting the last vintage Classic Vehicle Meet of the season on Sunday 6 October in conjunction with the Stilton Cheese Runners. The all-day event starts at 11 am and will have a hog roast and conkers!
Get there while you can…
The following parks will be closing this autumn until next year:
- Three Castles Country Caravan Park, Monmouthshire
- Greenacres Touring Park, Somerset
- The Willows Caravan & Camping Park, Llyn Peninsular, North Wales
- Delph Bank Touring Park, Lincolnshire
- New Lodge Farm, Northamptonshire
- Chainbridge Touring Caravan Site, Northumberland
- Charoland Farm, Lancashire
- Cherry Tree Springs Touring Park, Lincolnshire
- Grooby’s Pit, near Skegness
- Tyddyn Du Touring Park, North Wales
- Plough Lane Caravan Site, Wiltshire
- Back of Beyond Touring Park, Dorset
- Old Oaks Touring Camping & Glamping Park, Somerset