Wintery weather needn’t mean spending half term hauled up in the house, glued to the telly. The British countryside looks spectacular in October, when leaves are golden brown and the apple harvest is in full swing. Nothing beats picking your own, so for a fun day out, discover what produce is in season and find details of your local Pick-Your-Own farm.
Camping in October might sound crazy, but plenty of families do - and they love it! Here are some of our favourite places for pitching a tent in Autumn:
Pick out the biggest, juiciest-looking pumpkins on the patch, between 10.00am and 5.00pm, 17-31 October. Entrance to the pumpkin patch is free, although there is a charge for some items. From 25-31 October, the Farm is hosting Spooky Fun Days, where little monsters can enjoy apple bobbing, face painting and pumpkin carving. For mums and dads, a pop-up cafe will serve tasty homemade grub.
Find out more: crockfordbridgefarm.co.uk
Families can choose between regular or luxury pitches, and the farm offers a jampacked schedule of half term fun:
24 Oct-28 Oct: Wild Nature - Big Wood
28 Oct - 31 Oct: ReallyWild Bushcraft - Big Wood
1 Nov: Astronomy with Olly Greenwood
This charming campsite is a stone’s throw from fabulous family activities. Bluebell Railway, with its old-fashioned steam trains, is only a five minute walk away, and the delightful Winnie the Pooh Bridge is only seven miles from the site in Ashdown Forest.
Price: £60 for a family of four for a basic site (two nights) – with added costs for additional amenities.
Find out more: wowo.co.uk
There are hundreds of family-friendly camping and caravan clubs all over the UK, with prices around £40 a night – go on, be brave!
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