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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:

Crockford Bridge Farm Shop and pick-your-own

Pick out the biggest, juiciest-looking pumpkins on the patch, between 10.30am and 4.30pm, 19-31 October. Entrance to the pumpkin patch is free, although there is a charge for some items. From 26-31 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.

Wapsbourne Manor Farm, Sussex

Families can choose between regular or luxury pitches, and the farm offers a jampacked schedule of half term fun:

24 Oct-2 Nov: Festival of Pumpkins
25 Oct-29 Oct: Wild Nature with Rob Fallon
26 Oct: Acorn Day with Anna Richardson
27 Oct: Really Wild Bushcraft
1 Nov: Uckfield Farmers' Market

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.

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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