Summer has definitely ended for another year, which means we have (particularly if you’re from the UK) at least half a year of rain, snow, and low temperatures ahead. Buy yourself a woolly hat, scarf, and mittens and settle in, but don’t let this put you off from heading out into the world and having fun.
There are many action packed and fun-filled activities you and your family can indulge in. Not only will they keep you entertained during the autumn and winter, they’ll get you out of the house and exploring the wider world for some happy memories. They’ll also get you over the post-summer blues, so bear the following in mind if you’re looking for some uplifting fun and games.
A trip to London offers thousands of cultural activities to take part in, it’s almost impossible to start somewhere! Whether it’s the theatre, bowling alleys, Oxford or Piccadilly Circus, the River Thames, or the London Eye, you’ll find a seemingly endless array of possibilities just a short journey away.
The downside? London can be quite pricey, but there are budget options and it’s possible to book good quality youth hostels or camping or glamping (the posher version of camping!) areas in and around the city. This 101 things to do in London guide from Time Out magazine is a great place to look for inspiration.
Take to Blackpool Pleasure Beach
This legendary theme park is still very much indeed open at this time of year, which means you and your family could spend an action packed weekend in the North West. The park boasts rides such as the Big One, which is well known for being rather tall.
There are plenty of children friendly opportunities as well, such as a Wallace & Gromit ride, Nickelodeon Land, and a SpongeBob SquarePants option (most parents may admit to begrudgingly loving this show). With live entertainment, restaurants, and the nearby Pleasure Beach available for visits, there really is a lot to be getting on with.
It’s also an excellent opportunity for couples days out as it doubles up as an opportunity for plenty of romantic sights. It’s a perfect opportunity to mix it up with thrilling roller coaster rides and evening walks on the beach to take in a beautiful sunset.
Kelly’s Hotel Resort, Ireland
From this autumnal half-term trip article from the Guardian, TV presenter Craig Doyle recommends Kelly’s Hotel. It’s a hotel and spa resort Ireland and, as the website states, “from the moment you arrive, you will know you are truly somewhere special”. The family hotel does indeed offer up something unique, with a beautiful setting and plenty of relaxing activities to get up to. It’d make for a wonderful autumnal trip.
Prep for the colder British weather with a skiing trip! There are many amazing options available across Europe (perhaps most famously in France), which this Family ski holiday article by the Telegraph should help to illuminate.
A holiday such as this is ideal to take in the sights and live it up skiing or snowboarding across crisp and beautiful snow. In the evenings you can also relax in spectacular surroundings and take in the beauty of the world, plus you can get to grips with skiing at any local makeshift slopes in your area (you’ll be surprised, there are more than likely a few available).
Take up New Hobbies!
If you’re on a budget, however, there are plenty of activities you can get up to at home. You can learn new skills such as cooking, juggling, binge watching Netflix (this takes more skill than you think, sort of!), or why not start a blog on WordPress or Wix? You can jot your progress down on these – WordPress is even free to join and get going! Connect with a huge online community and meet people from across the world with similar interests.
This family guide also created 110 fun home activities as part of its boredom busters guides, these options are sure to offer you plenty to do in your home environment. Failing everything else, why not buy yourself a budget priced Wii U and take to Mario Kart 8, Zelda, or Super Mario for endless hours of family fun? There are plenty of choices available this autumn, so choose wisely and have a great time!