Summer is now on the way out and, as expected here in England, it was a mixed bag.
However, while the weather can never be relied upon, the attractions certainly can. The season is the perfect time to explore the country’s outdoor attractions and wonderful countryside. The fun doesn't end after September, though.
There are plenty of extraordinary events to look forward to during autumn and, while the temperatures will certainly be colder, we don’t have the winter conditions to worry about yet.
While trains tend to suffer more delays as the cold breezes come in, coach services will help to make sure you get to wherever you want to be. Plus, with Wi-Fi and a guaranteed seat onboard, you can simply relax in anticipation of your trip.
Here are 3 of the top things to do this autumn:
1. Bristol’s Encounters Film Festival
As the longest-running competitive film festival in the UK, visitors can look forward to an impeccably high standard of movies at Encounters Film Festival in Bristol.
It is a qualifying event for the Oscars, BAFTAs, European Film Awards and Cartoon d’Or, with screenings, discussions and workshops all taking place over the course of five days from 20th-25th September.
Highlighting the high calibre of films on show, six of the shortlisted entries for the 2016 Oscars were created by alumni of the event. Overall, it’s a fantastic festival for movie fans and those looking to get involved in the industry.
There are plenty of great events to look forward to this Halloween, but Scaresville should be at the top of your list.
Based in the grounds of Kentwell Hall in Suffolk, this event takes place between 5th-31st October and sees the magnificent Tudor House turn into a tribute to all things horror related. Expect an eerie atmosphere, creepy decor and lots of scares.
Scaresville has won a Screamie Award in the past for its high-adrenaline feel, highlighting its credentials as the ultimate Halloween destination. However, it is only suitable for those over the age of 14.
3 The Forest of Dean
While Autumn will be a little colder, the beauty of the Forest of Dean will make braving the lower temperatures worthwhile.
The area is based in western Gloucestershire and continues to be one of the leading tourist attractions in the country. Whether you want to explore the countryside with a bike ride, or opt for an adrenaline rush at the nearby Go Ape! Facility, there’s something for everyone in the region.
A wide selection of independent shops is nearby, offering fantastic products exclusive to the area, while the Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure provides lots of fun for kids.