Five things to do this weekend: 14-15 October

The countryside is awash with colour this time of year, so make the most of this vibrant season with our pick of five things to do this weekend

12th October 2017
Autumn leaves Getty

1. Watch migrating birds

Migrating birds
Coastal and wetland areas are good places to view migrating birds ©Getty

Mid October is a great time to go bird watching as many species of birds gather to fly south for the winter. Coastal and wetland areas are particularly good places to spot these migrant species; willow warblers and song thrushes can be seen around the Norfolk coast, Barnacle geese at Caerlaverock Wetland Centre and redstarts and flycatchers in the Isles of Scilly.

2. Go for a golden autumn walk

Father and son on a walk
Enjoy the colours of autumn on a woodland walk ©Getty

This weekend is the perfect time to catch the glorious colours of autumn, before the leaves fall and the trees are left bare. See our guide to the 21 most colourful woodland walks around the UK or take part in the Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need.

3. Explore an illuminated garden

Illuminated gardens
Thousands of lights illuminate Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens at night ©Getty

Take advantage of the darker nights drawing in and visit the illuminated Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. The gardens hold an impressive collection of plants by daylight but, by night, are transformed into a mysterious, multi-coloured maze of paths twisting through the shrubbery. Visit the Abbotsbury Subtropical Garden website for further details.

4. National Apple Festival

Apples
Over 2200 varieties of apple will be on show at the National Apple Festival in Brogdale ©Getty

Try over 2200 varieties of apple at the National Apple Festival in Brogdale this weekend. There are trailer tours around the estate’s orchards and rare collections, falconry and reptile displays, cooking demonstrations, face painting and live music.

For more information go to the National Apple Festival website. 

5. Play a game of Conkers

Boy playing conkers
Challenge your friends to a game of Conkers! ©Getty

This traditional game has been a children’s autumnal favourite since the 1840s. The aim is smash the other person’s conker, using your own conker hanging from a string. There are many theories as to how to make your conker the hardest – bake it, soak it in vinegar or even leave it to harden for a whole year – and there is even a Conker World Championships. Click here for instructions on how to make and play Conkers.

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