Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Celebrate the Season – Autumn Festivals in the UK

This is a guest post by Amanda Andrews

Herbst uploaded by Andreas Levers on Flickr

The summer that never was has now well and truly passed and here in the UK we are now firmly entrenched in autumnal weather. Crisp and clear days are followed by ever earlier evenings – which is really something that can get you down if you’re not careful. Change your focus away from the sometimes less than optimal weather, and think about all of the things that are great about the autumn. Great fresh produce, woolly scarves, and wood burning fires are but a few things to relish about the autumn in England.

All around the country you’ll find autumn festivals to get you out of the house and enjoying the joys of the fall seasons. From music to food, gardens to cider, the autumn festivals in the UK have something for everyone.

The Big Apple Harvestime Festival - Herefordshire

The Big Apple Harvestime Festival in Herefordshire on 13-14 October 2012 is a special opportunity to enjoy the autumn countryside in the parishes on the Marcle Ridge, an area that has been an important line of communication for many millennia. The orchards in Marcle Ridge area are famous for their cider apples, as well as their excellent eating apples, all of which can be enjoyed over the course of the festival. The Harvestime Festival is now in its 24th year, and the event gives visitors the opportunity to share in the traditions of apple growing and cider making.

Cider Pressing
Funky cider, pressing uploaded by Wayne Marshall on Flickr

Open House, Belfast

Throughout the autumn months you can shake off your gloom at one of the great gigs hosted by the Open House Festival in Belfast, a fiercely independent not-for-profit music charity that has been growing organically since 1999. Open House hosts music events throughout the year, but the line-up for this autumn can give music lovers’ something to look forward to every other week, and with ticket prices that anyone can afford. Pull out your skinny jeans and check shirt and get your hipster on in Belfast this autumn!

Wisley Garden Taste of Autumn Festival – Surrey

If your tastes lean a bit more towards rocking chairs than rock n’ roll than you might fancy the Taste of Autumn Festival at RHS Garden Wisley from 17-21 October 2012. Here you’ll be treated to cooking demonstrations, tasty food and drink samples, as well as talks given by some of the UK’s best and brightest gardeners. Learn all about growing your own vegetables with RHS experts who will be on hand throughout the course of the festival to answer any questions your may have, or just wander through the 40 food stalls that will be on site to tempt your taste buds! Either way the Wisley’s Taste of Autumn Festival is sure to be a delight.

Wisley Gardens
Wisley Gardens uploaded by Gail Johnson on Flickr

Don’t let yourself get down now that the weather is turning a little bit colder and the nights are drawing in. Get out and enjoy all that the season has to offer at the festivals and fetes that are being held all across the UK. Savour the crunch of a crisp apple, the pleasure of a warming cup of tea, and the luxury of a roaring fire, a much better proposition than lamenting the all too early end to the summer that never was.

About the Guest Author:

Amanda is a Canadian blogger and writer who loves to travel the UK and share her experiences of it. If you want to make a holiday out of your festival visit, why not consider staying in a holiday cottage? Visit Web Cottages to find self-catering holiday cottages located throughout the UK and Ireland.


  1. I would definitely go to the Taste of Autumn Festival at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. I know Surrey quite well, but Wisley House looks terrific and the gardens are special as well. Oh yes,,, and the food stalls :)

  2. Beautiful post..totally stunnign and gorgeous Autumnesque images!! how fun..the festival looks great! Yay..

  3. I just cannot move my eyes away from the first picture.

  4. I went to the Wisley one last year - it was a great way to kick off the season :) Yummy food vendors too!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous blog! You have made me pine for England!!

  6. how fun!

    i thoroughly enjoyed your post, emm, the festival looks and sounds great!
    that first shot is totally amazing!

    big hugs!

  7. The Harvestime Festival looks like fun. I would like to try the cider. I wonder if it is tart.

  8. What a great collection of images. Autumn is my favourite season for the light and the food. All that fabulous English game.

  9. I want that apple cider right now! Yummy! Love fall and have a couple of events lined up :)
    Happy Fall, Emm!

  10. What nice photos to this post. In a way I hardly feel like celebrating autumn, since it wasn't really summer! but celebrations are always good...


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