Things to do in Surrey before the end of autumn

by Jan

Are you looking for fun things to do this autumn in Surrey?  Well, we have some awesome autumn ideas for you.

As we say a fond farewell to summer, it’s time to start planning some fun activities for autumn.  The new season brings fresh new colours and plenty of fantastic reasons to get outside with the family.  We’re talking crunchy leaves, conkers, pumpkins, and hot chocolate.  And not forgetting some great autumn walks, with a cosy pub or two!

Read on for our guide to the best things to do in Surrey in autumn, plus a few ideas for half-term and Halloween too.

Plus, you should check out our bumper guide to the best autumn events in Surrey this year.

Autumn nearly over?  Have a look at our guide to what’s on at Christmas in Surrey.

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Crunch some leaves on an autumn walk

Autumn at Basingstoke Canal. Surrey

Now, nothing says autumn more than scrunching through a pile of leaves.  And, as the UK’s most wooded county, Surrey boasts some of the best autumn walks around.

Whether it’s hiking the Surrey Hills, a riverside walk, or a stately garden stroll, you’ll find an autumn walk for you.

And make sure you leave time for a cosy pint in one of Surrey’s country pubs.  Click here for some of our best ideas for family-friendly autumn walks in Surrey.

Pick your own pumpkin

Pumpkin patch Surrey

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Although it’s so easy to grab a pumpkin from your local supermarket, it’s far more satisfying to pick your own.  And it’s good fun for the kids too.  Make your choice from the Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

Remember to wear your wellies and take a big bag – they can get heavy!

Here’s a guide to your nearest pick-your-own fruit farms in Surrey.  Plus lots, of them are hosting Halloween events too.

Click here if you are looking to buy a Pumpkin Carving Kit with all the tools for the perfect carved pumpkin.

Visit a deer park

Deer at Richmond Park, London, UK

From Surrey, you have a choice of two royal parks with free-roaming deer.

With its combination of open parkland and woodland, Bushy Park provides a stunning landscape to enjoy the autumn colours.  Plus you can see 320 red and fallow deer, which roam freely across the park.

Alternatively, head to the beautiful Richmond Park, which has over 630 deer.  Autumn (September to November) is a fantastic time to visit the deer parks, as this is the rutting season.   This is when the bucks compete for the attention of the females.

Keep a good distance from the deer, as they are wild animals and can be very dangerous.  It can also be distressing for the deer.

Enjoy the Family Day at the Guildford Book Festival

Statue of Alice in wonderland in front of the Guildford castle

Bookworms of all ages can choose from a full programme of literary events at the Guildford Book Festival this autumn.  Enjoy talks from high-profile authors, attend a literary lunch or creative writing workshop.  The Guildford Book Festival will be running at various venues from 1st – 18th October 2023.

On Sunday 15th October 2023  families can enjoy a nature treasure hunt with author Moira Butterfield at Hatchlands Park

Click here for full details of the Guildford Book Festival.

Indulge in some forest bathing

The Woodland gardens, Bushy Park, London, UK

Forest Bathing (or Shinrin-yoku) is the Japanese practice of relaxing in the trees.  Take a moment of calm to consider your breathing and immerse yourself with nature in the forest.  This natural therapy is proven to have a positive impact on your mental health and wellbeing.

Autumn is the perfect season for forest bathing and there are endless woods to choose from in Surrey.  However, if you prefer an introduction to Forest Bathing, you can join a session at the Surrey Trust’s Nower Wood near Leatherhead.

Have a spook-tacular time at one of Surrey's Halloween events

Three Halloween Pumpkins

You’ll be spoilt for choice when looking for some Halloween days out in Surrey.  There’s so much going on, and it’s not just for kids.  Discover ghosts, ghouls, witches, and wizards waiting for some spooky fun across the county.

Click here for our pick of the best Halloween days out in Surrey.

Find a fireworks display near you

Of course, I can’t write about autumn without a mention of bonfire night.  There are plenty of firework displays across Surrey, and they seem to get more impressive each year.  Guy Fawkes Day is the perfect opportunity to wrap up warm and head to your nearest event for an evening full of oohs and aahs!

Admire the autumn colours

Deep Red & Orange Autumn colours in Surrey

As summer fades into autumn, the Surrey countryside comes ablaze with colour.  Throughout October the landscape is a riot of colour, with brilliant reds, golden yellows, russet, and orange.

Surrey has so many places to enjoy the autumn hues.  It’s hard to choose a favourite, but you can’t beat a visit to Winkworth Arboretum or Leith Hill.  Alternatively, Ramster Gardens will briefly open its gardens so visitors can enjoy the autumn colours.

Click here for our favourite places to see autumn colour in Surrey.

Click here for some of the best events in Surrey this autumn

Explore Guildford as part of the Walkfest

Two Boys walking in field at Newland's Corner, Surrey Hills, UK

This autumn, you can discover new places and walking routes around Guildford and the Surrey Hills as part of Guildford’s annual Walkfest.

Local walking groups have compiled a full programme of walks spanning the entire month of September.  You’ll find walks to suit all abilities and interests.

Luckily, most of the walks are free, but you must book in advance.  Click here to book and for more details of Guildford Walkfest.

Take the kids to Alice Holt Forest

large wooden kids play structure at Alice Holt Forest, Surrey

Finally, the last of our autumn things to do in Surrey is a visit to Alice Holt Forest, near Farnham.

Alice Holt is always one of the best days out in Surrey for families and autumn is no exception.  Younger children will love finding the wooden sculptures on the Gruffalo Trail or the amazing adventure playground.

Older children and adults can enjoy a bike ride through the woods, Go Ape or a woodland walk.  With such a variety of trees, there’s plenty to explore and an array of autumn colour to enjoy.

If you’re looking for more ideas for family days out and things to do at October half-term, here’s 40 things to do in Surrey with kids.

Click here for some of the best events in Surrey this autumn

Start planning for Christmas

Illuminated trees reflected in lake at Windsor Park, UK

It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas in Surrey.  There’s just so much going on.

Whether you love an illuminated light trail, a festive show, a Christmas market or a catch-up with Santa, there’s plenty going on.

Check out our guide to what’s going on at Christmas in Surrey this year.

Or, if like us, you live on the border you might want to know the best Christmas events in Berkshire or things to do at Christmas in Hampshire.

What are your favourite things to do in autumn in Surrey?

We’d love to hear your comments below.

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