Why I’m excited Summer is over: autumn/winter activity ideas

It’s September! Autumn is almost upon us…Halloween, Bonfire Night and of course, my birthday.

I have really enjoyed this summer, we have managed two trips abroad and lots of days out, but I am now ready for autumn and all the fun that will bring. Hallie is almost 19 months old and it is so much fun taking her to parks and adventure lands!

Bank holiday weekend was one of the best weekends and gave me some great ideas for activities in the colder months. We went to Harrogate for a night and on the way back stopped at Stockeld Park. The following day we ventured to Sundown Adventureland, all of which can be enjoyed at Halloween and Christmas!

Harrogate Christmas Market 

I know, I just wrote the C word, but it will be here sooner than you think, and also the Harrogate Christmas Market is super early on the 16th Nov – 19th Nov, so planning needs to start now. Harrogate always seems to have a warm cosy feel, so I can only imagine at Christmas time it will be truly magical. 200 stalls with carols and Santa of course! With it not being too far from York why not make it a Christmas Market weekend and hit them both. You can see what York Christmas Market is like in my vlog from last year – click here!

We had a lovely meal at the Jamie’s Italian in Harrogate last weekend, I didn’t know how kid friendly it was, so kid friendly they eat free at the moment! We worked up an appetite by visiting the Pump Rooms, Hallie enjoyed some dress up with her Auntie Lauren and a spot of colouring. I have to say I think our favourite activity was their park – Valley Gardens, I think you would be hard pushed to think up an activity they don’t have, it is so clean and endless climbing frames and slides.

Stockeld Park (near Wetherby)

I had never heard of this place until recently, but I am so glad we went. It had a fantastic maze with plenty to look at as you attempt to get out, there’s also roller skating, boats, indoor play, places to eat, lots of activities the main one being a magical enchanted forest. They have a events running at Halloween and Christmas when they will have ice skating. It had a very magical feel to it and we will definitely be taking Hallie at Christmas time! There is also a great little gift shop where I bought my first Christmas present, oh dear.

Sundown Adventureland (near Retford)

I loved this place as a kid, and I really enjoyed it as an adult last weekend. Hallie’s favourite ride was the Christmas ride, so I guess we will be going again in Nov/Dec when they have their Christmas Spectacular, with more Christmas rides and I heard Santa might turn up… you can book now on their website.

Would love to hear your suggestions, we love visiting new places – make sure you comment below.

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