15 excellent reasons to be happy that autumn is here

Don’t be sad about the end of summer. Rejoice at the arrival of autumn! If you’re feeling less than enthusiastic about the changing of the seasons, be inspired by our list of 14 excellent reasons why this is the best season of all.

The babbling cascades at Longleat Forest amidst the carpet of autumn leaves
The babbling cascades at Longleat Forest amidst the carpet of autumn leaves
Walking through our miles of woodland trails
Walking through our miles of woodland trails
Cozy nights by the fire in your Center Parcs lodge
Cozy nights by the fire in your Center Parcs lodge
Trick or treat?
Trick or treat?
The Whinfell Forest lake in autumn
The Whinfell Forest lake in autumn
Wellies and splashing: made for each other
Wellies and splashing: made for each other
Christmas is coming - the reindeer are ready.
Christmas is coming - the reindeer are ready.
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The babbling cascades at Longleat Forest amidst the carpet of autumn leaves
The babbling cascades at Longleat Forest amidst the carpet of autumn leaves
Walking through our miles of woodland trails
Walking through our miles of woodland trails
Cozy nights by the fire in your Center Parcs lodge
Cozy nights by the fire in your Center Parcs lodge
Trick or treat?
Trick or treat?
The Whinfell Forest lake in autumn
The Whinfell Forest lake in autumn
Wellies and splashing: made for each other
Wellies and splashing: made for each other
Christmas is coming - the reindeer are ready.
Christmas is coming - the reindeer are ready.
1. Walks through the forest over a carpet of leaves that scrunch under foot.

 

2. Clothes. Woolly jumpers, cosy scarves, chunky socks under wellies.

 

3. Splashing in puddles at every opportunity because, unlike summer, now you’re dressed for it.

 

4. Food. Stews and casseroles and great big plates of pasta. Food that warms you up and calms you down. Crumbles.

 

5. Picking blackberries off the hedgerow and eating them immediately. Inky, purple fingers that give the game away.

 

6. Colours. Trees shake off their green overcoats and transform to umber and gold and crimson and burgundy and amber.

 

7. October half term, sandwiched between summer and Christmas. Coming together for a family half term break or just spending time together doing family activities.

 

8. Light. The low sun of autumn is like the Instagram filter that money can’t buy. Soft and diffused, it adds a burnished golden glow to everything. Get snapping!

 

9. Tricks and treats and carving pumpkins. Dressing up the little ones and telling ghost stories.

 

10. Dark nights. I know, getting home from work when it’s pitch black feels sorely unfair. But isn’t there something delicious about walking the dog through the crisp night air, with stars already out overhead?

 

11. Hot drinks. Hot gingerbread-flavoured drinks. Hot gingerbread-flavoured drinks in red cups.

 

12. An extra hour in bed when the clocks go back. It doesn’t matter that it’s a weekend and you could probably have an extra hour in bed just because. This one’s free.

 

13. Evenings in by a crackling, spitting fire.

 

14. Hot water bottles – the childhood throwback rendered almost completely unnecessary by good duvets, but somehow still unbelievably pleasing on a chilly autumn night.

 

15. Christmas is around the corner, bringing with it twinkling lights, glittering decorations and festive good cheer. Only 107 days to go…

 

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Maddy Potts

As Marketing Executive at Center Parcs, I’m lucky enough to hear all the amazing stories that come from our guests, our Villages and the wider travel industry. I’ll blog about the best ones, bring you some fantastic competitions and update you on all the exciting new activities and goings on at Center Parcs.