1. Easy on the eyes
Among a sea of oranges and browns, autumn is a great time of year for any of you budding photographers or nature-enthusiasts. According to experts, this autumn is set to be the most dazzling yet as the long, mild summer triggers particularly early and vivid outbursts of colour, conkers and wildlife. Make the most of the season by heading outside; it’s a great time for little ones to explore. Read our autumn infographic for more information on the changes afoot in the animal kingdom, as well as a guide on how to make your very own bug habitat.
2. Comfort food
Who wants the foods of summer – salads and olive platters – on a dark, frosty evening? Not me. Before you know it winter, the season of carbohydrates will be here, so I find it’s best to get a head start and dig out that trusty slow cooker now. If you’re visiting Center Parcs over the next couple of months, the Mexican dishes at Huck’s American Bar and Grill are sure to warm you up on an autumnal evening, while the carvery available at Lakeside Inn, Foresters Inn and The Grand Café is the perfect antidote to a grey day.
3. Low-maintenance wardrobe
Sure, summer with its gloriously warm, long days is nice. But I for one am enjoying the respite from religiously lathering on sun cream before I leave the house, or making sure I have at least one pair of sunglasses on my person at any given time. On a cool, grey morning there’s nothing quite like the comfort of pulling on a woolly jumper or feeling the crisp leaves underneath your boots. The novelty of pulling on jeans or a thick pair of tights – without the rigmarole of hair removal and moisturising hanging over my head – is a novelty I will revel in up until spring.
4. Swimming under the stars
If you’re visiting Center Parcs this autumn, or winter, then this is a must that you won’t forget. Our Subtropical Swimming Paradise at each Village is open until 9pm each evening, where the outdoor pools and Wild Water Rapids transform into a magical sight. Sit back and relax, taking in the magnificent starry skies above the forest. And, as our Subtropical Swimming Paradise is heated to 29.5c all year round, you can always nip back inside for a few minutes if the temperatures drop!
5. Cosy nights in
You’ve spent all summer at family barbecues, friends’ outdoor parties and long nights on the patio, but the cooler climate doesn’t mean an end to relaxing family time. Pull down the blinds, pull up a blanket and get the kettle on – the season of cosy nights in is officially here. Hot chocolate and marshmallows, lighting a firelog in your Lodge, getting hooked on X Factor or Strictly – when you think about it, autumn isn’t bad at all, is it? Or if you are on a hot tub break unwind in your private outdoor hot tub while stargazing at the night sky.
6. Half-term is just around the corner…
In less than a month, most schools around the country will be taking a well-earned break from term time. How will you spend yours? Why not have some quality time with the family at Center Parcs; with more than 200 indoor and outdoor activities, even the unpredictable weather can’t spoil your visit. If you’re staying at home this half-term, you could get creative and crafty as a family, by making your own Christmas wreath.
7. Only 44 days left until Winter Wonderland starts!
It’s important to always have something to look forward to, so why not plan your next break at Center Parcs and join us for Winter Wonderland? Starting from November 7, Whinfell, Sherwood, Elveden and Longleat Forest will fall under a captivating spell and magically transform into a wonderland fit for any family. With festive activities and snow-capped forest landscapes, it’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.
‘What about Woburn Forest’ I hear you cry? Don’t worry: our new Village will come alive with the anticipation of Christmas on Monday 1st December. Click here for more information on what will be included at Woburn Forest this winter.