We all love summer, but there’s something about autumn. There’s no more evocative season; and as the leaves change colour, the air becomes crisper and our clothes start to get chunkier and cosier, it’s easy to fall in love with autumn.
Where better to experience the onset of autumn than in the heart of the forest? An ever-changing environment. There’s a saying that “every leaf is a flower in autumn”, so we’d like to help you and your family make the most of this seasonal spectacular.
On your bike
If there’s a chill in the air there’s no better way to warm up than peddle power. You can bring your own cycles and hit our woodland trails, or you can hire them from the Cycle Centre. With a range of bikes for children, adults and groups, as well as accessories, the whole family can enjoy a ride out together.
Make some new friends
Surrounded by nature, our villages are home to a vast array of wildlife – but be quick, many of them have hibernation on their mind! If you’re staying at Whinfell Forest, keep your eyes peeled for the Red Squirrels. Rife with Scots Pine and Norway Spruce, it’s one of 18 conservation areas in the UK for this endangered species. But all of our villages have their special visitors, including tufted ducks, woodpeckers and various birds of prey.
Give me shelter
Building dens is as nostalgic as playing conkers or jumping in leaf piles and the spirit of youthful adventure is alive and well at Center Parcs. If you’re an intrepid, creative, family our Den Building and Decorating activity gives you the chance to get ‘all Bear Grylls’ with a little help from our Den Master who will offer tips, tricks and the ultimate test for your creation – a watering can to see how watertight it is as you all huddle inside. The little ones will love foraging for feathers and pinecones to decorate your cosy creation. (Available at Whinfell Forest, Elveden Forest, Longleat Forest and Longford Forest)
See the leaves close up
Want to get more up-close and personal with those vibrant autumn colours? Our Action Challenge will get you much closer to the treetop canopy through a series of treetop adventures. If you’re a daredevil, a thrill-seeker or an adrenaline junkie and you’re looking for some excitement this autumn, our Aerial Adventure, High Ropes Challenge and The Drop will put a glow in your cheeks and a spring in your step… just don’t look down!
You’ll have a hoot
Spark their inquisitive nature and watch as they quietly observe these beautiful, impressive birds with our Baby Owls experience. During this magical encounter — enjoyed by adults and children alike — you’ll meet some of the world’s most spectacular breeds. Wise owls beware, this session is full of surprises.
Let’s get creative
Weather not playing ball? You can still surround yourself with all the colours of autumn (and many more) with our Pottery Painting. Suitable for all ages, you can create a masterpiece while spending some quality time with the family. After your handiwork is done, the Pottery Painting Studio will professionally glaze it for you and fire it overnight so you’re left with a work of art to take home as a memento of your trip. Make your own mug and you’ll have the perfect receptacle for a warming autumn beverage.
Get crafty in the forest
Maybe you’ve been foraging and found some ‘treasures’? Our Forest Crafts Woodlands Creations is a nature-themed craft session for all the family. Using natural materials, you can create your own family of woodland creatures as well as a habitat home for them to live in. Fun and informative, it’s a great way to fuel the little ones’ imaginations.
Warm on the inside
Nothing says autumn like a stack of freshly prepared pancakes hot from the griddle. The Pancake House is a great place to fuel up before a day’s adventure or for recharging the batteries after a fun-packed session. Sweet or savoury, there’s no need to book – just turn up.
Whether you’re foraging in the undergrowth, watching a sunset over the lake or feeling the leaves crunching under your feet, book now for autumn fun.