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9 Brilliant things to do this Autumn

Oh helloo there Autumn. Season of chunky knits, crunchy leaves, blackberry gin, pumpkins and roaring fires. Want to know how to make the most of the season? We've picked the 9 best things to do in Glos & Worcs. From wreath-making and PYO pumpkins to saucy masquerade parties. Find the fun here.

We’re so ready for you Autumn, but where to go to get the most fun out of the season? Muddy to the rescue. Try these for starters …

Make an Autumn wreath

Autumn wreath-making workshop, Daylesford Farm, & Autumn wild wreath-making, Burleigh Court Hotel, Stroud, October

Wreaths are not just for Christmas you know. Bedeck your front door with all kinds of sumptuous Autumn foliage. Book in to the Garden Room Workshop at Daylesford on 6th October to make the signature Daylesford Heart or Wreath, using natural and foraged materials, including willow, moss, wood, bark, blossom and seasonal plants and flowers. Cost is £135 from 9.30-pm till 1pm. Or, make your own Wild Autumn Wreath at Burleigh Court Hotel on the 2nd and 10th October. with floral artist Sharon Jackson. The cost of £69 includes all materials and a delicious Cream Tea from 1 – 4pm  

Go to a ball

Masquerade at Haunted Haus, Imperial Haus, Cheltenham, Sat 30 and Sun 31st October

Get all dressed up at this super-sexy Masquerade party going down from 4pm till late. The action (well, cocktails at least!) is happening at Cheltenham’s only ‘enchanted boutique bar’ Imperial Haus which opened its doors in May. It’s super fabulous here if you;ve never been. You’ll get spooky complimentary bubbles on arrival, there’s a special Halloween cocktail and shot menu, a magician and face art from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets cost just £25 and are on sale now. Dress to impress.

Visit an Autumn-themed show

Malvern Autumn Show, 26 – 28 September, Three Counties Ground, Malvern

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Embrace your inner autumnal goddess at this fabulous seasonal show. Now back for a fantastic 3-day event, you’ll find gorgeous artisan stalls, lifestyle makers and designers, shopping, flowers, gardening, food and drink, entertainment and much more. Plus special guests will be doing talks, catch Rosemary Shrager, Adam Frost, Katie Rushworth and more. Book now it’s going to be fab.

Pick your own pumpkin

PYO Pumpkins, Cotswolds Farm Park, Guiting Power, open October weekends and half term (22 -31 October)

Pumpkin season incoming. Throw on your wellies and get ready for a day of autumnal activities at Cotswold Farm Park. Wrap up warm and head over to the field to explore the pumpkin trail and choose a spooky face paint design. Once you’ve enjoyed the October activities, grab yourself a plump pumpkin to take home for crafts and pies. Entry to the field (plus a free pumpkin token) is included in your admission. Or you can just book pumpkin tickets.

Take a spectacular, leafy walk

Guided Walk, Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt, Glos, throughout the Autumn

One of the best places in the country to see Autumn in full swing is right here in Glos at the famous Areboretum. But did you know you can take a Guided Walk for just an additional £1 per person? Wade through crunchy leaves and forest bathe in the glorious colour as the experienced and knowledgeable volunteers guide you through the Old Arboretum. The fun and fascinating tour is 1.5 hours and takes place Monday to Fridays at 11am and Sat and Sunday 11am and 2pm.

Bake some spooky treats

Halloween Treats workshop, Cotswold Baking Workshop, 24 and 27 October

No tricks here — only treats! Book in for a Halloween version of the Marvellous Macarons class on 27 October with a spooky and creative spin on filling and decoration, cost £50. Or how about an afternoon of creative spooky-themed baking on 24 October, including pumpkin spiced latte macarons decorated for Halloween, churros with chocolate dipping sauce, and chocolate bark studded with Halloween sweets. The class is three hours long and contains all the equipment you need for £75.

Go see a celebrity

Cheltenham Literary Festival, Cheltenham, 8 – 17 October

The line up at this year’s Literary Festival is EPIC. We;re talking La Collins (above), Marian Keyes, Mel Giedroyc, Dawn French, Robert Webb, Julian Clary, Michael adn Hilary Whitehall, Katherine Ryan, Phil Wang, Jos Widdicombe and many, many more. There just isn’t room here to do it justice, so check out the website. Booking is open now so check out what’s on and book in to stalk hear your fave celebrity wax lyrical.

Scoff a Roast

Sunday Roasts, The Green Dragon Inn, Cockleford Near Cheltenham

Where better to get a cosy Sunday roast with the family in front of a roaring fire after a chilly Autumn walk than Muddy Stilettos’ Best Destination Pub 2021? This lovely, homely pub with stand-out food is located in the heart of the Cotswolds and boasts log fires, beamed ceilings, tone flagged floors and a lovely friendly vibe, just how a rustic Sunday pub lunch should be we reckon.

Do an Autumn-themed photoshoot

Half-Term Farm Photo Experience, Michelle Morris Natural Photography, Noverton Farm, Worcs

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Hosted by Michelle Morris – a finalist in the Muddy Stilettos Awards Best Photographer 2021 category – on this brilliant day out kids (big and small) get to PYO pumpkins, jump around on hay bales, go on an egg hunt, play on vintage tractors and of course meet the piggies, sheep, cows and chickens! Each family will also receive a box of locally made brownies and souvenir teddy bears. Until 24 September we’ve also got a special £50 off for Muddy readers, making the Farm Photo Experience £95 instead of £145.  All you have to do is enter ‘Muddy50’ at the checkout.  But be quick, there are only a few dates left!

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