Get ready for Autumn in Brighton


Brighton is without a doubt one of the best places to be during the summer months, but autumn is on its way and there are lots of reasons to get excited about it. Whether you are looking for a seasonal day out, some inspiration for homemade goodies, or the perfect setting to absorb the spectacular autumnal colours, we have got you covered.

Pumpkin Picking at Sompting

Just a short drive from Brighton, the pumpkin picking patch at Sompting is the perfect way to get in the mood for autumn. With 14 acres and 60,000 pumpkins in all shapes and sizes to choose from, Pumpkin Picking Patch Sompting offers free entry and is open on selected dates in October.

Wine tasting at Bolney Wine Estate

Take in beautiful views overlooking the vines at Bolney Wine Estate as you sip on their premium English wines this autumn. Located a short distance from the South Downs in the heart of Sussex, the vineyard is the perfect spot to soak up the last of the warm sunshine.

Tours can be booked online and vary in length. The early autumn months are a great time to visit the estate, where the harvest will be in full swing.

Autumnal walks in the countryside

Crisp autumnal days call for fresh air and walks in the countryside – luckily, in Sussex, we are spoilt for choice. Whether you choose to head to Devils Dyke or Stamner Park, you’ll be able to take in the breath-taking autumn colours at just a short distance away from Brighton.

National Trust membership is a definite recommendation for autumn; with hundreds of gardens, parks, coastal walks and heritage sites to choose from, the National Trust have you and your family covered for days out all year round.

National Trust owned Sheffield Park, Nymans and Wakehurst are great Sussex spots to get your fresh air fix this season.

Tulleys Farm Haunted Drive In Cinema

If you’re looking for somewhere to get your scary movie fix for Halloween this year, Tulleys Farm Drive In Cinema is the place to go. Taking bookings between Friday 25th September and Thursday 8th November, Tulleys Farm are showing your horror favourites. Tickets are available to book online.

This is no ordinary cinema experience; with a light show, a pre film fire and cast of ghosts, this is

a great way to watch a horror movie with your friends. Food and drink are available to buy from the comfort of your vehicle.

Autumnal arts and crafts

Burnt oranges, glistening golds and deep burgundies stand out in our minds when we think of autumn – so why not bring these spectacular seasonal colours to your home this year?

Wreath making is an excellent way to bring the autumn season to your home and is a fun and creative way to spend a rainy day. There are no limits to your creativity and Hobbycraft have put together a step-by-step guide to help you design your perfect wreath.

Kids can get creative too with autumnal leaf collages, pinecone decorating and pumpkin carving!

Seasonal food and drink

Autumn is also a good time to get creative in the kitchen. Get cosy this year with delicious pumpkin soups, seasonal hot chocolates and autumnal bakesperfect for warming up on a cold day.

BBC goodfood have put together a list of seasonal drinks to make at home and have a fantastic selection of autumnal recipes to try, including risottos, stews, soups and pies.

South Downs National Park photography competition

The South Downs National Park is offering a £250 cash prize for first place in a photography competition to capture the park’s natural beauty and this autumn is the perfect time to get involved.

The competition is a great way for both amateur and professional photographers to capture the magnificence of autumn. A National Park spokesperson, Jeff Travis, commented: “Golden caramel fields, rusty red leaves, purple heathers and gorgeous pink sunsets – all the spectacular colours that make autumn special.”

Head to the South Downs National Park website for more information on how to get involved.


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