Moody skies and falling temperatures have got us adding extra layers and reaching for the kettle. But that’s not all that’s keeping us busy – read on for a rundown of all our autumnal pursuits.
The Ocean Film Festival … Mesmerising aquatic films shot below and above the surface cruise across big screens throughout the country.
Latitude 48 … Calibrate your compass and set sail for Barnstaple. Pinball, a rotating street food menu from guest chefs and craft beers await.
Lundy Island … Named by the Vikings, inhabited by Barbary Pirates, won and lost in a card game. Stay in one of 23 self-catering options just 12 miles off the North Devon coast, accessible by helicopter through autumn and winter.
Thames Lido … For open-air swimming no matter the weather, dive into this Grade II listed water world that’s heated to 22 degrees and dates to 1902.
Open Surf … Succulents, surfboards, coffee and table tennis. Well worth a voyage down to St Agnes any day of the week.
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Born slippy… When the central heating comes on, the skin tends to dry out. Fear not – help is here thanks to Botanyblend Aceso Regenerating Face Oil. Stocked in our Life Store and online, each batch is made by hand using sustainable sea buckthorn sourced from the Devon coast.
Catch my drift … Colder, darker days don’t have to mean diminished saltwater time. We’re fans of floatation therapy at neighbouring Hands On Clinic. Hop into a float pod, turn out the lights and free yourself from sensory input. As the body’s systems wind down, deep relaxation takes over.
Indoor action … Experts say that cultivating curiosity helps prevent burnout, so we don’t let shorter daylight hours get in the way of a good time. Not when there’s sloe gin to make, spoons to whittle and pub skittle alleys to explore.
In hot water … All hail the hot water bottle. What these humble little numbers lack in beauty, they more than make up for in function. A handy companion to cuddle after a seaside walk or autumn surf, the Hugo Frosch eco version is made from 90% renewable substances and can be recycled.
Bounty for breakfast… As warm air from the equator pushes up along the Atlantic seaboard to deliver a mild climate to the southwest of England, we’re currently reaping the benefits in the form of figs, apples, walnuts, grapes and blackberries. The time is ripe for overnight oats with minimal food miles.
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“I used to live in Tofino on Vancouver Island and went back recently for a wedding. It’s just gorgeous – whales to watch, eagles overhead, bears roaming around and cougars in the woods. The seafood is incredible too, from spot prawns to sockeye salmon. To get there it’s a ferry ride from Vancouver and then about four hours’ driving up and down through pine forests. Because it’s on a peninsula, there are beaches all around and there’s always surf. The water is cold, but it’s worth it because it’s just one of those really peaceful places.”
– Alix Hazell, Jewellery Maker
“Every Sunday in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is like a massive meet-up of dogs and their owners. That was genuinely my favourite thing in New York. We also tried to experience as many restaurants as possible, including an oyster bar, and a place that only served beer and fried Brussels sprouts! Central Park was a favourite also – it felt like it had so much heart. I liked the fact that people were so active – rollerblading, ice skating, riding horses. We loved walking around and people watching. It was minus 12 in the evenings though, so I did have some meltdowns where I had to quickly go buy some thermals!”
– Bryony Heap, Sales Manager