With the darker evenings and nippy weather well upon us, we welcome one of the most beautiful seasons back again. Whether you like to cosy up for the night in your knits or pull on your wellys and kick up the leaves, we’re here to make sure you get the most out of Autumn with 5 must-dos for the season.
1. Pumpkin Picking
For a picturesque autumn day out with the kids, Streamvale Open Farm has reintroduced its Pick a Pumpkin event at their Pumpkin Patch, from 20th – 31st of October. Kids get the experience of picking their own pumpkin in a wheelbarrow before creating a unique design for carving. Tractor rides are included with other shows and activities throughout the day, and all carving is assisted by staff (so you can take a back seat when it comes to the mess). Don’t forget their Wellington Boots for this one!
2. Crisp Autumn Walks
This 3 mile circular path is the perfect woodland walk to trek through blankets of autumn leaves and along waterways that reflect the murky skies. Family and dog friendly with a visitors centre, picnic areas and charming railway tracks. The Annagarriff Woods are also a National Nature Reserve and perfect for spotting birds and flora that you wont find anywhere else in Northern Ireland.
3. Bundle up
4. Halloween Celebrations - Derry
Derry Halloween has blown everyone away in recent years, now hosting one of the biggest Halloween carnivals in Europe. Running from 26th October – 3rd November this year, there is no excuse for missing the biggest Autumn event in Northern Ireland. With performances from local arts and culture groups, street carnival and breathtaking (no, really) firework display, this is one you wont mind getting out into the cold for.
5. Cook up a Storm - Pumpkin Soup
With autumn comes the delicious seasonal vegetables, and what better way to warm your bones than with a tasty bowl of hot soup.
See if you can put your own twist on this roasted pumpkin soup recipe that makes for an easy but mouth watering pick me up.
• 1.5kg cooking pumpkin
• 1 large onion
• 1 carrot
• 1 stick of celery
• 3 cloves garlic
• 1 litre hot vegetable stock
• Olive oil
• 1 teaspoon dried chilli
• 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
• Salt & pepper
* Top with crispy bacon bits for an extra burst of flavour*
- Cut the pumpkin in large wedges, removing the seeds.
- Place on baking trays and drizzle with olive oil.
- Grind your chilli, coriander seeds, salt & pepper and sprinkle over the pumpkin.
- Roast for 1 hour at 170°C/340°F.
- Meanwhile roughly chop the onion, celery, carrot and garlic.
- Add to a pan with heated oil and cook for 15 minutes, until softened.
- Remove your pumpkin when softened and slightly coloured.
- Add to the pan with stock and blend.