I love Autumn, as you can probably tell from this post and my last post! I also love nature so I thought it would be a fun idea to compile and share my favourite Autumn nature activities. The title might sound like these activities are just for kids, but who says adults can’t have fun too?

8 Autumn nature activities

Collect conkers

Did you know that conkers keep spiders out? My Granny always did this and she never had spiders in her house! Last year I kept mine on my window sill and didn’t have any. My flatmate, however, didn’t have any in his room and spiders came in. Word of warning, if you already have spiders in the room, it won’t make them go away. It just prevents them from coming in. If they don’t work for you, it’s nice to have them as autumnal decorations.

Make an Autumn wreath

I haven’t ever done this before but I did buy a wreath last Autumn. Since I haven’t made an Autumn wreath, I’m not entirely sure how to do it, but I’m sure there are lots of ideas on Pinterest! When I eventually get around to making one, I’m going to go outside and collect natural decor. Try to pick up leaves etc. from the ground instead of picking them off the tree or bush. I’m thinking:

  • Colourful leaves
  • Pinecones
  • Conkers?
  • Barley?
  • Sticks
  • Acorns

Alternatively, you could go to a craft shop and buy some fake decor. I’ve seen lots in Hobbycraft, and I’m sure you could buy some from B&M or Home Bargains. One advantage of creating a fake wreath is that you can reuse it each year!

Plant some bulbs

Autumn is the perfect time to plant your bulbs for them to come up in the Spring. Annoyingly, there isn’t any soil space in my Uni garden so it’s not very pretty. But a couple of my flatmates and I are planning on buying some bulbs to plant in pots! We’ll have to watch out for slugs and snails.

Build a bonfire

IMPORTANT! Only create a bonfire where you are allowed, abide by the rules and always have a bucket of water nearby!

When I was at Guides, I loved creating a fire and cooking on it.

Meal ideas:

  • Pizza pockets
  • Pasta & tomato sauce

Dessert ideas:

  • Chocolate orange
  • Chocolate banana boats
  • Pancakes
  • Toasted marshmallows
  • S’mores

Make a leaf species poster

This is probably something you did as a child, however, why not create one now? I’m super interested in plants, trees and flowers so I love the sound of this. Leaves tend to curl up after a while but to keep the leaf pattern you could make some leaf rubbings. Now that I’ve been writing about it, I really fancy it.

Jump in a pile of leaves

Remember to look out for hedgehogs before jumping!

Is there any better Autumn activity than jumping in a pile of leaves? I used to love doing that on the way to or back from school – definitely a clear highlight of the year!

In the UK, Autumn is taking a while to come. I’m yet to put the heating on in the house, though it was a little chilly yesterday. Not a lot of leaves have fallen, so maybe do this activity in a few weeks. It’ll be something to look forward to 🍂

Apple or pumpkin picking

When I think of fruit picking, berries always come to mind. But what about Autumn fruit? Pumpkin is a clear Autumn fruit due to it being a key part of Halloween. I’ve never really tried pumpkin but I’m hoping this will change soon! I’m planning on trying a pumpkin spiced latte when I next pass by Starbucks. If my flatmates and I decided to carve pumpkins, I’m definitely going to make sure the insides don’t go to waste! One day I would love to go to a pumpkin patch, but I can’t find any near Bournemouth.

I always think that apple picking happens in Summer because we have apple trees in our garden, though they are often quite sour. Is it an American thing? I’m not sure. Either way, apple pie or crumble have that autumnal vibe. Personally, I don’t like sweet pies and I really hate the taste of warm apples. But I do love plain crumble haha!

Identify wildlife

I find Autumn wildlife so interesting. Beautiful birds, squirrels, hedgehogs & you might even find some fungi. I’m trying to make our Uni garden as wildlife-friendly as possible! As I said before, there aren’t flowers so we’ll probably have a harder time attracting pollinators. Birds are something I am hoping to attract. I’ve got a bird feeder and in the garden, there’s bushes, a tree and a water fountain.

Keep your eye out for a future blog post on Autumn wildlife!

Which Autumn nature activities are you planning on doing?

Best wishes, Cx

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  1. I love to get out for long walks in Autumn. Last year, the beautiful weather stayed well into November. I have a couple of weeks off work in October so I’m hoping for good weather to go and hike some trails and enjoy the colours.

    1. That sounds so lovely! x

  2. These are all of my favorite things to do during Autumn. I just love nature in Autumn. It is so nice to spend time outside in the changing nature.

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  3. I love autumn! Thanks for sharing these nice activity ideas 🙂

    1. Thank you x

  4. I love autumn too! It’s my favourite season. I love watching the leaves change colour and fall from the trees. I definitely used to jump in piles of leaves when I was a kid and would so be up for that as an adult 🙂

  5. I’d love to make an Autumn wreath. When we were kids my mum would get us out of the house at this time of year to do tree rubbings and Autumn treasure hunts!

    1. Awww, that sounds so nice x

  6. Aw these are so cute! I love Autumn walks when you can get all wrapped up 🙂 thanks for sharing x

    1. They are the best 🙂 x

  7. Oh wow!!!!!! Cool nature activities. I wish we have autumn in Malaysia. But Malaysia is a one season country and we only have summer. I really wish I can experience pumpkin picking someday.

    1. Thank you! x

  8. I used to love collecting conkers when I was a kid, we used to then play conkers on the playground in school! These are great Autumnal nature activities! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. I’ve never played conkers before! x

  9. These are great activities, Caroline! I had no clue about the conkers, we have collected some last weekend so I need to place them somewhere near the window not to get spiders to come in!

    1. Definitely 🙂 x

  10. I love the meal and dessert ideas, Caroline! 🙂 It’s been a while to visit your blog. I think Autumn activities in the UK would be a nice experience. Thank you for sharing! Pumpkin soup is tasty. We don’t have pumpkin in my country but we have squash (a close family to pumpkin). Pumpkin reminds me of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban movie. hehe. 😉

    1. Thank you 🙂 Oh me too, love Harry Potter! x

  11. Great Autumn suggestions! I like conkers and use them to keep spiders away. Not sure what pizza pockets are but they sound nice. Anything pizza is good.

    1. Thank you! They are basically just tomato paste, cheese & your choice of topping inside a pita bread 🙂

  12. Love all of these ideas! Autumn is my favourite season, so I really can’t wait to jump in the leaves – minding the hedgehogs – and seeing nature change colours! I didn’t know conkers could help with spiders, I need to tell Fred about it as she’s scared of them! Really can’t wait to decorate and make an autumn wreath! x

  13. Great ideas, I like the idea of the bonfire and we have a good place for it. I will give it a try. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you 🙂

  14. I love nature walks during the Fall/Autumn season and I love to spot wildlife, etc. but I really do need to get better at identifying what I come across. My husband and I are going pumpkin picking soon so I am excited about that — I will have to try the other creative ideas you have on your list as it’s nice to have some new activities to try out!

    1. Ooh, that’s exciting!

  15. I love these autumnal ideas! This is such a lovely season, especially if we spend as much time outdoors as possible, enjoying the crisp air and all of the beautiful colourful leaves 🙂 Btw I tried cooking the insides of a pumpkin I’d scraped out for decorating and it wasn’t so good – but then my friend told me that “eating pumpkins” are a different variety to “carving pumpkins” (they have more flavour, apparently!) But you might be able to do something with it if you add a lot of spices? 😀 Thanks for this lovely post and all the activity ideas!

    1. Ohhhh :/ That’s a bit annoying, I was trying to reduce food waste! x

  16. These are such fun ideas! I love creating seasonal wreaths 🙂 x

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com/

    1. Thank you x

  17. I love everything about this post. I can’t wait for autumn walks!

    I’ve heard of the conkers thing for spiders and need to try it.

    1. Thank you x

  18. I would love to make a wreath, they’re so pretty. And I really need to get some conkers if they keep spiders away!

    Corinne x

    1. Definitely 🙂 x

  19. I love seeing the leaves change color the weather get a little cooler from summer. It’s such a great season.

  20. These are some really great suggestions for some nature activities to do in the Autumn season. I used to love collecting conkers and playing them when I was at school. It was always so much fun! Thank you for sharing your ideas!

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl

    1. Collecting conkers is so fun 🙂 x

  21. These are great ideas Caroline! You’ve just brought me back to my younger years when we used to collect conkers, put a hole in them and tie a string and play conkers (where you have one, and your opponent has one and whoever can hit off the other and break it wins!). I never knew about the spiders though! I love the idea of an autumnal wreath – my mum makes one every year. Lovely post!

    1. Aw, I bet your mum’s is lovely! x

  22. I had to look up ‘conkers!’ Tell your gram thanks for the spider tip. I’m going to look for some on our next hike!

    1. Haha, no worries x

  23. What a great list of ways to enjoy the season! I had to look up what conkers was (I don’t think it I’ve heard it before here in Canada) so thanks for the new word of the day as well!

    1. Thank you x

  24. Mind+Beauty+Simplicity says:

    i love being in nature this time of year. the crisp air and scenery is just breathtaking. i especially love having bonfires & having smores with friends in the evenings.

    1. me too! x

  25. Fab list! I’ve never went pumpkin picking or made a wreath before, but I’d love to experience both of them since autumn – they sound like so much fun! Thanks for sharing x

  26. I picked up some horse chestnuts when I found myself under a chestnut tree. Along with pinecones, they make for pretty and fun fall decorations, and I love the idea of maybe using them to make a wreath!

    Bonefires are a big fall thing for us; we love a roaring fire and s’mores in the evening. Pumpkin carving and looking out at the Jack O’ Lanterns in the dark is fun too. 🙂

    1. Oh, that sounds lovely x

  27. I’m hoping to go to a pumpkin patch with a friend this year. I went last year and it was literally SO MUCH FUN! I also love collecting conkers every year. I’ve done it since I was a kid!

    1. It sounds amazing, me too 🙂

  28. Super fun ideas! I like to go out in nature and look at the changing leaves. The crisp air during the fall is the best! Thanks for these ideas!

    1. Definitely 🙂 x

  29. These are fantastic activities for autumn. I really want to make an autumn wreath, I’ve seen a few on Pinterest are they are just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing these great ideas.

    1. Pinterest is such a great source for inspo! x

  30. Elle says:

    Love love love this! Some of my favourite autumn activities are ones you’ve mentioned, my all time fav being pumpkin picking. Autumn really is the best season. Thank you so much for sharing this Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

    1. So true x

  31. These are such lovely ideas! I’ve been itching for Autumn to start properly so I can break out my fluffy jumpers and embrace it all – as soon as September hits I’m done with Summer 😂

    1. I feel you! xx

  32. These are great ideas! I love to make pie during the Autumn season and go pick out some pumpkins. I feel like there’s a lot of fall traditions for people to choose from. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Definitely x

  33. OMG love this list! Apple picking and visiting a pumpkin patch are my fav things to do in the Fall! I also love just taking walks and seeing the beautiful colourful leaves! xx

    Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

    1. Me too xx

  34. Making an autumn wreath sounds awesome! Smores sound so good. I like going out into nature, and see wildlife all year round.

    1. Thank you x

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