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Things to do in Cardiff this Autumn

The days are becoming fresher, the coats and jackets are being dragged out from the back of the wardrobe once again and summer feels like a lifetime ago. Autumn is here and we know keeping the kids entertained when it's a bit colder, wetter and drearier can be a challenge. Luckily for you, we have plenty of fantastic ideas for things you can be doing in Cardiff!

From crisp morning walks through the crunchy leaves to Halloween fun, we've got all the top picks for what you can be getting up to this Autumn in the city...

Visit Better Leisure Centres & Gyms

Visit Better Leisure Centres & Gyms

Where: Better Leisure Centres & Gyms in various locations

About: In Cardiff there are several Better leisure centre and gym locations that offer an array of sports and leisure activities suitable for all the family!

This Autumn, Better Cardiff is the place to be when the weather gets that little bit colder! Whether its enjoying a splash around in their many swimming pools, getting fit in one of their professional fitness classes, burning off some energy on their fantastic Air Venture obstacle course or playing some sports in their sports halls, they have something for everyone to enjoy this season!

Check out what Better Cardiff have to offer HERE!

Go for an Autumnal Stroll

Go for an Autumnal Stroll

Where: Various Locations

About: Bute Park is Cardiff's biggest city centre park, with 130 acres of meadows, woodland and parkland to explore. Bute Park is the perfect place for spotting wildlife, hunting for sculptures and going for an autumnal walk as the floors become flooded in an array of colours, conkers splatter on the floor, the trees become bare and the rich smell of winter, fresh air takes over! It's definitely at it's most impressive throughout the autumnal months! 

Find out here what other Autumn Walks you can do in Cardiff!

Find a Cosy Pub With a Roaring Fire

Find a Cosy Pub With a Roaring Fire

Where: Various Locations

About: Without a shadow of a doubt, everyone loves a cosy, old fashioned pub, especially in the autumn and winter months. There's nothing better than coming in from the cold outdoors and warming up in front of a roaring log fire whilst enjoying a pint or hearty pub grub. There are plenty of cosy pubs in Cardiff we can recommend - and we have a list of them here! We've even rated them on cosiness for you!

Go Conker Hunting

Go Conker Hunting

Where: Bute Park, Llandaff Fields, Castell Coch

About: When it comes to Autumn, we love going out to the park in search of autumnal goodies like conkers! From September onwards the floors are flooded with conkers. Both adults and children delight in the joy of stamping on the prickly green cased fruit of horse chestnut trees to release the shiny jewel inside. Whether you choose to collect conkers for official competitions or at home games, Conkering is a tremendous free outdoor activity to fill an autumn day.

Find out the best places in Cardiff to go conker hunting here!

Visit a National Trust Property

Visit a National Trust Property

Where: Dyffryn Gardens, Tredegar House, Lanlay

About: The National Trust have an array of properties in and around the Cardiff area, all of which are perfect for visiting in Autumn. You can enjoy an autumnal walk around the estates, warm up with a coffee and cake in a nearby cafe and then explore the history behind each place until your heart's content! 

You can find out what National Trust Properties are nearest to Cardiff here!

Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkin Picking

Where: Forage Farm, Vale Pick Your Own

About: What is a better Autumnal activity than pumpkin picking? When you think of Autumn, this activity instantly comes to mind! Dressing up in cosy knitwear and coats, with a warm hot chocolate in hand, picking out your favourite pumpkin from the hundreds in the fields to carve for Halloween! There may not be many PYO locations in Cardiff but if you don't mind a short drive then you're sorted!

Check out where you can go Pumpkin Picking here!

Halloween

Halloween

Where: In and around Cardiff

About: The Halloween we knew in the early noughties is far from that of which we see today. The degree to which we celebrated the occasion decades past was somewhat subdued in comparison to our neighbours across the pond in the US.

However, Halloween has now indeed carved its place in the seasonal calendar with predictions of its growth being on par with Christmas. Venues and farms have embraced the phenomenon offering pick your own pumpkins, parties and Halloween fun.

We can supply you with the spookiest and creepiest events around this Autumn here!

Watch an Autumnal Sunset

Watch an Autumnal Sunset

Where: Cardiff Bay, Bute Park, Roath Park

About: As the nights draw in and sunsets gets earlier during the countdown to the shortest day, this could be the perfect time of year for you to see a beautiful sunset without having to get to bed at 10pm. Luckily for you, Cardiff is fantastically situated for watching a sunset. 

We have a reel of the best places for you to watch the sky turn pink and get the perfect sunset snaps with no obstructions here!

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night

Where: In and around Cardiff

About: As well as the excitement of the turn of Autumn and Halloween, we have to remember that it's firework season with Bonfire Night on (remember, remember) the 5th of November! Fireworks at home are fantastic, but if you'd rather avoid the hassle and cost, then why not find yourself a good firework display in Cardiff. This is a fantastic autumnal activity for all the family to enjoy, but perhaps not your little furry friends! 

Check out our Bonfire Night guide here!

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