The number of events and activities available in the UK in autumn is simply staggering. Whichever Collegiate site you are living in, your local area will be bursting with things to do as the days get shorter. Here are 10 of our favourite things you must do in the UK this autumn.
1. Rugby World Cup
Taking place from mid-September for around six weeks, the Rugby World Cup will see international teams battle it out to take home the Webb Ellis Cup. Sports fans can enjoy games in a host of destinations, including Leeds, Cardiff, London, Exeter and Birmingham.
2. Pretty Perthshire
As autumn falls, the Scottish landscape transforms, with tones of yellow, red and orange setting the already beautiful scenery alive with colour. One of the prettiest places to visit is Perthshire, which is easily accessible from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
3. Cricket – England v Australia
Fans of the quintessentially English sport of cricket can take in some world-class action this autumn, with the England v Australia One Day International kicking off in Southampton on 3 September. Cricket is a hugely important part of English culture and taking in a match while the sun is still shining should be an essential part of everyone’s autumn schedule.
4. Cardiff Half Marathon
The legendary Cardiff half marathon will take place on 4 October, attracting runners from across Wales and beyond. The iconic race is one of the UK’s biggest and best road races, with runners treated to a tour of the most stunning parts of Cardiff, so grab your trainers and take to the streets to get ready.
5. Halloween ghost ship, Bristol
Brunel’s SS Great Britain is one of Bristol’s top attractions and this autumn the ship is teaming up with Bristol Old Vic and getting into the spooky Halloween spirit with an eerie, Victorian fright-fest. Explore the ship at night, from its shadowy corridors to its cabins full of surprises. The early evening event is family-friendly, while the later evening one is for those who enjoy more of a scare.
6. You Me Bum Bum Train
The highly secretive You Me Bum Bum Train is a creative, award-winning interactive experience, which will once again run in London from September 2015. The organisers keep most of the details to themselves, revealing only that those who take part are whirled from experience to experience, enjoying the chance to transform themselves and get truly creative.
7. Get Regal in Bath
Autumn is the best time of year to take a tour of the city of Bath. The impressive Georgian crescents, the delightful royal gardens and the serene surrounding countryside all warrant at least a day’s visit, showcasing the best of ancient British grandeur.
8. Guy Fawkes Night
Every major city will hold Guy Fawkes Night celebrations, so check out your local area to see what’s on. Also known as Bonfire Night and Fireworks Night, 5 November is held to mark the arrest of Guy Fawkes on 5 November 1605, when he was found guarding explosives beneath the House of Lords, as part of the Gunpowder Plot. Bonfires were lit around London to celebrate the fact that King James I had survived the plot to take his life. Today bonfires are accompanied by impressive firework displays and the serving of traditional comfort foods.
9. Lord Mayor’s Show, London
Held on 14 November, the Lord Mayor’s Show is one of London’s most enjoyable events. The flamboyant procession is packed with music and dance, with fireworks during the evening along the Thames between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge. 2015 will be the 800th year that the procession has been held, when the Lord Mayor travels from the City of London to Westminster, to pledge his allegiance to the crown, a tradition dating back to 1215, when King John first gave permission for Londoners to elect a mayor.
10. BBC Good Food show, Birmingham
For the very best of British food, head to the NEC Birmingham for the BBC Good Food Show, from 26-29 November. See celebrity chefs, sample award-winning cheeses and watch bakers live in action. Whatever your preference when it comes to food, the Good Food Show will have something to delight and entertain you. If Birmingham is too far to travel, shows are also held in London and Glasgow. Just remember to take your appetite with you!
With your fantastic Collegiate apartment as your base this autumn, you can enjoy every moment of the diversity and excitement that the UK has to offer!
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