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5 Things To Do This Autumn

Go on a leaf-crunching walk

Nothing says autumn like a leaf-crunching walk in the countryside.

Whether you’re heading up the hills or getting lost in the woods, it’s time to swap sandals for walking boots and sun hats for scarves as we go exploring in the cool, crisp air.

As the leaves begin to fall and the warm glow of orange surrounds us, our favourite spot to take it all in is Captain Cook’s Monument, just outside of Great Ayton.

This enchanting trail will take you on a smooth climb, before being presented with panoramic views of the North York Moors, Teesside, the coast and beyond.

The descent brings you through whimsical woodlands, where the magic of fall really comes into its own.


Autumn view of Captain Cook’s Monument


Be inspired by hearty home-cooked recipes

Autumn is the perfect time for one-pot wonders, low-and-slow stews, and hearty home-cooked dinners. We’re saying a gentle farewell to summer with recipes that warm the heart and soul.

Things on our seasonal home menus include: pumpkin curry, sausage casserole, chicken pie, and butternut squash soup.

We’re getting some gloriously feel-good inspiration from Tieghan Gerard’s cookbook, Half Baked Harvest Every Day.


A selection of pumpkins and squashes


Fill your home with fall fragrances

There’s nothing quite like getting home after a long day, changing into your loungewear and slippers and lighting your favourite candle as you settle in for an evening in front of the fire.

You’ll find us curled up with a fur throw, a book and one of Byredo’s beautiful new, fall-inspired candles.

Our go-to autumn fragrances are the ‘Woods’ and ‘Tree House’ candles – both incredibly earthy with notes of cedar, sandalwood and hay.


Byredo Woods Candle


Visit a local farmer’s market

Create your own harvest festival at home with locally-grown produce from some of the best in the business, thanks to Northern Dales Farmer’s Market.

With a number of monthly markets across the region in areas such as Stokesley, Hartlepool, Northallerton, Thirsk and Stewart’s Park, it’s the place to be to pick up the finest in-season produce to bring your autumn-inspired dishes to life.

On the third Sunday of every month, from 9am until 2pm, Northern Dales Farmer’s Market takes to the walled garden at Wynyard Hall, where you can browse a scrumptious range of delicious food and drink to take away and enjoy at home.


Food at a Farmer's Market


Join an autumnal craft workshop

We’ve got a crafty Halloween event you won’t want to miss this October. Our friends at The Flower Bee will be setting up camp in Milk & Grind coffee shop in Stokesley, where creative makers are invited to a Pumpkin Flowers Workshop.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to let busy brains switch off for an afternoon of creating something really special with a pumpkin and some seasonal blooms.

You’ll be given all of the equipment you need as well as some sweet treats to get the creative juices going. Your pretty pumpkin flower arrangement will make the perfect centrepiece or window display for the spooky season. The date for the diary is Sunday 30 October.

Orange, green and yellow flowers with a pumpkin vase


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