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Autumn/ Winter Guide

Be blown away this Autumn and Winter

Hello and welcome to YHA’s Autumn and Winter guide - The adventure edition.

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In this edition, it’s all about harvesting nature’s bounty of juicy blackberries, following in the footsteps of our bravest explorers, finding buried treasure, icy swims and haunted castles.

After a glorious summer filled with bed races, Elvis impersonators and hot air balloons there’s no reason for the fun to end just because the nights are drawing in.

So, whatever your idea of adventure we’ll not only point you in the right direction, we’ll make sure you have home-cooked food, somewhere to leave you walking boots or wellies and beds from £15, and private rooms from £35.

And, of course, if there’s an event you think we should include in our upcoming Spring and Summer guide do drop us a line. Not to mention the fact we’d love to hear your views, experiences and see your pictures of anything you adventures you have this autumn and winter.

October Events:

  • The Buxton Adventure

    The Buxton Adventure Festival

    From 11th to 12th October, visitors can choose from an inspirational series of ten different 2 hour talk and film sessions with tales of intrepid expeditions, challenges and races brought to life by world-class speakers.

    Nearest YHAs: YHA Castleton Losehill Hall, YHA Ravenstor, YHA Hartington Hall.

  • Slindon Pumpkin Festival

    Slindon Pumpkin Festival

    Every autumn, a chocolate box pretty Sussex village becomes the unofficial pumpkin capital. Locals build a pumpkin and squash display, which attracts visitors from all over the world. Created using over 70 varieties of pumpkin and squash, the flamboyant display is different every year.

    Nearest YHA: YHA Littlehampton

  • National Chocolate Week

    National Chocolate Week

    From 13th to 19th October visit the world's largest chocolate show with exhibits from the UK’s top chocolate companies and exciting international brands, as well as demonstrations, talks, and interactive workshops.

    Nearest YHAs: London Earls Court, London Oxford Street, London Central, London St Pancras

November Events:

  • Battle, east Sussex

    Battle, east Sussex

    The annual Guy Fawkes bonfire has been held here of over 300 years. Over 300 bonfire societies all dress up as matadors, pirates, and (perhaps most frightening of all) clowns, and take part in the torchlight procession through the town.

    Nearest YHA: YHA South Downs.

  • National Sausage Week

    National sausage week

    From 3rd to 9th November is the British Sausage Week to celebrate the taste, quality and diversity of the traditional British Banger, from your local cafe serving your favourite sausage sarnie to a YHA full English.

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  • Ottery St Mary, Devon

    Ottery St Mary, Devon

    Every November, the villagers of Ottery St Mary heave flaming barrels of tar on their backs and run through the streets. The barrels get progressively bigger until a truly huge bonfire is hauled in around at midnight.

    Nearest YHA: YHA Beer

December Events:

  • Caerphilly Market

    Caerphilly Medieval Christmas Market

    From the 13th to 14th December, Caerphilly town transforms itself into a Christmas shopping paradise with 100 food, drink and craft stalls. Along with stalls there is live music, entertainment and workshops.

    Nearest YHA: YHA Llwyn-y-Celyn

  • Burning Of The Clocks

    Burning Of The Clocks

    Every year on 21st December, the shortest day of the year, Same Sky – Brighton’s community arts charity, holds the Burning Clocks event to symbolise the end of the year.

    Nearest YHA: YHA Brighton

  • Liverpool Boxing Day

    Liverpool Boxing Day

    Boxing Day swim starts from the Royal Albert Dock at 11.30am. It’s £5 enter, which includes coffee and hot soup and all the money raised is in aid of local charity Liverpool Heartbeat.

    Nearest YHA: YHA Liverpool

January Events:

  • New Year's Parade

    London's New Year’s Day Parade

    London's New Year’s Day Parade is the largest New Year's Day street event of its kind. With thousands of performers from around the world.

    Nearest YHA: London Central, London Oxford Street, London St Pauls, London St Pancras, London Earls Court, London Thameside

  • Whittlesea Straw Bear

    Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival

    From the 9th to 11th January join in the tradition that involves a Straw Bear, accompanied by his attendant keeper, musicians and dancers, visiting public houses around town where the Bear and dancers perform in front of an audience.

    Nearest YHA: YHA Cambridge, YHA Hunstanton

  • Bamburgh Lighthouse

    Bamburgh Lighthouse at Harkess Rocks, Northumberland

    Bamburgh is regularly voted as one of the UK’s favourite views. It not hard to see why with it’s dramatically set castle and miles of unspoilt beach and enthralling rock pools.

    Nearest YHA: YHA Berwick

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