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Autumn/ Winter Guide
Hello and welcome to YHA’s Autumn and Winter guide - The adventure edition.
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.
Wild Food Courses
Robin Harford runs wild food foraging courses and walks around Britain, in Devon, London, Oxfordshire, West Sussex, and Yorkshire. So come on a relaxing wild edible plant walk, and discover Nature’s hidden larder in the city, hedgerow, riverbanks, and on the coast.
Located all over England
The Hoxne Hoard
The UK’s largest collection of Roman silver and gold ever found. While searching for a lost hammer, two friends began discovering gold, silver and bronze coins, and jewellery. Once a full excavation was completed over 15,000 Roman coins, rare jewellery and silver tableware were discovered.
Nearest YHA: Blaxhall
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game that all the family can enjoy. Treasure hunters navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
The Buxton Adventure
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Find our more at lovepork.co.uk
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
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
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
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
New Year's 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.
Whittlesea Straw Bear
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.
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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