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Summer is over but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. We’ve put together a list of just some of the brilliant events taking place in each of the fifteen national parks this Autumn.  Follow the links for more information on each event and head to the individual park websites to find out about the many more events taking place over the coming months.

Brecon Beacons

Crickhowell Literary Festival

Date: October 1st – 9th
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

The Crickhowell Literary Festival features something for everyone – there will be lots of talks – on books, poetry, art, sport and politics; and there will be readings, stories, interviews, debates, candle-lit literary suppers, creative writing workshops and wholesome walks.

Brecon Beacons Food Festival

Date: October 1st
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Cost: Free

Brecon Beacons Food Festival is back and better than ever on Saturday 1st October at Brecon Market Hall. It'll be foodie heaven with over 70 Welsh food and drink suppliers selling their produce.
From 10am until 5pm you can shop, taste, cook, order your Christmas turkey and swap recipes until you drop! We're excited just thinking about it.

Stargazing Evening – Visitor Centre

Date: October 22nd 
Time: 18:30 - 21:30 
Cost: £9 Adult £7 Child

Cardiff Astronomical Society will once again be hosting an evening of stargazing at the National Park Visitor Centre (LD3 8ER). If skies are clear their telescopes will be focused on interesting phenomena in the night sky, or if cloudy there will be lectures indoors. Price includes parking, soup and a roll. The event will run whatever the weather! 

Also in the Brecon Beacons this Autumn: Crafts in the Park and Brecon Baroque Festival

Click here to see all Brecon Beacons Events

Broads

Funky Fungi Family Fun

Date: 22nd October
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Cost: £5 Adult, £3 Child

Fantastic facts, Fungi and games on a journey of discovery amongst the world of magical mushrooms and terrific toadstools.

Broads Tours

Date: 22nd - 30th October
Time: 11:30 & 14:00
Cost: £8.50 Adult, Children go free (2 per Adult)

Discover the Norfolk Broads, Britain’s magical waterland by joining Broads Tours for a Boat trip this October Half-Term. Your skipper will give a live commentary explaining the origins of the Broads, whilst pointing out the fabulous wildlife and other points of interest.

Norfolk Walking Festival

Date: 22nd - 30th October
Time: Varies
Cost:Varies

Events will be taking place countywide providing fantastic walking opportunities in the Broads, the Brecks and on the coast, and will include a variety of walks, talks and family activities.

Also at The Broads this Autumn: Whitlingham Night Adventure, Barton Charter Yacht Regatta and Stalham Farmers Market

Click here to see all Broads events

Cairngorms

Autumn Treasure Hunt

Date: 8th & 30th October
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Cost: Donations to wildlife area welcome

Follow the clues to find the treasure boxes hidden in the forest around the woodland trails. Each treasure box belongs to a woodland creature – can you find them all & collect you own treasure prize?

Clash of the Titans

Date: 16th October
Time: 16:00 - 19:00
Cost: Adults £10 Children £5

Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the great spectacles of the Highlands as red stags battle it out for the chance to breed. 5km walk to see the deer therefore a good general level of fitness required. (Shorter walk is available on a Wednesday 19th October). Deer rutting takes place across many locations in the National Park such as Laggan, Angus Glens, Braemar and Blair Atholl. Warm waterproof clothing, good walking boots are essential. Bring a torch and binoculars (if you have them). Sorry, no dogs. Booking is also essential

Halloween Special at the Strathspey Railway

Date: 29th October
Time: 10:00 - 14:20
Cost: Adult £15.25 Child £8.15

Wear your best costume as our Haunted Host take you for a ride on the Halloween Express. Meet creepy creatures, enjoy spooky face painting, magic tricks and much more.... also look out for Graham the Gruesome Guard - The Strathspey Railways resident ghost!!! 

Also in The Cairngorms this Autumn: Killicrankie Wild Halloween, Halloween at Feshiebridge Sculpture Trail and Bats, Frogs, Mice and Magic

Click here to see all Cairngorms events

Dartmoor

Community Walk along Granite Tramway

Date: 1st October
Time: 10:00 - 14:00
Cost: Free

Granite Elements Community Walk from Haytor Quarry to Pottery Pond. This is the 1st of 3 legs of the Granite Tramway and is downhill for 5.5 miles. An easy pace on Moorland hill and tracks. Outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear are needed. It is advised to bring a snack and drink. The walk will be led by Community Artist Amanda Pellatt.

Okehampton Farmers Market

Date: 1st & 15th October
Time: 9:00 - 13:00
Cost: Free

Held on every first and third Saturday of the month between 9 – 1 Okehampton Farmers Market has 20 or more stalls of local foods. You can find everything there from bread and cake to beef and ostrich!

Held in St. James Chapel Square in the centre of town you are sure to be able to find something that satisfies your appetite.

Tavistock Goose Fair

Date: 12th - 13th October 
Time: N/A
Cost: Free

On every second Wednesday in October Tavistock is host to an annual event that dates back as far as the 12th Century! Back then farmers used to bring their geese through the streets in to town for sale. Although this has virtually stopped it is still possible to obtain goose lunches in cafes and restaurants throughout the day.

The fair now mainly attracts market traders from all over. There are stalls and side shows in the day and fairgrounds and music in the evening.

Also in Dartmoor this Autumn: Buckfastleigh Farmers Market, Help the Rangers at Haytor and Delicious Drake's Trail

Click here to see all Dartmoor events

Exmoor

Two Moors Festival

Date: 22nd - 29th October
Time: 19:30 - 19:30
Cost: Varies

The Two Moors Festival is week-long music festival of international standing, bringing chamber music and song recitals to beautiful moorland churches across Exmoor and Dartmoor. Booking is essential

The Big Autumn Adventure

Date: 26th October
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Cost: Donations to Caremoor Welcome 

Join the adventure! Come and explore the natural world with family games and activities lasting all day in some of the most amazing locations on Exmoor. Please wear outdoor clothing and suitable footwear. Car parking and toilet facilities on site.

Porlock Apple Day

Date: 29th October
Time: 10:00 - 16:00 
Cost: Free

Celebrating the humble apple in all its glorious forms with demonstrations of old and new juicing techniques; apple-centred goods, food and drink for sale; and activities for all the family. 

Also in Exmoor this Autumn: Autumnal Woods around Dulverton and Simonsbath Sawmill Open Day

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Lake District

Two Hilltop Tarns and a Craggy Wood

Date: 12th October
Time: 10:30 - 15:30
Cost: £5 Adult, Children go free

A scenic walk, climbing through Craggy Woods and out onto the fells to visit Potter Tarn and Gurnal Dubbs.

Coppermines Valley Walk

Date: 22nd October
Time: 10:30 - 
Cost: £5 Adult, Children go free

Through the Coppermines Valley to Red Dell and Levers Water returning by Boulder Valley. A World Heritage themed walk.

Halloween Hoot

Date: 26th October 
Time: Various between 11:00 - 14:00
Cost: £5

Meet Dumbledore, the white faced owl, Tassle and Ivy, the barn owls and Eggnog, the little owl. Find out just how amazing these creatures are. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Also in the Lake District this Autumn: Glorious Gardens Tour, Ghoulish Scavenger Hunt, Guided Cycle Ride in Windermere and 8 hour Emergency First Aid 

Click here to see all Lake District events

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

Balmahas Braw Weekend

Date: 1st - 2nd October
Time: 11:00 - 12:00 (Midnight)
Cost: Varies

Come rain or shine, Balmaha’s Braw Weekend offers family fun, entertainment and lots of Scottish food and drink throughout the weekend of 1st & 2nd October on the banks of Loch Lomond.  Great views, tasty food and loads to keep the kids entertained. Balmaha’s Braw Weekend is a National Park supported event and is part of Scotland’s National Events Programme

Cowalfest

Date: 7th - 16th October
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

One of Scotland’s largest and most varied walking festivals in Scotland, with more than 80 walks led by expert and knowledgeable leaders, catering for all ages and abilities. Themed walks include wildlife, bird watching, drama, photography, art, history, heritage, folklore, tai chi, great gardens, great houses as well as some great hill walks. Try completing the long distance route ‘The Cowal Way’, give canoeing or cycling a go, plus there’s a range of musical and arts events. 

Callander Jazz & Blues Festival

Date: 30th September - 2nd October 
Time: 18:00  - 21:00
Cost: Varies

The largest Jazz & Blues festival in Scotland, now in its 11th year the festival features everything from solo artists to 21 piece big bands.

Set in Callander on the Eastern gateway of the National Park the weekend long festival promises to be a fantastic event yet again this year!

Also in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs this Autumn: Festive Lights & Fireworks

Click here to see all Loch Lomond and The Trossachs events

New Forest

Let’s Cook Vegan

Date: 8th October
Time: 17:30 - 21:30 
Cost: £22

Richard Barnett and Juliet Lynn, who are experienced vegan cooks, will lead you through the preparation of a full three course vegan meal, answering questions, offering information and tips and sharing the odd 'secret ingredient' along the way.

Then we will all settle down to enjoy the fruits (and veg and pulses etc.!) of our labours. It's a hands on event...the prep and cooking will be shared by everyone and we hope this will make for a really enjoyable and social occasion

New Forest Walking Festival

Date: 15th - 30th October
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

The New Forest Walking Festival runs from 15 to 30 October and has more than 70 walks offering a behind the scenes view of the National Park. The New Forest is a wonderful place to walk, with flat, accessible routes that allow people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the Forest’s fiery foliage on a bracing autumn walk. Many walks are free and all are led by expert local guides covering topics including:

*    Free-roaming pigs, ponies and the traditional rights of commoning 
*    Wild play activities for children
*    World War II secrets from a prisoner of war camp
*    Guided alpaca walks
*    Beginner’s tips for bird watching

Foresta Arts Fair

Date: 13th November
Time: 10:00 - 16:00 
Cost: Free

Monthly craft fair offering a diverse array of crafts with the emhasis on handmade items,mainly created by the stallholders themselves.

People who use their energy and talent are on the whole passionate about their crafted products and they take great pride in their work.

The crafters are delighted to sell them to customers who understand the hours of graft it takes to produce quality, and not to mention unique, works of art.

There will also be a cafe which will be run by a different charity each month, with all profits from the cafe going to that charity.

Also in the New Forest this Autumn: New Forest in a Nutshell Guided Walk

Click here to see all New Forest events

North York Moors

Wildlife & Photography talk with Yorkshire coast Nature

Date: 6th October 
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Cost: Free

An evening of top tips from professional wildlife photographer Steve Race on photographing everything from whales at sea to plovers on the moors. Steve will be showing some of his best shots from his travels around the National Park. 

Richard Baines will be exploring the forests and flower rich grasslands during his talk, with an emphasis on what to look out for and where to find it, as well as how to identify those tricky species

A Centenary Celebration

Date: 8th October
Time: 10:30 - 16:00 
Cost: Free

Tackle a strenuous 9-mile circuit and explore locations associated with Alf Wight, aka James Herriot, in the month marking 100 years since his birth.

Moors Run

Date: 23rd October
Time: 10:00 - 17:00 
Cost: Free

Sign up for the ‘Rabbit Run’ (5k) or ‘Turnpike Trot’ (10k) and see the beautiful Moors like never before! New runners, budding athletes, families and friends are all welcome on our fully marshalled trail runs, with prizes, medals and refreshments on offer.

Also in the North York Moors this Autumn: Dark Skies at Sutton Bank, Clevelands 3 Peaks, Hunt the Witch and Help a Hedgehog

Click here to see all North York Moors events

Northumberland

Leap into Gyotaku printing

Date: 25th October 
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Cost: £15 Adult, £25 Two Adults

Join international artist Rachel Ramirez and Ecologist Gill Thompson in a nature printing workshop
Aimed at budding adult artists

Go batty in Autumn

Date: 27th October
Time: 11:00 - 15:00
Cost: £5 Child

A pre-Halloween bats and autumn themed event aimed at families with children 12 years and under.

Capture a falling Star! Astrophotography workshop

Date: 4th November
Time: 20:00 - 22:00
Cost: £18 

A special workshop based on photographing the stars. This workshop is aimed at amateur photographers.

Also in Northumberland this Autumn: Whisky, Waterfalls and Dark Deeds Guided Walk, Holystone High & Low Guided Walk and Orionids Meteor Shower

Click here to see all Northumberland events

Peak District

Horrible Happenings at Halloween at Castleton Visitor Centre

Date: 26th & 30th October
Time: Varies
Cost: Free - Donations Welcome

Discover national park tricks and treats, frightful finds and spooktacular species! Little horrors must be accompanied by an adult… mwah-hah-ha-ha-ha…!! 

Winter Lights Switch on – Castleton & Bakewell

Date: 19th & 26th November
Time: 16:30 & 16:45
Cost: Free

Get in to the festive mood with the magical light switch-ons at Castleton & Bakewell.

Winter Wheels

Date: N/A
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies 

Cycling might not be your first thought for getting outdoors between November and February but actually it can be the perfect time of year for a bike ride with fewer people around. Check out the winter opening times for cycle hire at Ashbourne, Derwent and Parsley Hay The centres will open specially for pre-booked groups.  

Also in the Peak District this Autumn: Horrible Happenings at Halloween at Longdendale Environment Centre and Christmas Shopping at Castleton and Bakewell

Click here to see all Peak District events

Pembrokeshire Coast

Apple Day

Date:16th October
Time: 11:00 - 15:00
Cost: Free - Donations Welcome

Celebrate the humble apple in the National Park Orchard in St Bridese. Join in lots of family-friendly activities and learn more about this fascinating fruit. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Harvest Food Fayre

Date: 23rd October
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Cost: Free

An annual Harvest Fayre takes place at Oriel y Parc in St Davids on Sunday 23 October, celebrating the best of local produce on offer in Pembrokeshire.

John Muir Award Discovery Days

Date: 26th October
Time: 13:30 - 16:30
Cost: Free

Get started on your John Muir Award journey. Explore amazing wild places, see how the John Muir Award works and pick up tips for your own adventure.

Also in Pembrokeshire Coast this Autumn: Seals in September and Spooky Halloween Ghost Tour

Click here to see all Pembrokeshire Coast events

Snowdonia

Nadolig Betws y Coed Christmas – SNPA activities at Betws y Coed Information Centre

Date: 3- 4th October
Time: All day

Join us at the Betws y Coed Information Centre for Christmas craft activities for all the family, inspired by Snowdonia’s dark skies! Warm up with a glass of gluwein and mince pies before taking in the Christmas festivities at events located throughout the village!

For further information and to book your place go to the Betws y Coed Information Centre, call 01690 710 426 or e-mail tic.byc@eryri-npa.gov.uk .

Fungi Forage!

Date: 25th October
Time: 10:30 - 14:30
Cost: £20 Adult £18 Under 18's (No children under 8)

Come on a special mission in search of mushrooms and fungi in the company of an expert! You will learn about the different species that grow here in Snowdonia, and you will even get to taste some of them!

For further information and to book your place go to the Beddgelert Information Centre, call 01766 890 615, or e-mail tic.beddgelert@eryri-npa.gov.uk

Fungi Forage!

Come on a special mission in search of mushrooms and fungi in the company of an expert! You will learn about the different species that grow here in Snowdonia, and you will even get to taste some of them!

Date: 26th October
Time: 10.30am until around 2.30pm
Price: Adults £20, Children under 18 £10 (no children under 8)

For further information and to book your place go to the Betws y Coed Information Centre, call 01690 710 426 or e-mail tic.byc@eryri-npa.gov.uk .

Also in Snowdonia this Autumn: Welsh Highland Railway Halloween Train and Bangor Half Marathon

Click here to see all Snowdonia events

South Downs

Festival of Fungi

Date: 5th - 21st October
Time: 9:30 - 17:00
Cost: Donations of £1 welcome

Try the self-guided fungi trail, which explores the heathland. Pick up a fungi trail leaflet and spotters guide from the visitor centre.

Pulborough Harvest Fair

Date: 24th October
Time: 11:00 - 17:00
Cost: Free

The annual Pulborough Harvest Festival returns with family entertainment involving a traditional funfair, animal displays, cake competition, zip wires and local foods and craft beers.

Secrets of the High Woods Exhibition

Date: 8th - 30th November
Time: 10:00 - 16:30
Cost: N/A

LiDAR technology has been used to discover the secret archaeology of the South Downs preserved by woodland. This interactive exhibition allows you to explore ancient landscapes and discover the Secrets of the High Woods.

Also in the South Downs this Autumn: Pondemonium, Pulborough Harvest Fair and Natural Christmas Crafts Workshop

Click here to see all South Downs events

Yorkshire Dales

Flint Knapping

Date: 22nd October
Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Cost: £4.50 Adult, Children go free

Join flint knapper expert Karl Lee and learn how people in prehistoric times made their survival tools and weapons. Included in museum admission.

Things go bump in the woods!

Date: 22nd - 30th October
Time: 7:00 - 16:30
Cost: Free

Follow our spooky Halloween Trail through Freeholders’ Wood, running throughout half-term. A ghostly trail guide will be available for a small charge.

Museums at Night: Art Installation

Date: 28th - 29th October
Time: N/A
Cost: Free

Artist David Murphy’s lakeside installation will link the Dales Countryside Museum’s prehistoric collection with the magical landscape from which these objects were created and used. Coming alive at dusk with music, fire, food and drink to tie in with the national Museums at Night event.

Also in the Yorkshire Dales this Autumn: Red Squirrel Day, Stonecarving Workshop and Den Building and Geocaching in Upper Wharfedale

Click here to see all Yorkshire Dales events

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