Top 10 things to do this half term

  1. Take a look at your local National Trust site, with nature in full autumnal bloom, they are a feast for the senses with an array of events; from apple days and mushrooming events to pumpkin crafts and spooky Halloween thrills, there's something for the whole family to enjoy. Search for your event here.

  2. Partake in the New Forest Walking Festival from the 15th to the 30th October, with over 75 led walks through the National Park, it features play activities for children, guided alpaca walks, free roaming pigs and ponies and birdwatching lessons. You can also make a day out of it, stop for lunch at The Pig, or finish with dinner at Lime Wood Hotel.

  3. If you're further west than us here in Hampshire, take a visit to Gyllyngdune Gardens. The gardens are open all-year round, a delight to visit throughout the seasons, with stunning seafront views and home to a bespoke Alitex greenhouse.

  4. The Great British Autumn at Longleat is a brand new event running from the 21st to the 29th October. Included within your all-day ticket are owl displays, pumpkin carving, tractor rides and craft activities or for an added extra, they have exclusive spooky Ghost Tours.

  5. Discover Scottish Gardens are a perfect source to search for somewhere beautiful to visit. Their garden of the season is Ard Daraich with its spectacular blaze of colour as the woodland expresses autumn. Walk around the winding paths, catch glimpses of the loch beyond, framed by colour changing vegetation.

  6. Explore autumn at West Dean Gardens, from the fruit collections within the walled garden, to the Edwardian Pergola and St Roche's Arboretum. The gardens are encompassed by a beautiful collection of specimen trees and shrubs and breath-taking views of the Sussex Downs.

  7. Pumpkin carving - this is a must do for those with children, grandchildren or younger relations... well actually it's great fun for everyone to get involved in. There is so much inspiration online, why not take a look at our favourites on Pinterest.

  8. Use up your pumpkin flesh in a big batch of pumpkin soup or why not try our American style pumpkin pie recipe.

  9. If you're getting together with friends, why not build a bonfire? To ensure everyone is safe, pick a site far away from fences, buildings and trees. See the 'Telegraph' for their guide to building a bonfire. Don't forget to check for any animals before lighting it!

  10. Plant hardy summer-flowering bulbs, such as lilies, alliums and cocosmia. Some sites also say that the best time to plant daffodils is in October.

We'd love to hear about your half-term activities, whether you try out our favourite pumpkin carving or visit a beautiful garden share your pictures over on our Facebook page @alitex.

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