Five things to do this weekend: 21-22 October

Celebrate the joys of autumn with our pick of five things to do this weekend

18th October 2017
red apples

1. Help out a house-hunting hedgehog

Hedgehog curled up sleeping
Hedgehogs hibernate with their young over the winter months ©Getty

Hedgehogs typically hibernate from late October until March or April, although in mild winters they can still be seen in November. Experts believe that hedgehog numbers are plummeting in the UK, due to harsh winters and scarcity of food. So, what can you do to help? Spend a couple of hours this weekend building a cosy hedgehog home, ready for the hibernation period. The RSPB have a great how-to guide here.

2. Celebrate Apple Day

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Cook something tasty with the star of the season ©Getty

This Saturday 21 October is Apple Day; so make the most of this versatile fruit! Get kids involved and bake something tasty that the whole family can enjoy, like a traditional apple pie or this delicious spiced toffee apple cake. If baked goods aren’t your go-to treat, apples are an irresistible addition to seasonal soups – try our portobello mushroom and apple soup or our parsnip and apple soup with cream and crispy sage

3. Go ghost-hunting

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Croft Castle in Herefordshire is thought to be the most haunted house in the Midlands ©Getty

With Halloween right around the corner, spooky days out are a must. Visit one of several National Trust properties that are thought to be haunted and see if you can spot some ghouls for yourself. From the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn to marching Roman phantoms, these ancient homes encourage a whole host of ghost stories guaranteed to make your spine tingle. Visit the National Trust website for further details.

4. Go to Eat: Burnham-on-Sea Food and Drink Festival

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A selection of tempting home made pies ©Claire Lowman

This multi-award winning festival is free for anyone to attend, offering you the chance to sample the excellent work of over 130 local producers in a pretty seaside town. There is more than just food and drink on offer too: visitors can discover more about farming processes, attend masterclasses with The Cookery School and enjoy entertainment from local artists and buskers. 

For more information go to their website

5. Get involved with National Map Reading Week

autumn landscape
Admire the seasonal colours as you walk © Getty

This week is National Map Reading Week, so put your skills to the test and go for a walk. It’s also the perfect opportunity to admire some magnificent autumnal scenery. Check out our article on the top places in Britain for autumn walks or visit our walks page for a huge selection of rural walking routes around the country.

Main image: ©Getty

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