Autumn is one of the most glorious times in the UK, when you can enjoy long walks in the country while taking in the most colourful season, experience peace and tranquility as the children go back to school and soak up the fabulous atmosphere at food festivals. We've picked five terrific British breaks for you to celebrate the best of autumn on a memorable staycation...
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See Dorset from the air on a warbird flight
Witness the magical colours of the Dorset countryside from the sky this autumn as you experience a flight in a 1940 World War II plane on a once-in-a-lifetime tour. During your trip to Dorset you can enjoy a round of golf at the renowned Rushmore Golf Course, set in traditional estate parkland filled with ancient trees in full autumn glory, and stay at The Museum Inn, located in the pretty village of Farnham. Here, almost every postcard-perfect cottage has a thatched roof. An overnight package with Epicurean Club costs from £568 for two people.
Feast on oysters in Cornwall
From 12 to 14 October, the Falmouth Oyster Festival takes place, bringing you fantastic feasts, live music and a Grand Oyster Draw. The annual festivities celebrate the start of the oyster dredging season, the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornwall's seafood. While here, check in to a Scandinavian-style lodge at Clowance Estate for a luxurious self-catering experience with unexpected surprises, including a private hot tub, sauna, welcome hamper of local produce and a complimentary Segway tour. Luxury Lodge Estates offers stays from £46 per night (sleeping eight people, based on a three-night stay).
Explore the New Forest by horse
From late September, the deciduous trees erupt into rich reds and golden hues, the heather turns from vibrant purple to burnished orange and the pigs are released onto the Common to gobble up the fallen acorns - the New Forest is one of Britain's most iconic autumn destinations. On a trail ride by horseback, you can get an up-close glimpse at this ancient landscape on a tour that's suitable for beginners and advanced riders alike. Epicurean Club offers an overnight package, which includes a stay in a nautical-themed room at The Mayflower, plus dinner and a delicious cooked breakfast the next morning, from £352 for two people.
Walk among the colours of the Scottish Highlands
On an autumn walking holiday in the Central Highlands, you can immerse yourself in this beautiful part of the world at a gentle, relaxed pace, taking in Glen Affric, the Great Glen and several others to seek out the most vibrant colours of the season. Highlights of the area include expansive vistas which are ideal for photography, the opportunity to spot rutting stags and visit Plodda Falls, a wonderful 40m high cascade, as well as enjoy gourmet dinners at an eco-friendly hotel base on the shores of Loch Ness. Wilderness Scotland offers a five-night break from £995 per person, based on two sharing, including four nights' accommodation at an co-friendly boutique hotel, most meals and a walking guide.
Celebrate the release of Goodbye Christopher Robin in East Sussex
Sussex will be in to the spotlight this autumn as new movie Goodbye Christopher Robin hits the big screen. Ashdown Forest was the home of Winnie the Pooh writer A.A. Milne, and of course, his son Christopher Robin. The stunning forest, also known as The Hundred Acre Wood, is the perfect place to see the autumn colours and wander the paths that provide amazing views across the countryside, as well as play Poohsticks at the famous Poohsticks Bridge. For those looking to explore the home of Winnie the Pooh with friends and family, Masketts Barn in Nutley, sleeps nine, and offers superb views out over the countryside. It's available from Mulberry Cottages for £79 per person for three nights.