Out and about this autumn
Ideas on where to go and what to do
THE nights are drawing in and the leaves are starting to turn 50 shades of gold and red.
Yes, autumn is here and there are plenty of days out to enjoy, walks to complete and events to visit before thoughts turn to the big festive season that must not be mentioned - yet.
Here are a few autumnal ideas for where to go and what to do in the region.
ChocFest, Melton Mowbray Chocaholics will be thrilled with the idea of the Melton Mowbray ChocFest which takes place on November 18 and 19.
Chocolate lovers will be in their element at the event, which is set to feature tastings, demonstrations, talks and workshops. Oh, did we mention tastings?
There will also be plenty of chocolate and associated food and drink to buy from some of the UK’s best local producers.
As well as chocolates and chocolate cakes, you’ll be able to buy goodies including crepes, brownies, liqueurs, doughnuts, macaroons and even chocolate pizzas, kebabs, wine and beer!
Scarefest, Alton Towers Alton Towers Resort has announced the return of the annual Scarefest Halloween event.
This year’s Scarefest takes place on the weekends of October 7-8, 14-15, and from October 20-31.
The exciting news for fright fans is there is a packed list of activities on offer.
That’s right, the park is breaking with tradition of there being three adult scare mazes with the introduction of a fourth.
There are no further details on offer at this stage. It all seems very top secret though!
The newest addition to the Scarefest line-up last year, and one that terrified even the bravest of visitors was the Altonville Mine Tours: Uncover the legend of the skin snatchers (15+).
Set in the bowels of a dark and claustrophobic mine, this is terror at its most extreme.
Before you even encounter any of the inhabitants you have to face your own fears as your mind plays tricks with you in the enveloping blackness.
Walk at Beacon Hill Country Park
Beacon Hill is Bradgate Park’s taller and less-popular neighbour. The hill is the second highest spot in the county and measures 248 metres, which is 814ft in old money.
The council has designated it a country park and it covers a large area of more than 135 hectares.
Many different sites are visible from the top on a clear day including Lincoln Cathedral and the hills of the Peak District.
At the top is the Old Man’s Head rock formation with has become synonymous with the location in many pictures. There used to be a bronze-age fort on the site.
Walking is the order of the day at Beacon Hill and several circular walks start from the bottom car park.
The upper car park is just a very short walk from the summit for those who want an easier trip to the top
More than 27,000 trees have been planted next to the summit to create a new woodland and wildflower glades.
Various wooden chainsaw sculptures are situated within the park. There is also a rhododendron labyrinth near the bottom car park. At the top is also a children’s play area and picnic area.
Walk around Bradgate Park This is one of Leicestershire’s best-loved parks with stunning views across the 830-acre site.
The River Lin runs through the park, flowing into Cropston Reservoir which was constructed on part of the park. The park’s two well-known landmarks, Old John and the War Memorial, both lie within the boundaries.
Located almost next door is the often-overlooked Swithland Wood which is also worth a muddy walk in the autumn.
A ghost walk and supper is to be held at Bradgate Park on Thursday October 12 which is the anniversary of Lady Jane Grey’s birth. It starts at 7pm.
And on Tuesday October 31 is the Halloween Ghost Walk and Supper which starts at 6.30pm. But only go if you dare!
There are plenty of nice pubs and cafes nearby while the park has its own cafe as well.
Bosworth Battlefield, a classic walk, venue and historical trail
The Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park is a popular place for walks and events.
The venue is promising holiday fun from Saturday October 14 to Sunday October 29.
An autumn countryside hunt is being held at the venue with the children in mind.
And on October 29 it is hosting a walk called In the Footsteps of Richard III.
Visit the sites King Richard III stayed and prayed in that fateful August in 1485.
This enjoyable walk is three hours in duration (about 6 kilometres) with an experienced guide.
On Wednesday October 18 there is a Wonderful Welly Adventure.
And on October 26 there is a Paint a Knight’s Shield or Decorate a Crown event.
Other walks are also organised.
National Space Centre The National Space Centre in Leicester is promising a Spooky Space experience this half term.
They say: “This Halloween Half Term Holidays the Spooky Science team have taken over and we have all gone slightly batty!
“Join us every day to discover The
School of Science Magic, make your very own slime to take home and drop in for a session that will have you spinning.”
There are a lot of other events planned at the venue as well.
This is on top of the usual attractions, rockets and planetarium.
A spooky time at the Guildhall in Leicester
There’s something captivating about Halloween – for kids and big kids alike.
So where better to spend the spookiest day of the year than at Leicester’s medieval Guildhall? Built in 1390, there has been plenty of time for paranormal visitors to call the Guildhall their home.
The building is known for its spooky goings on, from visitors hearing footsteps in empty rooms to CCTV clips of spectres crawling across the floorboards. Freaky.
Fright lovers can revel in the atmosphere while enjoying a cinematic treats this Halloween.
Start your weekend with a scare by settling down for the original vampire-horror movies, Dracula and Dracula’s Daughter, on Saturday October 28. And if that’s not enough, on Halloween night the Guildhall will be screening the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show.
So don your costumes and pack your tricks, treats and sweets and get down to the Haunted Hall for the fright of your life!
Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester
The fabulous, often overlooked, museum in Leicester always holds a host of events.
For half term and beyond, they have some spooky stuff going on.
On Tuesday October 17, they have Halloween Children’s Day where there will be Halloween crafts, traditions and trails around the museum.
The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather.
And on Saturday October 28 there is the Museums at Night: the Ghostly Engineer and other stories. Come along to an evening of chilling story telling in our engine house.
Discover the Ghostly Engineer and other tales whilst one of the mighty beam engines turn above your head or below your feet. Wrap up warm and wear sensible shoes as the basement can be damp and has steep steps. Refreshments available in the LMTA café.
To avoid disappointment all tickets should be pre-booked for this popular event at any Leicester City Museum site, Visit Leicester in Gallowtree Gate or by telephoning 0116 299 5111, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A stag at Bradgate Park by Geoff Allen.
Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester
Beacon Hill Country Park, by Katherine Johnson
Scarefest is on in October at Alton Towers