5 reasons to be excited for Autumn

September 2017
 

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Autumn has begun… Leaves are falling, cosy nights are ahead of us, log fires are to be lit and the hot chocolates are endless! There is nothing better than coming home after a super long day to a cosy warm house and feeling the Autumn vibes.  Here are just a few reasons to be excited for this season…

1. Your Home  

It's the season to go ‘OTT’ with your interior design.

This month it's all about velvet. The fabric feels luxurious and welcoming for autumn and when combined with rough natural textures (think reclaimed wood and woven baskets) and smooth metals and ceramics, it adds visual interest and tactile cosiness to a room. If you don't have space for a velvet sofa, add velvet pillows or a velvet throw instead.

Another trend of 2017, is block colours. If you can't choose a single colour for a room, why not opt for a selection? This 'colour blocking' trend is the perfect antidote to the winter blues and you can pick several contrasting shades together for extra impact.

Finally, house plants. They are here to stay! Create your own collection this autumn by using them in every corner of your home. They add the most perfect decorative element to a home and will give your home a little life this autumn! To start with, add some succulents into the empty spaces of your study. Then step it up by trying the weeping fig plant in your kitchen. Or if you're after something a little bigger, consider banana trees with their big leaves. 
 

2. Halloween

Pumpkins, black cats, witches and wizards… Its the month of all things spooky! Taking the children out to ‘trick or treat’, having a cosy night in - Halloween is on it’s way!


If you're struggling for ideas of what to do this Halloween, check out Castle Howard, who for Halloween are giving you the chance to explore the ‘haunted’ East Wing of Castle Howard. The event is Saturday 21sit October 2017 to Sunday 5th November 2017. Click here for more details.

Or if you are in the Newcastle area, you might want to pay a visit to the Halloween Ghost Hunt Event - Grainger Market, Newcastle. If you are over the age of 18, you could take part in an evening of paranormal investigation and ghost hunting. Grainger Market had been a central part of Newcastle life for over 180 years. You will be guided and supported throughout the evening by an experienced events team.
For more information, click here


3. Bonfire Night
 

Remember remember the 5th of November! 
Do you go see a firework display? Or do you prefer to stay in and watch them from your window? Sparklers, Catherine Wheels, Rockets, Bonfire night is just around the corner.  

One of Yorkshire's biggest bonfire events is held every year on 5th November at York Maze. There will be fireshows, the explosive lighting of York's biggest bonfire, food stalls, live music, side shows and of course the most amazing fireworks show choreographed to music.
For more information click here.

Another exciting event is held 4th and 5th November 2017 at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.
Wrap up and enjoy live music, dancing and circus performers, face painting for little ones, as well as the traditional bonfire and a dazzling firework display. With a range of food and drink on offer; from hog roasts to jacket potatoes, churros to sweet treats, Chatsworth has it all this Bonfire night. 

Gates open: 6pm
Lighting of the bonfire: 7pm
Children's firework display: 7.30pm
Grand finale firework display: 8.15pm
Entertainment finishes: 9.45pm

Book tickets here.
 

4. Adventure

Living in England, we are blessed with both the beautiful countryside and the contrasting hectic city life. Whether you live in the countryside or the city, there is room for adventure this season.

A country walk when you’re wrapped up warm is bliss. In Yorkshire you can take part in walking trails, for example the Fountains Abbey Ancient Trees WalkThis circluar walking trail allows you to learn a little more about the ancient trees in the Deer Park and gain insights into 18th-century landscaping. The walk is dog friendly, meaning the entire family can get involved.

 If you prefer a busy city, take a trip to the bustling city of Newcastle. This autumn, this major city is a great place to visit. It has everything from art galleries and culture, to a range of shopping centres. Check out some of Newcastles main attractions here: 
Shopping at The Metro Centre
Dining at House of Tides
Historic pub The Centurion
Cycle around the area at The Cycle Hub
 

5. Hot chocolate

Can you make the perfect hot chocolate? Keep nice and warm with the ultimate recipe…


DIFFICULTY: SUPER EASY
COOKS IN 5 MINUTES
SERVES 2


Ingredients

565 ml full cream or semi-skimmed milk

2 tablespoons drinking chocolate

1 handful marshmallows

Sugar (optional, to taste)

  1. First, put the milk in a pan. Bring to a simmer. While it’s heating, put a tablespoon of chocolate powder and sugar (if using) into each mug. Add a little warmish milk from the pan to each mug (enough to dissolve the powder).

  2. At this point, put a few marshmallows into each mug. When the milk is at a simmer, carefully pour it into a plastic jug or flask. (the trick is to have a big enough jug or flask so the milk only half fills it – you need the extra space for shaking and frothing).

  3. Screw the lid on tightly, place a cloth over the lid for safety, and shake hard for a minute. Remove the lid, minding the steam, and pour the milk into your mugs. A little stir, and you can slurp your way to heaven!