As today is 1st October, we thought we’d welcome the start of the new season by celebrating everything that’s great about autumn in the UK. The nights may be get darker and the weather may be getting colder, but it’s definitely not all bad news – here’s why we’re delighted that it’s October.
As today is 1st October, we thought we’d welcome the start of the new season by celebrating everything that’s great about autumn in the UK. The nights may be getter darker and the weather may be getting colder, but it’s definitely not all bad news – here’s why we’re delighted that it’s October.
1. The leaves fall off the trees
There’s nothing more invigorating and autumnal than kicking your feet through crisp leaves in a lovely country lane. The UK has some beautiful countryside that’s easily accessible by car or public transport. Take a look at VisitBritain’s website to see which spots are closest to your college.
2. The holidays are just weeks away
Christmas in the UK is a serious business. Even if you don’t celebrate it, there’s no escaping the excitement that surrounds the festive season. You’ll begin to see the first hints of it in shops as early as September, and from November ice-rinks and Christmas markets begin to appear in towns and cities all around the country.
3. You can wear your winter clothes
There’s something really comforting about putting on your woolly hat, scarf and gloves to go out into the cool autumn weather. It’s also a great excuse to go shopping and find the most stylish knitted outerwear there is available. Autumn is all about the style.
In recent years, Hallowe’en has become a major celebration in the UK as people seize the opportunity to dress up in fun outfits and test their creative skills with a spot of pumpkin carving. Look out for Hallowe’en celebrations at your college towards the end of October (and don’t forget to share your crazy fancy dress photos with us afterwards!).
5. Autumn television is brilliant
What better excuse to snuggle indoors with a delicious hot chocolate on a rainy Saturday or Sunday afternoon, than to watch the new television shows that hit our screens at the beginning of autumn. It’s the perfect opportunity to test your English and pick up some new phrases that you might not hear in classes.
6. Bonfire Night
On the 5th of November each year, people in the UK wrap up warm and gather around big bonfires to celebrate the thwarting of Guy Fawkes’ plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. Firework displays fill the night sky, simulating the explosive gunpowder Fawkes had intended to use in his plan. To find out more, watch this video that explains all about the history of Bonfire Night in the UK.
7. There’s nothing quite as comforting as autumnal food
If you haven’t tried a traditional British roast dinner yet, autumn is the time to do it. As tasty and warming as it is nutritious, this is the ultimate cold weather comfort food. If you’re not a fan of the roast dinner though, there are plenty of other seasonal treats to try, such as pumpkins (perfect in a pie), soups, and autumn fruits such as figs, pears and clementines.
What’s your favourite thing about Autumn? Or will this be your first Autumn in the UK? Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and share your experiences of the new season.