Ideas for Autumn along the River Thames
Autumn is the perfect season to enjoy the River Thames and explore its gardens. Take a boat trip to catch the Autumn colours, the red and gold leaves in all their glory. Enjoy a walk along the Thames Path National Trail and stop off at one of the local pubs and inns. It is also the time of pumpkins and Halloween and wonderful fireworks lighting the night skies.
Take a boat trip to see the Autumn Colours
• Cruise from Maidenhead with French Brothers through the magnificent hanging woods at Cliveden and experience the beautiful colours of Autumn. Choose from a morning trip with hearty ploughman's lunch and an afternoon trip with a full English tea. Dates: 8/9 and 22/23 October 2016
Autumn is the time of year to explore the gardens.
• Cliveden National Trust gardens are spectacular at this time of year ablaze with colour. The magnificent gardens and breath-taking views over the River Thames have been admired for centuries. In Autumn the Japanese Water Garden offering the golden yellows and burnished reds of the Norway and Japanese maples and look out for the acers. The woodlands hold a huge variety of glowing bronze and golden tones and the
sweeping views from the chalky cliff top over the Thames are the ideal place to see the county with its autumnal tones. The Grand Avenue from the Fountain of Love up to the house glows with a deep rich autumnal hue, while the lime tree avenues elsewhere turn a warm yellow which are particularly lovely if you catch the afternoon light through them. See the glorious October sun glisten down upon Cliveden's woodlands from high above the treetops. A truly unique experience, Tree Climbing, not to be missed this autumn season. Running for one day only, on Wednesday 26 October, make sure you book now to reserve your place.
During October half-term, there are some spooky goings on around Cliveden estate. From Saturday 22 October to Sunday 30 October come dressed up as a warts‘n’all witch or a wacky wizard for this frighteningly fun Hallowe’en trail. Activities along the trail include potion-mixing, spell-casting and broomstick-flying. Make sure you keep an eye out for the Cliveden bats and spiders, known to come out around this spooky time of year. These week long drop-in sessions run daily from 11am – 3pm and cost £3 per child. Read more for Autumn activities…
• Savill Garden & Windsor Great Park’s stunning Autumn Colour is a feast for the eyes – especially the maples and cherries, and for families, a fascinating Autumn Nature Trail is not to be missed. Visit Savill Garden during October and discover 60 beautifully crafted sculptures by various British artists, ranging from established to emerging sculptors. Children can explore the sculpture exhibition with Pete and Poppy, the new Park Explorers, with fun games and puzzles along the way. Pick up your activity sheet from reception before you enter The Savill Garden.
• Hampton Court Palace is the perfect place to relax in over 60 acres of the beautiful gardens that run down to the River Thames, featuring sparkling fountains, glorious displays of over 200,000 flowering bulbs and 750 acres of tranquil royal parkland. Autumn colours add to the gardens, especially in the Tiltyard, Wilderness and 20th Century Garden. Fallow deer are rutting in Home Park.
Take an Autumn Break
• Macdonald Compleat Angler - The award winning Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel is a romantic riverside retreat, quietly nestled on the banks of the Thames. There are two award winning restaurants, both offering delicious food and drink, and afterwards you can relax in luxurious four star ensuite accommodation. Autumn Break Offer from £120 room only and £147 B&B.
Explore the beautiful, relaxing and inspiring
Each year, hundreds of crews compete in a variety of regattas along the River Thames.
Not only is Henley a delightful town on the River Thames, it has long been associated with festivals and regattas.
The towns along the River Thames provide a wide variety of festivals throughout the year.