Top 10 Local Autumn Activities for 2021

Summer has come to a close and we have now fallen head-first into the autumnal season, so why not give you a few local autumn activities for 2021 for you to get stuck into before the chills of winter hit?

This past year has been difficult, there is no question about it, which is why it is so important to make the most out of local events to give money to struggling local businesses and to help cheer us up after a troublesome year.

Go out for some self-care alone, or perhaps a trip with much loved and missed family and friends! Let’s actually experience all autumn has to offer with our local autumn activities for 2021!

For Families with Little Ones

1. Pumpkin Jim's Patch

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What better way to kick off our local autumn activities than to head to a pumpkin patch!

Pumpkin Jim’s Patch is based on a working family farm just outside of Saffron Walden, near Cambridge. The pumpkin patch is open every year during October half term during the build-up to Halloween, and during this time, the farm also hosts a variety of children’s activities, a play area as well as food and drink in the Fat Pumpkin Café to keep you going during your search for the perfect squash!

The farm is passionate about supplying local food, and in addition to pumpkin picking, also offers a variety of seasonal veg to choose from as well as beautiful bunches of wildflowers.

  • Location: Grange Rd, Saffron Walden CB10 1TA
  • Dates: 23rd – 31st October 2021
  • Times: Dependant on time slot booked
  • Prices: £1.00 (plus £0.56 fee and £0.31 VAT)
  • Contact:
    • Phone: N/A
    • Email: info@pumpkinjims.co.uk

 

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2. Cambridge Revolution Top of the Tots

From the Revolution website

Cambridge’s spoooookiest family rave!

A fantastic afternoon out for a family of little ones, ‘Top of the Tots’ offers a multi-sensory Halloween party for children of all ages with accompanying adults. In addition to fantastic music suitable for children, they will also be offering face painting, bubble machines, confetti cannons, a ball pit, glow sticks, and more!

Perfect for a Halloween child-friendly day out this autumn!

  • Location: Revolution Cambridge, 3-8 Downing Street, CB2 3DB, Cambridge, CB2 3DB
  • Dates: Sunday 31st October 2021
  • Times: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (last entry 3:00pm)
  • Prices: 
    • Child: £8.00 (plus £1.50 booking fee)
    • Adult: £10.00 (plus £1.50 booking fee)
  • Contact:
    • Phone: 01223 364895
    • Email: N/A

 

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3. Halloween Garden Games

From MarstonVale.org

Fancy a Halloween-themed day outside in the great outdoors with the little ones? Then why not take a look at attending the Halloween Garden Games at the Forest of Marston Vale?

The day will offer five different games to play including witchy golf and pumpkin bowling, as well as the opportunity to explore the sensory garden to help Winnie the Witch find her friends! It will be a fantastic day out for children, dogs on leads, and the opportunity to explore the great outdoors this autumn!

  • Location: The Forest Centre, Millennium Country Park, Marston Moretaine, MK43 0PR
  • Dates: 27th October 2021
  • Times: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Prices: £5.00 per child (age 1+)
  • Contact:
    • Phone: 01234 767037
    • Email: info@marstonvale.org

 

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For Older Friends & Grown-Ups

4. Horror at Hinchingbrooke House

From Cambridge News

Enter if you dare!

The fearless locals never miss an opportunity to pass up a visit to this house of horrors each Halloween, and it is easy to see why! The Horror at Hinchinbrooke House is an award-winning interactive horror experience, situated in the famous haunted house and grounds of Hinchingbrooke, Cambridgeshire.

Infamous horror characters from stage and screen come to life, and coupled with a phenomenal theatrical setting, provide exhilarating scares and screams for visitors. This experience is not suitable for children under 12 due to its frightening nature and featuring killer clowns, axe-wielding maniacs, demonic creatures, and more!

  • Location: Hinchingbrooke House, Brampton Rd, Huntingdon PE29 3BN
  • Dates: 23rd – 30th October 2021
  • Times: Multiple time slots available, visit the website for more information
  • Prices: Dependant on the dates chosen, visit the website for more information
  • Contact:
    • Phone: N/A
    • Email: enterifyoudare@outlook.com

 

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5. The Cambridge Monster Mash

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Next on our list of local autumn activities is an evening out to The Cambridge Monster Mash at the Golden Hind!

The Monster Mash will offer a Halloween showcase of six incredible, up-and-coming bands and artists around Cambridgeshire. It is sure to be an evening of fantastic music and a great atmosphere so prepared to be blown away by the talent on display!

  • Location: Golden Hind, 355 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1SP
  • Dates: Thursday 14th October 2021
  • Times: 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Prices: £5.96/ticket
  • Contact:
    • Phone: 01223 420816
    • Email: N/A

 

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6. Carnival of the Dead

From Fixr

Are you looking for a fright night out this autumn filled with amazing music, great atmosphere, and creepy decor?

Why not head to VINYL in Cambridge for a club night to remember! VINYL’s Carnival of the Dead is sure to be a night you won’t want to miss, featuring a variety of wild performers, a fully themed and decked-out club, DJs, dancers, and festival-level sound and production!

If you celebrate Halloween by dressing up and getting down on the club floor, then make sure you don’t miss the Carnival of the Dead at VINYL!

  • Location: VINYL Cambridge, 22 Sidney Street, Cambridge CB2 3HG, UK
  • Dates: Thursday 28th October -Sunday 31st October 2021
  • Times: 10:00 pm – 3:00 am
  • Prices: Tickets to be announced
  • Contact:
    • Phone: 01223 324600
    • Email: cambridge@vinylclub.co.uk

 

More information on the Carnival of the Dead

 

For Something a Bit Different

7. St Neots Art Group Autumn Exhibition

If you are looking for something with an element of culture this autumn, then visit the St Neots United Reformed Church in St Neots to view the St Neots Art Group’s Autumn Exhibition.

There will be over 100 different artworks on display for sale at affordable prices, a quality raffle in aid of the MS Therapy Centre in Bedford, and a stunning collage to admire, created by the local community.

Refreshments will also be served including teas, coffees, and lots of cake!

  • Location: St Neots United Reformed Church, High St, Tebbutts Rd, Saint Neots PE19 1BN
  • Dates: Saturday 30th October 2021
  • Times: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Prices: Free admission
  • Contact:
    • Phone: 07411 207664
    • Email: N/A

 

More information on the St Neots Art Group Autumn Exhibition

 

8. The Cambridge Bike Party Halloween Ride

From Cambridge News

If you want to combine Halloween and fitness this autumn, why not join the Cambridge Bike Party Halloween Ride?

The Halloween Bike Ride is a popular event each year, which involves a bike ride through the city of Cambridge complete with costumes, dazzling lights, and horror-themed music. The ride is completely free to join and is suitable for all ages.

Be sure to don your favourite Halloween costume as you cycle through the historic streets of Cambridge. A new ‘cemetery route has been added for this year – so be sure to not miss it!

  • Location: Midsummer Common, Cambridge CB5 8DJ
  • Dates: October 30th 2021
  • Times: Meet at 4:30 pm, Roll out at 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Free to join
  • Contact:
    • Phone: 07860 268833
    • Email: patriciaklambert@gmail.com

 

More information on The Cambridge Bike Party

 

9. Huntingdon Chilli Fiesta

From Elle Hughes on UnSplash

Next on our list of local autumn activities is something a little spicy!

If you are looking for a day out which packs a bit of heat, mosey on down to the Huntingdon Chilli Festival! The event on the 2nd of October will be Huntingdon’s sixth and will feature chilli connoisseurs and producers showcasing their variety of chilli produce from mild to extra spicy!

Browse the many condiments on display, from hot sauces and dips to jams and cooking sauces. There will be lots of eat, drink and buy and admission is FREE!

  • Location: Market Square, Huntingdon PE29 3NR
  • Dates: Saturday 2nd October 2021
  • Times: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Prices: Free admission
  • Contact:
    • Phone: N/A
    • Email: N/A

 

More information on the Huntingdon Chilli Fiesta

 

10. 40th Cambridge Film Festival

From the Cambridge Film Festival website

Ending our list of local autumn activities this year is the 40th Cambridge Film Festival!

Being hosted at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, the festival will be presenting a diverse range of over 40 features suitable for audiences of all ages and tastes. Features will include new releases, insightful documentaries, creative short films, old family favourites as well as international film festival award winners!

For all you film buffs out there – make sure you don’t miss it!

  • Location: Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St. Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3AR
  • Dates: 18th – 25th November 2021
  • Times: Dependant on the showing chosen, visit the website for more information
  • Prices: To be announced, contact the company for more information
  • Contact:
    • Phone: N/A
    • Email: info@cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk

 

More information on the 40th Cambridge Film Festival 

 

We hope this list has provided you with a wide variety of local autumn activities to make your stay with us even more enjoyable!

Remember we are always on hand to offer any advice, to provide information, or to answer any queries you might have. Just get in touch below, and we will respond to your request as soon as possible!

Autumnal wishes,

Team Boutique Rooms

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