Getting out and about this Autumn

For many people, Autumn is the best season. It it a time of great natural beauty, the leaves change and fall from the trees as temperatures start to fall, but we still have gloriously sunny days and blue skies that hold off the bay of Winter just that little bit longer. These lovely days (and if we’re really lucky, a touch of an Indian Summer) make Autumn a season where we really should be getting out and about and enjoying some fresh air and outdoor pursuits.

There really is no reason to be staying inside. Children need to be turfed out, away from their computer screens, and instead given a football, a frisbie or a kite. Moms and dads need to put those car keys away and make the most of the season by opting to walk to the shops or the school. Even if your mobility is a problem for you, there is still no reason why you can’t enjoy some time away from the TV, computer or PS4. A range of different mobility aids from a company like Pro Rider Mobility can give you the support you need to be able to enjoy time outdoors, whether it be a trip in the park or taking in a nature walk. And don’t forget that the best events of Autumn, Halloween and Bonfire Night, take place outside.

Here are a few more ideas for enjoying a wonderful Autumn.

Enjoy your local Park

As I’ve already mentioned, parks are beautiful places of change at this time of the year. Whether you are walking your dog, or taking your children to search for conkers and pine cones, this really is a great way to spend a couple of hours, particularly whilst we still have some daylight hours in the evenings after school and work.

Get yourself to a football match

We are now well into the football season, and while I have to admit that it gets pretty cold on the stands once we hit Winter, for me, the best way to spend an Autumn afternoon is cheering on your team at the top of your voice, and getting a hotdog covered in mustard on the way back. Most grounds these days have access for those with mobility problems, with my team, West Brom, also adding an area for those with sensory issues and new commentary for death supporters, making football far more inclusive than it was in the past.

At WBA v West Ham last Saturday

Say Goodbye to the bears of The Big Sleuth

The Big Sleuth has been a massive success if Birmingham and the surrounding areas this Summer, with 100 bears delighting thousands of people. But all good things must come to an end, and the weekend beginning October 6th sees the finale for the bears, as they are all gathered together in East Park for one last goodbye. If you didn’t get chance to see the bears in their locations, this is a great way to see the bears all together.

Birmingham Weekender

This weekend sees the Birmingham Weekender, a weekend dedicated to getting the arts out and about in the city of Birmingham. From Rangeeli, a colourful community parade taking place through the city-centre complete with Harminder the Elephant, to Slack Rope Connections and the Bullzini Family Funambulists in Cathedral Square, who will help you test your balancing skills, this is a great way of getting out and about with your family, and finding that the city is about far more than shopping.

How will you enjoy the great outdoors this Autumn?

What To Do During Your Staycation

Holiday season is here, and many people are already sharing snaps of white sandy beaches and azure coloured oceans on Instagram. But what if this year you are not going away on holiday, maybe through financial issues or work commitments, what can you do if you are planning a staycation? The good news is that staying at home doesn’t have to be dull or boring, there are so many diverse and interesting things you can do, maybe even learning a new skill in the process.

Here are a few ideas that may give you food for thought.

Cookery Classes

You can have great fun with some cookery lessons and can learn new skills into the bargain. There are so many different sorts of lessons out there, ranging from cookery basics (i.e for someone like me, who hosts a dinner party with a selection of takeaway menus at hand), or for people who want to refine their skills, or learn a specific type of cookery, like French Cookery, or learning how to make Asian cuisine, or even divine macaroons. These courses are suitable for anyone with a passing interest in food creation and preparation, and will certainly give you a fabulous new skill and end product to take home.

The Big Sleuth

A day in the city of Birmingham can be about so much more than shopping. Following on from the Big Hoot in 2015, this year Birmingham’s streets, squares, museums and shopping areas will be filled with more than 100 beautifully decorated bears, so that a day in the city can really mean ‘we’re going on a bear hunt.’ Grab a map, put some sensible walking shoes on, and get ready to hunt down those bears. The bears will be auctioned off at the end of the Summer to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. (Visit The Big Sleuth website for more information).

Go to a Festival

A festival no longer means having to travel miles from home, most areas now have festivals of everything ranging from music to food. One food festival that I have been interested in is at RAF Cosford, and combines a range of local producers, chef demonstrations and even live music, all combining to make a really fun afternoon. Combine it with a trip around the RAF museum, which is brilliant, with entry free of charge.

A family ticket for the food festival costs just £12. Buy tickets here.

Football Friendlies

The football season may well be over, but that doesn’t mean a summer without football. Next month a whole host of friendlies and tournaments will be taking place, including the Emirates Cup which Arsenal will be taking part in this July, along with Benfica, Seville and Leipzig. Family tickets are available and reasonably priced, and could be a great way to introduce your child to European football…or just an excuse to watch Olivier Giroud in action.

What plans do you have for the Summer?