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6 Things to do this Autumn

Soak up the season and make the most of what our area has to offer. Enjoy a brisk, crisp countryside stroll through the meadows in Runnymede, or experience the chilling thrills of Thorpe Park. Whatever you fancy, grab a mug of something warm and have a little browse through our autumn guide of things to do near The Runnymede.

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Autumn strolls around Runnymede

This time of the year is great for many reasons, but most of all because of the impressive shift in colour that nature experiences. From deep emerald to burnt orange, the leaves transform entirely, and where better to watch this change than in the great outdoors itself? We have plenty of scenic walks in and around Runnymede, but we’re particular fans of the circular trail that weaves through ancient woodlands and grassy meadows. Maintained by the National Trust, the Egham to Runnymede countryside walk hosts the birthplace of the Magna Carta and is home to many rare and endangered species, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those. The trail itself takes around two hours and is dog-friendly, so even four-legged friends can enjoy sniffing out the area! Better still, if it’s a nice day, why not prepare a picnic and relax under the autumn sky? Just don’t forget to pack the flask of hot chocolate!

Thorpe Park Fright Nights

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, then Thorpe Park is the place to be this autumn. From 8-10th and 15-31st October, the ever popular Fright Nights return to haunt the living daylights out of thrill-seekers young and old, with a spine-tingling atmosphere that can be felt throughout the entire park. Take a seat on Derren Brown’s live-action horror Ghost Train, or test your survival skills by escaping the Walkers on The Walking Dead Rollercoaster. However you choose to spook yourself, we suggest you go out with a bang and admire the spectacular, breath-taking LEGACY fire and light display, a perfect way to end the day.

 The Cherry Orchard at the Theatre Royal Windsor

The Theatre Royal Windsor knows how to put on a show, and this autumn there’s no exception. As the days grow colder, an evening spent wrapped up indoors watching an awe-inspiring production sounds perfect. From 1st October to 13th November, Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard graces the stage for an unforgettable performance with Ian McKellen as part of the cast. Led by acclaimed director Sean Mathias, The Cherry Orchard follows the story of Ranevskaya, a woman returning to her estate after a five-year absence, only to discover that the property, including her beloved cherry orchard, is to be auctioned off to pay the family debts. Described as a mix of drama, comedy and tragedy, this production is one you won’t want to miss, and, for a lucky few, a limited number of on-stage seats will be available to book nearer to the performance dates.

Go Ape Chessington

Give Tarzan a run for his money and scale the tall trees of Chessington with Go Ape’s Treetop Challenge. Bring some friends along and spend half a day swinging through the forest together, braving the dizzying heights and arduous rope challenges that lay ahead. This particular challenge boasts a one-of-a-kind four-person zip wire, and weather needn’t be an issue as the course still runs on rainy days – the wetter, the better, in our opinion!

Cook up a feast

When the air turns chilly and rain is on the horizon, all we fancy doing is getting cosy and snug inside, with a plate of something tasty in one hand and the TV remote in the other. Grey skies outside offer the perfect opportunity to retreat into the warm kitchen, pop an acoustic autumnal playlist on the speakers, and get absorbed into cooking and baking the ultimate seasonal treats. For those of you with a sweet tooth, why not try our gorgeous pumpkin tart recipe? For something savoury, how about our hearty and wholesome braised beef pasta? Cooking with seasonal produce is a wonderful way to experience and appreciate the autumn period. If you don’t fancy cooking yourself, let the chefs do all the hard work and book a table at Leftbank.

Relax in the spa

Perhaps you prefer the slower pace of life, and a therapeutic day in The Spa sounds more like your cup of tea. While away the day enveloped in a warming and sensual body wrap, your stresses and worries just melting away. Discover our invigorating whirlpool bath where you can take a moment to let peace and tranquillity wash over you. Or, simply turn up the heat – our infrared cabin and traditional saunas will give your body the cleanse and refresh you need.

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