Autumn Activities and Events 2020

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This time last year, I shared a post about all the autumn activities I was excited for us to try as a family. Back then, I had a vision of sharing a similar post each year, adding new experiences to the list as the little man got older and new events popped up.

Little did I know, Coronavirus had something to say about that! Although a number of great autumn events are cancelled this year (my heart is breaking in the Enchanted Forest), plenty of places have adapted to the ‘rona rules and have come up with some low-key or slightly restricted versions of their events. Here are the ones we’re most looking forward to this autumn.

Like last year, I will share a review link to each event or activity once we have been and experienced it.

Arnprior Pumpkins
We visited Arnprior Pumpkins for the first time last year, and honestly I don’t know who had more fun. It’s so beautifully laid out, if you’re visiting as a blogger there’s so much content for the ‘gram to be captured here. This year, numbers of cars (and therefore visitors) have been reduced to allow for adequate social distancing in the 800 acre farm land.

Opening on Monday 12th October through Saturday 31st October this year, Arnprior Pumpkins, located in the countryside outside Stirling, is a great family experience with pumpkin picking, kale maze, quad pods and more. It’s also really good value for money – just £6 gives you entry for one car full of eager autumn lovers, and also entitles you to £6 to redeem against a pumpkin (if you pick a small pumpkin, essentially that’s free with your ticket!). The 2 hour session slots are also ideal time wise for younger kids so as not to encroach on napping, eating and the usual routine.
Get your tickets here.

Loch Lomond Faerie Trail – Scary Faeries
As we only live a few miles away, we’ve been on the faerie trail quite a few times before; during summer, at last year’s Scary Faerie Trail and on the more recent Unicorn Trail. Knowing how well the trail is organised and how good they are at adapting to themes, our expectations are high for this year.

As it’s a themed trail, it’s a bit more expensive than the regular trail, however this year they have upped the ante and not only do you get to experience the scary Halloween version of the trail, you also get a pot of bio-degradable glitter, a certificate and a drink at the Faerie Cafe on completion. This is in addition to the trail guidebook and wristband that participants in the trail receive all year round. Great value for money at £7.50 a ticket, it means you can warm up with a hot chocolate after you’ve uncovered the mystery along the 2km walk.

If you want to make it even spookier, book your tickets for around 4pm and take a torch with you! Starting at Luss car park and going up towards the glen, through an old slate quarry and back down, there are some lovely views along the way (as long as you don’t go in the dark!). Runs from 1st to 30th October.
Get your tickets here.

GlasGLOW
We had previously heard mixed reviews about GlasGLOW, with a lot of people dubbing it a poor man’s Enchanted Forest. However feedback from 2019’s autumn event was all very positive, and with no Enchanted Forest to compare it to, we decided to give it a go for 2020.

Held in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens in the West End, the setting is pretty picturesque and allows for lots of lovely light shows. This year’s theme is The Power Within, focusing on being our own heroes, which we’re sure our little man will love. As with everything, there are restrictions due to Coronavirus so there are limited tickets available and this year the event is fully outdoor, meaning no chance of exploring the dome after dark.

If you’re not from the area the practicality of getting there can be a bit of a nightmare. There are no train stations nearby, but the subway is handy (as long as you don’t need a pram for your child. Glasgow’s subway is still fairly inaccessible). The only parking available is street parking, which as you can imagine is rammed at any time of the day.

The event runs from 29th October until 15th November, with tickets starting at £9 for children and £14 for adults on off-peak days.
Get your tickets here.

BONUS MENTION

The Enchanted Forest may not be running this year, however tickets have just been released for the 2021 event. If, like me, you’re missing it wildly, then snap up your tickets here. Surely things will be back to a bit more normality by then!

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