Best autumn festivals in the UK
22nd August 2017
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Across the UK the arrival of autumn is celebrated by a number of events with themes such as light, food and colour all combining to welcome this new season.
From specialist pumpkin festivals to food festivals there are lots of events taking place this autumn up and down the UK.
Finding the best and most unusual events up and down the country could help you decide a location for an autumn staycation and here is a guide to some of the best events on offer that are also accessible for those with mobility problems and would normally need to use stairlifts in their home.
North Norfolk Food Festival
Date of event: 2-3 September
Last year the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival attracted around 10,000 visitors and this year’s festival could surpass this figure with 50 stall holders attending. There will be a number of top chefs taking part in demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre and this year it will be hosted by Mary Kemp, famous for promoting Norfolk food and chefs.
The produce on sale will include real ales, fresh meat and poultry, local seafood, vegetables, local honey, cakes, fruit, ice cream, cheese, fresh juices, cakes, puddings and tarts and much more. All the products on sale are grown, reared, caught, produced or sold in North Norfolk.
The festival is accessible as the grounds are fairly flat and for older people who struggle to walk long distances there are plenty of places to sit down.
The event is free to attend, although there is a small charge to park, and the festival gates will open from 10am and close at 4pm.
Abergavenny Food Festival 2017
Date of event: 16-17 September
The 2017 Abergavenny Food Festival is a great event to visit for all foodies and over the last 18 years it has become the largest, longest running food festival in Wales.
There are plenty of chef demos, tasting workshops, talks and debates on offer and visitors can also head to food markets and enjoy a real feast. There is also a fringe festival that takes place to celebrate the people who grow, make and cook the food.
The food festival is really accessible with the main market venues being fully accessible to wheelchair users and mobility scooters and there is disabled parking around Abergavenny and the main car park is just a short walk from the main markets. All the festival’s attractions are close to each other.
Weekend and day wristbands are available to buy in advance. Children's wristbands are free and can be obtained also through the website. Event tickets are also on sale via the website and are priced separately.
Date of event: 28 September to 29 October
Regarded as Scotland’s premier sound and light event and set amidst the autumn woodland of Forestry Commission Scotland's Faskally Wood in Highland Perthshire, the Enchanted Forest is one autumn event not to be missed.
The festival is currently the winner of the UK’s Best Cultural Event and Scotland’s Best Large Event because of its dazzling visuals and great design set against orchestral and more original music.
The lighting show is truly spectacular and last year the Enchanted Forest festival attracted over 70,000 visitors.
This year’s festival is called Oir an Uisge, which is Scots Gaelic for “Edge of the Water”, and will be run by multi-award winning creative team Zoe Squair, Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, RJ McConnell and Jon Beales.
The event has been created to cater for all ages and most of the forest is accessible for wheelchair users, while there are disabled toilets and car parking on site too.
Eat: Burnham on Sea Food Festival
Date of event: 21 October
The Eat: Burnham-on-Sea event is a town centre based award-winning festival that prides itself on its accessibility.
Using a variety of fully accessible indoor venues and a large outdoor market all on tarmac it is a great free day out by the seaside.
Expect to find tractors, livestock and over 130 of the best regional food and drink producers. There is even a free pop-up cookery school, demos from local chefs, workshops and competitions.
The streets are full of buskers and other entertainment and all elements of the event are free of charge. They provide lots of seating and loos too and it is 100% dog friendly.
Dartmouth Food Festival
Date of event: 20-22 October
The Dartmouth Food Festival has become a landmark event on the culinary calendar and the autumn festival turns this town in Devon into a frenzy of activity.
On top of all the incredible food and drink stalls, cooking contests, cooking demonstrations and classes, there are street entertainers and other activities to enjoy.
At the festival visitors will meet celebrity chefs and the UK’s top food writers, while dog owners can let their pets try ice cream especially created for man’s best friend!
Some of the household names that will be in attendance include Simon Hulstone, Richard Bertinet, Romy Gill, and Angela Hartnett, TV and Radio personalities, Matt Tebbutt, Jay Rayner, Matthew Fort and Dan Saladino.
The festival is really accessible with the events sites all on level and suitable ground for wheelchair and scooter users and those with mobility problems. Disabled toilets are also available to festival goers.
Slindon Pumpkin Festival
Date of event: October - November
The famous Slindon Pumpkin Festival attracts visitors from all over the world to celebrate the late Ralph Upton, who grew pumpkins and then started creating the fruit murals as an autumn display in 1968.
Now his former home is transformed with a display created from more than 50 varieties of pumpkin and over 30 varieties of squash.
There is a different outdoor display every year and visitors can purchase squashes and pumpkins at the event. There is also pumpkin and squash themed pottery on sale at the festival.