Nine Autumn day out ideas for Sheffield families | Parks with autumn leaves, museums and more

Happy September! Autumn is upon us and what a beautiful time of year it is. I enjoy the cooler days and the wonderful colours; it’s a great time of year to go for walks and enjoy gardens with the seasons colour. Here’s some inspiration with 9 autumn days out in Sheffield for you and your family.

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Take autumn photos at Sheffield Botanical Gardens


In autumn time, the botanical gardens in Sheffield are specular in colour: the golds, reds, purples and yellows of the leaves all around the gardens are picture-perfect. There’s some fantastic photo opportunities and LOTS of jumping in leaves to be had! If it’s a little chilly, the glass houses are a perfect way to stay warm and still enjoy the park. There is a wonderful cafe, the Curator’s tea room, where you can enjoy a light lunch, cake and coffee. Read more about the botanical gardens here.

Jump in leaves at Weston Park, Sheffield

botanical gardens, Sheffield

Free to visit, this museum is great for families. There is a cafe and picnic room inside, upstairs so you can enjoy a picnic even if it’s cold outside. There are many interactive displays and galleries to choose from, with Sheffield history, animals and more to learn about. The museum have story time, under 5’s activities and family events regularly to check their website. Head outside in autumn to see the wonderful colours in the park, it’s here you’ll be able to have lots of fun jumping around in the leaves!

Enjoy an autumn stroll at Forge Dam, Sheffield

Forge Dam, Sheffield
Forge Dam, Sheffield

This park in Fulwood, Sheffield is lovely all year round but autumn brings the park glorious colours. The park is covered from head to toe in leaves and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to catch some falling yourself! A lovely walk from Forge Dam to Endcliffe Park, with cafes on both sides, is a good option for autumn and winter walks with enough to keep the family entertained. The park is a great place to puddle splash, do a muddy welly walk and enjoy the changing seasons. Read 6 reasons why you’ll love Forge Dam here.

Go to the Autumn Show at Heeley city farm, Sheffield


This years autumn show is on Sunday 10th September and they’ll be an annual produce show, stalls, kids entertainment, tea room and much more. The farm is perfect size for kids and there is a playground, cafe and toilet facilities. Festivals at Heeley city farm are always a great day out and very popular with families in Sheffield.

Go chestnut hunting in the woods!

Collecting chestnuts is a fun and free activity to do in autumn, see how many you can find! Take them home to do some chestnut craft activities or roast them for a yummy snack! There are so many great parks in Sheffield to go hunting for chestnuts, you’re spoilt for choice; try any of these 5 top parks with playgrounds!

Explore Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham

magna science adventure centre
Magna Science Adventure Centre Earth zone

The great thing about Magna is that it has good indoor and outdoor options. Outside there’s fantastic playgrounds, so stick on a jumper and go outdoors; there is so much for all ages with loads of slides, climbing frames, sandpits, swings and more. Head indoors to explore the science galleries such as “Earth” which has real diggers you can sit and work, or a sandpit with digger toys; these are always a hit with my son. There’s picnic space indoors and a cafe. See my blog about the playgrounds here.

Go on a Peak District walk

padley gorge peak district
Padley Gorge

What better place to be than the Peak District in autumn?! Go on a lovely walk in this pretty season to really get the most of the colours. Collect crunchy leaves, forage for autumn fruit and funghi and take in the pretty autumn colours in the countryside. Kids will love Bogart hunting at Longshaw Estate, scrambling rocks at mother cap or you could try any of these 6 beautiful Peak District walks.

Visit Kelham Island Museum

kelham island museum
Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield

Looking for a fun day out indoors? Kelham Island Museum has loads for all the family to enjoy, an indoor play area, cafe, indoor picnic space and so much to see and do. There are lots of interactive and hands on displays, things to touch, see and play with and museum trails. There is toddler group (Kelham Creators) which runs on the first Tuesday of every month with singing, crafts, snack time and a museum trail; it is £2 per family and well worth the money.

Find more family friendly museums here

See the Autumn Carnival at Highfield Adventure Playground, Sharrow

The autumn carnival at Highfield Adventure Playground is usually every year in the first week of November. They’ll be craft activities, a parade, food and drink and music. The event is free and details will be posted on their website to keep checking!

What are your plans for autumn? It’s such a pretty time of year, I hope this list inspires you to enjoy the colourful season. Download these free bucket lists for more lovely autumn ideas for your family here.

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