Nine Things To Do in Autumn with kids in Sheffield

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. Nine Things To Do in Autumn with kids in Sheffield

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Nine Things To Do in Autumn with kids in Sheffield

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 around 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 and Get Stuck In on Fridays which is free. 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.

Immerse yourself in Sci-Fi, Magic & Illusion at Out Of This World

and have fun at The Moors Little Monster Party!

Out Of This World 2018 & Little Monsters The Moor Halloween Party - FREE Nine Things To Do in Autumn with kids in Sheffield
Out Of This World 2018 & Little Monsters The Moor Halloween Party - FREE Nine Things To Do in Autumn with kids in Sheffield
Out Of This World 2018 & Little Monsters The Moor Halloween Party - FREE Nine Things To Do in Autumn with kids in Sheffield
Nine Things To Do in Autumn with kids in Sheffield best Halloween events for Sheffield families 2018

The best FREE Halloween events of the year are completely FREE in Sheffield City Centre on October 28th 2018. Out Of This World festival and The Moors Little Monster Party excite, scare and immerse all ages in a fun, sci-fi magical experience.

All across the city centre there are cosplay performances, costumes galore, dinosaurs, robots, illusions, dancers, face paint, spooky storytelling, caged mummy and lots, lots more. It’s wonderful and I totally recommend it, you must dress up and get involved! Read our top tips for the event here.

Enjoy a colourful woodland walk

Nine Things To Do in Autumn with kids in Sheffield

We’re not spoilt for choice here in Sheffield with beautiful woodlands and in autumn the colours are amazing. It’s the perfect time of year to collect up a rainbow of autumnal leaves which you could take home to do paint printing with.

Our favourite places for a woodland walk in Sheffield are Norfolk Heritage Park, Longshaw Estate, Chatsworth House and Forge Dam. Choose one of these magical woodlands for a wonderful woodland walk.

Carve a pumpkin

If anything makes you think of autumn and halloween, it’s pumpkins! Carving a pumpkin is a cool little activity to do in autumn with your little one and around Halloween time pumpkins are everywhere. Halloween events such as Cannon Hall Farm and Piglets Adventure Farm give out free pumpkins to every child, Farmer Copleys do tractor trailer rides and a huge pumpkin patch, and supermarkets all over the UK are fully stocked.

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. Chatsworth House is really beautiful in autumn and there is a lovely walk around Stand Wood which is free.

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

please note this banner is from last year, this years carnival is on November 3rd.

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. This year it’s on Saturday 3rd November 2018 from 3pm at Highfield Adventure Playground (S7 1BJ) for FREE lantern making and then dance along the streets of Sharrow from 5.30pm.

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.

Thanks for reading!


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