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Autumn is fantastic time to visit South East England.  It is often less crowded than the summer, with more availability, and with two national parks and acres of natural beauty there are plenty of places to enjoy the changing of the seasons.  Home to hundreds of all-year-round indoor and outdoor attractions also means you can find something to do whatever the weather. If you’ve still got a holiday to use, or are planning an autumn staycation or short break away, take a look and discover why you should include South East England. 

Dont miss the chance to enjoy one of the many October half term and Halloween events taking place across the region, click the image below to discover over 200 events across the South East.

October Half Term and Halloween Event and Activities Across South East England

Love South East England

The South East is so diverse and with great transport links it makes for an ideal destination for a day trip, short break or holiday.  Stretching from Kent in the east to Dorset in the west and up to Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire in the north, South East England wraps around and includes London.

Love the Sea

With 400 miles of stunning coastline and its blue flag award winning beaches, there are plenty of coastal towns and cities making for a great Autumn escape by the sea.  Whether you choose to walk along the white cliffs, visit the many all weather, all year round attractions, skim stones along the shore, or enjoy the breath-taking panorama and evening sunsets, South East England is sure to delight.

South East England is blessed with over 1900 hours of sunshine a year, making it the sunniest destination in the UK.  The South East tourism businesses provide the sunniest welcome too, from home from home family friendly cottages, award-winning hotels and luxury spa resorts offering an escape from the everyday. You're sure to find the right accommodation for your budget and style.

Love the countryside

With its 3 million acres of natural beauty South East England is a walker’s paradise.  Choose to explore its two National Parks or nine areas of outstanding natural beauty.  Walk along one of its many National trails or paths, discover one of its many nature reserves, country parks or gardens.  Find windmills, ancient forests and follies, experience the changing leaves, misty mornings and beautiful outdoor spaces, on your very own South East outdoor adventure.  

South East England is famous for its history and heritage, home to UNESCO World Heritage sites, Cathedrals, churches, Palaces, castles and more.  The South East is the weekend home of the British Royal Family at Windsor, the gateway to the world-famous Jurassic coastline, the infamous Battle of Hastings which changed the course of English history in 1066.   With 185 million years of history to discover, what to do first is the hardest decision.

The Long Walk, Windsor Great Park, Windsor, Credit Visit Windsor

Love Local Produce

South East England is the wine capital of the UK, producing award-winning English sparkling wines by the barrel full. With over 140 vineyards, and with new ones popping up all of the time, a visit to the South East is not complete without taking time to visit one.  Enjoy a tour, sample tasty English wine, enjoy lunch with stunning views over the vines or even stay for the night.  Now is a great time to get involved as many vineyards bring in the grapes between late August and October at harvest time. Get those taste buds tingling and discover why the chalk that whitens our cliffs, and the sun that brightens our day, makes the South East the top producers of English wines in the UK.

Whether you try Oysters from Whitstable or scallops from Rye, locally brewed beer in Oxfordshire or internationally renowned gin in Winchester, you will find a host of tasty foods and drinks made in the South East to experience. Along with great cookery schools, creative workshops, pick your own, farm shops, local produce markets, award-winning dining, afternoon tea experiences and more..... you're sure to find something to tickle your taste buds or enrich your experience whilst here in South East England.

Made in the South East, The Garlic Farm, credit Visit Isle of Wight

Love New Discoveries

South East England offers the unique chance to follow in the footsteps of Royalty.  Not only because the British Royal family spend their weekends here at Windsor Castle, but there are many other palaces, manor houses, castles and country homes that were once lived in or built for royalty.  From the exotic Royal Pavilion at Brighton to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, Hever Castle in Kent, and Polesden Lacey, near Guildford to name but a few.

Inspiring over 7 million literary words, you can follow in the footsteps of some of the literary greats in South East England.  From Jane Austen to Ronald Dahl, Charles Dickens to Kenneth-Grahame, many famous authors lived, worked and took their creative inspiration from the South East.  Experience it for yourself and create your own personal stories.

The South East is a fantastic spot for a family fun filled day out or staycation whatever the weather, sunny or rainy.  With a mix of award winning indoor and outdoor attractions to enjoy including Drusillas Park, Winchester Science Centre Planetarium or Kent and East Sussex Railway.

Love Events

South East England is home to a host of internationally renowned events celebrating the British Social Season including Royal Ascot, Goodwood Festival of Speed and Cowes Week, along with a host of other acclaimed music festivals, re-enactments, and family friendly school holiday activities to enjoy. With many events now confirmed for 2021, you can look forward to a summer of festivals, events and family fun.

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