So we’re officially in autumn and the weather is set to prove it this weekend with cloudy slightly blustery days forecast. The change in the weather could be the perfect opportunity to wrap up, get out in the fresh air and tire out some tinkis.

Howe Park Woods
WP_20160811_12_59_27_Pro.jpgWe’ve recently enjoyed some great times munching blackberries and collecting acorns in Howe Park Woods. There’s free parking onsite, a little play park and a café serving enormous cakes.

Dunstable Downs
Whipsnade Road, LU6 2GY

A blustery day can be the perfect time to visit Dunstable Downs to fly a kite. The National Trust space costs just £2.50 to park, the onsite shop sells a range of goodies and kites suitable for all ages and abilities. Most kite flyers are super friendly and don’t mind if your kite strings get tangled, yes I’m speaking from experience. There’s a café, toilets, plenty of space to walk a dog and an amazing view.

If you fancy something different events to get involved in this weekend include:

Saturday 24 September

Craft & Scrap Store
10am – 1PM
2 Burners Lane,  Kiln Farm,  MK11 3HB

If you fancy getting arty this weekend it might be worth a trip to the Scrap Store. Run by the MK Play Association the store has a whole range of items to help your crafty endeavours priced more competitively than high street stores.

Sunday 25 September

Family-in -Residence presents: Ebn’s Family Wild Rumpus
Milton Keynes Gallery
£1 per person on the door. Pre-booking essential

MK Gallery have their second family in residence and are hosting a special event for children aged 0-11 and their families. Developed in collaboration with artist Alex Evan, Saturday’s session will give families the chance to creating costumes, dance and puppetry themed around the wild and imaginary creatures. Book tickets

Potato Shindig, Willows Activity Farm
Coursers Road,  London Colney,  AL4 0PF

For those willing to travel further (ahem) a-field Willows Activity Farm an hour down the road near St Albans is hosting a special potato themed weekend. Pick your own bag of potatoes, watch Spuddy the farm’s potato mascot in his own show and get involved in potato based arts and crafts before playing in the Peter Rabbit adventure playground.

wp_20150603_009-2Meet an Elephant or a Gruffalo.
Woburn Safari Park MK17 9QN

Woburn Safari Park are supporting the International Elephant Foundation and offering the chance to be photographed with these gentle giants. If Elephants aren’t your thing then you can meet children’s favourite character The Gruffalo in the parks play area. Pre booking recommended and normal ticket prices apply