Top Outdoor Activities To Do In Harrogate This Autumn

29 August 2023

The upcoming autumn weather may be perfect for movie marathons on Netflix. If you want to go explore the great outdoors a little more this season, though, there’s plenty to do in Harrogate. Today’s article will explore a few of these activities.

What Can You Do Outside in Harrogate This Autumn?

1) Go For A Walk Around Plumpton Rocks

Plumpton Rocks is a 30-acre parkland with lakeside walks near Harrogate and Knaresborough. With the leaves soon changing, Plumpton Rocks will make for a beautiful Sunday walk before a roast dinner at popular pubs nearby, such as the Half Moon Free House Pub and Mother Shipton Inn. Plumpton Rocks is also an excellent option for people who feel their moods shift whenever the weather changes; as PIA reports, decreased daylight could cause serotonin to move through your body too quickly, making you more likely to develop seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression. Because of that, it’s important to include some kind of exercise, as it triggers endorphins, and while walking around this 30-acre park, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, you may feel a little bit better than if you stayed at home and watched Netflix.

2) Go Golfing

Contrary to popular belief, golfing isn’t just a summer activity, and Harrogate has a variety of courses to choose from. If you want to make it extra special, playing at Harrogate Golf Club is recommended, as it’s the oldest golf club in Harrogate and has an 18-hole parkland golf course that has hosted the National Championships in previous years. There is also Rudding Park Golf, with its 18-hole Hawtree Course, which provides an excellent opportunity for exercise. As we know, spending time outdoors is beneficial for anyone struggling with mental health issues and seasonal affective disorder in the autumn.

3) Go Pumpkin Picking

If you fully embrace autumn and can’t wait for Halloween, going pumpkin picking at Birchfield Farm is a must for you in 2023. This is an excellent activity for families as there’s a woodland walk, farm maze, and carving barn. The Pumpkin Festival at Birchfield Field begins on October 3rd and ends on October 31st. The cost of entry is £3.00 per person.

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4) Harrogate Christmas Market and Fayre

While Christmas may still be a few months away, there’s much to look forward to this year in Harrogate. Yorkshire Wonders states that Harrogate will host a new festive market between December 1st and December 17th. Not only will the event feature local traders, but there will also be European Christmas stalls. There will also be an outdoor ice skating rink for the first time in Crescent Gardens, and there will also be an apres ski bar for refreshments.

No matter what season we’re in, Harrogate offers endless beauty, but it’s quick to fall into a pattern of staying home when the weather gets darker and colder. However, it’s important to keep active and get outside for many reasons, including mental health purposes, and fortunately, Harrogate offers many events in the autumn and winter time.

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