It’s funny to say that moving from Birmingham to an area that is a bit closer to the Midlands countryside made me realise and appreciate more local adventures when exploring hidden gems in the area.
Sometimes, I forget that the UK is an easy country to explore. Especially if you live right in the middle of the country. And I love doing it during my favourite season: autumn.
As the leaves begin to change and the air becomes crisp, it’s the perfect time to embrace the beauty of your own backyard.
We are not doing some international travel this year for many reasons. For this reason, exploring the hidden gems in your local area can be equally rewarding, and autumn provides a wonderful backdrop for these adventures.
I am happy with my local walking in the countryside. Finding new villages and farm shops. And I guess everybody should explore their area a bit more too.
Here’s a guide to encourage you to discover lesser-known attractions, parks, and events in your region during this vibrant season.
Yep. Being close to nature is healing. I can say it with the property. This year has been a quite challenging one so far. And we found our piece in nature. It’s an amazing way of spending days out as well, without thinking about organising trips around or spending some money.
We are spoilt for choices when it comes to parks, forest commissions, and woods.
For this reason, I would recommend you seek out the lesser-explored parks and nature reserves in your area too.
You might find quiet trails, serene lakes, and breathtaking foliage. We have been to the Kinver area for the first time this year and I so loved to get lost in the new woods that have stunning views from so many amazing areas in the Midlands.
I also use those woods to make some videos and photos for my campaigns. So, last time it was about skincare products. It’s peaceful and this time of the year would be an excellent shooting spot for clothing and accessories of something more exotic such as mens earrings, Cuban link chain, or any chains in general.
I just love capturing the essence of autumn with vibrant photos of the changing leaves and wildlife. But I do confess I prefer exploring it during the weekdays when it is calmer and less packed. This way, we can have the forests and woods just for ourselves.
Here is another thing to dive into – the history of your region by visiting local museums, historic sites, and landmarks. I have been to some museums and parks in the area where I live. But I do confess that visiting it again, made me understand more the cultural aspects of the area.
Learn about the stories and events that shaped your community. I just loved it. My last visit to the Black Country Living Museum with my parents was a way of exploring its history a bit more.
And this time, I spent so much time talking to the people who work there. It was fascinating to have a grasp of the history of Suffragettes in Black country.
Understanding local history can be a valuable educational resource. It provides a sense of identity and belonging, allowing you to appreciate the traditions, customs, and values that have shaped your community.
Farm Visits and Culinary Delights
One of the things I really like about the UK is the fact you can find farm shops everywhere. It is great to be in touch with local producers and make the most of it.
Many farms offer seasonal activities like apple picking, pumpkin patches, and hayrides during the fall. It’s a great way to connect with local agriculture and have some family fun.
This way, you can help the local produce, and understand the job done on these farms. Also, get excited by exploring local food scenes, including cosy cafés, bakeries, and restaurants that serve seasonal dishes and fall-inspired treats.
Birmingham has several Michelin-starred restaurants. The multiculturalism of West Midlands in general gifted us with the opportunity to indulge in the world’s gastronomy. From Argentina to Nepalese food, you can find food from many parts of the globe.
Supporting local restaurants, bars and cafes is a way of supporting local economies, celebrating cultural diversity, and helping sustain local traditions and flavours.
Small Town Charm
Living right in the middle of the country is an invitation to explore the towns and villages nearby. Visit nearby small towns and villages that come alive with autumn festivals, farmers’ markets, and charming boutiques.
It’s an opportunity to support local businesses too.
I usually go for walks nearby and find hidden trails and hidden hiking or biking trails that are less frequented during any season. The quiet and solitude can make your outdoor adventure even more special.
Not to mention that we are not that far from the Lake District or Cotswolds and a scenic drive through your region, especially those routes that offer stunning views of the fall foliage. Perfect to capture the beauty of the landscape as you go.
Having lots to explore around also reflects in the community. When we are part of community events, we support the whole region too.
So, it is always important to keep an eye out for local events, such as fall fairs, craft markets, and community gatherings. These events offer a chance to connect with neighbours and celebrate the season.
Exploring the hidden gems in your area during the autumn season can lead to delightful surprises and a newfound appreciation for your local community. As the season transitions, embrace the opportunity to connect with the beauty, culture, and history that surrounds you. Enjoy the magic of fall in your own backyard.
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