Autumn Festival of Food and Drink and other Autumn events

Autumn Festival of Food and Drink and other Autumn events

Autumn is a glorious time to explore the Chilterns. From our Autumn Food and Drink Festival to campfire stories and walks, here’s our pick of things to do this season

Autumn is a glorious time to explore the Chilterns. Both wild berries and orchard fruit are ripe and ready to pick and enjoy in all their delicious flavours and varieties. The trees are turning orange and yellow, and the hedgerows are bursting with the colours of blackberries, sloes, elderberries and rosehips.

Our Autumn Food and Drink Festival runs throughout October and November and showcases the best wild and locally produced food of the season. From farmers’ markets to apple fayres, from a vineyard volunteering experience to brewery and distillery tours to a foraging workshop with a herbalist, here are some great ways to experience the larder of the Chilterns. Why not combine a visit to an event with a walk in the Chilterns? Or take the family foraging for some wild food?

Pick your own Pumpkins at Peterley Manor Farm

Peterley Manor Farm’s Pick Your Own Pumpkin is a fantastic family event! Choose from orange, white, knobbly, dinky pumpkins and squash varieties. Why not combine your visit with the Prestwood and Denner Hill walk – an easy 3 mile family route?

15th Oct – 31st Oct

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Foraging and Wild Cooking Walk

Go on a foraging walk with a herbalist, then gather wood and learn to cook outdoors. Dishes have included mushroom pizza, nettle pesto and wood fired focaccia, pretzels, fresh pasta and salted crepes.

Various dates available throughout Oct and Nov – 2.5 hour session. Suitable for age 6 +

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Volunteer amongst the Vines

Come and help with the harvest at Daw’s Hill Vineyard then enjoy lunch with sparkling wine. A unique experience at this boutique vineyard near Radnage where the vines are looked after by hand. If you’re not too tired, why not do the Studley Green Red Kite Walk after? The walk begins a 10 mile drive away.

Opportunities to volunteer between 1st and 31st October

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Tring’s Own Apple Fayre

A seasonal celebration of environment, food and culture in Tring. Tring’s Own Apple Fayre comprises of  25 local events throughout October, including a farmer’s market and apple bake off, an apple parade, and apple day. You could combine this with one of the many walks near Tring, including a walk around Tring Park, the Ashridge Estate, or a visit to College Lake Nature Reserve, or a walk along the Grand Union Canal. Explore our interactive map for walks, cycle rides and attractions nearby.

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Chilterns Recipe Book

A mouth watering new book about Chilterns food has just been published! Featuring seasonal food and drink recipes, 35 Chilterns based food producers and farm shops, days out and hidden gems in the beautiful Chilterns, Chilterns Recipe Book is going live today for pre-orders.

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Foraging in the Chilterns Hedgerows

Did you know that the Chilterns has over 2500 miles of hedgerows? These green corridors provide essential habitats for birds, mammals and invertebrates alike. Read our guide to safe foraging which has a few recipe tips and ideas – it’s always best to do a foraging course with an expert first or get study good identification books so that you know what to eat and what to avoid. Plus a few recipe tips and ideas.

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Other Autumn events and days out in the Chilterns:

Campfire Stories is a live outdoor storytelling event and a growing library of recorded interviews featuring invited community representatives (the storytellers) and audience members.

This year’s storytellers include Dr Geeta Ludhra (South Asia), a Chilterns Conservation Board Member member, and Gregory Gonzales (Philippines) – members of the Chilterns community whose heritage comes from further afield and have since made Buckinghamshire their home. Wild About Wool, the Museum’s annual knitting and wool craft event will also be on.

Sunday 16th October at 3pm, Chilterns Open Air Museum, standard admission prices apply.

Buckinghamshire’s newest farm park is open from Monday to Saturday. Pet and feed the animals – the café is opening soon so bring a packed lunch and clothes and do wear clothes and shoes for all weathers.

Hogshaw Farm Park is a fantastic family day out. Get hands on with rare breed farm animals, explore the nature trails, a jumping pillow and our adventure play areas whatever the weather!

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