Posted by Ray Simpson

Hare Pheasant - Glamping North East

As summer starts to fade away and we move into Autumn the UK countryside explodes into a plethora of colour that’s not to be missed. This time of year is so beautiful and what better time to enjoy the great outdoors than at West Hall Glamping surrounded by beautiful woodlands and the vast array of wildlife we have on our doorstep.

While many people may think of glamping as a ‘summer break’, we believe that autumn getaways are some of the most special. Here are just some of the reasons why we think you’ll fall in love with glamping this autumn at West Hall Glamping in County Durham.



1. Family Adventures...

If you do decide to treat the kids this autumn, then you won’t have to worry about keeping them entertained.  Look no further than Durham where you’ll find a host of family attractions, activities and events giving you plenty of ideas of fun things to do with the kids. From the multi-award-winning museums where your little ones can travel back in time like Beamish, The Living Museum of the North and The Bowes Museum, to outdoor fun at Raby Castle, Hall Hill Farm, Diggerland and Adventure Valley. Plus, you’ll find plenty of indoor and outdoor play zones, parks and gardens, walks, rides and much more.

If you want to get creative then try your hand at autumn crafts, this can be a fantastic experience for you and your little ones to get involved in, and that’s just the start! Why not go on the hunt for conkers and set up your own championship? Or you could grab your wellies and try jumping through piles of fallen leaves? We love the idea of making the most elaborate hot chocolate while toasting marshmallows around the campfire… it’s truly a thrilling experience for adults and children alike.

Marshmallows - Glamping North East






2. …Pet Friendly too!

Let’s not forget man’s best friend! Dogs are welcome to join you on your glamping holiday at West Hall Glamping. In fact, they can benefit from a break in the fresh air as much as we do! Autumn is an especially exciting season, as the world transforms and all kinds of new sounds and smells emerge to keep your dog entertained. There are few things as enjoyable as watching your furry friend dive into the colourful foliage! West Hall Glamping is close to all kinds of dog-friendly attractions that are open throughout the year.


Dana Sandy - Glamping North East






3. Breathtaking country walks

One of the best ways to explore everything that Durham has to offer is on foot. Whether it’s a leisurely city stroll along the banks of the River Wear or a more challenging hike in Durham’s great outdoors – our routes were made for walking. The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO Global Geopark, Durham Dales and the Durham Heritage Coast are truly special places with breathtaking views and dramatic landscapes, and across the county, you’ll find hundreds of routes just waiting to be explored and at the end of the day slip into your own hot bubbling Jacuzzi hot tub before laying your head in our cosy glamping lodges.

People walking - Glamping North East






4. Warming local pitstops

Autumn is an amazing time of year to explore the areas around Durham. There’s no shortage of cosy cafes and tearooms to discover… refresh and refuel with a pit stop at a welcoming country inn for some well-earned pub grub. There’s something extra rewarding about digging into a tasty meal or sipping a warm mug of tea after a brisk autumnal walk. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cosy local pubs to sequester yourselves away in, with a roaring fire and a glass of the local tipple to warm you up.

Travellers rest - Glamping North East






5. Wild food and Bushcrafts in Autumn

This is the time of year to gather nuts, collect and process wild fruits, harvest wild roots and enjoy the flavours and textures of wild-growing mushrooms.  Book a trip to Dalton Moor Farm where Jenny will take you for a stroll around the farm delving into the amazing world of wild plants and their uses. There is also Wild North Discovery in Frosterley, they have over thirty years of experience and will share their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm in the natural world from bushcraft and wild food foraging to wildlife watching and ancient crafts, with young and old alike, both venues offer a great family day out.

wild mushrooms - Glamping North East






6. Escape the crowds

It is much quieter at this time of year than during the summer holidays and school holidays. So why don’t you take advantage of this and treat yourself to a memorable getaway? Whether you’re taking a romantic stroll along an empty beach, visiting a castle, making a last-minute reservation at your favourite restaurant, or simply sitting back and listening to the birds, there’s much to love about this time of year.

Durham Castle 1 - Glamping North East








7. Spending time around the fire with that special someone

Glamping in Autumn is fantastic for cuddling up around the firepit. The evenings are getting darker, and the flickering flames create the perfect atmosphere for a romantic evening.

Around the Fire - Glamping North East









8. Firepit Dessert Recipes

You can also make some tasty desserts on the campfire – such as Campfire Banana Boats and Campfire Apple Crisp! No matter what you choose, nothing beats the sounds, sights, and smells of a real fire on a cool autumn evening!


Watch out for our blog on our recommended fire pit recipes.


Banana Boats - Glamping North East






9. Dark Sky Discovery Sites

During your autumn glamping break, you’re bound to catch at least one celestial show with the darker evenings and clear skies. Before winter sets in, take advantage of the glowing night sky or an amazing sunset. Take a look at our Stargazing blog and learn more about the dark skies you can see around West Hall Glamping, as well as the 12 Dark Sky areas that are within easy reach.


stargazing - Glamping North East






10. Autumn Events

Finally, autumn is an amazing time of year in Durham with a packed events calendar.

Lumiere Durham, this is the UK’s largest and most successful light festival returns to Durham in 2021. The illuminating artwork by local, national, and international artists is set to light up historic Durham City once again from 18 to 21 November 2021 and is not to be missed experience.

Durham Book Festival, founded in 1990, Durham Book Festival is one of the country’s oldest literary festivals. For many years it was a well-kept secret in the region’s cultural calendar, but it has grown significantly in recent years, this will be running at the Gala Theatre from 9 to 17 October. A fantastic experience for everyone who loves to read.

Bishop Auckland Food Festival returns on 2 to 3 October 2021, the festival has a fantastic range of delicious street food traders and artisan food producers, bars with real ales, pop up cafes and attractions for all, the festival is a great day out for all the family!

Many local attractions also host plenty of fun events during the autumn months. From scary Halloween-themed days out to fascinating guided walks, you’re bound to find something to capture your interest.


Are you convinced yet? With glamping, you have everything you need to stay warm and comfortable, while still being outdoors. Our guests can enjoy a hot shower, a hot bubbling Jacuzzi hot tub, home-cooked meals, a real bed at the end of the day, and much more at West Hall Glamping.


Get swept away by the magic of autumn at West Hall Glamping and book your autumn glamping break today.