Are you looking for ways to kill time this Autumn? Luckily for you, you’re in one of the most idyllic cities England has to offer, and there’s no shortage of things to do here throughout the most picturesque season of all. Regardless of who you are, what you do or what you study, there’s something for everyone.
1. Visit Dartmoor
a. Dartmoor will forever and always be one of my favourite haunts. Why don’t you grab a bunch of friends and head up to the moors for an afternoon? There are endless tors you can try and conquer, whether it’s with your course mates, housemates, boyfriend, girlfriend, or even just yourself! Alternatively, plan out a walk to a place like Foggintor Quarry, which is conveniently located right near Fox Tor Café (who serve a mean hot chocolate!)
2. Witness the Illuminated Gardens
+ Every year, Saltram host their own Illuminated Garden which is nothing short of breathtaking. If you’re a member of the National Trust then the show is free, otherwise it costs £8. It’s the perfect pre-Christmas light show to immerse yourself in, and a perfect activity to take part in with friends and family alike.
3. Support Your Locals at Royal William Yard
+ Support your local makers this autumn at the Royal William Yard! If you’re a foodie at heart, there’s the Festive Good Food Market on weekends commencing the 3rd and 10th December, where you can buy fresh local produce from local traders. Alternatively, there’s the ever-popular Native Makers Market on the 16th and 17th December – this is the place where you can support local creators through buying their artisan creations, perhaps as a last minute Christmas present if you’re lacking organizational skills!
4. Catch a Show
+ The House, Theatre Royal Plymouth and the Barbican Theatre all have a whole host of shows on offer this Autumn, which you'd be a fool to miss! If you’re a fan of the pantomime, then you’ve come to the right place; Peter Pan is on offer at Theatre Royal Plymouth, with Barbican Theatre hosting A Christmas Carol. Alternatively, you can catch the student voted Christmas film at The House on December 4th. If you're into some much less Christmassy vibes, you can always catch shows such as Where’s Abi? at Barbican Theatre, Happiness Ltd at Theatre Royal, or Bloom Live at the house.