Autumn is officially here, and we’ve rounded up some truly autumnal activities that you can do this weekend to get in the mood.
1. Go for a punt
The famous Stour river winds through the city and out into the countryside. There are several options for your river journey:
Canterbury Punting Company offers shared and private tours, and through October, you can hop on a spooky Ghost Tour from 6pm-8pm. Perfect for the season.
Westgate Punts will has different length and tour options, including a guided trip through Canterbury old city.
2. Check out the Cathedral’s award-winning herb garden
In a quiet nook behind the main building, Canterbury Cathedral boasts an award-winning herb garden that visitors are welcome to wander. The Cathedral’s herb garden has along history, and the archives themselves contain info about the ways that the garden was used in centuries past. May we suggest a twilight amble around the grounds? This time of year, you’ll be privy to pink sunsets above the grumbling walls of the garden, and a cool, misty atmosphere that will get you into the autumn spirit.
3. Walk along the Stour
Take a gander at the last of the summer foliage by starting in West Gate Gardens. From the tour, you can make your way along the river, past the play grounds, and into the marshes. A sturdy and beautifully kept trail will take you as far as Chartham, if you’re willing to make the 5k trek. Along the way, you’ll probably meet some cows, and –if it happens to be a bit warm — there are plenty of spots to dip a toe into The Great Stour River. It’s the perfect activity for a lazy autumn day with friends. Bring along a warm drink and take in the sights.
4. Hunt ghouls with Canterbury Ghost Tours
With Canterbury Legend John Hippisley as your guide, you’ll take 90-minute wander around the most haunted spots in the city. Get ready for much laughter as well as a bit of history. If you’re a bit on the sheepish side, you can always catch a day tour and discover the hidden history of Canterbury.