The nights are drawing in and there’s definitely a nip in the air. It’s officially autumn and the pumpkin spiced latte posts on Instagram are too much already. Here’s some inspiration for the chilly nights….
Enjoy a drink in front of an open fire
The Island is peppered with pubs that are full of character and charm. Plenty offer open fires with comfy chairs/sofas, and they make great spots to relax with friends and catch up on the important stuff, like what you want for Christmas. The Buddle in Niton is worth a go, and try the Union in Cowes.
Netflix (chill is optional)
If you’re a little tight on funds, or you just CBA to leave the house, Netflix has got your back. Get stuck into a series or check out one of the Netflix original films which are usually winners. Bring the duvet down on the sofa and grab some snacks, you’re in it for the long haul.
Wrap up and walk
We’re blessed with amazing countryside and beaches, and there’s no reason to stop enjoying them in the colder months. Get some layers on (and probably a hat, it’s windy on cliff tops) and get out there. A wander round a beauty spot in chilly weather can actually be quite romantic, if you believe the chick flick films (you know you do). Check out these routes.
Get ahead with your Christmas shopping
You’re wrong, it’s not too early. Getting into the spirit is the best part, otherwise it just passes by too quickly. This is the perfect time to make your list (and check it twice, etc) and get ahead of the game. Getting in there early means you can budget, put a lot of thought into your gifts, and beat the queues. Winner. The independent shops have some amazing little treasures, and there’s often an opportunity to personalise gifts which makes them extra special. If you’re looking for an Island-themed gift (what else would you buy your mum?) then check out Available Light in Newport. Pick your favourite spot on the Island and get it printed on a mug, tea towel, canvas or pretty much anything you like. Dragonfly, also in Newport, has some great quirky items and more incense than you can shake a stick at.
Get the board games out
Ok, it’s old school but playing a classic game with friends can be cosy and a right laugh. And would you believe it, there’s an Isle of Wight version of Monopoly (on sale in the County Press shop, just saying). So you can enjoy the Island in all its glory while arguing over fake cash. Score.
Tell us what your favourite thing is to do on the Isle of Wight in Autumn.