Autumn leaves and November fun things to do
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Well, the dark nights and cold weather have taken me by surprise, and the frosty nights are making the leaves fall quickly now - so if you want to catch the last of the Autumn colour, check out the list of locations below.  
By the way, how were the October half-term holidays for you?   Please share any tips for locations to be added to the site.
Many London locations still have some great free, and nearly free, activities for children at weekends, follow this link for the November listings on the Fab Family Days website.
Many thanks, Leonora
London Autumn views
Get out and about this weekend to catch the Autumn colour in one of the Royal Parks.   My favourite from the list is the Isabella Plantantion on the edge of Richmond Park - the links below will help you get more info and exact locations.
Hyde Park - as well as enjoying walks through the park, visit the Diana Memorial fountain and the 7th July memorial.
Richmond Park - discover the children's playground and spot wild deer
The Regent's Park - boating lake, wildlife garden and lots of open space to roam about in.
Kensington Gardens - home to the Diana memorial playground, which is free to enter, The Albert Memorial opposite the Royal Albert Hall, and get the children to find the Peter Pan statue.
Greenwich Park - check out the Roman remains site, or picnic on the slopes of the park and enjoy the view
St James's Park - Great location to take in views of Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard, and good children's playground & cafe.
Bushy Park - located to the north of Hampton Court palace and includes children's playground and a pheasantry welcome centre which is open Sat & Sun 10am to 2pm.
Top tips for Surrey walks
Alice Holt Forest, Farnham – a great location for running, walking and using the adventure playground.  There are also organised activities such as horse riding, orienteering and Go Ape.
Banstead Woods, between Banstead and Chipstead, Surrey.   Access these ancient woods via the car park in Holly Lane.  These woods were once owned by Anne Boleyn when it was an ancient deer park  – so there is an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of history as well as among autumn leaves.
Box Hill, Dorking.  The beech leaves provide the best show here.   There are lots of things to entertain the family at Box Hill – either start at the top and work your way down to the footsteps over the river, or stay at a lower level.  Download trails via the National Trust.
Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher.  The gardens are owned by the National Trust and are not free to enter, but there are great facilities.  A children’s map of the garden allow the children to be the guide.  Also, there is a good play area for younger children, and an area where older children can do their own den building.   For a £10 deposit you can use the nine-pin bowling alley.
Hatchlands Park, Guildford. A wonderful array of oaks and beeches give a mix of gold and red leaves to admire in this wonderful park of over 400 acres. Access to the park only (not including the house) is £4.20 for adults and £2.10 for children, with National Trust members free of charge.
Hindhead Common & the Devil’s Punch Bowl.  Again owned by the National Trust, but there is no charge to access the common.   Self-guided trails are available in the café, as well as an opportunity to find out more about the Common’s spooky history!
Long plantation, Chipstead, Surrey.  Explore the North Downs, and visit the Farm Shop - entrance to both is opposite the football club in Chipstead.  For further parking, continue for half a mile and there is a public car park and children's play area behind the pond.
Leith Hill, near Dorking.  A bit of a steep climb, but the views are worth it. The tower at the top is run by the National Trust, and there is a small charge to climb the tower - try out the fun children's quiz.
Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming – there are some wonderful photos on the National Trust website to get you inspired to visit this location.  This is a park dedicated to trees, and has a wonderful variety of colours on show.  There is an entry fee – family ticket is £16.25, and of course National Trust members go free.
New London exhibition for teenagers at The Crystal
An exciting exploration of urban living and cities of the future, brought to life through over 50 screens, interactives, animations, installations and games including a Telsa coil where visitors can make electricity with their bodies. Designed to appeal to 11-14 year olds and anyone with an interest in technology, green issues & sustainability solutions.
The exhibition is at the heart of the Crystal, one of the world’s greenest buildings and a stunning new glass-clad landmark on London’s  Royal Victoria Docks.
Opening hours Tuesday to Saturday from 10am – 5pm FREE entry.

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