Looking for fun things to do this autumn? Get your autumn bucket list sorted with LNER.

Summer may have checked out early this year, but autumn is here and ready to make amends. A season filled with falling leaves, hot chocolates, and pumpkins, autumn is the ideal time of year to discover new and exciting places around the UK.

With day trips, weekend breaks, and staycation destinations just waiting to be explored, get ready for autumnal activities, rainy day ideas, and spooktacular Halloween fun along the LNER route this season. Get booking now to save on your travel!

Fill your autumn with fun

Click the categories below to discover the best ways to enjoy autumn.

Spooktacular Halloween events

Ready to have a frightfully fun time with the whole family this scary season? Discover eerily entertaining Halloween events all along the east coast with LNER. Book your Halloween plans now, if you dare…

Ideas for a rainy day

The seasons may have changed, but a bit of rain shouldn’t mean the fun has to end. From exploring museums, perusing art galleries, to trying your hand at indoor sport activities, you’ll find the best rainy-day activities for all along the LNER route.

Fun for all the family

Need to keep the kids entertained this half-term? Worry not, we’ve put together a great list of the best family-friendly activities you’ll find along the LNER route. From weekend escapes in nature to day trips around the city, explore the best places to take your family this autumn.

Pick your own pumpkin

It wouldn’t be autumn without a bit of pumpkin carving - and it’s even better when you can pick your own! Enjoy a fun-packed day for the whole family and search for the perfect pumpkin at one of the many pumpkin patches you’ll find along the east coast mainline.

Getaway as a couple this Autumn

York, Edinburgh, and London offer ideal couples' getaways in autumn. Explore York's historic charm, Edinburgh's enchanting autumnal allure, and London's vibrant cityscape. Enjoy cozy evenings, scenic walks, and cultural experiences in these romantic destinations.

Things to do for Halloween

Halloween is creeping up on us, so why not plan something spooktacularly special this year? We’ve put together our top picks of exciting Halloween activities for all, from witchy musicals to ghostly attractions and more.

So, go beyond the usual trick-or-treating this spooky season and discover frighteningly fun Halloween ideas all over the east coast with LNER.

Wicked the Musical, London

This Halloween, get your tickets Wicked, an enchanting musical that tells the tale of the Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. With spectacular costumes, special effects, and spellbinding songs, this multi award-winning smash hit musical is bound to go down a treat this Halloween.

Trick or Treat Chocolate Bar Making, York Cocoa Works, 14 October-5 November

Bring out your inner chocolate connoisseur this Halloween with a spooky chocolate bar making workshop. Located at the York Cocoa Works, you can learn all about the origins of the cocoa, how to temper chocolate, and how to mix flavours. Workshops run all through autumn half term making it the perfect Halloween activity for you and the little ones.

The Edinburgh Dungeons, Edinburgh

Ready to be scared witless? Discover Edinburgh’s dark history this spooky season with a tour around the Edinburgh Dungeons. Expect live actors, theatrical sets, and thrilling rides in this underground journey as you’ll learn all about the ghosts of Scotland’s past.

Cir-Curse: Halloween Special, The London Bridge Experience, 20-31 October

Designed to thrill, terrify, and unnerve, Cir-Curse is a Halloween Special hosted by London Bridge Experience. With live actors, ghastly sets, and more, this spectacularly frightening show intends to offer daring audience members a fright unlike any other. Warning, this event is not for the faint of heart, meaning all attendants must be 16+ years old.

Brick or Treat: Lego Halloween Party, Legoland Windsor Resort, London, 28 September-5 November

Get your little monsters ready for Halloween with a day at Brick or Treat, the ultimate Lego Halloween Party. Watch as Lego Monsters take over Legoland to celebrate the most frightful time of year and explore the many festivities on offer, including a 4D movie, a fangtastic Monster Jam, themed Lego builds, and more.

Ghost Bus Tours, London, York, Edinburgh

Give your city sightseeing a spooky twist with a Ghost Bus Tour this Halloween. Encounter all the top attractions in your chosen city and learn all about haunted history and gruesome facts behind the scenes. Expect laughs, frights, and a whole lot of fun!

Things to do in Autumn

Want to plan fun things to do in autumn but don’t know where to start? Luckily for you, we’ve handpicked the best autumnal activities you’ll find along the east coast mainline. So, whether you’re looking for autumn activities for adults only or want to find some family-friendly entertainment for the little ones, we’ve got you covered!

Leeds Light Night, 12-13 October

For 18 years, Leeds has been home to the UK’s largest annual arts and lights festivals. Leeds Light Night consists of two unmissable evenings of spectacular artworks and captivating performances from a range of local and international artists. Hosted both indoors and outdoors, this eclectic event is the perfect entertainment for all – plus, it’s free!

Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh

Set over 70 acres of land just north of Edinburgh’s exhilarating city centre, the world-famous Royal Botanical Garden is a must-see for all. Dating back to the 17th century, the Garden is home to an extravaganza of plant life exhibitions and displays whilst the site itself offers breathtaking panoramic views of the cosmopolitan skyline just a stone’s throw away. Book your visit now, tickets are free.

Step into the land of marshmallow at GlasGLOW

This illuminated festival transforms the Botanic Gardens into a mesmerizing wonderland of lights, art installations, and interactive displays. It offers a magical and safe outdoor experience for all ages, creating lasting memories amid the enchanting glow of autumn nights.

Fish and chip cruise, York

What better way to enjoy the great British tradition of fish and chips than a beautiful waterside adventure? Take in the beautiful views of York’s urban skyline and the serene surrounding countryside whilst you enjoy fresh, delicious fish and chips prepared, wrapped, and delivered by the award-winning Mr Chippy!

Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival, London, 3-4 November

Dubbed the ‘Glastonbury of Fireworks’, the Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival hosts the most impressive fireworks event of the year, making it a truly spectacular way to see in Bonfire Night. With breathtaking firework displays, live music, street food, rides, and more, there’s a little something for everything at the Fireworks Festival.

Abba Voyage, London

Blending cutting-edge tech, superb lighting displays, and an unparalleled musical soundtrack, Abba Voyage offers the audience a chance to experience Abba like never before. Spend a jawdropping night singing along to some of the most beloved songs ever written in this ground-breaking show. Book your tickets to Abba Voyage now!

Kidzania, London

Give your little ones the chance to live out their dreams in real-life at KidZania. Based in Shepherd’s Bush, KidZania is an exciting kid-ruled city designed to let children role play in their dream careers. With tons of educational and entertaining hands-on activities for children to get stuck into, KidZania aims to boost confidence, empower and teach independence.

Autumn Railway Adventure with LNER

Take your family on a memorable train journey along LNER's East Coast route. As the train travels through picturesque autumn landscapes, children can enjoy the changing colors of the season from the comfort of their seats. It's a cozy and scenic way to spend quality time together, watching nature's beauty unfold just outside your window.

Visit the Discovery Museum in Newcastle

On rainy or chilly autumn days, the Discovery Museum in Newcastle offers a fantastic kid-friendly activity. The museum is packed with interactive exhibits and hands-on science experiments, making learning fun for children. It's an educational and entertaining way to keep the young ones engaged and sheltered from the elements during autumn in the North East.

Escape this Autumn with LNER's amazing destinations

From spectacular coastal escapes to buzzing city breaks, discover stunning staycation destinations along the east coast mainline with LNER.

Weekend breaks

Pumpkin picking along our route

Enjoy pumpkin picking in beautiful locations along the East coast mainline with LNER this Autumn. 

Whether it's popping to Yorkshires finest farms or travelling up to the amazing Scottish Highlands to visit the breathtaking landscapes, we'll can take you there.

Yorkshire pumpkins

This autumn, immerse yourself in the enchanting tradition of pumpkin picking at Yorkshire Pumpkins. Amidst the vibrant hues of the season, you'll create cherished memories and gather the perfect pumpkins to add a touch of autumn magic to your home, right in the heart of Yorkshire.

Udny Pumpkins

At Udny Pumpkins, embrace the joy of autumn by partaking in pumpkin picking. Amidst the rustic charm of Udny, Scotland, you'll find the perfect pumpkins to brighten your season. Enjoy the scenic surroundings and create cherished memories while selecting your ideal pumpkins for festive decor and delicious recipes.

Kilduff Farm

Explore the enchanting tradition of pumpkin picking at Kilduff Farm in East Lothian, Scotland. Amidst the picturesque countryside, you'll discover a variety of pumpkins perfect for your autumn festivities. Enjoy the scenic beauty, family-friendly activities, and create lasting memories as you select your ideal pumpkins for carving and decorating.

Piglets Adventure Farm

At Piglets Adventure Farm in York, immerse yourself in the quintessential autumn experience of pumpkin picking. Amidst picturesque farmland, families can select the perfect pumpkins, navigate corn mazes, and enjoy delightful fall-themed activities. Create cherished memories while celebrating the season's magic in this family-friendly autumn destination.

Corrimony Farm

Experience the autumn magic at Corrimony Farm in the Scottish Highlands. Delight in the tradition of pumpkin picking amidst breathtaking landscapes. Create cherished memories as you choose the perfect pumpkins to adorn your home and celebrate the season, surrounded by the rustic charm of this idyllic farm.


Celebrate autumn's splendor with pumpkin picking at Balgone in East Lothian, Scotland. Amidst the pastoral beauty, discover an array of pumpkins, perfect for decorating or cooking. Enjoy a delightful family outing, soaking in the seasonal ambiance, and creating cherished memories in this idyllic setting for fall festivities.

Things to do on a rainy day

Rainy days bring a cozy vibe to cityscapes, where urban dwellers seek refuge indoors. The drizzly weather invites people to enjoy cafes, museums, and theaters.

So make the most of your rainy days and let LNER take you where you want to go!

Visit the National Railway Museum in York

Spend a rainy day exploring the National Railway Museum in York, a captivating indoor attraction. Discover a treasure trove of locomotives, carriages, and railway memorabilia. It's an excellent choice as you can delve into the fascinating history of railways while staying dry and entertained.

Visit Victoria and Albert museum

On a rainy day in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum beckons with its rich collection of art, design, and history. Wander through its grand halls, marvel at world-class exhibits, and seek refuge from the rain while immersing yourself in centuries of human creativity and culture.

Indulge in Edinburgh's Scotch Whisky Experience

Embrace the rainy atmosphere in Edinburgh by visiting the Scotch Whisky Experience. Delve into the world of Scotch whisky with interactive tours and tastings. Rainy days provide a cozy backdrop for savoring the country's national drink, allowing you to appreciate its complexities and history in a comfortable, indoor setting.

Get a brew at Estate Tea Co, Newcastle

Estate Tea Co offers a warm and inviting sanctuary perfect for a rainy day. Step inside to savor exquisite teas, cozy up with a book, and enjoy the soothing ambiance. Their exceptional tea selection and comforting atmosphere make it the perfect haven to escape the downpour and unwind.

Discover the York Minster

Rainy days in York are made magical at York Minster. Seek shelter within this stunning cathedral, marvel at its breathtaking architecture, and discover the intricate stained glass. The serene atmosphere and history-rich surroundings create a tranquil escape from the rain, allowing you to immerse yourself in timeless beauty.

Find a hidden gem at Leeds Corn Exchange

Leeds Corn Exchange beckons with its historic charm and vibrant atmosphere. Explore unique boutiques, artisan shops, and enjoy a cup of coffee at its heart. The ornate architecture provides a cozy refuge from the rain, making it an ideal spot for shopping and relaxation.

Autumn escapes for couples

Embarking on an autumnal couples' trip allows you to embrace the cozy ambiance of the season together, sharing romantic moments amidst colorful foliage, warm beverages, and the charm of autumn destinations.


Amidst the autumnal splendor, Edinburgh emerges as one of the world's most romantic cities. Stroll through the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, where vibrant leaves paint a mesmerizing backdrop. Indulge in a sensory chocolate tour, or savor a cozy evening meal beneath the captivating autumnal silhouette of the Edinburgh Castle.


As autumn blankets York in a cozy embrace, it becomes the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. Get the romance going with an enchanting evening at York's culinary gems, like Roots or Skosh, as the air turns crisp. Explore the charming boutiques of The Shambles, where you'll find unique treasures to make your trip even more memorable.


London transforms into a romantic haven in autumn. Stroll through Hyde Park, adorned in fiery foliage, or enjoy a cozy evening by the Thames with its glistening cityscape. Sip hot cocoa at charming cafes and explore world-class museums, making London the perfect backdrop for an autumn love story.

Travel tips

Ready to plan your perfect Autumn? We're here to make your journey as smooth as possible.

Once you've booked your tickets (and made some savvy savings), read our helpful travel tips.

Travel light

Going away for a couple of days? Know where to store your luggage on our trains. We've got space for large bags at the end of each carriage, smaller bags can fit under your seat and on the overhead racks. Check our luggage page to find out more.

Be Seat Sure

Get comfy knowing your seat is yours by booking an Advance ticket or by making a free seat reservation if you're travelling on a flexible ticket.

Assisted travel

Our Travel Assist team can help you with access at our stations, boarding and alighting our trains. You can book Passenger Assitance, as well as a wheelchair space, online with LNER when you book your ticket.

Fancy a bite?

Whether you prefer to sip tea or sup a beer, get it delivered to your seat. With Let's Eat At Your Seat in Standard and a complimentary at seat service in First Class, you can stay fed and topped up for your whole journey.

Get Perks

Not signed up for Perks? You're missing out on £5 free credit when you join and 2% back on all LNER journeys. Don't forget to check out the offers, including a discount on food and drink onboard.

Give yourself some time

Check your train time on the LNER app and give yourself plenty of time to get to the station. Remember to allow time for getting to your platform, especially if you've got luggage or kids in tow.

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