Autumn leaves on the pond

To Autumn by John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.


Fleetham Lodge in Autumn

Halloween pumpkins

Autumn can be a perfect time to study here at Fleetham Lodge. We’ve had several students taking advantage of a quieter travel time, but still a reasonable time from a weather point of view – September and October can be warm and sunny.

The colours can be truly magnificent once the trees begin to turn yet there are till some light evenings and warm days to enjoy. Many of the local attractions are open into early October and woodlands like Thorp Perrow Arboretum are open all year and beautiful in autumn.



Walking in the Dales


Some of the best courses to take now are the English with golf, cycling or walking as you can get out and about to enjoy the last of the good weather before we head towards the winter. If you are considering a business course or our Quintessentially English course then these work too as whatever season it is there are always things to do and places to go. Our new biomass boiler will ensure the house is cosy and the open fires add a little romanticism to the darker evenings.



And, of course, we have two great celebrations in Autumn; Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Witches and Skeletons

We love to decorate the house for Halloween with carved pumpkins, black and orange streamers and plastic spiders and snakes and for our junior students at this time we include lots of ‘spooky’ activities including our favourite, a torchlight treasure hunt! This is often the highlight for our juniors and we always end the evening with a roaring fire and a good, hot meal.

Students can also create their own scary pumpkin faces and display these around the house.



We also arrange a Halloween party on their last evening when they can dress up (we have a selection of

A carved pumpkin

things and they can be very inventive) and play some of the traditional games like apple bobbing, as well as try traditional food such as parkin and toffee apples.

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Bonfire Night









Bonfire Night comes just a few days later and we have an organised event in the village that everyone enjoys. Hot soup, home-made burgers and hot-dogs, an outdoor bar with sparklers and dark toffee for the kids both large and small. This age-old tradition still continues and brightens up a dark November evening. The firework display is usually spectacular and this particular festival takes everyone straight back to their own childhood. It’s a very special experience (despite its origins).

Consider autumn at Fleetham Lodge – there is much to see and do!

Here is a flavour.



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