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There’s no getting away from it – summer is over and autumn is starting to make its presence felt! While summer is most definitely my favourite season, autumn comes a close second and there’s a lot to enjoy. As well as highlights including Bonfire Night, Halloween and walks in the colour-changing surroundings of the woods, there are those more associated with keeping warm!

While I’ve never been one for scarves and hats, there’s something quite nice about donning my favourite warm jumpers again and I also look forward to plenty of Sunday roasts. Speaking of staying toasty, it’s a good idea to make sure that your doors and windows are in top condition.

So, for the chance to win £200 of John Lewis vouchers with Everest Home Improvements, we want to know: what’s your perfect idea for an evening in autumn? Is it the spectacle and noise of bonfire night? Or maybe a cosy night indoors watching the latest series of your favourite TV show?

Enter below and give your answer in the comments to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck!

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  1. Leila Benhamida

    Nice evening in the garden, roasting chestnuts and enjoying them indoors with a family movie.

  2. Lisa Rowsell

    A long woodland walk followed by a movie night with a large hot chocolate, and tiny marshmallows.

  3. Tracy Nixon

    After a walk through the woods with my kids and dog, it would be lovely to come home to a pan of homemade broth and then enjoy the evening watching a family movie!

  4. Lisa Williams

    We live on a hill and have a great view of all the fireworks displays at this time of year so my perfect night would be wrapped in a cosy blanket in my PJ’s watching the fireworks 🙂

  5. Steven Appleton

    I enjoy to wrap up warm & get out for a walk with the family, preferably somewhere on the coast, then enjoy a decent film or TV show with a glass or two of wine after the kids have gone to bed.

  6. Caroline H

    My perfect idea would be an evening in the garden with a few friends round, the chiminea roaring, cosy throws on the chairs, hot soup and hot chocolates.

  7. Ellen arnold

    A lovely homemade meat and potato pie, followed by sticky toffee pudding and custard followed by feet up infront of the fire with a film 🙂

  8. Ruth Thomas

    Cosy night in with a bottle of wine & some treats! Watching a Christmas movie (ELF is my absolute favourite!) x

  9. Lee

    Sitting in front of an old woodburner in the glorious warmth, the familiar embrace of a favourite book and a hot cup of tea. Whilst outside the bitter autumn wind slams against the clear glass, eagerly looking for its place beside the fire.

  10. Emilia

    My childhood autumn nights consisted of the family bundles up in front of the fire place, eating ice cream and then watching a movie on our huge couch. That’s pretty perfect to me. 🙂

  11. Claire C

    Cuddling on the sofa with my boyfriend, watching a good film, drinking hot chocolate and eating sweets!

  12. owotjoy

    Walking through the park with wellies and dog, coming home to warming home-made casserole and settling on the sofa to watch England win the World Cup!

  13. Sarah Pybus

    A night in cuddled up by the fire with a nice stew for dinner and hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream 🙂

  14. Charlene Keddy

    Cook up a spicy chili or curry, lots of wine, good friends and an outdoor bonfire. Perfect!

  15. Sarah-Jayne Best

    Snuggling under a blanket with my other half, watching Strictly Come Dancing and warming up with giant mugs of tea! 🙂

  16. Monja Prokscha

    The best thing is when I bake my pumkin pie and after a walk outisde. I sit down have my piece of pie and listen to a good radio programme 🙂

  17. Isabel O

    Pasta, garlic bread and a good game of monopoly. I realise I’m not very interesting haha.

  18. Nicki Evans

    A walk in the woods with the dog, followed by a stop in the pub for a drink by the fireplace. Then back home for a delicious dinner with friends and family (and someone else doing the washing up!)

  19. Jo Glasspool

    |Wrap the kids up, get the dogs and go for a walk. We like to collect colourful leaves to make a collage with at home.

  20. Lorraine Johnson

    Snuggled on the sofa with my husband & son, candles lit & watching a movie together

  21. pete c

    feet up, in front of the fire, watching a good film and with some nice food and drink to hand

  22. Alana Walker

    Sitting in the garden on an Autumn evening watching the fireworks coming from the local country park for bonfire night

  23. Kayleigh Conway

    Slippers, my fiance’s hoody and a hot chocolate with marshmallows, cream and a smidge of Amaretto 😉

  24. Rosalind Sargent

    watching Movies on TV with a Glass or two of Red wine, snuggled up to my Husband whilst the kids are asleep in bed pure Heaven

  25. Beverley Marsh

    Going out for a long walk in the autumn sunshine through the crisp brightly coloured leaves, coming home to a lovely roast beef and yorkshire pudding dinner – makes me very happy!

  26. suz brzeski

    good movie, snuggled under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate with a mountain of marshmallows on top

  27. Kamara H

    A drive through winding country roads with amber leaves everywhere, then dinner in a quality, countryside pub sat near the fireplace.

  28. Jenna Hegarty

    A walk in the woods with the dogs and the other half. Then home to a roaring fire, hot bath and chilli

  29. julie kenny

    A walk in the cool crisp air, wellies on and out for a conker hunt with the kids then back to a hot chocolate in front of the fire and the telly x

  30. Lisa Parker

    Strictly Come Dancing, a bottle of red wine, a takeway and a blanket to snuggle under on the sofa

  31. Sarah Louise

    Tucked up on the sofa/in bed with a hot chocolate, a good movie and not forgetting my warm cosy socks!

  32. Yazmin Chamberlain

    Snuggles with my lovely husband and two doggies in front of the fire watching our favorite movies.

  33. debbie davies

    Me and my daughter snuggled under the daughter watching a comedy film and having warm snacks and hot chocolate!! xx

  34. Lindsey Stuart

    I love a winters evening in with my family, candles lit, movie on, munchies in and having a giggle how lovely!

  35. Emilie Curry

    Baby to bed without a fuss! Then snuggle up on the sofa with my husband and watch a film. Lots of tea and a big bowl of homemade rice pudding – perfect!

  36. melanie slater

    i love nothing more than a day foreging for autumn fruits such as blackberrys, rhubarb and coming home to bake pies for the family, with the lights down low we then relax and decorate pebbles with coloured acrylic paint and glitter, and make pictures with the leaves and conkers we have collected.

  37. Lisa Barker

    Hot chocolate with marshmallows in front of the fire, snuggled up on the sofa watching a rom com with my lovely man

  38. Julie Booth

    fireworks, bonfire, lots of scrummy food and drink. Followed by a night indoors with all my besties watching comedy and eating snacks

  39. Mrs Rachel Heap

    I love nothing better then sitting on the sofa with my hubby with an indian takeaway, some sweets/snacks with decent tv to watch on catch up with my hot water bottle and nice fluffy throw

  40. Sara Goodman

    I’d love fireworks & cups of tomato soup every night, but it’s not going to happen!!!
    Super giveaway, thank you 🙂 x

  41. Megan Kinsey

    A walk with the family kicking piles of fallen leaves! Then a cup of tea and toast all warm and cosy inside.

  42. Sue Harrison

    Wrapping up warm and going for a walk, then coming home to hot chocolate and roast chestnuts

  43. Brad Start

    Sitting in the garden, enjoying the last of the warming sun. A glass of red in one hand and my wifes hand in the other. Listening to the peace, only interrupted by the occasional bird song. Beautiful.

  44. Jan Holden

    A drive to the sea, park up , watch the sunset and wait for the moon to rise then off back home

  45. Emma Birley

    Watching lots of movies, covering myself in a huge pile of blankets and making myself a big cup of Horlicks with a homemade chocolate brownie <3

  46. Chrissie Curtis

    A night in snuggling up with a movie, hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows, cuddles and a good film on the TV!

  47. lyn Burgess

    As Bonfire Night is still autumn, I’m going to say a good bonfire, with baked potatoes and chestnuts cooked in the ashes, with family and friends, and some sparklers and fireworks. Oh and it’s got to be a still, dry evening , so that we don’t get too much smoke in our eyes.

  48. Sarah F

    Stew and dumplings, open fire, snuggly blanket, gorgeous scented candles, fluffy socks and trashy TV

  49. claire blaney

    A gorgeous evening next to the fire with a faux fur throw & a hot chocolate with whipper cream & marshmellows

  50. Frances Heaton

    Relaxing with the family in front of the fire. All enjoying a drink of hot chocolate while enjoying the current series of Downton Abbey.



    A wee glass of something in front of a roaring log fire with my partner snuggled in! Perfect Autumn evening:)

  52. carla morris

    A hot chocolate, a movie and the blanket on the sofa…with a cuddle either side from the children

  53. Nichole Frerichs

    A long walk followed by cuddled up with a warm blanked, hot chocolate and a good film.

  54. Joanne Baldwin

    A lovely afternoon stroll by the beach followed by a fish and chip supper and a good film.

  55. andy burns

    All the family together, playing a few board games then a film while snacking on a few tasty treats.

  56. Paula Readings

    After taking the dog for a walk, a nice hot bath & snuggle up with hubby in front of an open fire watching a scary movie with a glass of wine.

  57. Amy Dickson

    It would be a walk through the woods with the dogs then home for a nice steak and ale pie watching a movie cosied up on the sofa!

  58. laura miller

    going walks with the kids to find the golden crisp leaves thats fallen from the trees and we bring them home made cute paintings with the leaves then we get warm bath fresh pjs and chill next to our coal fire

  59. Laura Pritchard

    A filling meal like a roast chicken or cottage pie, then playing a family boardgame, followed by a hot bath & read my book!

  60. Justine Hughes

    Some hot comfort food then curling up on the sofa with a good book and a hot chocolate.

  61. El griffiths

    Watching a sunset, then Snuggling up with a hot chocolate, blanket, candles and a favourite book 🙂

  62. Naomi

    It’s all about getting away from work early while it’s still partly light and getting home to cosy up with a mug of hot chocolate and the kids on the sofa.

  63. Darrell

    Lovely walk with the kids and the dog through the forest, then home to a lovely home cooked dinner & a fun evening playing games 🙂

  64. Claire Scott

    Collecting conkers and playing in the leaves in the park followed by a hot chocolate in front of the fire

  65. Christine Northrop

    curled up with a mug of hot chocolate with the curtains closed keeping out the cold

  66. Rhia Page

    Snuggly blanket, lots of scented candles and a big hot chocolate with heaps of marshmallows, and cuddling up with my son on the sofa… Bliss!

  67. Claire Willmer

    On the sofa curled up in front of the fire with a nice hot chocolate and a good book <3

  68. Rachel Ray

    If it’s clear I like to be bundled up in a warm coat looking at the sky through my telescope. If it’s cloudy I like to be in front of the fire with a good book and a blanket to crochet

  69. Ellen Sheppard

    A nice family meal, something comforting like a casserole and then watch a film snuggled under a blanket 🙂

  70. Stephanie Tsang

    Snuggled up on the sofa with my kids and hubby watching a family film and eating popcorn.

  71. Andrew Greenough

    A walk through the countryside to a remote pub where there’s a roaring fire to settle down with a whisky

  72. Hester McQueen

    Cosy on the couch with the dog curled up beside me; a good book; hot chocolate and a wonderful cake!


    Hot Chocolate, yankee candles, blankets, me , hubby and little one – and a bunch of Disney movies ….bliss

  74. Tracy B

    A long walk with my nearest and dearest then, warm up in front of an open log fire with cocoa and toasted marshmallows

  75. Kelly Ellen Hirst

    Sitting on the sofa all evening watching films & eating a huge bowl of chilli with nachos

  76. Helen

    Perfect Autumnal evening would be a stroll in the evening then coming home to a roaring fire and a hot chocolate!


  77. Alix Smith

    Getting a babysitter for the little ones & going for a lovely long walk with my husband ending in a pub!

  78. Hazel Wright

    My perfect Autumn evening has to follow on from an Autumn day out walking as that gives a great feeling of relaxation to start with! Then we’d put on some great music, and cook up a fantastic pasta meal together, and sit in “The Bistro” (our kitchen) with candles and fairylights all around! With wine of course!

  79. Jon Sellers

    Autumn evenings are for me synonymous with Halloween and Bonfire Night, so its dressing up as Wizards and Witches, bonfires and fireworks. All good family fun.

  80. Tracy Newton

    Ideally it would be a Friday night. We would all snuggle on the sofa eating pizza and snacks and watching a movie.

  81. lyn

    We usually start to put logs on the fire of a chilly evening plus its nice to get all my fragranced candles out from their summer hibernation.I do enjoy the change in seasons

  82. Jan Beal

    A nice hearty meal (perhaps boeuf bourguinine) a good bottle of red wine, lovely scented candle and an exciting film to watch 🙂

  83. Barry

    Not having to stand outside in the cold cooking on the BBQ because I still haven’t built a kitchen!

  84. libby hughes

    I love sitting in my pjs, under a blanket with a nice fire. Candles burning, a good film and a big cup of tea!

  85. Christine Constable

    A bonfire night party with friends with hot dogs, homemade soup, stuffed jacket potatoes and some ginger parkin to finish.

  86. CAROLE D

    Love love love autumn evenings as all the best TV series start up again – think Walking Dead, Grimm, Homeland… can’t wait to get cosy in front of the fire with new PJs and settle down to watch my fave shows!

  87. Carolin

    My husband and our two boys, a comforting winter stew, a christmassy
    film, cuddly blankets, gasfire on and hot chocolate for all of us!

  88. sbirks

    A walk in the dry autumn leaves whilst the slow-cooker is on then home for dinner and a film, curled up on the sofa under blankets.

  89. Nazma

    As much as I love an evening indoors with a TV box set and some pizza, there’s something special about wrapping up in lots of layers, scarf, gloves and a woolly hat and heading out for an evening walk!

  90. Sarah Lee

    After having put the kids to bed – sitting down with a nice home cooked dinner, a film and a glass of wine!

  91. Sarah-Jane

    Walking the dogs in the woods and crunching the leavesand then home, into pyjamies and cuddle up to a good movie.

  92. Kellie Faggle McIntyre

    Hot choc, with cream and marshmellows (obviously), fleece blanket, snuffled on our sofa with my little man!

  93. Warren Jacobs

    Unrealistically it involves Scarlet Johannson -More down to earth just a good home cooked meal, followed by a family movie.

  94. Layla Thomas

    Cuddling up with my boys watching a movie with a cup of tea and a cosy pair of slippers.

  95. Stephanie Whitehouse

    I’m lucky enough to live near Kings Lynn, where there are light shows projected on the buildings. A stroll at dusk is lovely

  96. lucy camilla

    A bonfire, or a walk in the early evening air! I did make some pumpkin soup last weekend, which was lovely x

  97. Guy Plater

    Simply snuggled on the sofa, watching a movie with our daughter sleeping soundly upstairs! 🙂

  98. Andy Hayes

    Early evening run in the crisp clear autumn air ….. so that I’ve earned my my snuggle up on the sofa with a glass of Rioja

  99. John Russell

    Being new to the area and not knowing any people. My only friend is Patch, my old border collie. we are both in our senior years. So after a walk in the woods we like to sit down by the open fire, we both stare into the flames and think of yesteryear. sometimes for supper we have some tomato soup and toast some crumpet by the fire. Patch loves a crumpet. after that we so often fall asleep in my archchair with patche resting his muzzle on my feet.

  100. Jessica

    Being snuggled up with a cosy, fluffy blanket on the sofa with a rom-com, mulled cider and Yankee candles lit around the room 🙂 oh yeah and some chocolate!

  101. Hazel Rea

    All the family round the table for chicken and mushroom casserole, followed by chocolate puddle pudding, then one of our favourite board games followed by a feel good movie.

  102. Patricia Avery

    In my snuggly dressing gown, blanket and hot water bottle, on the sofa escaping into a good book with Classic Fm playing soothing music in the background 🙂

  103. Jane Willis

    A bonfire in the garden while a Lancashire Hotpot cooks in the oven, then indoors to a steaming hot plateful of it

  104. Sarah S

    My perfect autumn evening would be staying in with the curtains drawn against the dark, glass of wine in hand and something all the family can enjoy on the telly.

  105. Mike Williams

    Nice bracing walk with the dog followed by snuggling up in front of a fire watching a great movie with my better half.

  106. Anthea Holloway

    Creep into our local fields at dusk and watch the foxes, deer and badgers coming out to play – we often see them and it is such a wonderful experience.

  107. Jeremy Hards

    A nice walk taking photos of all the autumn colours then a nice meal and drink at a pub when it is too dark to take photos

  108. Victoria Cunniff

    I’d take my little girl to Blackpool illuminations as we always used to go when I was little. We’d buy silly hats, play in the penny arcades and finish with fish and chips by the sea. She’ll love the lights!

  109. viv carey

    We love going on adventure/nature walks. The kids love spotting all the different wildlife and we pick up lots of fallen leaves, branches etc to do crafts. We then make our way home to some yummy homemade roasted pumpkin soup.

  110. Lyndsay-Rose

    Nice long walk in the park with my daughter, followed by cosying up on the sofa with a takeaway

  111. Victoria Prince

    My perfect idea for an autumn evening would be a nice leisurely dog walk in the country without seeing anyone, then home and snuggle up with them in front of the tv with a bar of chocolate and a lovely steaming mug of hot chocolate 🙂

  112. Michael Cambridge

    A good movie with all the family, toasting marshmallows on the fire and drinking hot chocolate with whipped cream!

  113. Thomas L

    Sat back in a lazy boy recliner, hot chocolate in hand, heating on. Rain and Wind battering the window just to remind me how nice it is to be inside in the warmth. And watching a new episode of The Walking Dead.

  114. Eleanor Powell

    a nice walk through the woods with the family, then curl up by an open fire with a glass of wine and a good book

  115. Rhoda K

    Lighting a scented candle, grabbing a hot chocolate and snuggling up on the sofa with a good book and a blanket 😀

  116. Diane Carey

    Getting wrapped up and going for a nice walk. I love hearing the crunch of the leaves under my feet. Then relaxing in my PJ’s and fleecy dressing gown, watching the TV or a good film with a drink and something to eat

  117. Susan Clayton

    I love baking and cooking in the evenings during Autumn. The nights are drawing in, and my thoughts turn to making comforting and warming food, and doing some Christmas prep, like making Puddings.