Today is the day of the Autumnal Equinox, so we take a look at date ideas for the autumn to mark the occasion.

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Write an autumn bucket list- People assume that bucket lists have to be made with years to complete them. The reality is you can make one that lasts only a few months. As the nights draw in- it can be tempting to sit and watch TV every evening, but if you have made plans, you won't fall into this trap and make the most of this chilly yet beautiful time of year.

Book an autumnal photo shoot- The colours of autumn make for a stunning backdrop to photographs. Wrap up warm and make this autumn one to remember with snapshots of you both looking all loved up among the burnt orange and red hues.

Go for an autumnal walk- You can kick leaves, take a gentle stroll, collect pine cones or conkers for post walk gaming. Whatever your choice, it gets you out of the house; inhaling all that fresh air and an opportunity to talk about your Christmas plans.

Have a hot picnic- Instead of the usual strawberries and cream and bubbly- take hot chocolate and soup with you. You can stay in the car and park up at a scenic location or wrap up tight and brave the elements with your warming flask foods and drinks.

Go to an autumn festival or fair- Just because it's no longer summer doesn't mean that the festivals are over. If you do your research, there are plenty of events for the closing for the year- pack a lunch and find out what surprises they have in store.

Discover a new town- Get out the map, pick a place, check out what it has to offer and drive there. It doesn't have to be hundreds of miles away- just somewhere local that you have never been to before. Check out the local shops, have tea and a cake in their local café, take a packed lunch and eat it in the park or have lunch in their best pub. You might find that you love it so much you'll want to go back.

Go stargazing- Put out some chairs in your back garden, or lay out a blanket and cuddle up under the stars with a drink and see what shapes you can make in the sky.

Carve pumpkins- You don't need to wait until Halloween before you can start this. Beat the rush and start getting creative in your kitchen. The prize for the winner is up to you!

Go for a drive- Sometimes it's too cold for walking, so crank up the heat in your car, put on your favourite playlist and enjoy the scenery- who knows where it might take you?

Go horseback riding- If you both want to take in your surroundings at a gentler pace, pile on the layers and take a leisurely ride through woodland on horseback.

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