Here in Southern Oxfordshire, without doubt autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons. With the leaves turning hundreds of shades of browns and reds, the countryside bursting with berries and fruits, and the harvest providing food for the coming winter, it has traditionally been a time of celebration.

Today we might not need the grain stores to keep us going but the spirit of celebration continues in Midsomer. There are numerous events coming up over the next month or so, with some real seasonal highlights.

First up is the Wantage Autumn Festival taking place on 18 October. Showing off some of the finest local produce with live music, local ales and cider, and a traditional apple press where you can even bring your own apples. It’s sure to be a fun day out for all the family, with plenty to do for the kids, including face painting and jousting. What better way to see in the new season?

Of course, October means it’s Halloween, with the creepy costumes and mountains of sweets that it brings. This year one of the region’s main events will be the Sue Ryder Fireworks and Halloween night on the 24 October. It’s being held in Nettlebed

The White Hart, Nettlebed

Nettlebed village

and will be raising money for this much-valued charity. There will be food and drinks stalls serving up goodies to keep you warm.

Keeping with the Halloween theme, the Spooky Dusk Discovery Walk at the Earth Trust will be embarking on a moonlit stroll through the woods on All Hallows Eve. This torch-lit walk is sure to be in demand so book early to avoid disappointment. It’s a big thrill for anyone who loves being scared, and we’re counting most, if not all, Midsomer Murders fans among these numbers.

There are lots of other events going on throughout the month, with pumpkin and squash picking, and other celebrations of this beautiful time of the year. Of course, it’s also a great time to walk through the countryside on one of the many walking trails, including the Midsomer Trail. Marvel at how the landscape is changing and get to view some of your favourite Midsomer locations. How about that for an autumnal treat?