When Does Autumn Start in the UK? A Seasonal Guide by ONAIE

When Does Autumn Start in the UK?

As the long days of summer begin to wane, many in the UK start looking forward to the cozy and colourful season of autumn. With its crisp air, changing leaves, and a plethora of seasonal activities, autumn holds a special place in the hearts of many. But when exactly does autumn start in the UK? Let’s explore the different ways to determine the start of autumn and how you can make the most of this beautiful season with ONAIE’s handcrafted products.

The Official Start of Autumn

In the UK, autumn officially begins with the autumnal equinox, which usually falls around September 22 or 23. The autumnal equinox is a key astronomical event when the day and night are roughly equal in length. This marks the transition from summer to autumn, as the days begin to shorten and the nights grow longer.

Meteorological Autumn

While the astronomical start of autumn is marked by the equinox, meteorologists often use a different system. Meteorological autumn in the UK starts on September 1 and ends on November 30. This system is based on the Gregorian calendar and divides the year into four seasons of three months each. It’s a practical approach used for weather forecasting and statistical purposes, making it easier to compare seasonal and monthly statistics.

Signs of Autumn in the UK

Autumn in the UK is a time of noticeable change and natural beauty. Here are some tell-tale signs that autumn has arrived:

  1. Changing Foliage: One of the most iconic signs of autumn is the transformation of leaves into vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow. British woodlands and parks become a picturesque display of autumnal colours, perfect for leisurely walks and photography.

  2. Cooler Temperatures: As autumn progresses, the temperatures begin to drop. Mornings become crisper, and the evenings cooler, making it the perfect time to wrap up in warm layers. ONAIE’s handcrafted slippers and wool accessories provide the ideal comfort for these chilly days.

  3. Shorter Days: With the approach of autumn, the days gradually get shorter. This change is noticeable as the sun sets earlier in the evening and rises later in the morning, setting the stage for cozy evenings indoors.

  4. Harvest Season: Autumn is synonymous with harvest time in the UK. It’s the season for picking apples, blackberries, and other fruits. The harvest festivals and farmers' markets are bustling with seasonal produce, from pumpkins to root vegetables.

  5. Wildlife Preparations: Many animals prepare for the colder months ahead. You might notice squirrels busily gathering nuts, birds migrating to warmer regions, and other wildlife making the most of the abundant food supply before winter.

Embracing Autumn with ONAIE

Autumn is a season filled with opportunities to create lasting memories and enjoy the beauty of nature. Here’s how you can make the most of autumn in the UK with ONAIE’s products:

  • Nature Walks: Take a stroll through the countryside or local parks to admire the stunning autumn foliage. Keep your feet warm and comfortable with ONAIE’s handcrafted slippers, perfect for relaxing at home after a long walk.

  • Autumn Festivals: Many towns and villages celebrate the harvest with festivals and fairs. Enjoy the local crafts, food, and entertainment, and don’t forget to wear ONAIE’s stylish and cozy wool accessories to stay warm.

  • Home Comforts: As the evenings grow longer, it’s the perfect time to create a cozy atmosphere at home. ONAIE’s beautifully designed home accessories, such as hand-felted wool slippers and decorative items, add a touch of warmth and elegance to your living space.

  • Seasonal Cooking: Autumn is the ideal time to indulge in hearty, seasonal dishes. Whether you’re making a warming soup or baking an apple pie, enjoy the comfort of your kitchen with ONAIE’s practical and stylish homeware.


Autumn in the UK is a season of transition, beauty, and coziness. Whether you follow the astronomical or meteorological calendar, the signs of autumn are unmistakable. From the stunning natural displays of color to the cooler temperatures and shorter days, autumn invites us to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

ONAIE is here to help you embrace the autumn season with our range of handcrafted products designed for comfort and style. As you sip your hot tea, take in the autumnal beauty, and gather with loved ones, let ONAIE be a part of your autumn experience. So, when does autumn start in the UK? It starts when the air turns crisp, the leaves begin to fall, and you wrap yourself in the warmth and comfort of ONAIE’s beautiful creations.