Shiny brown chestnuts stud the ground of our parks and pavements, and it’s lovely to use them in some way. See how the experts do it in Southwick, Northamptonshire, home to the World Conker Championships. Teams from around the world meet yearly to play on podiums and compete for the title of World Conker Champion. There’s also a special junior championship for talented nut-knocking kids, plus live music, stalls and morris dancing. October 9. worldconkerchampionships.com
One of the greatest things about heading into Autumn is the anticipation of conker season.