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Tier 2: ways to socialise this autumn

Tier 2: ways to socialise this autumn
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Tier 2 means there’s a ‘medium’ coronavirus risk in your area. But can you still go outside with your friends, and where’s open right now? 

Well, you can’t meet with anyone outside your household indoors, but it’s okay to meet other people outside, so long as you stick to the rule of six. So, here are some outdoor activity ideas you can access despite the restrictions.

Outdoor gyms

Outdoor gyms are fun for everyone, no matter your fitness level. Take your kids along to your local space and test out the pull-up bars – you might be stronger than you think! 

If you need some new kit before you go, consider getting a rewards credit card like the M&S Reward Plus Credit Card. You get 2 points for every £1 spent at M&S in the first year, so you can stock up on food and workout gear at the same time. 

Hill walks

Hill walks are a great way to get the whole family outdoors under tier 2 restrictions. Just bundle up and check out your local walking website for suitable trails. 

Not up for a hill walk? You can still enjoy an amble around the countryside or a local park. 


Sure, it’s a little cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a picnic on a dry afternoon. And if you plan on having a few picnics this autumn, why not check out a rewards credit card like the John Lewis Partnership Credit Card? You get one point for every £1 you spend at Waitrose, which is ideal when stocking up on autumn treats. 


Fancy trying your hand at archery? Well, organised outdoor activities are generally still okay in tier 2 areas, so now’s your chance. Just remember to keep your distance from anyone outside your social group, and wash your hands before and after using the equipment. 

Check out your local activity centre to book a session.


You can play golf in tier 2, so long as you don’t socialise with anyone outside your household in the clubhouse. Since a game takes a few hours, it’s a great way to spend time with the family.

Give your local golf course a call and book a round or two.  


Get adventurous this autumn and try out a paddlesport like canoeing or kayaking. These sports are ideal in a tier 2 zone because they’re socially distanced, but most importantly, they’re fun for all ages. 

If there’s a waterway nearby, contact your local activity centre to hire a few boats.

Outdoor museums

Make learning fun by heading to an outdoor museum this autumn. Because they’re outside, these are still okay in tier 2 regions, so you can spend a few hours taking in the sights.

From farming exhibits to the docks, there’s an outdoor museum for everyone. Take a look around your local area to see what’s open.

Halloween fun walks

Since it’s autumn, we’ll leave you with something a little more creepy – a Halloween walk. You could check out an organised walk or arrange your own spooky adventure, and you could even plant some treats for your kids to find along the way!


If you’re in a tier 2 area, you can still see family and friends outdoors, but you must follow the rule of six and keep your distance from everyone else. And just remember to keep an eye on your local alert level – if you move up to tier 3, the rules will be a little stricter.

Have fun, and stay safe.  

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