The Best October Events in the UK

October events

  • Ghost Fest, various dates, Oxford Castle. The season of fright begins with events all through October at Oxford Castle. ‘Enjoy’ ghost tours and talks, paranormal events, pumpkin carving, trick or treat and more – including a brand new escape room. https://www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk/events/ghost-fest/
  • Horse of the Year Show, Birmingham 5-9th October. Britain’s largest indoor equestrian showcase with hundreds of events taking place inside Birmingham’s NEC. http://hoys.co.uk/
  • Dylan Thomas Festival, Swansea 27 October – 09 November. 2016 is the centenary of the Welsh writer’s work, so the 17th festival looks set to be very special indeed and includes the opening of the eagerly awaited ‘Love The Words’ Dylan Thomas exhibition http://www.dylanthomas.com/events/dylan-thomas-festival/
  • The Canterbury Festival, 15th October – 5th November. One of the UK’s longest-running arts festivals offers a varied schedule of literature, fine and performing arts, pop culture and comedy events. Different prices for performances and many free events, including plenty for the family to enjoy.  http://www.canterburyfestival.co.uk/whats-on.aspx?filter=date
  • Stratford on Avon music festival, 14th-22nd October.  Shakespeare’s home town in the year of what would be his 400th birthday seems like the perfect place for a celebration! Top performers from the world of jazz, classical and world music perform in a stunning setting! http://www.stratfordmusicfestival.com/#!booking/colm
  • Shocktober Fest at Tulleys Farm, West Sussex. 1-31 October. 8 haunted attractions, live music, great food and no shortage of scares at one of the UK’s most acclaimed (and terrifying!) scare experiences. One for the brave!
  • Gwledd Conwy Feast, 22 – 23 October. Food, music, art and more in the gorgeous medieval town of Conwy. Opening on the Friday with a stunning firework display, this year’s even looks set to be the best yet. http://www.conwyfeast.co.uk/
  • Manchester Food and Drink Festival. 29 September until 11 October. A huge urban food and drink festival with indoor and outdoor events, activities, competitions and plenty of food http://foodanddrinkfestival.com/
  • Falmouth Oyster festival, 13-16 October.  Celebrating 20 years in 2016, the Oyster Festival marks the beginning of the oyster season and celebrates the diversity and quality of Cornish seafood. Enjoy food and wine with music, marquees and children’s activities too!  http://gouk.about.com/od/whatsoninoctober/qt/Falmouthoysters.htm
  • Cowalfest, Argyll, Scotland 7th – 16th October. This 10 day walking festival takes in some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery. Choose from more than 60 walks led by experts. http://www.cowalfest.org
  • Autumn Countryside Show 8th – 9th October, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum. West Sussex. This popular seasonal show features traditional working demonstrations, including heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing, steam-powered threshing, plus a Horticultural Show, woodland and rural craft demonstrations, displays and competitions!  http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/autumn-countryside-show/

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