Looking for things to do in October? You’ve come to the right place.
The leaves are turning from green to golden, the clocks go back and people dress up as the dead. In a nutshell, this is October in the UK.
The nights too are drawing in and we get much colder, wetter weather too.
As such, we are starting to look for things we can do inside at the weekend, although kicking up piles of leaves can be fun too.
So, here are 10 events in October and things to do in this autumnal month in the UK as chosen by Tanith and Ben.
The London Marathon
Date: 2nd October 2022
Head on over to London on the first weekend of October to cheer on the participants in the London Marathon.
The London Marathon has become one of the most iconic charitable events in the UK and a mainstay of the sporting calendar.
Since its inception in March 1981, over 1 million people have participated in the London Marathon and over 1 billion pounds has been raised for charity.
The 26.2 mile course starts near Blackheath in Greenwich and it finishes on The Mall. Of course this will also be the first London Marathon without Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state.
Date: 14th October 2022 (Weekend)
Location: Platt Fields Park, Manchester
The German festival that has really taken the UK by storm in recent years. There are multiple Oktoberfest events taking place throughout the UK, but we have chosen Manchester for our list.
Manchester Oktoberfest is all about great German beer, authentic food and live music. The venue will be traditionally decorated in Oktoberfest garb to make you feel like you’re in the heart of Bavaria.
Tickets are priced at £26.00 each and this gets you a seat in the tent, a 1.5 pint beer, Bratwurst, and a sweet snack.
Date: 28th October 2022
Location: Sector 57, Birmingham
Returning for the 9th year, this is the first of our Halloween based events featured in our October event list.
The Twisted Circus Halloween Festival promises a night of scares and thrills with incredible acts, crazy characters, and dance music.
Get ready for an unforgettable experience.
Fancy dress is essential, so if you are planning on attending, make sure you are dressed to impress! The event runs from 9pm until the early hours and tickets start at £6.95 for early birds.
Date: 15th-30th October 2022
Location: Bednall, Staffordshire
What’s more fun in October than picking your own pumpkin for Halloween? This pumpkin patch opens its gates again to the locals on the 15th of October.
This one in Bednall makes our list (pretty much) because we are heading there ourselves on the 23rd October!
Better yet, the tickets are absolutely free!
They’ll have homemade cakes and refreshments available to buy, buggy rides, sandpits, a straw castle and farm animals to pet. Really a great thing to do with the kids.
For more information and to book tickets, head over to Eventbrite Pick your Own Pumpkins Bednall.
Date: 7th-10th October 2022
Location: Yorkshire Dales National Park
Well, who doesn’t love a bit of cheese? We bloody love cheese.
So this event in October is absolutely perfect if you are in and around the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Multiple businesses are getting involved this year, so you won’t be hard pushed to find a place to participate.
The Festival celebrates the incredible produce of the Dales, each venue will be hosting their own special events, menus and tastings to mark the occasion.
Look out for cheesy themed dishes in local cafes and restaurants, demos using local produce, cookery courses, dining experiences.
Date: 13th – 14th October 2022
Location: Various Locations in Leeds
Staying in Yorkshire, we like the look of Light Night Leeds.
Light Night Leeds is the UK’s largest annual arts and light festival, and it makes its return on 13th and 14th October 2022.
This is the 17th annual event, taking place over two nights in October.
The event sees some of the City’s most recognisable indoor and outdoor spaces transformed by spectacular artworks. This is alongside performances by local, national and international artists.
Again, this is free to experience and there is definitely something for everyone!
Date: 14th – 31st October 2022
Location: Various Locations, Edinburgh
This International Storytelling Festival brings together a large number of Scottish and international storytellers and musicians.
It takes place every year in October, as the seasons change with long nights drawing families and friends around the hearth for a story.
This is inspired by the time-honored Scottish tradition of ceilidh tradition – a community gathering to share tales, anecdotes, music, and songs.
Performance, workshops, and talks will take place throughout Edinburgh, as the best of Scotland’s storytelling talent descend on the Scottish capital.
Date: 27th -31st October 2022
Location: Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh
Again, staying in the Scottish capital and continuing with the Halloween theme, we come to Edinburgh Horror Festival.
The festival consists of numerous spooky theatre, comedy, magic, spoken word, movies, games, improv, workshops, and interactive events.
It takes place over multiple places a various venues, so there is something for everyone to do and see.
Tickets for each event can be purchased by heading to the Shows and Tickets section of the Edinburgh Horror Festival website.
Date: 29th October 2022
Location: St Donats, Wales
Watch Halloween films in a medieval castle setting in Wales.
St Donat’s Castle will be screening some classic spooktacular films such as Casper and Hocus Pocus on their big screen in their Bradenstoke Hall.
The lights will be dimmed and the vaulted wooden ceilings will make for the perfect eerie setting for your Halloween film experience.
They are encouraging everyone to dress in costume for the occasion, but it’s not mandatory!
Tickets are priced at £12 for an adult and £7.50 for children. Check out their website for more information.
Date: Throughout October 2022
Location: Warner Brothers Studio, Watford
Halloween comes to Hogwarts at the Harry Potter Studio Tour, London (Watford).
Experience Halloween as if you were a Hogwarts student, stepping into the Great Hall with over 100 pumpkins floating above the great feast.
For the first time, visitors to the Harry Potter Studio Tour can find out the secrets behind the Riddikulus spell.
Plus a selection of props from Professor Lupin’s Defence Against the Dark Arts class can also be seen.
We wish we were going! But you can read all about our trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour here.
Adult tickets are £49.95 but all information about the Halloween event and full ticket prices can be found on the Warner Bros Studio Tour website here.
Thanks for reading our recommendations for October – we’ll be working on our list for November next, so watch this space!