Out & About: 15 October events and things to do in October
If you’re wondering how we’re already in October, then join the club. 2019 has seemed to whizz by in a blur, but with 3 months of the year still left to explore, adventure most definitely awaits.
Even though we’re right into spooky season, not all October events are about Halloween! Our list of things to do in October has it all, from pumpkins and fiendish entertainment, to autumn trails, kids’ shows and underwater creatures.
Day Out With Thomas, Various Locations
Dates throughout October 2019
Peep peep - Thomas the Blue Engine is coming to town! Actually, Thomas and The Fat Controller will be making appearances in many towns across the UK. This is your chance to give your mini train enthusiasts a day out they’ll never forget. Just imagine their tiny faces when Thomas himself pulls into the station and you’re invited to hop aboard!
If a day of railway fun and Thomas & Friends™ themed activities sounds like a great thing to do in October, you better check out Thomas’ timetable. You don’t want to see that “Thomas has left the station” sign! The big pink button below will take you to a list of dates and heritage railways across the UK where the event is available this month.
Kidtropolis, London, Greater London
19th, 20th & 21st October 2019
No list of the best October events would be complete without Kidtropolis, after all it’s dubbed the best event for kids under 12 in the UK! From live gaming and YouTube stars, to fairground rides, indoor ice skating and slime-making workshops, there’s plenty to get your kids excited, whatever their interests may be. They even have cutting-edge VR experience for you to try!
The great thing about Kidtropolis is that once you’re in, you’re in and you can enjoy all activities without having to pay extra. All you have to do is pick your time slot: morning (09:30 - 13:30) or afternoon (14:30 - 16:30), and spend four full hours enjoying the event.
Great Ormond Street Hospital RBC Charity Run at Hyde Park, London, Greater London
12th October 2019
Would you like to make a difference on your next day out? Take part in the 5k fun run by RBC Race for the Kids in Hyde Park and help raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. It’s a great opportunity to teach your kids about responsibility whilst having fun. And no, you don’t actually have to run the distance; you can walk or even ride your scooter to the finish line.
After the run, there will be a celebration in the park to mark the 10th anniversary of the event. There you can enjoy live music, family-friendly entertainment and some great food (you’ll need to refuel after all the energy you’ve used up!). For the little ones, there will be face painting and games, so it will be a wonderful experience for all the family. Oh and did we mention kids go free?
Fantasmagorical Chitty at Beaulieu, Brokenhurst, Hampshire
27th October - 3rd November 2019
The October events and activities at Beaulieu are all about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. You’ll get the chance to follow a Chitty trail around the attraction and along the way you’ll enjoy Chitty-themed crafts and storytelling in Palace House. Not to mention, you’ll see functional replicas of the Chitty cars being driven around! Also, make sure you look around for Living History characters, they’ll give you a set of cards to collect.
One more thing - it’s your last chance to see the spectacular 50 Years of Chitty exhibition at the National Motor Museum. It features an original screen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Humber 8hp driven by Truly Scrumptious, Lord Scrumptious’ rare Austro-Daimler 27/80 Prince Henry and lots more, including original film artwork and Chitty memorabilia.
Paultons Family Theme Park, New Forest, Hampshire
Got tots? With over 70 rides and attractions designed for kids under 5, at Paultons Theme Park you’re always sure to have a great day out for all the family. Whether you’re looking to introduce your little ones to their first ever roller coaster ride, or you want to meet Peppa Pig at the UK exclusive Peppa Pig’s World, it will be an experience your kids will remember for years to come.
Between 5th October and 4th November, you can also enjoy terrific season fun at Paultons’ Happy Halloween event. You’ll find cauldrons of spooky fun and fang-tastic decorations all over the park, this year, including Peppa Pig’s World as well!
Go pumpkin picking across the UK
Pumpkin picking is one of our favourite things to do in October! All across the UK, you can visit a pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, whether it’s at a local farm park, or a pick your own centre. Take a look at out list of awesome places to go pumpkin picking to find a pumpkin patch near you.
Potato Shinding Weekends at Hatton Adventure World, Warwick, Warwickshire7th September - 20th October 2019
October events at the farm aren’t always about pumpkins though! This year Hatton Adventure World is celebrating the humble potato with a series of potato weekends. From picking your own spuds to live shows and creepy crawlies - there will be lots for you to do.
Octopus Weekends at Bristol Aquarium, Bristol, Somerset and Bristol
5th-6th and 12th-13th October 2019
Bristol Aquarium is holding not one, but two INKcredible October events to celebrate the amazing octopus. You’ll get some hands-on action with squid dissection and you’ll learn fun facts about octopuses, but the highlight of the event is meeting Gloria, the giant Pacific octopus. Plus, Rocktopus - a singer-songwriter duo of primary school teachers will be putting family-friendly live shows on Saturdays.
Scarecrow Trail at Hope Nature Centre, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
5th October - 3rd November 2019
Fancy an animal day out with a spooky twist? Make exploring the animal park at Hope Nature Centre even more exciting and complete the special Scarecrow Trail. It will take you on a spooky hunt; your task is to find all six hidden scarecrows to win a treat.
Apple Day at Llanerchaeron, Aberaeron, Ceredigion
6th October 2019
Celebrate harvest season, by heading to Llanerchaeron for its Apple Day on 6th October. Enjoy guided walks, kids’ activities, and of course a selection of tempting food and craft stalls. Want to learn how to identify different varieties of apple? Pick up tips during talks with the expert and find out how your skills measure up to the modern DNA techniques.
Dino Day at Colchester Zoo, Colchester, Essex
12th October 2019
If you’ve got dino-living kids at home, the Dino Day at Colchester Zoo is one of the October things to do you simply cannot miss out on! The plan for this roar-some October event includes a Dino Dig for budding archaeologists and a whole list of Dinosaur Encounter, starring a GIANT 12ft high T-Rex and cute dino babies.
Aliens of the Deep at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
12th - 14th October 2019
Visit Dynamic Earth for a weekend of creative workshops, organised by the Marine Conservation Society. Young nature lovers will get the chance to learn about the curious creatures of the deep sea and with that serving them as an inspiration, they can put their imagination to good use and create their own “alien of the deep”. Best of all, entry is included with your ticket!
National Chocolate Week, Various Locations
14th - 20th October 2019
Things to do in October don’t come much tastier than National Chocolate Week! There are a few official events, but we highly recommend using it as an excuse to visit two of the chocolatiest attractions around - Cadbury World and York’s Chocolate Story!
Autumn Adventures at Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
14th - 31st October 2019
Tatton Park is about to get busy this autumn! We couldn’t possibly mention all the fun activities going on but their list of things to do in October includes a free Autumn Forager trail, family pumpkin picking, a wizards-themed events and a whole lot more.
Autumn Apprentice Trail at Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Glamorgan and Cardiff
Select dates 26th October - 3rd November 2019
The fact that the summer’s over doesn’t mean you can’t spend time outdoors and explore nature! This autumn your kids will have the chance to become part of the gardeners' team at Dyffryn Gardens as garden apprentices. They’ll get to complete a special Autumn Apprentice Trail where they’ll have to get hands on with gardening tasks, such as raking leaves and identify plants and trees. Make sure you wear warm, waterproof clothes!
Our list of 15 October events and things to do in October may be over but we’ve got plenty more autumnal fun for you! Check out our family guide to autumn or jump straight to one of these articles from our blog:
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