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Out & About: 15 events and things to do in October

Lisa O'Keeffe

17 December 2020

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If you’re wondering how we’re already in October, then join the club. 2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year, but with three months left on the calendar, there’s still time to scout out some family fun! 

Even though we’re right into the spooky season, not all October events are about Halloween! Our list of things to do in October has it all, from tigers and grandparents, to monsters and more....

  1. Spooky Spectacular at West Midland Safari Park, Worcestershire

    Halloween events at West Midland Safari Park

    Starting on 10th October, there’s loads of fun to find at West Midland Safari Park this month! Brightening up the spookiest of seasons, the park will be covered in Halloween decorations including themed scarecrows and hundreds of pumpkins.

    Can you solve the Mystery of the Pumpkin Thief? Try your hand at the brand new Scratchcard Trail, which will have the whole family trying to crack clues around the Park - which creepy critter has stolen the pumpkins? Plus, with the Park staying open until 7pm during half term, there’s plenty of time for rides and dinosaurs in the dark…

    Find out more about the Spooky Spectacular

  2. KidZania reopens, London
    KidZania London, the indoor city run by kids, is set to reopen on 1st October! Having closed way back in March, the popular attraction is back with lots of new measures in place. Letting kids try on careers for size, they can be anything from a pilot to presenter in fun, interactive sessions. As a thank you, key workers can pick up a FREE adult ticket until 4th October.

  3. Shaun the Sheep Adventure at Farmer Teds, Lancashire
    If your little ones love Shaun the Sheep, they’ll love the new permanent attraction at Farmer Teds! Expect themed activities, daily shows and character meet and greets, the new adventure has really raised the ‘baaa’!

  4. The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland
    Home to stunning gardens, walks and plenty of plants and flowers, the Alnwick Garden is a great way to enjoy the outdoors this autumn. But, there’s one thing that caught our eye - there’s a replica of the garden made entirely from LEGO® pieces! Found just outside of The Garden entrance, it features the Cherry Orchard, The Rose Garden and our Roots & Shoots Garden in miniature - make sure you see how it compares to the real thing too!

  5. Apple Day and Apple Throwing Championships at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire
    An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but on Sunday 4th October, there’s a whole day of apple activities at Newby Hall! Although slightly pared back compared to previous years, the apple throwing championships are the star of the show - can you get yours to the other side of the river? Expect demonstrations, advice and loads of information on the different varieties too.

  6. Grandparent’s Day at Conifox Adventure Park, Edinburgh
    Sunday 4th October is Grandparent’s Day, and Conifox Adventure Park is just one of the many attractions celebrating the occasion with free entry for grandparents! Home to a Footgolf course, go karts, balance beams, rope bridges and more, it’s packed full of outdoor fun for the whole family. 

  7. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery reopens, Birmingham
    Another attraction set to reopen its doors this month is Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery on Wednesday 7th October. Don’t miss the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition from 17th October too.

  8. Land of the Tigers opens at Paradise Wildlife Park, Hertfordshire
    The first of its kind in the UK, Land of the Tigers is a brand new habitat opening at Paradise Wildlife Park on 3rd October. Designed to help educate and raise awareness of the struggles of the endangered Amur Tiger in the wild, the new habitat also features a pool deep enough for both tigers to be fully submerged - and a new viewing platform to allow you to see them swim! The tigers, and the new habitat, also features in One Zoo Three on CBBC.

  9. Monsters of the Deep at National Maritime Museum, Cornwall
    Plunge down to the dark murky depths of the ocean as the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall hosts Monsters of the Deep. Explore myths and legends of incredible sea creatures and discover how scientists explore the seas. The exhibition is running until January 2022, so you’ve got plenty of time to plan your visit!

  10. Baby Okapi at ZSL London Zoo, London
    Have you been watching London Zoo: An Extraordinary Year? Oni the okapi from episode one welcomed a baby calf just last week, with baby Ede already settling into life at ZSL London Zoo. Whilst the calf is staying cosy indoors for now, it hopefully won’t be long before visitors can see the adorable new arrival for themselves.

  11. Habberley Trail, Worcestershire
    It may be getting colder, wetter and windier as autumn arrives, but there’s still plenty of outdoor fun to enjoy. We added Habberley Trail to the site last month so it’s a great new attraction to discover - packed full of outdoor trails, giant games and the twisty-turny Mesh Maze. We’ve heard great thing from some of the team who have visited with their families, so we highly recommend a visit this month.

  12. Sounds Like Science at Winchester Science Centre, Hampshire
    Starting on 17th October, Sounds Like Science is a brand new live show to enjoy at Winchester Science Centre. Expect cannons, fire and bangs as the team of Inspirers delves into the science behind sound and how it travels! The show is included in your usual admission price.

  13. Go Pumpkin Picking
    To help us really get in the spirit of the season, one of our favourite things to do in October is to visit a pumpkin patch! Perfect for pre-Halloween fun, lots of the patches open from the start of October, giving you plenty of time to go picking. Check out our biggest ever guide for where to go pumpkin picking near you.

  14. Book your Halloween events
    There’s no escaping it, Halloween and half term is one of the highlights of the month, and we’ve got your guide to spooky Halloween events near you. With everything that’s happened this year, you’ll need to be organised and book your tickets as early as possible - just be aware of local restrictions and be prepared that events could be cancelled at short notice.

  15. Go on an autumn walk
    Grab your coat, put on your wellies and get out and about wherever you are in the UK! One of our favourite things about autumn is the changing colours; see trees change from green to brown and watch as grass and paths are taken over by leaves. Whether it’s down your local park, exploring a forest or even just a walk around your town or village, why not make your own scavenger hunt of things to look out for?


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:

Halloween days out | October half term events | Pumpkin picking near you | 5 easy pumpkin carving ideas | Harvest FestivalsThings to do in November | Things to do this autumn | Things to do in December | Fireworks displays near you