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

Posted 27 September 2021
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Looking for the best things to do in October? As the long days and the warm weather slowly fades away, we've been busy getting exciting for all things autumn! From crunchy red leaves and exploring nature, to getting into the spooky spirit for Halloween, there's plenty of great things to do this October. We've rounded up 15 of the best events and things to do, so dig out our scarves and wellies and get stuck into October!

  1. Autumn Treasure Hunt with Percy The Park Keeper at Chiswick House and Gardens, London
    From 14th October  and throughout October half term 2021
    Be part of a live theatrical treasure hunt with Percy the Park Keeper as you help him get his animal friends ready for winter at Chiswick House and Gardens. Bring your wellies and round up  your family and come and meet Percy and his adorable animal friends in this awesome autumnal adventure. With world-class theatrical storytelling and clue-based adventure, this unique experience is sure to be a hit with the whole family ….Oh, and has anyone seen Hedgehog?

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  2. West Midland Safari Park, Worcestershire
    There’s a whole host of great things to get up to at West Midland Safari Park this autumn! Head off on the safari adventure and get up close to all your favourite animals, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, and even lions!
    Plus don’t miss the spooktacular Perils of The Pumpkin Patch this October, and explore the awesome halloween event, or from the 22nd October, get ready to be amazed by the spectacular Lantern Festival and see the park as you’ve never seen it before!

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  3. What Lurks Beneath? At WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Lancashire
    2nd - 31st October 2021
    Get in the halloween mood at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre this October on a brand new interactive trail! Pick up a trail map and see if you’re brave enough to uncover all of the creatures that lurk beneath and see what types of things you can discover...

  4. Autumn Stargazing 3D at We The Curious, Bristol
    All month
    Fancy a day out that’s totally out of this world? Head over to We The Curious this October and go on an incredible journey through alien galaxies. Learn all about the stars, planets, and all things space in an awe-inspiring 3D Planetarium show packed full of wonder!

  5. Wild Toddlers at Severn Valley Country Park, Shropshire
    Until 20th October 2021
    Get hands-on this October at Severn Valley Country and get ready to go wild! Each week, you’ll be treated to a brand new theme encouraging your little ones to explore and discover all things outdoors, and if the rain comes, you can head indoors for some nature themed crafts too!

  6. Don’t Do This At Home Science Show at Techniquest, Glamorgan and Cardiff
    Until 17th October 2021
    If you’ve ever been tempted to see what actually happens when you put metal in the microwave, now’s the time to find out! Discover this awesome science show at Techniquest that will aim to answer all of your burning science curiosities and that dares to do the things you really shouldn’t in a safe, and fascinating way.

  7. Autumn All Around Family Trail at Dyffryn Gardens, Wales
    All month
    Nothing says Autumn quite like bright red, orange and yellow leaves that crunch underneath your feet as you walk! Discover all of the bright colours of autumn at Dyffryn Gardens and head off on an exciting sensory trail through the gardens, keep your eyes out for conkers and squirrels!

  8. Go pumpkin picking
    Get into the autumnal spirit with a spot of pumpkin picking! If you’re looking for the perfect place to go pumpkin picking near me, we’ve got you covered! We’ve got our biggest guide yet as we’ve rounded up over 50 pumpkin patches across the UK, so you’ll find the perfect one, just in time for Halloween!

  9. Apple Day 2021 at Newby Hall, North Yorkshire
    3rd October 2021
    Hands up if you love a crisp and juicy apple! Well this October at Newby Hall, you won’t just be eating them, you’ll also be throwing them! Discover the Apple Throwing Championships, a hotly anticipated competition to discover who can throw an apple the furthest! Better start practicing...

  10. Harvest Festival at Beamish Open Air Museum, County Durham
    9th - 10th October 2021
    Get into the true spirit of autumn at Beamish Open Air Museum with a good ol’ harvest festival! Go along and celebrate the annual festival and marvel at awesome displays at Pockerley Old Hall, The 1940s Farm, and loads more.

  11. Elmer and Friends Exhibition opens at the Dorset Country Museum, Dorset
    Opens 13th October 2021
    From bright patchwork elephants to other children’s classics, The Elmer and Friends Exhibition is a great day out this October! The exhibition has been on tour around the UK since May 2021, and is finally landing in Dorset, giving you the chance to take a glimpse into the beloved kids’ books.

  12. Teddy Bear Day at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Isle of Wight
    16th October 2021
    Meet William The Station Master Bear at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway! This fluffy station mascot is encouraging kids to bring along their favourite teddy bear and climb aboard for a special steam ride, plus, kids go free when accompanied by a teddy bear!

  13. Autumn Programme at Willows Activity Farm, Hertfordshire
    Until 15th October 2021
    Head over to Willows Activity Farm this October for a jam packed day filled with fun! From exploring the fantastic outdoor adventure play area to discovering the farmyard, plus you can even meet Peter Rabbit at an awesome live show or at a meet and greet!

  14. Outdoor Escape Challenge at The National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
    Until 31st October 2021
    Put your skills to the test at The National Memorial Arboretum this October and try out one of the awesome outdoor escape challenges. Pick from one of two spectacularly themed escape challenges and work together to solve the clues and puzzles to stop the thieves and save the day!

  15. Shine a Light at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
    22nd - 23rd October 2021
    Get ready to be amazed at Chatsworth House this October and discover an incredible light show! See the impressive house lit up in a spectacular range of light and colour as the history of the magnificent house comes to life in an extravaganza of light and sound. 


Enjoyed this list of things to do in October? Don't forget to check out some of our other blogs for more inspiration: 

Places to go pumpkin picking | Autumn maize mazes | Best kids' farms | Best zoos