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Out & About: 15 things to do this October

Lisa O'Keeffe

29 September 2017

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If you’re wondering how we’re already in October, then join the club. 2017 has seemed to whizz by in a blur, but with 3 months of the year still left to explore, adventure most definitely awaits.

Whilst you and the kids are probably already on countdown to October half-term, we’ve got plenty of ideas for lots of fun things you can enjoy before then! So, reclaim your weekends and make it your mission to go on a family day out in the next few weeks – and don’t worry, we’ll be back with a bumper blog filled with ideas just for half-term and Halloween. How’s that for a deal?

As always, don’t forget to share your photos and days out with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and don’t forget to tell us where you’ll be heading this October. Your location not listed? Search for days out near you now!

  1. Spooky Spectacular at West Midland Safari Park

    A day out at West Midland Safari Park is set to be frightfully good fun this October, thanks to its Spooky Spectacular! Running from 30th September all the way through until 29th October, there’s plenty of time to explore the Trick or Treat Trail, take on the Dino Quest or see who has what it takes to win the Terrifying Tales of Talent show! That’s not all, there’s also the amazing four-mile safari and a heap of other animals to spot – so what are you waiting for?

    Spooky Spectacular at West Midland Safari Park
  1. Put a spring in your step at Jump Inc

    Welcome to the ultimate urban playground, thanks to Jump Inc’s exciting take on trampoline parks. Home to wall-to-wall, high-flying trampolines for tumbling turning and more, this is an airborne adventure for the whole family with Jump’s signature edge. From huge air bags, dodgeball and the box, to the jump tower, tumble tracks and slack line, we couldn’t possibly tell you about all the fun things you’ll find. Plus, with a café on-site too, there’s a whole host of goodies to help you refuel. Plan your visit to Leeds, Sheffield or Rotherham now, and keep an eye out for a new site Lincoln which is coming soon!

    Jump Inc is the ultimate urban playground

  2. All aboard for a Day Out With Thomas, various sites around the UK

    Train-mad toddlers and Thomas the Tank Engine fans will love this exciting opportunity to ride with their favourite character. Meet the Fat Controller, ride in a special carriage behind Thomas and take part in a whole host of other activities. I’ll leave Steph to tell you more, in her review of a Day Out With Thomas from last month. October events include East Lancashire Railway, Llangollen Railway and Colne Valley Railway, but you can see a full list here.

    A Day Out With Thomas this October

  3. Great for Grandparents at Gullivers

    Did you know that it’s Grandparents Day on 1st October? Mark the occasion by treating your grandparents to a day at your nearest Gullivers, where two grandparents can get FREE entry when accompanied by one full paying person. The perfect place for traditional family fun and a host of rides and attractions for all ages, head to Warrington, Milton Keynes or Matlock Bath this Sunday.

    Grandparents Day at Gullivers

  4. Family film night at Fishers Farm Park

    Lights, camera and action for the latest family film night at Fishers Farm Park on 7th October. With pyjamas and onesies actively encouraged, head to the farm’s very own cinema to see everyone’s favourite racing hero, Lightning McQueen, in Pixar’s Cars 3. With hot chocolate, sweets, and of course, popcorn, available, this fun-filled evening is a must for the whole family. Plus, the soft play zone will be open for those who get the fidgets, providing the most laid-back cinema experience around.
  5. Apple Day at Tewin Orchard, Hertfordshire

    Freshly picked from our list of 50 must-do activities this autumn, a visit to Tewin Orchard is a must on 8th! All designed to celebrate Apple Day and orchards around the UK, you’ll find children’s activities, guided walks and a scavenger hunt for the kids, as well as lots of delicious apples and apple juice to try!

    Celebrate Apple Day at Tewin Orchard

  6. National Chocolate Week, North Yorkshire

    Now this is a week we can really get behind, as we celebrate all things chocolatey from 11th-15th Head to Goddards House and Garden to discover more about the famous Terry’s Chocolate Orange, before making your own chocolate box, following a fun trail, and ending with a slice of delicious chocolate orange cake in the dining room. To make the most of National Chocolate Week, we also recommend a visit to the nearby York’s Chocolate Story – did you know they have the best hot chocolate in the UK?

    Best hot chocolate at York's Chocolate Story

  7. Bath Children’s Literature Festival 2017, Bath

    Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival is a huge event in Bath every year, and this year’s festival is in town until 8th. Now in its 10th year, the festival is designed to enthuse kids about reading, all whilst having lots of fun, and this year won’t be any different. Expect to find a range of fantastic authors, from Jacqueline Wilson and Miranda Hart, to the UK’s number one bestselling author (and creator of much-loved The Gruffalo!), Julia Donaldson.

  8. The Robot Zoo, Horniman Museum & Gardens, London

    Combining a love for animals with a curious mind is the perfect mix for this intriguing exhibition at Horniman Museum & Gardens. From finding out how chameleons change colour, or how grasshoppers leap so high, you’ll see larger-than-life animals recreated in a range of machine parts and gadgets, in a robot zoo designed to inspire and educate. Found at the museum until 29th October, we highly recommend a visit!

    The Robot Zoo at Horniman Museum & Gardens

  9. Little Landmarks at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

    Extended until 28th October due to popular demand, that’s always a good sign that something is worth a visit. See 11 familiar South Shields landmarks rebuilt in LEGO®, with some cool local characters to spot too. Providing the perfect inspiration for your next brick-building project, there’s also the rest of South Shields Museum & Art Gallery to explore for a great family day out.

  10. PAW Patrol Trail at Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh

    PAW Patrol is on a roll at Edinburgh Zoo until 31st October, with a fun themed trail around the world-famous zoo! Young pups and their parents can join some of their favourite characters as they go on an adventure to solve some tricky clues, using the special PAW Patrol map for help. With lots of exciting animals to spot en route, and some familiar faces too, are your little ones ready for a ruff ruff rescue?

    PAW Patrol trail at Edinburgh Zoo this October

  11. Snowdogs Tails in Wales, Cardiff and the Vale

    We called upon our Trusted Explorer, Laura, for what’s on in her local area this month, and this was a firm favourite. This public art trail has seen a pack of 43 crafty canines unleashed on the city’s streets, each decorated with a unique design. The stunning sculptures are all on a mission to help Tŷ Hafan support children with life-limiting conditions, as well as their families. So, it’s time for walkies as you head out on the trail and see how many you can spot!

    Snow Tails in Wales trail is running this October

  12. The Enchanted Forest, Perthshire

    Another favourite from our must-do list of autumn activities, the Enchanted Forest at Faskally Forest is a truly magical experience for the whole family. Combining the best of nature and technology, this spectacular light show in the forest is a truly impressive sight. Tickets are now only available on resale, but if you can’t make the event this year, provisional dates for 2018’s show are 4th October – 4th November.

    Scotland's The Enchanted Forest is a must-do this month

  13. Powderham Castle Food Festival, Exeter

    Packed with medieval intrigue and even a play fort, it’s the annual food festival that has us excited to visit Powderham Castle this month. Taking place from 7th – 8th October, this celebration of food is perfect for the whole family. The Fun Kitchen is the go-to spot for kids looking to cause a bit of chaos in the kitchen whilst over 130 stalls will be selling everything you need to cook up a storm at home. Super tasty and packed full of fun, it’s just one more reason to visit this impressive castle.
  14. The Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

    Let their imagination and curiosity, quite literally, run wild around the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace until 29th October. Meet mysterious beasts, storm the battlements and besiege the towers, exploring all the stories, myths and legends you can explore in the palace itself. Entry is included in palace admission, or you can pay just to enter the Maze and Magic Garden.

    Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace ©Historic Royal Palaces



Lisa O'Keeffe

29 September 2017

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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