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Out & About: 15 things to do this October

Lisa O'Keeffe

28 September 2018

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If you’re wondering how we’re already in October, then join the club. 2018 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 things to do this 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 Facebook, Twitter 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. National Chocolate Week, across the UK


    Weeks don’t come much tastier than National Chocolate Week, which takes place from 15th - 21st October 2018. 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!

    A Cadbury World chocolatier


  2. Festival of Light Lanterns at The Beatles Story, Liverpool

    Celebrate Diwali in style, by joining a FREE family friendly workshop at The Beatles Story from 21st - 26th October. To celebrate the Festival of Light, you’ll have the chance to create your own Indian paper lanterns, using inspiration from peacocks, tigers, elephants and more! This free activity is included in normal ticket price, so you get a great day out the whole family love - be sure to check out Albert Docks too!

    Inside The Beatles Story in Liverpool

  3. Kidtropolis, London

    Dubbed the UK’s best kid’s event, Kidtropolis takes place from 20th - 22nd October at London’s ExCeL. Featuring an inflatable assault course, messy play, Mad Science shows and live performances from West End Kids, there’s even some appearances from your kids’ favourite characters, including a Masha and the Bear Roller Rink, and meet and greets with Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony! Tickets are available to buy now.

    Two girls enjoy a show at Kidtropolis


  4. Gruesome Nature Live at ZSL London Zoo, London

    You may have seen Gruesome Nature Live at Bestival, but this month it lands at ZSL London Zoo for some half term fun! The interactive musical show is packed with frightful facts and fun, guaranteed to be grossly enthralling for all! Showcasing some of the weirdest and most wonderful creatures in the animal kingdom, don’t miss the show from 20th - 28th October.

    Gruesome Nature Live at ZSL London Zoo


  5. Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade at Bewilderwood, Norfolk

    Head to Bewilderwood for its most famous, fantastical event of the year, as the Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade returns from 13th - 31st October. In addition to all the magical and mysterious fun throughout the park, when dusk falls the fun really begins, as Bewilderwood glows in a magical light extravaganza. Head to the Big Hat first to craft your own lantern for the occasion, and let your Slitherigrub light the way - you’ll have to visit to find out just what we mean!

    Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade at Bewilderwood


  6. Apple Festival at Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion

    Celebrate harvest season, by heading to Llanerchaeron for its Apple Festival on 7th October. Enjoy walks, food and craft stalls and pick up tips during talks with the expert, or bring your own apples to create your own freshly pressed juice!

  7. Creatures of the Night Trail at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

    How many creatures of the night can you find on the woodland trail at Waddesdon Manor this half term? From 20th - 28th October, venture into the woodlands on a quest to find some fantastical beasts and uncover who is responsible for the raucous unrest! Find all the creatures to collect your prize, a pair of glow in the dark Snugglewump ears.

    Creatures of the Night Trail at Waddesdon Manor


  8. Dino’s Dynamos at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

    Named Edinburgh’s best family attraction, don’t miss Dino’s Dynamos at Dynamic Earth - a series of fun events for kids to learn all about science and the world around them. From mass extinctions and the colours of autumn, to super survivors and dinosaurs too, check the website for specific dates!

    Inside Dynamic Earth
  9. The Bear Grylls Adventure, Birmingham

    Say hello to a brand new arrival, as The Bear Grylls Adventure opened its doors for the first time a couple of weeks ago! More suited to older kids, this ultimate adventure destination gives you the chance to face incredible mental and physical challenges, including climbing, diving with sharks, snorkeling and more, all in the UK’s second city. There’s even access to Basecamp which is packed full of activities too. Trust us, it’s a day out you’ll be talking about for years to come.

  10. Grandparents Day at Lee Valley Park Farms, Essex

    Celebrate your nan and grandad on 7th October, with Grandparents Day at Lee Valley Park Farms. Bursting with activities from meeting farmyard animals, to adventure play and tractor rides, there’s even FREE entry for grandparents. Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate to us!

  11. Autumn events at SS Great Britain, Bristol

    All aboard the SS Great Britain, with a series of activities and events for the whole family. Join in with Brunel on Board activities to find out more about the ship’s designer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, or if you’re feeling brave enough, step into the shoes of a Victorian sailor and climb the rigging for spectacular views from 25m above deck!

    Climbing the rigging at SS Great Britain


  12. Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary, Hampshire

    Visiting a deer park is one of our recommended 35 autumn activities, and at Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary just on the edge of the New Forest, there’s a viewing platform specifically designed to overlook the meadow of deer. Whilst seeing deer is never guaranteed, this is a great spot to try, and with lots of white deer residing there, it’s quite the spectacle too! Bring a packed lunch and make a day of it, by exploring the local area too.

  13. The Addams Family at Groombridge Enchanted Forest, Kent

    If you’re not immediately singing the theme tune, then we’re sure you soon will be, as The Addams Family arrive at Groombridge Place from 20th - 28th October. With Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday and Pugley in tow, enjoy the spooky musical adventure through the Enchanted Forest, with plenty of frightful fun along the way.  

  14. Deeply Creepy at Blue Reef Aquarium, Cornwall

    Taking Halloween fun into the deep, don’t miss the underwater fun at Blue Reef Aquarium this half term. Discover Deeply Creepy creatures in a hidden pumpkin trail, with loads of craft activities too - all taking place from 6th - 31st October.

  15. Go pumpkin picking, across the UK

    Last but not least is one of our favourite things to do, and October is the ideal month! 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. You’ll instantly feel autumnal and ready for Halloween, can snap a great photo for the ‘gram and you’ll all get to take home your perfect pumpkin - whatever shape or size! Take a look at our guide to the best places to go pumpkin picking now.

    A girl going pumpkin picking

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Lisa O'Keeffe

28 September 2018

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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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