Events in October 2017



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RHS Harvest Festival Show

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 to Wednesday 4th of October 2017

Kicking off the autumn season in Lindley Hall, Westminster, the Harvest Festival Show offers an abundance of inspiration for those wishing to grow, harvest and create from their own garden produce. Join the UK’s best growers and food producers from 3-4 October for colourful displays and a range of harvest produce to taste and buy, including apple and chilli tastings. A full programme of talks and demonstrations will offer a wealth of information, while visitors can learn the tricks of the trade for growing and entering their own prize-winning autumn fruit and vegetables, as well as celebrate this year’s Giant Pumpkin and Autumn Fruit and Vegetable competitions. Free entry.

Isle of Wight Literary Festival

Thursday 12th of October 2017 to Sunday 15th of October 2017

Now in its sixth year, the Isle of Wight Literary Festival attracts well known fiction and non fiction writers, journalists, military men, actors and historians.

New Forest Walking Festival

Saturday 14th of October 2017 to Sunday 29th of October 2017

D-day remains, wild play activities and fascinating wildlife are just some of the treats awaiting walkers in the fifth New Forest Walking Festival. The festival boasts 80 guided walks led by knowledgeable local experts and early bird booking is now open online. Walks will reveal the history, heritage and wildlife of the Forest during the festival from 14 to 29 October. For full details, including booking, visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/walkingfestival

Pick up a free pumpkin

Saturday 21st of October 2017 to Sunday 29th of October 2017

Willows Activity Farm just outside St Albans is hosting its annual Pumpkin Festival where families will be able to pick up a free pumpkin, which they can carve out in the Willows Carving Cavern. There will be a programme of Pumpkin-tastic activities including pumpkin carving and arts and crafts, Pumpkin Olympics and Pumpkin Show. Prices for tickets bought in advance online from: adult, £16.50; child over 2, £17.50, children under 2, free. You can find out more here: http://www.willowsactivityfarm.com; Tel: 0870 129 9718

Children's Halloween Trail

Saturday 21st of October 2017 to Sunday 29th of October 2017

It’s a spooky time of year – perfect for getting outside to explore the ‘witches wood’ at Lydford Gorge. Follow the trail through the trees to see what scary myths and ghastly legends you can uncover, and solve clues to secure your prize at the end. Price: £3 per trail and a prize with each. Normal admission applies. Find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lydford-gorge

Pumpkin Trail

Saturday 21st of October 2017 to Sunday 29th of October 2017

Dress up your little ghouls for this fun pumpkin trail through the gardens as they reveal the spooky story of Britomart, the tragic warrior hero from Edmund Spenser’s poem ‘The Faerie Queene’. Cast a Hallowe'en spell over your brave knights and dress up to make family memories. Will you complete the quest? Price: £1.50 per trail, normal admission applies - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

Hallowe’en half term fun

Saturday 21st of October 2017 to Sunday 29th of October 2017

Head to Ham House this Halloween to find out about how superstitions and folklore impacted the lives of the house’s inhabitants in the seventeenth century. Follow the family trail around the gardens, explore the house in the dark, or hear spooky stories in the Back Parlour. Price: Normal admission applies. Activities vary by day. Find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ham-house-and-garden

Spider trail

Saturday 21st of October 2017 to Sunday 29th of October 2017

There are spooky goings on this half-term as giant spider webs appear in the garden at Ightham Mote. Can you follow the trail and solve all the clues? Price: 50p per trail, normal admission applies - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote

Pumpkin Trail

Saturday 21st of October 2017 to Sunday 29th of October 2017

Do you dare take on Dunstable’s ghoulish Halloween trail? Before the bitter nights arrive, head down to Chute Wood and see if you can navigate your way through the dark and twisting trees. Don’t forget to keep a look out for all the ghoulish creatures along the way. Price: £1.50 per trail - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstable-downs-and-whipsnade-estate

Family Victorian Halloween

Saturday 21st of October 2017 to Monday 30th of October 2017

All the rooks have left Rook Wood, and need a helping hand to find their way back. Are you brave enough to enter the castle, follow the trail and investigate what’s got them all squawking? Detectives of all ages welcome. Price: Normal admission applies - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle

Ghost and Gourds Spookacular

Saturday 21st of October 2017 to Sunday 22nd of October 2017

Prepare to be spooked! The garden will come to life this Hallowe’en with a terrifying ghost trail, spooky stories and watch your little ones be transformed with fearsome face painting. To top off the day, why not behead, scoop out and carve your very own pumpkin to take home and ward away the evil spirits. Price: Normal admission applies. Additional cost for pumpkins and Ghost Trail - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rowallane-garden

Create & Grow Spooky Half Term

Monday 23rd of October 2017 to Tuesday 31st of October 2017

Things are getting pretty spooky this half term at Squire’s Garden Centres. From Monday 23rd until Tuesday 31st October (10am-4pm) children can paint a ceramic pumpkin or skull tealight holder, which comes complete with a complimentary LED tealight. Place it on your windowsill to brighten up your room during those long spooky evenings. There’s no need to book, simply drop in between 10am-4pm from Monday 23rd until Tuesday 31st October. Fancy dress is very welcome too! Find out more at www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk

RHS Autumn Garden Show

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 to Thursday 26th of October 2017

The event will see an immersive autumnal haven with pretty floral features and an indoor foraging forest installation to offer both foodies and keen gardeners a variety of seasonal inspiration. Highlighting the array of shades and textures, workshops will provide interior & garden ideas to transform homes this autumn while inspiring talks will focus on ‘Foraging from the Garden’ with Anne Swithinbank and Nick Bailey on ‘Unusual Edibles in the City’. A late event will also take place on 24 October to offer visitors a sneak preview of the show – please see a press release attached for more details. RHS members £5, public £6 in advance (£9 on the day). Late event: £5.

Spooky Stories

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 to Sunday 29th of October 2017

Professional storyteller Mark Harandon will be at Godolphin this Hallowe’en, with spine-tingling spooky tales to intrigue children and adults alike. Hear the account of Godolphin's famous white lady Margaret Blagge, as well as tales of ghostly carriageways and haunted chambers. Meet in the Undercroft, every hour on the hour for a spooky story or two. Price: Free event, normal admission applies - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/godolphin

Spider’s web craft

Thursday 26th of October 2017

Get creative at Ightham Mote and make a spooky spiders web decoration to take home. Price: Suggested donation 50p, normal admission applies - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote

Pumpkin Party

Thursday 26th of October 2017

Bring along a pumpkin or buy one at Calke, then come along to the party at Calke where you can decorate your pumpkin to make it as spooky as possible. Afterwards you can add your ghoulish creation to the terror-ific display in the gardens. Price: Garden ticket required - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey

Half-Term Hallowe'en Fest

Thursday 26th of October 2017 to Wednesday 1st of November 2017

Look no further for things to do this Halloween. Carve out a pumpkin, explore the eerie trail around the grounds, and try some ghoulish treats in the café. Price: Normal admission applies - for full programme visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/argory

Torchlit walk

Friday 27th of October 2017

Light your way to Whitelady waterfall with a flaming torch, enjoy some music as the night descends then head back for a warming hot chocolate and to toast marshmallows over the fire. Price: £10 per torch (£8 for members), £2 for accompanying adults and children over 5, booking essential - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lydford-gorge

The Murderous Mansion: Spooky Encounters

Friday 27th of October 2017 to Saturday 28th of October 2017

Dress in your Halloween finery to meet the Master of the mansion, hear a spooky tale and take on his tricky challenge.Keep your eyes peeled (or tightly closed!) as you look out for ghostly surprises. Who knows what may be lurking in the basement and cellar? Suitable for ages 4 – 11 years old. Price: Child £4. Booking essential - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park

Fenland Spooktacular

Friday 27th of October 2017

Get ready for Halloween with some spooky fun and games in the wild landscape of Wicken Fen. Why not go all out and dress up in your spookiest costume? Price: £5.50 per child, booking essential. Suitable for children aged 3 – 10yrs - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve

Fright run

Friday 27th of October 2017

Are you brave enough to take on the Fright run at Lyme? Choose your distance and set off across the wild moors – but be on the look-out for spooky goings on. Don’t forget to dress for running: preferably with a Hallowe’eny twist! 2pm – shorter course that is only slightly scary, perfect for young families. 6pm – longer scare-tastic route, age 6+, torch or head torch required. Price: Normal admission applies, plus £2 for the run (booking essential) - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme

The World’s 52 Pheasant Species and Programmes to Conserve Them

Friday 27th of October 2017

For much of his life, local conservationist John Corder has been involved in reintroduction programmes for endangered species in Asia. He will discuss and show video about some of these programmes, particularly of the world’s most threatened pheasant species. Parish Hall, North Street, Ilminster TA19 0DG, 19:30–21:00 . Members £2.50/ Non-members £3/Children & Students £1. Find out more here: http://www.somersetwildlife.org/events.html

Pumpkin Trail

Saturday 28th of October 2017 to Sunday 29th of October 2017

Pumpkins grown in the kitchen garden will be hidden around the gardens for little monsters to discover. Will you be able to find them? Price: Normal admission applies - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/oxburgh-hall

Hallowe’en Spooktacular

Saturday 28th of October 2017

Come and join the National Trust for their annual Spooktacular at Fell Foot. Festivities begin in the ghostly Gothic Boathouse with pumpkin carving by the fire, followed by a terrifying ghost hunt around the park and ending with a hot drink and a snack to warm you up. Price: Adult £2.50, child £5 (booking essential) - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fell-foot

Levels’ Best Craft & Farmers’ Markets

Saturday 28th of October 2017

Held in the old Stable Yard at Montacute, this ever-popular 'best in Somerset' market is a must for those who like top quality local produce and crafts. Each market hosts around 30 stalls, selling a variety of fresh, artisan and traditionally-made food and drink. Local crafts also feature, so you’re sure to find the perfect Christmas gift. Price: Normal admission applies www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute-house

Apples and Anniversaries at Children’s Wood

Saturday 28th of October 2017

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Children’s Wood Project where trees were planted on the site for each child born in Taunton Deane. To celebrate the anniversary, as well as National Apple Day, we will be holding a family event in the wood on October 28th. The event will include lots of family activities such as apple juicing, arts and crafts and apple head carving. There will also be an apple circus run by FUSE Performance where you can learn to juggle with apples, make and take home some juggling balls and have a go at circus tricks and antics in a colourful bunting tent. Light refreshments will be available on the day. Childrens Wood, Taunton, Just off Winckworth Way, TA1 1AN - find out more here: http://www.somersetwildlife.org/events.html

Spooky Day

Sunday 29th of October 2017

Spend the day getting crafty at Lydford Gorge. Make your very own broomstick, fashion a spider familiar or take home a magic wand. Maybe you’ll even brew up some mysterious concoctions in Potions class? Price: £5 per child - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lydford-gorge

Hallowe’en at the Hall

Sunday 29th of October 2017

Dress up and join in with a day of ghastly family fun at Seaton Delaval. Bring your pumpkins along for competitions and the pumpkin parade, listen to spooky storytelling from the Seaton Delaval ghoul and follow the Hallowe’en trail around the grounds. Price: Normal admission applies - find out more here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/seaton-delaval-hall