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Best autumn days out for 2018 – from feasts and fairs to cultural festivals

Best autumn days out for 2018 - from feasts and fairs to cultural festivals

By Chloë Hamilton and Pascale Hughes


Museum at Night time, Numerous

A UK-vast pageant of late-night time occasions and shows in museums and galleries. The occasions embrace after-darkish exhibitions, quirky workshops, torch-lit excursions and Halloween-themed occasions and happen in all places from historic homes to libraries.

25 – 27 Oct, costs differ,

Pop-Up Opera, Numerous

Pop-Up Opera is again for autumn with a reimagining of Bizet’s well-known masterpiece La Tragédie de Carmen. Appropriate for adults and youngsters, a mixture of distinctive venues, signature ‘silent movie’ captions and a forged of excellent singers assist convey the style to the subsequent era.

Till 23 Nov, costs differ,

Sea Creatures: Life Beneath the Ocean, Edinburgh

A brand new exhibition by which guests can discover life beneath the ocean’s waves. The exhibit options cross sections of sea creatures, together with whales, penguins, dolphins, seals and sharks, offering an up-shut glimpse of their organs. The preserved shows purpose to train guests concerning the complicated life techniques in our oceans.

Till 18 Oct, grownup £18, baby £12,

Swansea Worldwide Pageant, Swansea

Two weeks of reside occasions will happen in Wales’ second metropolis this autumn, together with a headline efficiency from Sir Karl Jenkins with the BBC Nationwide Orchestra of
Wales and BBC Nationwide Refrain of Wales. The lineup additionally consists of comedy performances from the likes of Rob Brydon.

Till 7 Oct, costs range,

Sea Creatures ExhibitionSea Creatures Exhibition

Plymouth Artwork Weekender, Plymouth

Now in its fourth yr, the Plymouth Artwork Weekender is an annual three-day celebration of artwork, showcasing expertise from the town and past with a various vary of occasions; from exhibitions, performances, screenings and interventions to workshops, guided walks and events.

28-30 Sep, costs differ,

Winchester Comedy Pageant, Winchester

Quite a lot of comedians will take to the stage at this comedy pageant, together with Bridget Christie, Zoe Lyons, Kerry Godliman, Andrew Doyle and Jonathan Pie, acting at a number of venues across the historic cathedral metropolis.

four – 7 Oct, costs range,

Outside cinema screening, Cornwall

The well-known Minack Theatre shall be reworked for a weekend of comedy with outside cinema screenings of the basic comedies Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Whisky Galore! In addition to watching the movies towards the backdrop of the rugged Cornish coast, individuals on the Monty Python screening will probably be given props to make reside sound results in the course of the movie.

5 – 6 Oct, grownup £14, youngster £7,

Blenheim Palace Pageant of Literature, Movie and Music, Oxfordshire

Acclaimed audio system on a variety of literary and cultural themes will descend on Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, one of many nation’s most luxurious stately houses. This yr the lives and works of P G Wodehouse and Jane Austen are being celebrated with occasions that mix appearing, the written phrase and music in Wodehouse in Wonderland and An Afternoon with Jane Austen. Different audio system embrace Nicholas Parsons and Gyles Brandreth.

11 – 14 Oct, costs range,

Loogabarooga Pageant, Loughborough

This annual occasion celebrates books and and illustrations. It began in 2015 in honour of 100 years of Ladybird Books (the primary Ladybird ebook was produced in Loughborough) however has since expanded. This yr, the pageant can also be celebrating 80 years of The Beano and will host an exhibition of comedian artwork by John Patrick Reynolds on the Charnwood Museum.

18 – 23 Oct, costs range,

Visitors enjoy the attractions at the Nottingham Goose Fair in the Forest Recreation Ground on October 7, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Photo: GettyGuests benefit from the points of interest on the Nottingham Goose Truthful within the Forest Recreation Floor on October 7, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Photograph: Getty

Petworth Pageant Literary Week, West Sussex

Sebastian Faulks, Julian Fellowes and Andrew Roberts are headlining at this literary pageant, held on this fairly market city within the English countryside. In addition to literary talks, there are additionally lovely walks round Petworth park.

27 Oct four Nov, costs range,

The Luna Cinema on the Pure Historical past Museum, London

The Luna Cinema is teaming up with the Pure Historical past Museum. The partnership will begin with two nights of Halloween movies – The Blair Witch Venture, Silence of the Lambs, Ghostbusters and The Shining – which can display within the Hintze Corridor, beneath the 25m skeleton of Hope the blue whale. Spooky.

28 – 29 Oct, £26.50,


OktoberFest, Numerous

The a lot-liked German beer pageant Oktoberfest can be celebrated throughout the UK in a collection of occasions happening in Leamington Spa (22 Sep), Woking (29 Sep), Chichester (13 Oct), Salisbury (20 Oct) and Chester (27 Oct). You possibly can take pleasure in genuine German pretzels and bratwurst, washed down with an assortment of high quality German beers, served up in conventional stein glasses. Oompah bands will present the leisure.

Numerous dates, tickets from £13.50,

Apple Harvest, Wrexham

This annual celebration returns to Erddig Corridor with a bumper crop of actions. All through the month there shall be an indoor and outside path, Welsh cider and perry exhibition, apple talks and walks. From 13 – 14 Oct there shall be apple baking shows whereas on 20 – 21 October, you possibly can study all concerning the historic strategy of apple urgent with cider press demonstrations.

6 – 25 Oct, grownup £12.60, baby £6.30,

Taste of Autumn, RHS Garden Wisley, SurreyStyle of Autumn, RHS Backyard Wisley, Surrey

Daylesford Harvest Pageant, Gloucestershire

There are actions for all ages at this annual harvest pageant held at Daylesford Natural Farm. From conventional apple bobbing and urgent to reside music and a bar. Youngsters can journey mini JCB tractors or immerse themselves in a world of bushcraft. There may even be face portray, floristry workshops, circus entertainers, an opportunity to meet the natural animals and, in fact, a lot of regionally produced meals.

Sat, free,

Harvest Pageant Weekend, Winchester

The city’s cathedral will host this occasion in honour of Hampshire’s greatest native produce. There will even be reside music, falconry shows and craft actions together with meals stalls, native beers and craft cider.

6 – 7 Oct, free,

Lincoln Sausage Pageant, Lincoln

Rejoice all issues sausage, together with the well-known Lincolnshire sausage. Held in and across the grounds of Lincoln Citadel, there can be cooking demonstrations, meals stalls, youngsters’s leisure and stay music.

13 Oct, grownup £1, youngster free,

Daylesford Harvest FestivalDaylesford Harvest Pageant

Actual Ale, Gin & Music Fest, North Devon

A enjoyable-crammed weekend in RHS Backyard Rosemoor with reside music, regionally-produced actual ales from Countrylife Brewery and a gin bar and native wines from Ten Acres Winery. Household quiz on Sunday.

Subsequent Fri-Solar, grownup £11.50, youngster £5.75,

Style of Autumn, Surrey

RHS Backyard Wisley’s harvest celebration will see the orchard laden with fruit and the backyard awash with color. Put together to be tempted by a variety of scrumptious native and artisan meals and drink stalls.

17 – 21 Oct, adults £14.50, baby £7.25,

Nice Peak District Truthful and Buxton Beer Pageant, Peak District

Over 100 indoor and outside stalls will take over the grounds of the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, promoting top quality items from throughout the Peak District. Leisure consists of Punch & Judy exhibits, face portray, balloon modelling, donkey rides, archery, and ferret racing. There may even be a choice of actual ales and ciders as a part of the annual Buxton Beer pageant.

13 – 14 Oct, free,

Gwledd Conwy Feast, Conwy

Set towards the backdrop of Conwy’s Unesco World Heritage Website fortress, the traditional streets of this North Wales city shall be reworked right into a veritable buffet of tasty treats. The feast options cookery workshops, chef demonstrations, a farmyard with reside animals and artwork and craft periods.

26 – 28 Oct, grownup £13, youngster free,


Dursley’s Strolling Pageant, Gloucestershire

Immerse your self in the great thing about the south Cotswolds at this pageant, which has has been expanded to cowl 4 days, with 18 totally different walks of all difficulties. The lately launched Dursley Lantern Means is a round approach-marked route from the centre of Dursley by way of Cam, Coaley and Uley, with panoramic views over the River Severn and past.

four – 7 October, costs range,

Wales Rally GB, Numerous in North Wales and Cheshire

That is the 11th spherical of the World Rally Championships, happening over three days. Every day is split into a variety of levels that may see drivers race towards the clock for the quickest time. For the remainder of the occasion the drivers comply with a pre-set schedule on regular public roads to get them to the subsequent checkpoint on time. In addition to the competitors there’s a Rally Village with driver interviews, meals retailers, commerce stalls and leisure.

four – 7 Oct, day passes from £23,

CowalFest, Argyll and Bute

Your eight-day passport to walks and occasions across the lovely and fascinating Cowal Peninsula. This nicely-established outside pageant is among the largest and most various in Scotland. Led by skilled and educated guides, rewarding and fascinating walks and occasions cater for all ages and talents. They cowl quite a lot of pursuits, together with hen watching, heritage, geology, images, and guided excursions of Benmore Botanical Gardens.

5 – 12 Oct, costs differ, some occasions free,

Wales Rally FIA World Rally Championship. Photo: Visit WalesWales Rally FIA World Rally Championship. Photograph: Go to Wales

Portrush Seashore Races, County Antrim

Offroad drivers will race down Portrush East Strand seashore on two and 4 wheels and in sidecars within the first occasion of its type in Northern Eire. Watch the motion from anyplace on the promenade.

7 – eight Oct, free,

World Shore Angling Championships, Conwy County

This worldwide occasion is held at a special venue annually and this yr it takes place in Conwy County. The world’s prime shore anglers can be competing for World Championship titles. The groups fish from the shoreline over 5 competitors days, on a catch and launch foundation.

20 – 27 Oct, costs range,


British Musical Fireworks Championship, Liverpool

Over three nights, seven rivals will battle it out in Southport’s Victoria Park, hoping to be topped the last word winner of the British Musical Fireworks Championship. The championship is a pyro-musical competitors so your complete present is choreographed, leading to some spectacular shows.

Subsequent Fri – Solar, £9,

North Yorkshire Moors Railway Steam Gala, North Yorkshire

The railway has invited visitor locamotives from Severn Valley and Talyllyn to be a part of its personal engines in taking you up and down the road. Stations alongside the best way might be internet hosting thrilling occasions, such because the Autumn Steam Gala Beer Pageant which sees Levisham and Goathland providing a wide array of actual ales from native breweries.

Subsequent Fri – Solar, grownup £26, baby £13,

Malvern Autumn ShowMalvern Autumn Present

Somerset Open Studios Household Pleasant Weekend, Somerset

That includes almost 300 artists in some 200 venues, Somerset Open Studios is now the most important occasion within the county for visible artists and makers. Most of the venues participating shall be welcoming households subsequent weekend with workshops, demonstrations and actions for youthful artwork appreciators. There shall be poppy- making, drawing and portray, pottery workshops, woodturning and crockery adorning. Some are free to drop-in, others carry a small cost and require advance reserving.

Subsequent Sat – Solar,

Hen field constructing, Dumfries and Galloway

Rangers at Drumlanrig Fort and Nation Property will lead chook-field constructing workshops, in which you’ll be able to craft a brand new addition for the Property or your personal backyard at house. Afterwards, younger explorers can unleash their internal Indiana Jones on the Citadel’s Journey Playground.

Subsequent Solar, fort entry grownup £6, baby £three.50, workshops £2,

Nottingham’s Goose Truthful, Nottinghamshire

With greater than 700 years of historical past behind it, Nottingham Goose Truthful on the Forest Recreation Floor is one in every of Europe’s most well-known travelling fairs. Disappointingly, it’s not crammed with geese, however is so-referred to as as a result of October was traditionally one of the best season to eat– and subsequently promote – geese in England. Immediately, there are over 500 rides, plus foodstalls and leisure.

three – 7 Oct, free entry, go

Six Day Collection, London

The lights get turned down and the music turned up, as Six Day Biking combines the perfect in monitor biking with an unimaginable social gathering environment. Anticipate the motion to come thick and quick at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park because the monitor centre DJ retains the get together going.

23 – 28 Oct, from £20.40,

Norman Knights within the Hold, West Sussex

Immerse your self in 12th century life with crafts, weapons and fight coaching and shows and the prospect to meet the knights. Arundel Citadel was based on Christmas Day 1067 and its Maintain is among the greatest surviving examples of Norman structure in England. It’s the ancestral house of the Dukedom of Norfolk.

24 – 25 October, grownup £15, youngster £11.


Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Pageant, Shropshire

Uncover how to upcycle garbage into new issues with over 40 stalls, demonstrations and workshops run by artists, designers, musicians and innovators. The Museum of The Gorge might be open and Ironbridge’s historic Lime Kilns on the Wharfage will probably be reworked right into a efficiency area for stay music and drama. On Sunday, you possibly can gown up in duplicate Victorian costume, pay attention to storytelling on The Inexperienced, see the balloon artist in motion, take part artwork and design workshops, have your face painted and tuck into native road meals.

Darby Homes and Enginuity will all be open for free. Sat – Solar, free,

Malvern Autumn Present

Foreshore Pageant, London

A celebration of the the River Thames. Study concerning the position of this iconic river, have a go at seashore combing or attempt out some new water sports activities, together with stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking and rowing. The pageant is held at Putney Embankment and Shadwell Basin Outside Exercise Centre.

Solar, free,

Autumn Pageant, North Yorkshire

See within the autumn season at RHS Backyard Harlow Carr, the place you’ll be able to study conventional wooden crafts akin to whittling, willow weaving and hurdle making and see chainsaw sculpting demos. You may as well go on a guided stroll by means of Harlow Carr’s Arboretum collections.

Subsequent Fri – Solar, grownup £11.50, youngster £5.75,

Malvern Autumn Present, Worcestershire

A celebration of autumn with crops, celebrities, big greens and cookery workshops on the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. From bulbs and crops, to tempting meals, classic tea rooms and animal shows–- together with the pig agility – there’s tons to do. With skilled recommendation, floral shows and a model-new bulb market, you’ll find the whole lot you want for the last word autumn backyard.

Subsequent Sat – Solar, grownup £17, baby £6,

Elvis Pageant, Porthcawl

Hundreds of followers and tribute acts will attend this annual gathering of blue suede footwear, Vegas jumpsuits, and whopping sideburns in Porthcawl. The pageant will see totally different “King” tribute acts compete to win the crown.There may even be performances from present prime tribute acts in addition to an Elvis Gospel Present and Elvis Orchestrated by which the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra will carry out alongside one among Eire’s prime tribute acts (inset under left).

28 – 30 Sep, from £6,

Juice Pageant 2012, Dragon Parade, Gateshead

Royal Nationwide Mòd, Argyll and Bute

The most important, most essential pageant of the Gaelic language in Scotland is a 9-day spectacular of music, arts and sport. The annual torchlight procession will open the celebrations in type with tons of of individuals weaving via the streets of Dunoon. Hundreds of rivals from Scotland and past participate in competitions in highland dancing, sport, literature and drama and Gaelic music.

12 – 20 Oct, costs range, some free occasions,

Manchester Science Pageant, Manchester

A artistic, playful and shocking celebration of science, produced by the Science and Business Museum. The primary occasion this yr will see an actual-life cyborg and numerous biohackers be a part of collectively to talk about how know-how and digital actuality is revolutionising drugs. Pageant-goers may also expertise what it will be like to be inside a black gap.

18 – 28 October, many occasions free however ebook forward,

Autumn Present & Recreation Truthful, West Sussex

There can be Spanish horse and falconry shows plus numerous “have a go” actions together with clay pigeon capturing, fly fishing, falconry, archery and blacksmithing at on the South of England Showground in Ardingly. Dogowners can put their pets to the check on the agility course, in terrier races or on the gundog scurry. Recreation cookery demonstrations will run all through, or attempt your hand at bread making.

7-eight Oct, grownup £9, baby free,