October

The days shorten and the clocks go back ; battles are commemorated, fire celebrations begin and Hallowe’en sees ghosts and witches at large all over the country.


Some events take place on exactly the same date every year, regardless of which day of the week they fall upon. The following table shows events which are fixed in this way:

DayEventArticle
All monthSunderland IlluminationsArticle
2Braughing Old Man's DayArticle
7Twyford Lost in the Dark BellsArticle
21Apple DayArticle
21London,Portsmouth & Tynemouth Trafalgar DayArticle
31Edinburgh Samhuinn Fire FestivalArticle
31 Hallowe'enArticle
31SamhainArticle

Some event dates differ from year to year in order for them to fall on a weekend or during a particular week of the year, for example the 3rd week in January. The following table shows events where dates may vary in this manner:

DateEventArticle
Late September to mid NovemberSussex Bonfire SeasonArticle
Most Weekends in September & OctoberMatlock IlluminationsArticle
Late September/ early OctoberHarvest FestivalArticle
Early in MonthNottingham Goose FairArticle
Saturday early in MonthWaltham Abbey King Harold DayArticle
All MonthBlackpool IlluminationsArticle
A Weekend in October or NovemberCambridge National Tiddlywinks ChampionshipsArticle
Saturday nearest full moon before November 5th (October or early November)Langsett Night of the Hunters MoonArticle
Sundays in October & NovemberNewark Gopher Bell RingingArticle
October to mid NovemberSomerset Illuminated CarnivalsArticle
Monday after 10th (& Sunday evening preceding)Sherborne Pack Monday Fair & Teddy Roe's BandArticle
1st SundayCovent Garden Punch & Judy FestivalArticle
1st or 2nd SundayLewes World Pea Throwing ChampionshipsArticle
A weekend early in MonthBanbury Hobby Horse FestivalArticle
A Saturday near 10thCarrbridge Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making ChampionshipArticle
2nd SundayBillingsgate Sea Harvest FestivalArticle
2nd WeekendMuch Marcle The Big AppleArticle
2nd SundayOundle World Conker ChampionshipsArticle
Weekend nearest 14thBattle of Hastings Re-enactmentArticle
Thursday near 16thLondon Lion SermonArticle
Mid MonthYarm FairArticle
Mid to end of MonthSiddington Harvest Festival Corn Dolly DisplayArticle
Mid October to Mid November (Variable dates)DiwaliArticle
2nd or 3rd SaturdayBardon Mill and Roman Empire Conker ChampionshipsArticle
3rd Sunday in the MonthLong Clawson Vale of Belvoir Conker ChampionshipsArticle
Sunday nearest 23rdBattle of Edgehill CommemorationArticle
Thursday nearest 24thStow Horse FairArticle
Last Thursday in MonthBampton FairArticle
Last Thursday in MonthHinton St George Punkie NightArticle
Last Friday in MonthColchester Oyster FeastArticle
A Saturday late in MonthBristol St Mary Redcliffe Pipe WalkArticle
A Sunday late in MonthLondon Bankside October Plenty FestivalArticle
Sunday before/on 31stArchaeolink WickermanArticle
Late October to early NovemberHalton Souling PlayArticle
Late October to mid NovemberChester Jones Ale SoulcakersArticle
A Saturday late October to mid NovemberPenrith Winter DrovingArticle