October; anything on?

It’s been really nice weather this week down in Maidenhead, where i’m stopping at the moment. Unseasonably nice for the time of year, which got me thinking about day trips and things to do in the coming month.

So I checked out the ‘what’s on’ section of the website for October, and wow, what a cracking month for real ‘one-off’ events.

Let’s start with Nottingham (where i’m headed the weekend after next for their beer festival). This month they’ve got the Goose Fair, the most famous travelling fair in Europe, a Robin Hood pageant at the end of the month, and Game City- a festival totally dedicated to video gaming.

Like more countryside pursuits? The East of England Autumn Show is over in Peterborough, and there’s two apple festivals, one near Worcester on the 15th, and two days later another over in Ely in Cambridgeshire. Don’t like apples? How about getting up to Lincoln for the Spalding Pumpkin Parade, or the Sausage Festival? Or if a quick drink is more your bag try Hereford for the cider-making festival or Chichester for the annual Sloe Fair.

For visual treats there’s the stunningly colourful Diwali Day in Leicester, the illuminated streets at the Salisbury Carnival, fireworks at Drayton Manor in Lichfield (set to music no less), and the bizarre but brilliant Fright Night in Sheffield, for the Worlds’ biggest Halloween Party.

Or for aural inspiration how about the Manchester Festival or the Canterbury Festival in the middle of the month; and for writers Chester and Wells host their annual literature festivals. For a good laugh, perhaps hot-foot it up to Sheffield for the annual Grin Up North event, and Hull for their comedy festival.

Cross- fingers the weather holds, as there’s a cracking month ahead.

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