Although summer is slipping away, the holiday vibe doesn’t have to. If you’re wondering where to go in October you’ll be spoilt for choice. As you might expect at this time of year, there are food festivals aplenty, crackling bonfires and plump pumpkins ready for carving.
At Holiday Lettings, we’ve rounded up 15 autumn events you won’t want to miss. Better yet? They’re located in some of the best holiday destinations in the country—well worth more than just a day trip. Great October getaways like London, the Forest of Dean, Falmouth, and Yorkshire all boast fantastic things to do this month. Book a holiday rental and you’ll have the perfect home base to retreat to after a day of events and exploration.
So, pack your favourite autumnal attire and take your pick of the best holiday destinations in October…
Are you a foodie wondering where to go on holiday this October? Wonder no more. Since 2000, this celebration of independent food set in the beautiful Forest of Dean has been tantalising taste buds from far and wide. You’ll find everything here from gourmet sausages to craft ales, and the jovial atmosphere is a treat in itself! With over 100 local and artisan producers, foodie talks and chef demos, you’ll be hankering to come back next year before you can say “cheese and crackers”.
With over 40 across the city centre, this illuminating event is one of the best autumn festivals in the UK. From inspiring art installations to street performers, this dazzling spectacle will leave you seeing Leeds in a new light. This year’s festival is shaping up to be one of the best, as the Leeds West Indian Carnival is celebrating their 50th year and will kicking off the festival on the Thursday night.
For the first weekend in October, Stone in Staffordshire becomes a haven for foodies. Local pubs, bars and restaurants get into the festival spirit in the week leading up to festival, hosting themed nights, quizzes and special offers. The weekend itself is packed full of cookery demos, tastings, masterclasses and much, much more. Why not buy some fresh produce from the Farmers’ Market on the High Street and cook up something special in your private holiday rental?
And here you were, thinking that porridge was a basic breakfast. Think again! Taking place in Carrbridge in the Scottish Highlands, this unique cooking competition’s past winners include the Fruity Date Porridge and Pinhead Risotto with Lemon and Thyme and Parmesan. There’s no end to the porridge possibilities. The event includes the Golden Spurtle Ceilidh party in the evening and a traditional stovie supper to finish the night in style. We won’t fault you if Carrbridge wasn’t on your list of where to go in October, but here’s hoping this unique event changes your mind.
Do you fancy yourself as the next World Conker Champion? If so, head on down to the Shuckburgh Arms in the idyllic village of Southwick near Oundle, Northamptonshire. Challengers come from all around the globe to battle through the knockout rounds until the victor is crowned! Not only is this a smashing event, a huge amount of money has been raised for charity over the years so this quirky competition is not to be missed.
This celebration of Cornish seafood has been catching visitors since it first weighed anchor 21 years ago. It’s easy to see why as the bounty of events on offer includes a boat race, live music, crafts and even a Grand Oyster Parade. You don’t have to like oysters to love this festival (although, it helps!) as the huge range of local food available to try will have you going back for seconds. Combined with the vast number of rentals available, this oyster festival makes Falmouth one of the best holiday destinations in October.
Autumn wouldn’t be the same without a good bonfire party. And If you’re deciding where to go in October for your “fire fix”, Hastings is a great choice. This fundraising event in aid of local charities includes a fantastic firework display, a procession through the town, guy making, music and food. Upholding tradition, Hastings Bonfire Night is near to October 14 – the Battle of Hastings Day – when Harold’s Saxon army was defeated by William the Conqueror and the Norman invaders.
Nestled in the beautiful Welsh countryside, Llangollen Food Festival is a highlight of the culinary calendar. This year is set to be the best yet as the festival celebrates its 20th birthday. Expect live music, talks, celebrity guests and world record truffle-making. There’s a pumpkin carving workshop, with expert carver Simon O’Rourke, to get you into the Halloween spirit. You never know; you could be this year’s Pumpkin Champion!
Featuring Monmouthshire’s top chefs, this mouth-watering festival will appeal to food enthusiasts of all ages. The children’s quarter has a range of activities aiming to educate and entertain young minds, while the grown-ups can brush up their culinary skills by watching a cookery demonstration before sampling the finest local produce. Monmouthshire is a terrific place to holiday in October, with many of our rentals boasting excellent five-out-of-five review scores.
This free food festival is a must for any culinary fan. Experience the best of the South West with over 120 exhibitors (most of them local), tastings, workshops, food markets, demonstrations and much, much more. The festival has been growing since 2002 and this year’s event will be a feast for the senses. And the cherry on this exceptionally delicious cake? The beautiful seaside setting of Dartmouth; a top October holiday destination regardless of why you’re visiting.
TV stars Julian Norton and Peter Wright will be entertaining the crowds this October at this exciting Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live event. This year’s theme is harvest so expect plenty of autumnal attractions such as livestock competitions, show jumping and a cookery theatre. Kids will be well catered for too, as the Create and Explore area and tasting hub will immerse them in the countryside life. Pack your wellies and make a holiday of it with a homely stay in Harrogate.
Now in its 86th year, this sweet festival held at Sandown Park Racecourse in Surrey, is a hive of activity for beekeepers and honey enthusiasts alike. From mead and honey beer to candles and cake, you’ll find all sorts of delights made from the spoils of the humble bee’s hard work. There’ll be talks, classes and workshops so this is an essential festival if you’re a budding apiarist.
Awarded the Best Event (Large) accolade at the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2015, this high-octane spectacle is not to be missed. It’s widely regarded as the most challenging motor sport competition in the world, so expect tricky terrains and nail-biting time trials. The event sees drivers from all over the globe taking part so it’s a must for any racing car fan. Book a stay nearby and you won’t miss a minute of this exciting event. Vroom!
Raising thousands of pounds for local charities, this roaringly good bonfire night in the picturesque village of Newick, East Sussex, is an autumnal treat for both residents and visitors alike. The festivities include traditional songs, fireworks, food and a good old fashioned knees up!
London Food Tech Week—the world’s largest week-long showcase of the latest cutting-edge food trends and technology—has unveiled its programme of events for 2017.
This is the place to be to learn about the latest innovations in Food Technology. The line-up this year features keynote speakers from all corners of the globe, investor drop-ins for startups, case studies of big and small businesses solving challenges in the Food Industry, and community events hosted by some of the UK’s top Food Tech companies.
The event takes place across various venues in the city (including the Tower of London) where you’ll be able to hear fascinating talks on foodie topics: how does technology can impact the current trends in health and wellbeing eating habits? In case you needed any more convincing that the capital is one of October’s best UK holiday destinations, you’ll also have your pick of London’s finest rentals on Holiday Lettings.