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Free Events this October

Written by Lottie

Let’s go on an adventure for some October fun,
From garden exploring, bonfire nights… the list has just begun!
To spotting wildlife, volcanoes and so much more to see,
These events are amazing and FREE from entrance fee!

Gravitational Waves, Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow

3rd – 5th October, 10am – 5pm

Bring along your budding little scientists to see this amazing showcase that displays and explains the materials science at the heart of the international collaborative research project, LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory). Find out more.

Nottingham Goose Fair

4th – 8th October

This fair, which is the largest in Europe with over 500 attractions, includes white knuckle and more sedate traditional rides, a crafts marquee, market stalls and every sort of food. Admission is free but you do have to pay for the rides. Find out more.

Light Night Leeds

5th and 6th October, 6 – 11pm

With a spectacular programme of light projections, interactive installations, exhibitions, dance, music and street performances, this annual free multi-arts and light festival will take over Leeds City Centre for two nights. ​This year’s highlights include a spectacular Illuminated Night Carnival Parade. Find out more.

Volcano Fun Day, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

7th October, 11am – 4pm

If your little one is science and volcano mad, this is definitely not an event to miss! This free family activity day is based around volcanoes extinct, dormant and active, with hands-on activities and walks up Edinburgh’s own volcano, Arthur’s Seat. Find out more.

Bonfire Night, Eastbourne, East Sussex

7th October, 7:30 – 9pm

You won’t want to miss Eastbourne Bonfire Society as they stages a colourful torch procession along the seafront with a giant beach bonfire and firework display as the finale. Autumn summed up in an evening! Find out more.

Wonderful Wildlife Weekends At Camley Street Natural Park

Saturday 7th October, 10:30am – 4:30pm

Drop-in for free, fun family activities run by London Wildlife Trust every Saturday at Camley Street Natural Park. Find out more.

Diwali Festival Of Light, Cutty Sark

Friday 13th October, 10am – 8pm

This three-day event building on the successful and much loved 2016 celebrations will include stage entertainment, light installations, carnival floats & light processions, workshops, traders stalls and community group marquees. Find out more.

Manchester Science Festival at Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

19th – 29th October

Bring the kids along for a thoroughly entertaining time seeing science in action and the chance to interact with lots of brilliant exhibits. They can create scribble bot’s, get messy in quicksand or even take a robodog for a walk! How amazing does that sound! Free admission but charges will apply for some events. Find out more.

London October Plenty, Southbank

Sunday 22 October, 12pm

October Plenty is a harvest festival celebration of the bounty of autumn and a fusion of old customs with modern street theatre. The fun starts at Southwark, outside Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and finishes among the stalls of Borough Market with apple bobbing, conker fights and dancing. Find out more.

Weymouth Beach Motocross, Dorset

Sunday 22 October, 12pm

Come and see over 200 riders compete in six half hour races, kicking off at 1pm after practices. Along the esplanade there will be lots of stalls, a fun fair and a display of classic cars. Find out more.

Hitchcock for Kids at Ragged School Museum, London

25th – 26th October, 10am – 5pm

The famous author, Alfred Hitchcock, was the master of suspense and this Halloween half-tern families can join in with fun free activities inspired by the famous man. Find out more.

Day of the Dead, World Museum, Liverpool

Sunday 29th October, 1 – 4pm

Come Death is a lively, colourful celebration in Mexico. During the celebrations Mexicans fill their cemeteries and streets with skeleton and skull decorations, bright flowers and candy. Celebrate as World Museum prepare special foods, play music and dance to honour the spirits of those who have died. Find out more.

Paisley Halloween Festival, Paisley

28th – 29th October, Various Times

There’s halloweeny happenings galore in Paisley! Details are released closer to the time but previous events have included an illuminated parade down the High Street led, a fire garden with sculptures made from flames, street entertainment, scary storytelling and more! Find out more.

Metropole Street Market, Bournemouth

29th October

A new exciting market is coming to Bournemouth on select Sundays, every month, from September to December. Expect a fascinating collection of fayre, talented artists and creative craft experts  as well as brilliant live music, street performers and an array of fun from the world of performing arts. Look out for the special Christmas Gift market in November! Find out more.

Tim Peake’s Spacecraft at National Media Museum, Bradford

until 19th November

This is a fantastic free opportunity for kids to get up close and personal with the historic space craft that Major Tim Peake made his decent to earth in last year, complete with scorch marks from it’s re-entry through the atmosphere. Find out more.

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