UK events in October

Virtual events

Cheltenham Literature Festival

2 – 11 October

The literary festival will celebrate its 71st anniversary in 2020 and will see the launch of major books, as well as more than 500 talks, workshops and performances touching upon subjects as diverse as history, politics, sport, food and fashion.

Iris Prize Festival

6-11 October

Iris Prize Festival is a six-day celebration of LGBT film, including screenings of a series of short films competing for the Best of British Iris Prize. This year the festival is held online and is free.


7-18 October

The 64th annual film festival will screen more than 300 films, documentaries and shorts. BFI London Film Festival will be the first ever edition to be widely accessible wherever you are in the UK, with over 50 virtual premieres, free online events and cinema screenings across the land.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

17- 31 October

A festival full of enchanting performances, workshops, talks and events centred around traditional storytelling. This year’s festival will not be in packed theatres, but there will be live and pre-recorded broadcast events, and through small-scale safely distanced person-to-person events.

Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

23 October

The festival brings together some of the most influential female entrepreneurs, business leaders and brightest start-ups to provide you with detailed and practical insight to grow your business.

In-person events

Black history month

Black History Month is an annual celebration where the outstanding contributions people of African and Caribbean descent are recognised. A wide range of events will be taking place around the UK as well as online.

Manchester Food and Drink Festival

24 September- 5 October

Foodies can choose between street food fairs, wine tasting and cake sales. There are also opportunities to get involved with a series of gastronomic master classes, with tips on everything from filleting a fish to plucking a pheasant.

Dursley Walking Festival

7- 11 October

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the undiscovered south Cotswolds and take part in the annual Dursley Walking Festival, which takes place every October.

Belfast International Arts Festival

12 October- 1 November

This Belfast-based festival covers theatre, dance, classical and roots music, visual, film and digital arts and literature in the capital of Northern Ireland.

Edinburgh Horror Festival

22 October- 1 November

Get into the Halloween spirit by visiting Edinburgh Horror Festival. Enjoy theatre, comedy, magic, spoken word, movies, games, improv, workshops, interactive events and much more.

Welsh Museums Festival

26 October- 3 November

The annual Welsh Museums Festival has great activities for everyone including arts and crafts workshops, behind-the-scenes tours and virtual reality experiences.