UK events: October 2016

As you’re new to the UK, we think you’ll be eager to get out and explore. Read Chevening’s top tips for events happening across the UK in October…

Hull Fair

Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

7 to 15 October 2016

Hull Fair is one of Europe’s largest travelling funfairs, bringing rides, attractions and travellers from a wide variety of different regions to the city for one week.

The fair celebrated its 700th anniversary in 1993 and is one of Hull’s oldest and most popular traditions. The fair is opened by the Lord Mayor of Hull at 17:00 on Friday, 7 October 2016. It runs until 00:00 on Saturday, 15 October 2016.

Find out more about the fair here


BFI London Film Festival

London, Greater London

15 to 16 October 2016

One of the world’s top film festivals, the BFI (British Film Institute) London Film Festival (LFF) presents the best in international cinema. Red carpet premieres, gala events, talks, workshops, screenings of feature films, shorts and documentaries take place at venues across the city.

The BFI LFF is more accessible than most, offering an appealing line-up of world premieres, IMAX specials, archive films and animated shorts. Films are shown in cinemas right across London, from the Ritzy in Brixton to the Odeon cinemas of the West End, with screenings, Q&As, and interviews with directors and producers on offer.

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Bristol Festival of Literature


21 to 29 October 2016

Plan a break to Bristol to see where artists and authors found their stimulus and join a themed celebration of the creative word.

The festival holds events throughout the year, culminating in a full programme at various locations across the city in October. Authors, writers, publishers, readers, listeners and performers are invited to come together and be part of the story. Last year featured writers’ workshops, expert talks, live literature, book stalls and music.

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Halloween in Blackpool

Blackpool, Lancashire

22 to 31 October 2016

Blackpool turns into a haven for Halloween lovers with events happening around the attractions of Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Expect late night openings, ghost hunts, live music, vampires, zombies and more…

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Beachy Head Marathon

Eastbourne, East Sussex

29 October 2016

The Eastbourne Beachy Head Marathon is one of the biggest off-road marathons in the UK. Formerly known as the Seven Sisters Marathon, it’s a scenic and challenging route through the South Downs National Park countryside. Great for runners, joggers or walkers looking to get fit.

If running isn’t for you, then cheer on the challengers who come from all over the world, enjoy a gentle walk and explore the area’s historic villages and traditional smugglers’ country pubs.  Hire a bike and weave your way through Friston Forest or tuck in at a tearoom with a classic Sussex cream tea. Mmmmm!

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