UK events: October 2018


England’s Largest Travelling Fair

5 to 15 October

Don’t miss the lights, sights, and smells of England’s largest travelling fair. This year, the fair rolls into Hull on 5 October and leaves on 15 October, giving you just over a week to enjoy the festivities. The fair is one of Hull’s biggest traditions, as well as one of its oldest, having reached its 700th anniversary in 1993.

So head up north and be flung skyward on the highest rides in Europe (not for the faint hearted), sample the famous Bob Carver fish and chips, brandy snaps and candy floss, and then try your luck on one of the many games and stalls that line the fair.

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South West England

Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

19 October

Back for its seventh year, this event is a must in your entrepreneurial calendar. Hosted at the newly refurbished Mercure Grand hotel in Bristol, it 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.

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Bristol Festival of Literature

19 October to 28 October

Be mesmerised by Bristol’s wondrous side with the eighth annual Bristol Festival of Literature.

The festival holds wordy events throughout the year, culminating in a full programme in October at various locations across the city. Authors, writers, publishers, readers, listeners and performers are invited to come together and be part of the story.

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Northern Ireland

Love Your Home, Titanic Exhibition Centre

Belfast, 12 October

Northern Ireland’s largest home event Love Your Home Show 2018, created for home lovers, will take place in the Titanic Exhibition Centre. With over 175 exhibitors providing products, advice, ideas and inspiration for your home/university accommodation, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

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South East England

The Dark Circus Party – Halloween Special

27 October

Step inside the abandoned circus and become immersed in the shadows of the bazaar as you follow the freaks and geeks in their ghoulish performances. Stare starry-eyed at the enchanting aerialists as they spin from the ceiling, performing marvellous feats of death-defying daring.

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North England

Sea Glass on the Durham Coast


Admire the dramatic cliff top views, seek out one of England’s oldest churches, or simply relax at the beach in Seaham.

The tranquil beauty of the sandy North Beach, with its inviting rock pools, is sheltered by a long sea wall which protects the cliffs from the power of the North Sea. Grab an ice cream or simply enjoy the stunning view from Seaham Harbour Marina, or set off on a walk along the coastal footpath to reveal impressive views.

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Biscuit Factory

Newcastle upon Tyne, October

The Biscuit Factory is the UK’s largest independent commercial art, craft and design gallery set in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter. Housed in a former Victorian warehouse, the gallery spaces are set over two floors and display a range of exciting contemporary fine art, sculpture, original prints and jewellery, quality craftsmanship and design-led homewares. The Biscuit Factory hosts four major exhibitions a year, representing the work of around 250 artists each season, so there is always something new to see every time you visit.

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Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair

12 to 14 October

Over 120 galleries and artists will be selling thousands of modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography, and prints at a wide range of prices.

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South England, East Sussex

Beachy Head Marathon

27 October

The Eastbourne Beachy Head Marathon is one the biggest off-road marathons in the UK. Formerly known as the Seven Sisters Marathon, it is popular for its 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 some traditional smugglers’ country pubs and historic villages. 

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