What’s on: October
Smashing pumpkins! October, already? Better read our curated guide to all the best things happening near you this month then. You ready? Let's go!
Pumpkins! From 3 Oct
- Pumpkin Moon in Maidstone AND Rainham, Sat 10 & Sun 11, Sat 17 & Sun 18, Fri 23 – Sat 31: Have family fun in the fresh, open air! Pick your pumpkins and warm up with the food and beverage stalls. Get your tickets & book your time slow now. pumpkinmoon.uk
- PYO Pumpkins in Medway, Sat 10 & Sun 11, Sat 17 & Sun 18, Fri 23 – Sun 25, Mon 26 – Sat 31: Riverside Farmers will still be holding their annual Pick Your Own pumpkin event – grab your wheelbarrows and get picking! Morning sessions open at 9-11am and the Afternoon sessions are 1-3pm. pyopumpkins.co
- Tulleys Farm in Crawley, selected days from 3 – 31 Oct: There are 12 acres of pumpkins producing over 75,000 in all sorts of shapes and sizes so you’ll be spoilt for choice here! Entry starts at £2 for Adult/Child, under 2s go free! tulleysspookfest.co.uk
- Stanhill Farm in Dartford, dates TBC: Family friendly farm with pumpkins of all dimensions perfect for eating and for decorating! Why not bring a picnic and make a day of it? stanhillfarm.co.uk
- Chilton Manor Farm in Sittingbourne, from Sat 17 Oct: Don’t just pick your own pumpkins, why not get ready to purchase fruit and vegetables too? chiltonmanorfarm.co.uk
- Saffery Farm nr Faversham, Sat 24 – Sat 31: Saffery Farm has been in the business 35 years and is giving you the chance to PYO your own pumpkins this October! Don’t forget your wellies, you were warned. facebook.com/pages
- Four Winds Farm in Fordcombe, Sat 24 – Sat 31: PYO your own over the half term at Four Winds Farm with hot refreshments! Get your tickets here: facebook.com/events
- Why not try Felderland PYO Farm on Deal Road? With a Halloween shop, family photo stations, hay bale play zone, coffee shop and hot food – sounds like a fun family day out! Buy your tickets in advance here: felderland-pyo.co.uk
Mid Week Recharge Retreat, Biddenden, Every Tues-Thurs
You may have already heard about this little gem on Loose Women this week but incase you didn’t! Treat yourself to a slice of tranquility and self-care in the stunning surroundings of Stede Court Private Fitness Retreat near Biddenden. Run by Kathryn Freeland, who has over 20 years experience training private clients and celebrities including Cate Blanchett and Claudia Winkleman. We know its bliss. Are you ready to feel refreshed with this 1 night mid-week boost? Expect yoga by a log burner, mindfulness, meditation, a Circuits Class, time in their Sauna and even a wild swim – not forgetting a delicious dinner and breakfast! For more information click here. To book click here.
Autumn Colour Trail, Hever Castle, From 1 Oct
There’s nothing better than feeling the crisp leaves underfoot! Don’t miss the rich display of autumn colour at the beautiful Hever Castle when the Boston Ivy turns a vivid shade of red. Stroll through the gardens and get some much-needed natural therapy in the 150 acres of grounds. Book your tickets here and don’t forget your wellies!
Apple Weekend, Kent Life, Maidstone, 3 – 4 Oct
Celebrate the Apple Harvest at real working farm Kent Life at their Apple Weekend showcasing their amazing range of home grown apples – up to 30 varieties! Buy your stash of apples and don’t forget to take a trip to their cider bar to sample a cider or two. There’ll also be apple crafts for children plus their Animal Experiences and Tractor Rides. All you need to do is book your ticket!
Steak and Lobster Supper Club, Deal Pier Kitchen, Fri & Sat Nights
Listen up! You don’t want to miss Deal Pier Kitchen‘s new Steak & Lobster nights on Friday and Saturday evenings featuring locally caught Lobster and prime Steaks from Chandler and Dunn. They are mega popular and have a few spaces left so be quick. Book here.
Italian Feast Supper Club, Green Farm, Sat 3 Oct
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful countryside, Green Farm Spa and Retreat offers bespoke wellness experiences in an exclusive natural setting. Food is also a very important part of life at Green Farm, don’t miss their first ever Supper Club launching this October. Enjoy the authentic taste of Italy with super chef, Stefania Mignemi at an exclusive pop-up supper club. Go on a journey around her beloved country via six of its most delicious wines, each paired with a mouth-watering Italian dish from starters to desserts. Book your spot for this under ‘Special Events’ here.
The Luna Cinema, Leeds Castle, Until Sun 4 Oct
Watch your favourite film in front of the world’s most beautiful castle, Leeds Castle near Maidstone makes for the perfect setting for cinema under the stars. Catch movies like; Pretty Woman, Grease, Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire and Rocket Man! No need to drive-in or bring your own chair, everyone will be assigned a pitch that will have chairs pre-laid out to make sure everyone is social distancing. Book your tickets now.
Fusion Supper Club, Alive With Flavour, Weds 7 Oct
Want to get hands-on with food and meet new people every month? The Alive with Flavour Supper Clubs is a fab chance to do just that! They meet regularly at interesting foodie venues but are recently meeting from the comfort of their own homes via Zoom. Go on try something new and join Alive With Flavour’s next Supper Club this October! Next month’s theme is ‘Fusion – when cultures and cuisine combine’. Masterchef Finalist, ‘Fusion Queen’, Daksha Mistry will be demonstrating a few delicious dishes via Zoom. Book your spot now.
National Theatre Lives, Trinity Theatre, 7 Oct – 18 Nov
Missing the theatre? We know we are! Experience the drama broadcasted live from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th Birthday season. Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells will be showing award-winning shows such as The Lehman Trilogy, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Present Laughter and All My Sons – to name a few! And yes that is Gwendoline Christie, best known for playing the brilliant Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones, starring as Hippolyta and Titania Get your tickets here.
The Magic Faraway Tree, Bangers&Balls, Fri 16 & Sat 17 Oct
Bangers&Balls host of Supper Clubs and home of foodie revolutions. Follow clues (top right) to your cocktails and canapés before taking your seats in the candle lit barn. Set on the beautiful Yew Tree Farm School in Bredgar where cheeky pygymy goats roam, chickens under foot and the sheep lazily grazing under the trees, it’s a beautiful setting! Book now for their The Magic Faraway Tree Supper Club on Fri 16 & Sat 17 Oct starting at 6:30pm, just in time for sunset. Can’t get a babysitter? Join their family-friendly Lunch Club on Sat 17 from 1:30 – 4pm with their Magic Faraway Tree Menu with a twist on the boozy items for the kids.
Assembly Hall Theatre reopening, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 17 Oct
It’s time to support the Arts! The much-loved theatre in Tunbridge Wells will re-open for live performances with a reduced capacity from 17 Oct. You can expect an exciting line-up of entertainment from comedy with Hal Cruttenden and Omid Djalili, live Orchestra nights, music from up-coming talent from The Forum, Abba and more! Book your tickets now.
Heritage Orchard Days, Brogdale Collections, Sat 17 & Sun 18 Oct
Brogdale Collections is holding Heritage Orchard Days to help save the Charity’s heritage orchards. Enjoy orchard walks, fruit displays, juice tastings, a family apple trail and cider sales. Even harvest your own apples and enjoy the use of Brogdale’s lovely picnic field! These Orchard Days are great way to spend time outside with the family whilst enjoying fresh Kent fruit. Book your tickets here.
Halloween Half Term Trail, Leeds Castle, 24 Oct – 1 Nov
Go on, get them out this October Half Term! Join Leeds Castle for some spooky fun, download the Leeds Castle App and explore the grounds to scan codes and complete the Halloween themed activity trail! Challenge accepted. All you need to do is book your Admission tickets, choose a time slot and download the App. Once you’ve paid for your day, you get to visit Leeds Castle for FREE for 15 months (returns back to 12 months from Dec 31 2020). So there’s plenty more days of fun to be had where that came from.
Spooky Half Term Fun, Wildwood, 24 Oct – 1 Nov
For the perfect family day out, head to Wildwood, just outside Herne Bay with over 200 native animals set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, there is guaranteed to be an animal-favourite for everyone! There’s lots to do this October Half Term; find the ghosts and solve the mystery on the Spooky Trail, bring your own carved pumpkins to enter the Pumpkin Carving Competition to win an Artic Fox Experience for two, take a lesson in Potion Making (Mon, Tues & Fri) with resident wizard Cornelius Cobweb or if you like the outdoors and learning something new, you’ll love Wildwood’s Bushcraft Days (Weds & Thurs)! Book your visit here. When you enter tell the shop what activity you’d like to do and there they will give you a time slot.
The Wicked Witch Of The Wild Wood, Penshurst Place, 26 – 30 Oct
With the ever-changing guidance on events, Penshurst Place are re-working the traditional set up of their most-loved Halloween event; The Wicked Witch of the Wild Wood storytelling! They’re still hopeful it will be going ahead, the stories will still be told but maybe in a different way. More details will be released soon! Click here to stay up to date.
Halloween Supper Club, The Curious Eatery, Sat 31 Oct
Don’t miss out on this Curious Spooktacular experience! Try a three-course freaky feast and a fun-filled evening with The Curious Eatery. Tickets are £50 pp which include a Curious Cocktail and a glass of Dead End Tempranillo alongside your meal. Book your table now and be quick about it: firstname.lastname@example.org
Halloween Pumpkin Trail, Mount Ephraim Gardens, Sat 31 Oct
Looking for a spook-tacular family day out this Halloween? Complete Mount Ephraim Gardens’ Halloween pumpkin trail, enjoy a devilish falconry display from Joe’s Bows, then rest your feet and enjoy some Halloween treats and drinks in the terrifying tea room. There will also be a prize for the best fancy dress! Open 11am until 4pm. The booking form will be open soon, watch it here.
Fire Soul Sessions, Samsara Retreat & Yoga, 5 Nov
Why not spend the Nov 5 a bit differently this year? With a healing sound bath, an energising Yoga session with Dipu and a scrumptious supper of Chilli ‘Non-Carne’ and gooey toasted smores around the Samsara fire pit. It definitely will be one to remember. Book your tickets here.
English Touring Opera, Assembly Hall Theatre, Sun 1 Nov – Sun 6 Dec
Culture Vultures rejoice! Netflix alone not doing it for you? Missing your fix of live arts and theatre? Assembly Hall Theatre is about the welcome the English Touring Opera with a programme focusing on the voice of the individual in isolation and the power of song. Book your tickets here.
Sound Bath & Yoga, Samsara Retreat & Yoga, Sat 21 Nov
Re-energise, find healing and be still with Samsara on their new mini-retreat this November. Experience a beautiful sound bath with Nicola (from Actively Alive UK) and an uplifting Yoga session with Dipu Das. Find a peaceful pocket amongst your busy weekend, 12:30 – 2:30 pm. It’s one of their most popular mini-retreats so they’ve decided to make it a monthly thing! Join the hype and book in here.
Nurse Nellie Saves Panto, The Marlowe Theatre, Fri 11 Dec – Sun 3 Jan 2021
The festive season has been saved – there will be a pantomime this year! Nurse Nellie Saves Panto will be performed to a socially-distanced audience and will star much-loved panto legend Ben Roddy who has played the dame in The Marlowe’s pantomimes for the last decade. So with limited seating, tickets will soon go! Join as a Marlowe Friend to get priority booking or join the general sale from Thurs 15 Oct.
START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, 21-25 Oct
Hey Queenie, nice nose ring! This cool, contemporary art fair, which takes pieces from London’s top galleries, will go ahead this year with social distancing measures and an exceptional line up of artists including Lincoln Townley, Erika Navas and Nat Bowen. In addition to START Art Fair, Korean Eye’s 2020 exhibition Creativity and Daydream will be on show having travelled from The State Hermitage in St Petersburg after a six-month stay, featuring a wealth of emerging and established talent from South Korea.
Among The Trees, The Hayward Gallery, Southbank, until 31 Oct
From Colombian rainforests and remote Japanese islands to olive orchards in Israel and a 9,550-year-old spruce in Sweden, this mixed media exhibition explores trees relationship to humans, featuring work from 37 international artists. You’re right on the Southbank so plenty of foodie options to head to after your culture fix.
Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers, The Design Museum, London, until 14 Feb
From underground raves to the pioneering sounds used in Dr Who, this exhibition explores the history and culture of electronic music throughout the ages.
Ai Weiwei: History of Bombs Exhibition, Imperial War Museum, London, until 24 May 2021
Part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North, this exhibition draws on renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s ongoing investigation into politics and power.
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Compiled by Mollie Manning