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Your guide to October

Our countdown of the very best events taking place in the UK this month

October is one of our favourite months and not just because of Halloween. It’s the crunch of autumn leaves, the sweet treats and all the fabulous events taking place across the UK too. So make the most of half term this month and get out and about with all the family. Conker battles optional.

Enter a land of adventure and take a walk on the wild side at Longleat, where lions roam and monkeys swing. Head down for the day (or even stay the night in a treehouse) as the park celebrates everything fall-related at their new event, The Great British Autumn. Guests can expect pumpkin carving, apple pressing and amazing owl displays – all set against the striking backdrop of the park’s roaming grounds.

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND

Windsor, 14-30 October

Brick or Treat is back this October at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, and this time visitors can enjoy the much-anticipated launch of NINJAGO World (ask the kids) – complete with a 3D LEGO-special firework display that promises to impress. There will be a variety of activities on offer for the little ones to get stuck into, like spooky puppet shows and the chance to build your own LEGO pumpkins. No tricks, just treats!

BFI London Film Festival

London, 4-15 October

Drop the remote and give Netflix a break. The British Film Institute’s London Film Festival is back at Southbank, giving film buffs the chance to see some of the world’s best new films first. Aside from the red carpet excitement, there’ll be a host of events, like exclusive talks and surprise film screenings. One to look out for is LFF Connects – a series of talks with industry insiders, this time including a special instalment with guests Julian Rosefeldt and Cate Blanchett.

What actually happens in the museum at night? Well now you can find out. Trick or treat your way around The Museum of London at their Halloween Night Owl’s Sleepover, and enjoy an exclusive stay amongst the galleries. Guests can explore the exhibitions after dark and solve a spooky crime by torchlight; then bed down and snuggle up until morning where breakfast will be served with a fun family film.

Kent Oktoberfest

Maidstone, 13- 14 October

Can’t quite make it to Munich? Oktoberfest opens its arm to revellers across the UK, from Exeter to Bristol to Belfast, with its famous travelling festival so you can celebrate wherever you are. Expect lots of tents, music and traditional German brews – and don’t forget to don your lederhosen.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition

The British Library, 20 October-28 February

Wands at the ready, The British Library is holding the ultimate exhibition for Hogwarts lovers. Head down this October for Harry Potter: A History of Magic, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Attendees will be treated to a fascinating display of manuscripts, wizarding books, centuries-old British Library treasures and even original material from J.K. Rowling’s own archives. Whether you’re Hufflepuff or Griffindor, this is an event you don’t want to miss.

Wherever you go, make sure you wrap warm with our guide to layering stylishly this autumn here.