20 Things To Do in October

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We’re racing through September and the Autumn Equinox has been and gone. Time to look ahead to our top 20 things to do in October

Halloween at Chiswick House

After a long and very hot summer, make the most out of the cooler Autumn days ahead and get some action-packed dates in the diary. Here is our top 20 pick of things to do in and around London in October:

Join in the Apple Day annual harvest celebration at  Fulham Palace, full of fun crafts, activities and live music. 

Mini theatre lovers will love the Baby Show, a sensory performance where the young audience can play on set after the show.

Explore the Royal Opera House and the world of opera and ballet with creative family activities and live music at Family Sundays.

The RSC brings animated coming-of-age film My Neighbour Totoro to life at The Barbican.

Bubbles seem just like magic, but wait until you see just what can be done with them at The Bubble Show. Guinness World Record holder Mr Bubbles shares stories and bubble art, with giant bubbles, square bubbles, and even fire bubbles to be seen.

Can you survive Halloween at Chiswick House? Take a trip through haunted woods, full of performances and surprise, with all manner of beasties waiting for you.

Investigate the natural world with the Little Explorers outdoor workshop at Kew Gardens.

Learn about environmental issues and enjoy a moment of self reflection at the Bloomsbury Festival, with a packed agenda of art, music, science and theatre.

Discover more about the Deadliest Plants and Bugs with a fun series of events at RHS Garden Wisley.

Dust off your spookiest costume for a trip to Hever Castle to listen to ghost stories, walk Halloween trails and join vampire-themed workshops. 

Celebrate Diwali at the National Maritime Museum and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the Festival of Light.

Have a Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, where the very useful engine and his friends will be on hand for train rides, activities, and performances.

Dive into the magical show Pea aboard the Puppet Barge. Tiffany loves fairytales, and is sure there’s something under her bed, so join her on a trip through the many layers below.

Follow Dennis, Gnasher and his Beano friends to solve creepy clues on a Halloween family quest around the gardens at Eltham Palace.

Celebrate Mexican culture and Day of the Dead festivities at Kew Gardens’ Mexico Family Fiesta.

Delve into your imagination and see the world through your own lens as Do-re-mi-ka-do takes audiences on a journey through dance, music, and movement.

With puppetry, songs and live music, follow Stick Man as he tries to find his way back to the family tree.

Head to Greenwich and explore the wonder of nature at Greenwich Park Discovery Day, with pond dipping and bug hunting on the agenda.

Have a special day out with Peppa, George and all their animal friends at Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever, as the touring show makes a stop at New Wimbledon Theatre.

Introduce little ones to the magical world of ballet with The Ugly Duckling at the Royal Opera House.

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