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6 things to look forward to in October 2022

You may be feeling sad that summer has come to an end, and an abrupt one at that as it often does here in the UK. Don’t fret! Autumn has so much to offer to keep you entertained. Here are six things to look forward to this October.


There’s no other holiday like Halloween. You can’t beat the costumes, trick or treating, pumpkin carving and scary movies. Why not take a trip to one of Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights this year where you can experience the classic park rides in the dark including the world’s first horror movie-themed rollercoaster – SAW. Fright Nights include attractions you can’t experience any other days of the year, with the addition of scare zones, shows and scare mazes. This year there are three brand new scare attractions!

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London Marathon

What a treat it is to have the London Marathon bring excitement to our autumn for another year. Typically the 26.2 mile run would take place in April but this was thrown off during the course of the pandemic. This years London Marathon takes place on October 2nd, beginning at Blackheath and rounding off at The Mall. The world-famous route has hardly changed since the race was founded by athletes Chris Brasher and John Disley in 1981. 

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Oktoberfest is a celebration like no other, but you don’t need to venture all the way to Germany to experience the autumn festival. The UK does an incredible job of replicating the festivities with great German beer, food, music and dancing. In Manchester, bands travel all the way from Germany to bring their authentic sound, but London takes the crown as the UK’s largest Oktoberfest. The traditional event in Munich includes fairground rides, so why not take it to another level and enjoy Oktoberfest at Alton Towers

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Leicester’s Festival of Light

Recognised as one of the largest Diwali events outside of India, Leicesters Festival of Light celebrates everything from food and dance to fashion, with plenty of fireworks to top it off. Over the course of the two-week celebration, there will be a wonderful selection of events happening across the city. The festival begins on Sunday the 9th of October with the city’s light switch on and rounds off with an incredible firework display and entertainment on Diwali Day (October 24th).

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Secret Cinema – Guardians of the Galaxy

Secret Cinema is well known for bringing blockbuster movies to life, creating a special occasion for fans to immerse themselves in another world. This will be the first Marvel experience from Secret Cinema, an affair that creative director Matt Bennet describes as “unique compared to anything we’ve done before”. At the event, you’ll play the role of a Ravager as part of a clan, for which you can earn points throughout the night. Guests are encouraged to dress up to truly get into character, which includes sacrificing their phone during the experience to fully soak up the atmosphere.

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Nottingham Goose Fair

After three long years the Nottingham Goose Fair is finally set to return, with double the number of days to make up for the absence! Goosey the Goose Fair mascot will be back in her rightful place to greet visitors to Nottingham’s largest fair, which has been running for over 720 years now. The fair will take place from September 30th – October 9th at Forest Recreation Ground.

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