The best autumn festivals

As the evenings draw in and temperatures plummet, staying indoors needn’t be your only option. Embrace the crisp leaves, autumn colours and fresh air with loads of great autumn festivals to visit across the UK.

Lumiere Festival

Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival returns to Durham between 16th – 19th November and London in 2018. Attend this free event and watch on as the city is transformed by an incredible light display including mini-productions, incredible projections, and interactive exhibits. Stay at our Travelodge Durham hotel to be 5 minutes from the action.

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Sausage Festival, Lincolnshire

It’s all about the sausage at this festival held on the 14th October and includes the famous Lincolnshire sausage, traditionally made up of ground pork and sage. Held in the grounds of Lincoln Castle, visitors can enjoy food stalls galore, cooking demos and entertainment throughout the day all for only £1 entry. Stay at our Travelodge Lincoln Thorpe on the Hill hotel, just 15 minutes away.

Apple Harvest, Countrywide

As part of the National Trust’s 40th anniversary, their annual Apple Harvest weekend celebration becomes a month-long event in October, paying homage to the apple. Enjoy apple displays, cider press demos, apple talks and walks, cooking demos, music, poetry and more. Free to get in but normal admission for each venue applies. View the venues celebrating Apple Harvest. Find a Travelodge hotel near your chosen venue.

Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, Bridgwater, Somerset

For an action-packed day of entertainment, including comedy, singing and much more, pay a visit to Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival on 4th November. Witness “Squibbing”, a unique tradition to Bridgwater whereby hundreds of people (Squibbers) hold a wooden cosh (Squib) and set it alight at the same time. Definitely a sight not be missed. Not forgetting the procession of illuminated floats later in the evening, an event which dates back to 1605. Book our Travelodge Bridgwater M5 hotel, under 6 miles away.

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Brixton Oktoberfest, London

Between 12th – 14th October, Brixton Rooftop celebrates all things German at Oktoberfest. Promising to be a great night out, visitors can take part in ‘Wurst Karaoke Ever’ or a game of ‘Bier Stein Pong’ before enjoying a German-influenced macaroni cheese – Brat Mac. Book a night at our Travelodge London Vauxhall hotel to be a 10 minute tube ride away.

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Take the kids and head over to Cheltenham Literature Festival between 6th – 15th October. Get involved with a Where’s Wally trail, comic book drawing, cake decoration demos, story performing and much more – there is something for the whole family here. Stay at our Travelodge Cheltenham hotel to be under 3 miles away.