This month sees autumn really take hold, and along with the fallen leaves comes a flurry of exciting events. Diaries at the ready: we’ve hand-picked the top five things to do in October 2017 around the UK.
1. Join the conversation at the London Literature Festival
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Bookworms unite at the London Literature Festival 2017, which celebrates writers from around the world in a series of thought-provoking events at the Southbank Centre from 13th October–1st November 2017. A highlight on this year’s agenda: Tom Hanks presents his first book of short stories, Uncommon Type, in a live reading and discussion that is not to be missed.
2. Experience Scotland’s mesmerising Enchanted Forest
Witness a truly magical light show at Scotland’s Enchanted Forest experience. Winner of UK’s Best Cultural Event 2016, this spectacle glorifies the stunning woodlands of Highland Perthshire with a wondrous display of lights and sounds – a must for your stay-cation bucket list. Book now for tickets from 28th September–29th October 2017.
3. Enjoy a tipple at Norwich Cocktail Week
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Marvel at the art of mixology as Norwich Cocktail Week invites you to experience the city’s best bars in a series of alcohol-infused events. This year hosts a competition to crown the best amateur mixologist and an Aged Cocktail Tasting session among its liquor-soaked line-up. Secure a wristband here for discounts and special offers, from 7th–14th October.
4. Get spooked at Hampton Court Palace’s Halloween ghost tour
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This year, make Halloween a night the whole family will never forget thanks to Hampton Court’s eerie ghost tour. This spine-tingling visit will lead you by lamplight through the halls of the breath-taking Tudor palace, recalling chilling tales that span more than 500 years. Choose from child-friendly and adult-only tours on 31st October, and book your tickets here.
5. Treat little ones to the magic of Disney on Ice in Manchester
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Disney on Ice arrives at the Manchester Arena this month to cast a spell with its delightful Passport To Adventure show. Their favourite characters from Frozen, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King join Micky Mouse and friends in this upbeat and unforgettable performance, which promises to entertain kids and parents alike. 11th-15th October.