There’s a lot more to October than just Halloween. Get inspired and take a look at our list of top 10 things to do and see this month across the country…
1. London Restaurant Festival, 3-21 October 2013
Ever fancied eating your way through London? Well now’s your chance. The London Restaurant Festival entices diners with special menus and events across the city. Choose from family-friendly dining to spectacular Michelin-starred feasts at restaurants including Roux at the Landau and STK London. If you fancy something different then why not join the Japanese or tapas tours. Each one focuses on a particular cuisine and stops off at a variety of restaurants throughout the day.
2. Birmingham Comedy Festival, 4-13 October 2013
With over 60 events taking place across the city, Birmingham is the place to be if you need a little chuckle over the next few days. Expect theatre events, workshops, music and of course a cracking line-up of roaring stand-up comedy to look forward to.
3. National Curry Week, 7-13 October 2013
Did you know that chicken jalfrezi is one of the nation’s favourite takeaway dishes? And there’s no better time to tuck into one than during curry week. Indian restaurants up and down the country will be celebrating by showcasing some of their finest dishes so why not pop into your local this week and join in with the feasting.
4. London Cocktail Week, 7-13 October 2013
Ever boarded a floating vodka cruise? Tempted to take the afternoon off for a martini lunch or try a bacon and egg cocktail? Well now’s your chance as London’s cocktail week kicks off this week. Expect some alcohol-fuelled fun at more than 150 bars across the capital. If you love dizzy heights get yourself up Heron Tower for cocktails with a view or try a DIY cocktail master class in Covent Garden's Seven Dials’area.
5. BFI London Film Festival, 9-20 October 2013
Forget Cannes and Toronto. All eyes will be on London as it becomes the movie capital of the world (if only for two weeks) during the 57th BFI London Film Festival. The festival will screen a total of 234 features including short films, documentaries and world premieres not forgetting the string of A-listers expected to attend including Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench and Carey Mulligan to name a few.
6. Falmouth Oyster Festival, 10-13 October 2013
Held to coincide with the start of the oyster dredging season and with around 38,000 people expected to visit, this Cornish oyster festival is even bigger and better this year. With more than 60 stalls exhibiting, visitors can expect to see cookery and chef demonstrations, a town parade, live music, an oyster shucking competition not to mention marquees brimming with the finest Cornish produce over the four-day event.
7. National Baking Week 14-20 October, 2013
Even though it’s probably baking week every week at home, it’s officially ‘Baking Week’ this week, so why not embrace the excuse and start conjuring up anything from biscuits to bread and cupcakes to crumble. Why not push the boat out and hold a charity bake sale, invite some friends over for a baking party or host an afternoon tea with friends - the possibilities are endless.
8. Chocolate Week 14-20 October 2013
It’s also Chocolate Week this week – that’s a whole week dedicated to celebrating the humble cocoa bean. Choose from a country-wide series of events including a chocolate and wine pairing class in Liverpool or a luxurious chocolate afternoon tea at London’s five-star Royal Horseguard’s Hotel. Here you can choose from a cocoa-fest featuring Tanzanian chocolate and lavender tart, chocolate truffles and chocolate filled cocoa macaroons.
9. Isle of Wight Literary Festival, 18-20 October 2013
The hub of this year’s festival will be in Northwood house - a Grade I listed building surrounded by acres of stunning countryside. Taking place over three days visitors can choose from creative writing workshops, jazz, poetry nights and book reading. Speakers this year include Sir Max Hastings, Clare Mulley and Miranda Seymour.
10. Warwick Castle Haunted, 24 October - 2 November 2013
Don your scariest costume and join in the thrills and frills at Warwick Castle where you can experience a Skeleton Ball, meet spooky witches or join the Haunted Castle tour. While here don’t miss the Trebuchet Fireball Finale – a spectacular firework display.
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Keya Modessa, ACHICA Features Writer
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