Futon Company presents..What’s on this October

Futon-Company-october-eventsWith autumn well and truly here, it’s time to check out what’s on the horizon across the UK this October with Futon Company…


Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival

Choose from more than 1,100 different real ales, not to mention over 300 real ciders and perries at Nottingham’s annual CAMRA Festival between October 7th and 10th. Held in the magnificent grounds of Nottingham Castle, this is a beer festival to top them all, with the widest choice of draught cask conditioned beers in the world. October also sees Nottingham celebrate its famous outlaw, with a series of events and performances kicking off with International Robin Hood Day on October 17th.

Goose Fair

The UK’s oldest travelling fair, with more than 700 years of history, the Goose Fair is renowned as a fantastic event for all ages. With over 500 attractions, from the latest white knuckle experiences to family rides and old favourites including waltzers, carousels, and Hook-a-Duck, plus traditional Goose Fair food including mushy peas and mint sauce, candy floss and brand snaps. From September 30th until October 4th.

Nottingham Oktoberfest

Nottingham Oktoberfest looks to recreate all the fun of Germany’s famous beer-based celebrations! There will be delicious beers to try, as well as all sorts of hearty food and live music adding to the atmosphere. From 28th October until 1st November at Forest Recreation Ground.

Robin Hood Pageant

A celebration of Nottingham’s outlaw, the Robin Hood Pageant transforms the grounds of Nottingham Castle into a medieval village, complete with Robin Hood and his Merry Men, King Richard in his royal camp, living history demonstrations and jousting tournaments. Evening events include a night time joust event, complete with fire artists and jesters. Taking place at Nottingham Castle from 23rd to 25th October.


Circus City

Bristol’s biennial circus festival, which this year runs from October 8th to 31st, attracts top local talent and award-winning European shows, dazzling audiences with everything from spellbinding cabaret to puppetry. Take your seat for nail-biting wire-walking shows and bring out your inner clown or trapeze artist with master classes and workshops for all skill levels and ages.


Illuminating York

As the nights draw in, York’s historic architecture is transformed into modern works of art. Medieval landmarks become the canvas for striking art installations, lighting up the dark nights with swathes of colour. Drawing more than 50,000 visitors to the city from October 28th to 30th, the event sees the majestic facade of York Minster drenched in a kaleidoscope of colour, The Shambles will go all disco with mirror balls suspended above the medieval shopping street, and the Museum Gardens will be transformed by a barrage of light and sound.


Hallowscream at York Maze is a terrifyingly entertaining night of fear and fun with five separate live action haunted house attractions. But be warned – these frights aren’t limited to the haunted houses! We serve a wide range of food and drink, along with our zombie themed exit bar, where you can get an alcoholic drink after the event to calm the nerves! Hallowscream is based on a farm where a terrible tragedy occurred back in 1873, and the restless souls who died on that night return each Halloween to torment those who dare to visit. Hallowscream opens for business from October 16th.


October Plenty

Kicking off on London’s Bankside beside Shakespeare’s Globe on October 25th, this eccentric carnival is everything you wished your school’s harvest festival could have been. A celebration of Southwark’s plentiful history, ancient seasonal customs and theatrical performance all rolled into one, the Berry Man – festooned head-to-toe in wild fruits and foliage – is the star of the show, along with the annual Apple Day event held at the famous Borough Market.


Harvest Moon Market

Presiding over the Harvest Moon Market, which runs in the Pantiles from 16th to 18th October, will be the harvest scarecrow – a Market talking point amongst visitors as he oversees the proceedings from his high vantage point. The Market will feature seasonal foods and drinks celebrating the harvest moon together with traditional craft demonstrations, craft and clothing stalls selling products made from natural fibres, wood and metals mined from the land. There will also be a living history and photographic installation titled Working the Land provided in conjunction with a local museum. The stage will host acoustic folk music to celebrate the harvest, and each evening at 6pm everyone can join together at tables for the Harvest Supper. Children can enjoy storytelling, with tales of superstition, folklore and fairytales along with demonstrations such as bread kneading and butter making.

Puppetry Festival

The inaugural Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival is set to take place on Saturday 10th October, offering a one-day festival of world class puppetry. Joey the life-sized theatrical horse from the National Theatre’s award-winning War House will open the festival at 10am, followed by a variety of workshops and talks taking place at various venues across Tunbridge wells. The event includes three Punch and Judy shows on the Pantiles at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm. The Pantiles will also host various street artists. For more information call the Box Office on 01892 678 678 or go to


Brahms Symphony No 1 at Usher Hall

This concert opens Usher Hall’s 2015/16 Season and kicks of its Brahms series with Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati. Brahms had felt so intimidated by Schumann’s prediction that he was the man destined to “take over the mantle of Beethoven” that he was 43 before going public with his First Symphony, a masterwork of blazing intensity. Taking place on October 8th, tickets retail from £11-£31.50.

Rebecca at Kings Theatre

Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca is timeless; the book beloved by generations and the iconic Alfred Hitchcock film a classic of the genre. Now Rebecca bursts to the stage at Edinburgh’s Kings Theatre. Emma Rice, the award-winning director, has created a spellbinding production which conjures Cornish romance and theatrical magic. Following the mysterious death of his first wife, Maxim de Winter returns to Manderley with his new young bride. Surrounded by memories of the glamorous Rebecca, the new Mrs de Winter is consumed by jealousy. She sets to uncover the secrets of the house and a past fiercely guarded by the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers. From 19th to 24th October, evenings 7.30pm and 2.30pm matinee Wednesday and Sunday.

Samhuinn Fire Festival

Taking place on October 31st, this year’s celebration is hosted at Grassmarket, Old Town, Edinburgh. A Festival celebrating street theatre and performance right into the heart of the city, it attracts over 6,000 visitors annually. The story follows the ideas of the overthrowing of summer by winter, with a stand-off between the summer and winter Kings. This is overseen by the Cailleach, a Celtic representation of the Goddess, or Divine Hag. The transformation from summer to winter is supported by the energies and interactions of the summer and winter courts – through performance and dance. The narrative focuses on this conflict and its resolution, but also on the transition that many aspects of life take during the changing of the seasons.


Festival for the Senses

Tickle your taste buds, prick up your ears, smell lovely aromas, open your eyes and feel your way around this free family festival. Taking place at Anglia Ruskin University on Saturday 2nd October 2015 from 10am-2pm, this interactive, fun-packed sensory festival offers activities including circus workshops, climbing wall, African dance and drumming, henna tattoos, photo booth with free photos, taste safari, treasure hunt, face painting, music acts, reaction wall, pottery workshop, world food cooking and walk, taste tests, listening posts, air ambulance, fastest bowler competition, giant jenga and skittles and children’s story time.

The Hollywood Special Effects Show

Join the professionals at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on Sunday 11th October from 10am-6pm for an interactive backstage adventure; feel the heat from spectacular explosions, get up close with gruesome sci-fi monsters, be blown away by apocalyptic weather and hold on tight through high-octane stunt sequences. A theatrical experience like no other – dangerously exciting! Running time approximately two hours plus interval, suitable for age 7+.


Central Park’s Halloween Music, Food & Fun Day

October will be taking on a distinctly spooky feel in the shape of Central Park’s Halloween Music, Food & Fun Day! There will be Halloween activities for children with face painters, pumpkin creations, bouncy castles and pony rides allowing Mum and Dad to wander around the varied market stalls with gifts, crafts, arts and local produce. When you feel peckish, choose from any of the delicious take away options which include hog roasts, local pasties, gourmet burgers, falafel and more. 18th October from 10am to 4pm at Central Park PL2 3DG.

Plymouth Pastport

Purchase one Plymouth Pastport and get access to four of the city’s best visitor attractions between now and October 3rd 2015. Venues include Smeaton’s Tower – Plymouth’s landmark 18th century lighthouse on the Hoe; Elizabethan House – the city’s authentic 16th century residence on the Barbican; Merchant’s House – the fascinating 17th century property near the Barbican and the recently refurbished Mayflower Museum.


Norwich Ghost Walks

Join the Man in Black and his team of phantoms for a two-hour walk around the historic old parts of the city seeking out ghouls and ghosts. Revel in the fascinating history of Norwich and enjoy tales about darker deeds from yesteryear. Suitable for all, including children, provided they are not of a nervous disposition. Dogs welcome on a lead. Starts at 7.30pm. £7/ £5 for concessions. No need to book just turn up. Walks take place whatever the weather. Adam and Eve pub Bishopsgate, NR3 1RZ. Walks on October 1st, 5th, 8th, 12th, 15th, 19th, 22nd, 26th.


Chester Pride

Chester Pride will take place on Saturday 3rd October 2015, launching with a colourful parade through the heart of Chester at midday, followed by entertainment on the M&S Bank stage in Castle Square and much more.

Chester Literature Festival

Running from 10th-25th October 2015, the Chester Literature Festival will welcome some of the literary world’s greatest talent to the city. With a packed programme of talks, workshops and lectures, it’s the perfect event for any book lover. Taking place at Chester Town Hall, University of Chester.


National Champagne Week

The annual celebration of Champagne is set to take place across the UK from 1st to 7th October and will be bigger and better than ever before, with 19 venues hosting more than 20 events across the country, each paired with a different champagne house. In partnership with Laurent-Perrier, Blenheim Palace will offer a delectable Cuvee Rose Afternoon between 1st to 11th October in the Palace’s Indian Room and Champagne Bar.

The Big Chalk – Draw Your Oxford Story

Join Oxford Castle’s Unlocked and the 03 Gallery at Oxford Castle Quarter for The Big Chalk – Draw Your Oxford Story, part of the Big Draw Festival 2015. Draw your Oxford story with chalk on the historic Castle Yard’s paving stones. Every 30 minutes enjoy live storytelling from costumed guides, dressed as characters from the castle’s 1,000 year history, who’ll be telling thrilling stories to inspire your chalk creation! Meet at the 03 Gallery every half an hour from 2pm on Saturday 24th October to collect your chalk and meet your character tour guide. Free event, fun for all the family.

Oxford Castle Unlocked Jailbreak

In 1952, Oxford’s finest detectives were confounded by the disappearance of prisoner number D42. Can you solve the ingenious puzzles and clues left behind, solving the jailbreak in under an hour? If you have the cunning and creativity to escape from a REAL prison cell, then the top of the tower will be unlocked for you to make your escape! Jailbreak is a locked room puzzle game for 3-5 players (suitable for cunning 10 year olds and above), perfect for team building, corporate away days, stag and hen parties, birthday parties…or just for fun. To arrange, call +44(0)845 070 6255.


Comedy Festival

Now in its 13th year, the Brighton Comedy Festival sets out to present the best live comedy of the year. The heady air of the seaside combined with some of the world’s funniest people creates a mixture that is unmissable. In addition to the well-established hub at Brighton Dome, the festival will this year return to The Old Market as well as working in partnership with Brighton’s year round comedy heart at Komedia. With over 70 performances across 16 days, the city will be awash with laughter. Comedians will include Jack Dee, Rich Hall, Simon Amstell, Milton Jones and more. From 9th to 24th October 2015.


Pumpkin Party

The Pumpkin Party is back for 2015 at Chiswick House Walled Gardens (entrance A4 gate car park) on Saturday 24th October. Come in your best and scariest costumes (adults and children) for the fancy dress competition. There will be all the favourite games, photo opportunities for friends and families with our fun pumpkin photo board as well as bouncy castles and face painting. Please bring your carved pumpkins along to be displayed and lit as part of the wonderful pumpkin patch display. Tickets on sale from the Chiswick Kitchen Garden produce cart at the Dog Show.


Shakespeare’s The Wars of the Roses at The Rose Theatre

From now until October 31st, the Rose Theatre’s renowned stage will be transformed into a battleground for The Wars of the Roses, a gripping distillation of Shakespeare’s history plays, directed by Trevor Nunn, one of the world’s leading Shakespearean directors. A spectacular theatrical event not seen since it was first produced at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963, The Wars of the Roses is a trilogy of plays about one of the most tumultuous and intriguing periods of British History – the 15th century conflict between the House of York and the House of Lancaster for the throne of England.



Welcome to the 9th Cambridge Oktoberfest, Cambridge and District CAMRA’s youngest Beer Festival. This event emulates the Munich Beer Festival but on a much smaller scale. This is a small but fun event. The Oktoberfest is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and takes place at the University Social Club on October 16th and 17th.

Ocean Film Festival

The Festival World Tour brings you the world’s most amazing ocean films from both above and below the surface. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the ocean without getting your feet wet! From its Austrian origins, this extraordinary collection of films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. A truly inspiring evening taking place on October 2nd from 6.30-9.30pm at Lady Mitchell Hall, CB3 9DA.


Dara O Briain

Fast-paced and intelligent wit from the Irish stand-up and TV regular, as seen on BBC Two’s topical panel show Mock the Week and Dave’s School of Hard Sums. His Crowd Tickler show comes to the New Victoria Theatre in Woking on Wednesday 7th October 2015 from 8pm.


Exmouth Carnival Grand Illuminated Procession and Fun Day

Taking place on Saturday 10th October, this year’s fun day and procession will be bigger and better than ever, with over 60 entries. Participants will be attending from all over Devon – Totnes, Torbay, South Brent, Tiverton and more. There is also a visiting Carnival Troupe from Luton and the City of Exeter Pipes and Drums. Some of the cast of Peter Pan who will be performing at the Exmouth Pavilion over Christmas and the New Year will make a special appearance at the Carnival Fun Day and will walk in the procession.

Abbamania at Exeter Corn Exchange

Abbamania are widely regarded as the UK’s top ABBA tribute show with countless sensational live performances to their credit which have taken them across Europe. To celebrate 40 years of ABBA the tribute group will host an unforgettable night at Exeter Corn Exchange on October 11th 2015.