Now the children are back at school, the shelves will soon be heaving with Halloween horrors, ready for celebrations around 31 October. Yet it is only one of many family festivals that you’ll be able to enjoy with the kids in the autumn weeks. We’ve picked out ten very different events from around the country to inspire you. What’s going on near you?
Autumn family festivals: North
Dumfries and Galloway celebrates all that is great about their rural communities in their Day of the Region on 6-7 October. There will be free concerts, heritage trails, music, drama, dance, sheep dog displays, village olympics and much more to enjoy (01387 850228).
The 21st Aspects Irish Literature Festival in Bangor on 26-30 September features two public events for children on Saturday 29 September at Bangor Abbey. Author Derek Landy will be giving a talk suitable for children aged 9+ at 11.30am (£4 admission) and all ages are invited along to the Young Aspects Showcase 2.30-5.30pm (028 9127 0069).
It’s the North West Food Lovers Festival at Tatton Park in Knutsford from 19-21 October. In addition to demonstrations and the many exhibitors there are workshops for children too. Adult tickets only £5 in advance, under-12s go free (01244 405 615).
The Ryedale Book Festival, held in various venues around the town of Malton on 20 October, has an impressive range of free and low-cost events for children, including storytelling and arts workshops (01653 600 048).
Autumn family festivals: Central
The Bridgend Love2Walk Festival from 29 September – 7 October offers plenty of free, family-friendly options and plenty of variety too, including wild food foraging, geocaching and beach combing (01656 815080).
The Stratford on Avon Music Festival from 13-21 October features The Classic Buskers family concert on 14 October at The Croft Preparatory School, involving over 40 woodwind instruments plus a rubber trout! £10 for adults, up to two children per family free (01789 298197).
Things are all set to go very orange in Lincolnshire on 5 October when Spalding’s Pumpkin Festival starts its annual, week-long celebration. Street entertainment, parades and fireworks are all on the agenda (01775 761161).
Autumn family festivals: South
The Active Budleigh festival runs in the East Devon town from 11-15 October, encouraging participants of all ages and abilities for the sports and activities on offer. Walks, tennis, football and salsa are among many options which are totally free (07765 004933).
Visit the free, annual celebration of the festival of lights, Diwali on the Square, during the afternoon and evening in London’s Trafalgar Square on 28 October. Expect an official opening ceremony followed by plenty of light, music and colour (07712 177 703).
Broadstairs Food Festival 5-7 October promises plenty of tasty temptations, with the best food and drink from local producers, restaurants and retailers on offer. There’s also a Teddy Bear’s Picnic for kids on 6 October from 10am (01843 871102).
Do check all details ahead of your visit. And please do share details of the festivals planned in your area by adding your comments below!