What’s On in October

With lovely autumnal weather on us, this time of year is a wonderful time to take a break. There’s still plenty to keep you busy out and about, plus all sorts of Halloween activities for the kids at half term. 

As always, please check the appropriate website before setting out to check times and any advance booking that may be required. 

Light of Hope Installation at Winchester Cathedral
Light of Hope, is part of a project involving thousands of young people from Hampshire’s schools and community groups creating their own miniature Light of Hope. A huge-scale sculptural artwork, the Light of Hope Star, is an illuminated five metre diameter steel piece created to unify and represent hope. This striking contemporary artwork will be suspended high above the cathedral’s nave from 1st October 2022 until 1 January 2023 and can be seen as part of the general admission ticket. Find out more…

Light of Hope installation at Winchester Cathedral. Image credit: Peter Walker Sculptor

Love Southsea Market
Head to the Love Southsea Market on Palmerston Road where you’ll find everything from delicious street food to gorgeous gifts, homewares, handcrafted jewellery, vintage traders, art, and so much more. 1st to 2nd October.

Mary Rose Anniversary Lectures
Join the Mary Rose for three days of talks and panel discussions as the Historic Dockyard celebrates the 40th anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose in 1982! The topics will look at the court of Henry VIII, the impact the Mary Rose excavation has had on maritime archaeology as well as hearing from some of those involved in the lead-up to and the raising of the Mary Rose. Advance booking required. 6th to 8th October. Find out more…

Science Starz at Winchester Science Centre
Discover the connections between music and science as you learn how instruments make sound. Watch as percussion and wind instruments come to life through exciting science experiments and be wowed by the ultimate science musical instrument – the mind-blowing, light-bending laser harp. Until 13th November. Find out more…

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Happy Halloween at Paultons Park
Visit Paultons Park this Halloween! Tornado Springs will have a ghostly makeover and Peppa Pig fans will delight in seeing Peppa Pig World transformed for the occasion, including Grandpa Pig’s ‘World’s Biggest Pumpkin’ growing in its greenhouse. 13th to 31st October. Find out more…

Vineyard Tours at the Grange Vineyard
Grange Vineyard have some daytime tours in October where Zam Baring or Harry Pickering will lead you in a tour of the vineyard and then give you a taste of the award-winning Wines the vineyard produces. 
1st & 17th October. Find out more…

Autumn Steam Gala at the Watercress Line
This three-day steam-packed Autumn Steam Gala will include a guest engine and home-fleet steam locomotives operating, with a “Pines Express” theme. The Watercress Line will be welcoming the visiting engine: Stanier ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 ‘Bahamas’, courtesy of Bahamas Locomotive Society. A freight train and the miniature railway will also be in operation. 7th to 9th October. Find out more…

Halloween at the Watercress Line
Halloween at the Watercress Line

Wizard Week at the Watercress Line
The Watercress Line transforms into a place of magic and mischief for Halloween! There are lots of spooky activities to keep the kids entertained including unlimited travel on the thrilling Wizard Express steam train. Walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps over the famous railway footbridge where Harry received his Hogwarts Express ticket in the film, explore the Harry Potter style coaches in the siding at Alresford and dress up and take part in the daily fancy dress competition. 24th to 30th October. Find out more…

The Rogate Pumpkin Patch
Rogate are a family run pumpkin farm and host a magical pumpkin-themed outdoor event. Your entry ticket transports you into a wonderful world of everything spooky and pumpkin. 14th to 30th October. Find out more…

Pumpkins galore!

Wicked Fun in the Woods at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Enjoy some wicked fun at the gardens, activities include pumpkin soup and wand making around an open fire in the woods. 29th October. Find out more…

Horrible Tasks of the Past!
This half-term find out about and take part in some horrible tasks of the past as you explore the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum. On arrival you will be given an instruction note directing you to a special location. There you will start your route to find out more about horrible things that people (including children) had to eat, smell, experience or do as a job or household task in the past. 22nd to 30th October. Find out more…

Harvest time at Mottisfont
Autumn at Mottisfont is marked with a celebration of produce in the Kitchen Garden and beyond, from humble apples to glorious gourds. Families can help with our harvest, gathering leaves to supply our home-grown compost, and take part in autumn-themed activities. 24th September to 31st October. Find out more…

Apple picking
Enjoy harvesting apples

Image credits:
Harvesting apples by Ryan Arnst on Unsplash