Events across Nottinghamshire and beyond are now starting to pick up and, although there may be different rules and regulations in place to keep us all safe, it shouldn't stop you from enjoying our beautiful County.

October brings half-term, with some schools having one week off and some two, so it's great to discover that there is lots to do over the second half of the month to keep the children busy and entertained during the holidays.  Halloween itself might not be quite as we remember it but venues are doing their best to enter into the 'spirit', with special events.  See our full Half-Term and Halloween listings.

Here are our highlights for October.

All the Best


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October Highlights

Pumpkin Picking

If you're looking to pick up a pumpkin this year, don't head for the supermarket - that's much too easy.  Grab a pair of wellies and pop to one of Nottinghamshire's best pumpkin picking patches.  The two we recommend are Maxeys Farm and Pick Your Own Pumpkins at Blidworth. Maxeys tends to get very busy, especially at weekends but offers a fun trip out for the kids, with extras like a tractor ride and a shop where you can buy Halloween stuff.  We went to PYO last year and it was much calmer but just as much fun and they will be serving food and drink this year too.

You can find out more about both venues here

Halloween Festivals

Despite restrictions, Sundown Adventureland and White Post Farm will both be holding Halloween Festivals again this year, offering lots of spooky fun for all ages.  With pumpkin trails and carving, rides, attractions, broomsticks and cute fluffy animals, both of these family-friendly attractions will really help you get into the spirit!

These events are always popular, so make sure you book in advance.  White Post FarmSundown Adventureland.

Bramley Apple Festival of Food and Drink

Every October, Southwell celebrates the wonderful Bramley Apple with a host of events, competions, displays, cookery demos and other things to do all based on apples.

On Saturday 24th October, a Food and Drink Festival is held in Southwell Minster and incorporates all manner of apple-related products, fruit specialists and craftsmen as well as live cookery demonstrations.  A multitude of stalls will be offering all manner of food and drink including pies, chocolates, jams, chutneys, pickles, sausages and much,much more!  Entry is free but a donation (suggested £3 donation) would be appreciated.  Throughout the town shops, businesses, Southwell Library, cafes, restaurants and local pubs take part in the occasion including apple-themed window displays.  Look out for the Crowning of the Apple King and Queen and join in the music and dancing to celebrate the Bramley apple.

Spectacle of Light at Rufford Abbey Country Park

Between 29th October and 15th November, you can enjoy the new illuminated trail around Rufford Abbey's grounds, with sparkling installations throughout the gardens and ruins.  You'll be able to sip mulled wine and chocolate and tuck into warming food, as you enjoy the beauty and splendour of all this event has to offer.  Definitely one not to miss.  More information here.



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