Looking for top ways to spend October 2022 in Hampshire & Isle of Wight? We’ve got you! You won’t be short of things to do this October. There’s workshops, family shows, beautiful countryside to explore, special events, and more. Use this helpful blog to plan ahead and make this October a great one with all these amazing things to do, you’ll find something for everyone to get involved in!
Special events and workshops
Former Royal Marine Andrew Rigsby who served in the Falklands Campaign in 1982, will be at The D-Day Story museum on Saturday 1st October for a launch of his new book, ‘Sabre Prattling: The Language of the Battlefield.’
‘The Soul Shed’ is holding a creative collaging workshop at Gilbert White’s House & Gardens on October 3rd. Attendees will take a mindful amble around the house and grounds. Then use collaging and photography to explore their experience. Tickets are £45.
There is a free, special one-off Big Bang Weekend on 8th – 9th October at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson where the Big Guns are fired. Featuring Second World War artillery, fired by uniformed members of the Garrison Artillery Volunteers. A range of big guns, including field artillery plus anti-tank and anti-aircraft guns, will be fired at 11am, 1pm & 3pm each day.
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a Test Pilot? Join Chris Taylor at the Army Flying Museum at 7pm on Monday 10th October to find out. Hear about his extraordinary career during which he has flown all manner of experimental aircraft for research and development purposes. Enjoy a pre-lecture chilli at 6pm, booking necessary.
A Woodland Story – We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt, will be at Itchen Valley Country Park on 13th October. Aimed for children aged 3 – 5 years with their grown-up. You can enjoy a mix of seasonal crafts and games followed by a story.
Grab your exclusive ticket to join the live studio audience of Science Starz at Winchester Science Centre. It’s big band week and the contestants are using instruments to enhance their performances! Watch as awesome experiments recreate well-known musical sounds.
There is plenty going on at the Watercress Line this October. The Autumn Steam Gala brings a ‘Steam’ packed three-day event to the line at the start of the month. Followed by the return of magic and mischief in the build-up to Halloween at the wickedly wonderful Wizard Week.
See a show
Disneys Lion King Visits Mayflower Theatre 8th – 15th October. Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi-award-winning musical is a unique theatrical experience that you will remember forever.
There’s something for everyone this October at New Theatre Royal Portsmouth. Be amazed by the jaw-dropping visual magic of dance-circus from Motionhouse. Catch laughs with musical comedy duo Flo & Joan and their unique sharp-tongued style or with TV’s stand-up Chris McCausland. Sir Geoff Hurst, England World Cup winner, will be there too to talk sports, answer questions and even meet fans for photos. Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare are putting on a production of dark tragedy Macbeth with a twist: it’s a serious adaptation with one random drunk cast member!
Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever sees the beloved children’s character excited to be going on a special day out with his family with Theatre Royal Winchester. A road trip full of castles, caves, dinosaurs, and featuring other favourite characters, this brand-new live show is packed with songs, games, and laughter. Tuesday 11 – Wednesday 12 October, various times.
Gothic Season returns to Chawton House on 10th October, exploring dark omens, prophecies, and premonitions. Brave after-dark tours of the House, moonlit walks of the grounds, and Gothic suppers and ghostly tales by the fire. In addition, there will also be a spooky Halloween trail in the gardens over half term!
Explore the history of stripes at Whitchurch Silk Mill’s new exhibition; STRIPES. Running until the 6th of November, the exhibition will investigate the creation, history, and use of stripes since the invention of textile production drawing from the Mill’s extensive archive of silks and enhanced through loaned objects from collaborators.
If you haven’t caught the Bond in Motion – No Time To Die Exhibition at Beaulieu yet then you had better be as quick as 007, as it leaves on the 15th November, it’s definitely on our list for top ways to spend October 2022!
Cyclexperience is open all year round and supplies a range of bikes that are available to rent for a day or more. Some would say cycling through the forest in Autumn is even prettier than the Summer months! Why not book with us now and find out for yourselves?
Admire the wonderful autumn colour at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, home to the largest collection of champion trees in the UK. Spot signs of autumn in the Gardens on the ‘Autumn Garden Explorer’. Look out for fungi, different shaped leaves, fruits, acorns and garden animals.
As the sun goes down the fun goes up on a Go Ape Sundown Adventure after dark. Navigate through tree top courses lit spectacularly with colourful lights, before a thrilling zip wire ride through the night. Perfect for children over 1m and adults up for the ultimate adventure.
Taking the kids on a Text Quest is a fantastic way to entertain them. They love spotting the clues, and they will be getting exercise without realising it. There are lots of intriguing quests in Hampshire, so make this one of the top ways to spend October 2022!
Be ready for an action-packed day of fun at the Hawk Conservancy Trust! Set in 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadow, head to the Trust before the summer timetable finishes and have close encounters with owls, eagles, vultures, falcons, kites and more at their three world-class daily flying displays!
Visit the Isle of Wight
Join the fun of the Pumpkin Festival from 22nd – 30th October at Tapnell Farm. With lots of pumpkin-related festivities including a pumpkin shy, pumpkin flinging, axe throwing, pumpkin bowling, corn catapult, and more! There will be live music daily, pumpkin-flavoured drinks and treats, a licensed bar, and carving competitions!
Get out for some fresh air and vitamin sea with a trip to the Isle of Wight. Experience nature’s autumnal hues, take an exhilarating walk during the Autumn Walking Festival, visit spooktacular attractions, or recharge your batteries. Say yes to new experiences, breathtaking moments and the unexpected this October. Say yes to the Isle of Wight.
Visit the Dinosaur Isle museum to see over 1000 fossils, skeletal dinosaur reconstructions, life-sized fleshed re-constructions, and two animatronic dinosaurs!
Just an hour away from Southampton with Red Funnel, discover Island adventure (header image) and feel a world away. Whether it’s awesome attractions or stunning scenery, there’s something for everyone on the Isle of Wight ad you can travel with a car & 7 people from £25.50 each way, or £11.20pp on foot with the Super Off Peak Day Return.
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