Autumn may start in September but it truly gets under way in October. From that unmistakable, familiar chill in the air to crunchy leaves and dark evenings. Retreating indoors to home comforts can feel more and more appealing as carefree summer days begin to feel like a distant memory.
We’ve pulled together a few fun events happening across Northern Ireland for you to mark in your calendar and avoid that Autumn/Winter slump. From fresh air at the Giant’s Causeway to Halloween inspired Ghost Stories in the Glens of Antrim, whether it's finding things to to with the kids or spending some quality time with your other half, we bet there’s something to catch your attention and coax you away from the lure of your slippers and the TV!
Free Community Open Day at the Giant’s Causeway - 1st October
We’re pretty much down for just about anything that’s free but when it’s Northern Ireland’s first World Heritage site, the world class Giant’s Causeway then it’s an absolute must! With face painting and balloon modelling it makes for the perfect cost effective family day out. Your day needn’t be limited to the Giant’s Causeway either, as Northern Ireland’s Potato Festival is happening in and around the nearby Causeway Hotel. There’ll be food tasting, games and lots more.
HMS Caroline Knit for the Navy - 10th October
Situated at Alexandra Dock, HMS Caroline undertook regular North Sea patrols in WWI and also saw action at the battle of Jutland, being the sole survivor of the battle. On October 10th HMS Caroline will be hosting a workshop providing historical insight into clothing during wartime. Suitable for beginners and knitting experts alike, you can learn how to knit a World War 1 pattern for a soldier or sailor. There is also a second workshop on the 16th where you can learn about rations and style during the Second World War.
Stargazing at Carrick-a-Rede - 15th October
When was the last time you looked at the stars? We often easily forget the breathtaking sights that are around (or above!) us. Periodically, Carrick-A-Rede hosts stargazing evenings. Members of the Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society will be present at the eventful any astronomy orientated questions you might have. Pre-book this event and wrap up warm for an evening of something a bit different. Who knows, you might be lucky enough to see a shooting star!
Ghosts in the Glens Storytelling and Music Festival - 27th-30th October
Spread over four days, this storytelling and music festival has a jam packed programme of spooky events for kids and adults alike. Bringing together the rich history of the Glens of Antrim with Halloween, you’ll learn about the historical significance of the area and hear a few harrowing tales while you’re at it. From late night scary stories to not so scary stories for under 8’s and a Ghouls, Ghosts and Vampires fancy dress, there’s something for all the family this Halloween.
Hallowtides Festival - 31st October
Continuing the Halloween theme, Newcastle is hosting its annual Hallowtides Festival on Halloween night. With a whole programme of scary events including a treasure hunt on the streets of Newcastle to a fancy dress competition and a fireworks display as a finale, there’s lots to keep your little ones entertained with at this all-day event.