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Dates for the Diary October 2014

October can be a bit of a flat month as the summer festivities finally end and the Christmas events are still a little way ahead.

Of course, with its wonderful colours and changing landscapes, October is a lovely month to get out and explore the countryside.

But there are also some exciting events taking place across the UK this month and as always we have picked out a selection that could be of particular interest to our age group.

Various dates throughout October
Windsor Great Park
Carriage Rides

You don’t have to be a member of the Royal family to enjoy a wonderful carriage ride through Windsor Great Park.

The park is always spectacular, with its wonderful lakes, woodlands and gardens surrounding glorious Windsor Castle, and in autumn with its rich golden colourways it can look sensational. Being driven around the park in a traditional but comfortable horse drawn carriage, listening to the soft plodding of the horse’s hooves as you weave our way along the small pathways, is a lovely and memorable experience.

Ascot Carriages is a small friendly company now offering passengers rides in delightful horse drawn carriages which can take four adults, or six smaller adults. There is an option of rides, from a 30 minute experience to a full 90 minute carriage tour of the park, and you can book as a passenger on a shared seat basis or of course book the whole carriage for sole use by your party. Prices run from around £7.50 for an individual seat to £100 for your own carriage for a full hour’s tour and £150 for the full 90 minutes Royal Landscape Grand Explorer Tour.

Call Joanna for more information on the website, or via the telephone 07811 543019 or 07866 927159. Or email:


Throughout October
Blackpool Illuminations

When we were kids, even if you lived in the very south of England, you would still have heard of the wonders of the Blackpool Illuminations.

They first started in 1879 when they were described as “artificial sunshine” and in fact were just eight arc lamps which bathed the Blackpool Promenade in light. When you realise this was well before most homes had electricity, it is easy to imagine the sensation it caused at the time. By the years leading up to the first World War the lights had increased dramatically until the Promenade was festooned with around 10,000 light bulbs. Apart from war years since then, the illuminations went from strength to strength and today the town runs several events associated with the lights until they are switched off late autumn.

This year the 10 kilometre long water front Promenande is lit with over one million light bulbs and they have come a long way from those humble beginnings. There is now every kind of light display there you can think of, with lasers, neon lights, fibre optics, searchlighting and floodlighting, plus certain set pieces and special designs. There are special trams to tour the lights and some of these are even decorated and lit to add to the overall spectacle.

For this year, there is also a brand new indoor attraction as well, Illuminasia. This has been created by over 50 Chinese craftsmen and women and features six special zones such as the Wonders of the World, The Blackpool Experience and the Mysteries of China.

There are lots of special accommodation deals during October, and more information is available at:


Throughout October
It’ll All be Over by Christmas display

Many of us will have had grandparents that lived through the first world war and many of us may also be wishing we had spoken more to our grandparents about those days.

Warrington Museum is putting on a very special exhibition It’ll All Be Over By Christmas. The event explores the history of World War One including objects to help illustrate the era, a timeline of the events and a collection of local people’s actual memories of the conflict. Entry is free.

Warrington Museum and Art Gallery is well worth a visit anyway; it is one of the oldest museums in the country (it opened in 1857) and much of the quintessential character of the building has been carefully preserved. Its original glass cabinets are crammed with treasures from all around the world.

Contact the museum on 01925 442399 for further information.

Friday October 3rd
Light Night

With the night’s drawing in, it is not just Blackpool Illuminations that come into their own at this time of year. Leeds is holding its 10th Light Night at the beginning of the month which really is a night to remember. The city centre comes alive with spectacular large scale light projections together with exhibitions, installations, film, dance, music, theatre and street performances. There is a great festival atmosphere and around 50 different events across the city, including delicious street food an illuminated Night Light Run plus Spark, an emerging artist exhibition. If you are feeling energetic, there is even a chance to climb the 203 steps to the top of the Town Hall’s huge clock which will give a spectacular view of Leeds on Light Night.

Full programme of events click here.


Saturday October 4th and Saturday October 25th.
Herstmonceux , East Sussex
Observatory Open Evenings

The night sky is always fascinating, and the more we know about it the more fascinating is becomes!!

During October the Observatory Science Centre located in the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle Estate is offering people the chance to look at the stars, the planets and the moon through some of the country’s largest telescopes. The open evenings will be run between 6.30pm and 11pm and there will be helpful staff to help you understand what you are looking at.

On the 4th October the moon will be two days after its first quarter and will be quite bright and visible all night; while on the 25th it will be a moonless night and deeper sky objects may be more visible including double stars and globular clusters. The planets Uranus and Neptune should be able to be viewed during the course of both evenings.

The Centre recommends that you wear warm clothing and sensible footwear and also bring a torch.
Smaller telescopes will also be situated on the lawns in front of the centre for visitors to look through.

Call the centre on 01323 832731 or visit http: for more information.

Lincolnshire Sausage Festival
Saturday October 25th.

Well, we all love sausages! The 12th Lincolnshire Sausage Festival is always hugely popular and this year is already shaping up to be one of the best. There will be sausage making demonstrations and lots of stalls plus of course an abundance of local Lincolnshire Sausages on offer. There will also be some top local chefs demonstrating a range of tasty recipes to provide inspiration on new ideas for sausages.
The event is free and runs around the grounds of Lincoln Castle and down into Castle Square and will be held between 10am and 4pm.
More information on:

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