What’s on this October

Autumn has started to creep in and there’s a definite crisp in the air. There are lots of fantastic things happening across North Yorkshire this October that you can enjoy. So, have a browse of our top picks and start planning your activities.

Harrogate Comedy Festival

Get the autumn off to a fun start by heading over to some of the brilliant events at the Harrogate Comedy Festival. 56 comedians will be performing over 27 shows for you to enjoy. Big names include John Bishop, James Acaster, and Jimmy Carr.

Date: 2nd – 22nd October
Time: event dependent
Location: event dependent
Link: https://www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk/about-us/flagship-events/harrogate-comedy-festival/

boys heading into the sea with surf boards

Scarborough Surf Festival

Come along to the Scarborough Surf Festival in Scarborough’s North Bay for free activities all day. No surfing experience is necessary as you’ll get lots of support and advice from the surfing experts.

There will also be lots of food and drink stalls, information about the sea and environmental challenges, and competitions and discounts from Alpamare Water Park. Plus, after dark, you can enjoy bars, live music and stay warm by the fire pit.

Date: 5th October
Time: activities start at 10am
Location: Scarborough’s North Bay
Link: https://www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/whats-on/major-events/scarborough-surf-festival.aspx

Masham Sheep Fair

The Masham Sheep Fair has been running for 30 years and is a fantastic way for the community to celebrate their agricultural heritage and raise money for local charities. The town is full of sheep themed entertainment all weekend for the whole family to enjoy together.

Date: 5th – 6th October
Time: all day
Location: Market Place, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4DZ
Link: https://www.mashamsheepfair.com/

Railway in Wartime

Come along to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s three day Railway in Wartime event. Ride on steam and heritage trains and travel along the line, experiencing the spirit and camaraderie of WWII. Each station along the way will be transformed and hosting its own special remembrance of the war.

Date: 11th – 13th October
Time: all weekend
Location: Stations along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway line
Link: https://www.nymr.co.uk/pages/category/wartime

woman playing a blues guitar

Whitby Blues Festival

Come along to Whitby to hear a fantastic range of Blues tunes from incredible artists. Big names like Deep Blue Sea, Luke Doherty, and Storm Warning will be there to entertain you.

Date: 12th October
Time: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: Whitby Pavilion, Whitby, YO21 3EN
Link: http://www.whitbybluesfestival.co.uk/

Pumpkin Picking at Thornton Hall

Pick your own pumpkins and enjoy all the spooktacular Halloween fun to be had at Thornton Hall and Country Park. There are activities the whole family can enjoy, including animal encounters, scary maze and a variety of special guests.

Date: 12th – 13th October
Time: 10 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven, near Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 3TS
Link: https://www.thorntonhallcountrypark.co.uk/program-event/item/200-halloween-and-pumpkin-picking

Autumn Festival at Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall host a spectacular autumn festival each year and the 2019 event is set to be fantastic. Come and marvel at the stunning floral decorations, enjoy the talks and tours, tuck into seasonal tasters, try your hand at apple juicing and much more.

Date: 17th – 20th October
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Location: Nunnington, near York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5UY
Link: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nunnington-hall/whats-on/autumn-festival-at-nunnington-hall

Nunnington Hall in the autumnImage credit: National Trust Nunnington Hall


Hear some fantastic music from all over the world at the 20th Musicport Festival in Whitby. There are concerts and open mic sessions that give some incredible performances that you’ll remember forever. You can also enjoy – and purchase! – works of art and crafts from local creators.

Date: 18th – 20th October
Time: all weekend
Location: Whitby Pavilion, Whitby, YO21 3EN
Link: https://www.musicportfestival.com

Ascarium at Scarborough SEA LIFE

Meet the mystical sea witch in her lair and help her cast spells that unlock her chest to win a share of the fantastic treasure inside. This Halloweeen the Ascarium is the place to be. Get up close with underwater creatures, learn about their world, and have fun!

Date: 19th October – 3rd November
Time: 11am – 4pm until 25th October, 10am – 5pm between 26th October and 3rd November
Location: SEA LIFE Scarborough, Scalby Mills Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 6RP
Link: https://www.visitsealife.com/scarborough/discover/events/

Bolton Abbey Pumpkin Trail

Head over to the stunning Bolton Abbey and put your skills to the test with their fun pumpkin trail. Bravely enter the Strid Wood and solve the clues hidden behind doors to get rid of the witch’s spell and get a fun surprise for all your hard work.

Date: 19th October – 3rd November
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD236EX
Link: https://boltonabbey.com/whats-on/pumpkin-trail-2019/

pumpkins in a field ready to be harvested

Enchanted Wood Halloween Trail

Head over to the stunning Aysgarth Falls and help the witches that live in Freeholders Woods to find their stolen frogs. This event is perfect for families as you have to work together to solve the scavenger hunt and save the witches!

Date: 19th October – 3rd November
Time: 10am – 5pm
Location: Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3TH
Link: https://blog.yorkshiredales.org.uk/event/the-enchanted-wood-halloween-trail/

Yorkshire Marathon

Whether you’re going to run or are there to support all the amazing people who are, the Yorkshire Marathon will be a fantastic day. It’s a great excuse to get out in the wonderful North Yorkshire countryside and connect with the community.

Date: 20th October
Time: race starts at 9:30
Location: race begins and ends in York
Link: https://www.runforall.com/events/marathon/yorkshire-marathon/

Northern Lights at York Minster

See York Minster in a completely different light. You can explore the Nave as light installations transform the space into a spectacular Northern Lights show. Enjoy the wonderful soundscapes and music as well as the stunning light display.

Date: 24th – 31st October
Time: 7pm-7:30pm and 9pm – 9:30pm
Location: York Minster, Deangate, York, YO1 7HH
Link: https://yorkminster.org/whats-on/event/northern-lights/

Whitby Abbey at the Whitby Goth Weekend

Whitby Goth Weekend

Join the Goths in Whitby for a weekend of hauntingly good fun. As always, the musical line up is fantastic and you can enjoy browsing the bizarre bazaar alternative market.

Date: 25th – 27th October
Time: all weekend
Location: Whitby Town and Whitby Pavilion, Whitby, YO21 3EN
Link: http://www.whitbygothweekend.co.uk/

Halloween with Mother Shipton

Visit one of England’s oldest tourist attractions this Halloween and follow in the footsteps of Mother Shipton herself. Explore the haunted trail in the woodland, finding monsters, ghosts and skeletons as you go.

Date: 26th October- 3rd November
Time: 10am – 4:30pm
Location: Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD
Link: https://www.mothershipton.co.uk/events/halloween/

As you can see, there are lots of fantastic things you can be doing this October all over North Yorkshire. Pick out some of your favourites and start planning your trips today!