There's loads going on to keep you busy in Dorset this October. For avid readers there are two literary festivals, for those seeking adventures in culture there are several arts festivals and performances, for the classic trick-or-treaters head to Corfe Castle for some spooky goings-on. Whatever you choose, Dorset is a fantastic place to visit and explore in the autumn.
First week of October
A showcase exhibition at the Town Mill Galleries celebrating local artists.
Boogie on down to the Swanage Blues Festival for contagious rhythms and a weekend to remember.
The annual CAMRA Octoberfest returns to Weymouth for the 7th year featuring over 70 real ales and 12 ciders from Dorset and the South West.
Second week of October
With various talks from Sophie Kinsella, Mike Balfour and many more, there are plenty of talks for the bookworm in you. Casual readers welcome too.
A classic autumn event with an intensive timetable of operating passenger and freight trains giving you some amazing photo opportunities and the chance to ride behind as many engines as possible.
The perfect place for anyone who loves a trip to the cinema. There's a whole host of talks and screenings going on.
A collection of intriguing, spectacular and curious arts experiences across the seaside town. With over 60 events to enjoy in plenty of beautiful spaces and places, this is a festival not to be missed.
Third week of October
Another Dorset literary festival to quench your reading thirst this October. The home of Thomas Hardy seems like a fitting place for some literary musings.
Final week of October
Celebrate Halloween this half term with the ghosts and ghoulies at Corfe Castle. Take part in the horrid spooky trail and scare yourselves silly.
Make tracks to the Dinosaur Museum this half term to help find the missing dinosaurs and solve the great dinosaur mystery.
Join the team at Marwell Zoo this Halloween for spooky activities in the Pumpkin Patch and scary storytelling in the Haunted Hall.
Throughout the Month
From the 2nd October, FEAST will be taking over the town’s restaurants with mouth-watering menus and tempting special offers presented throughout the eight week event.
The annual illuminations of the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are set to be a breath-taking experience. Take a romantic stroll around the 'Long Walk' and see the gardens ablaze with colour and illumination.
Enjoy the October excitement with a stay in one of our Dorset cottages.