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October Festival and Events Roundup

An overview of events and festivals throughout the UK during October


Updated December 15, 2013

October - The Golden Harvest

October, like most of the year in the UK, is changeable and unpredictable. It's noticeably cooler and wetter with the first real chance of frost in the air. If you are lucky and the weather is dry (a big "if"), you can expect lovely, crisp days, occasionally heated up by a surprisingly warm sun. Nights and mornings are chilly so bring layers to wear. Leaves turn golden - with the most spectacular autumn color in Scotland and it's the time of year for apple harvests, harvest festivals and ghosts.

October Weather Averages

  • High - 56°F (13.6°C)
  • Low - 44°F (6.6°C)
  • Average daily hours of sunshine - 3.27
  • Average monthly rainfall - 3.3" (83.7mm)
  • High - 51°F (10.8°C)
  • Low - 41°F (4.9°C)
  • Average daily hours of sunshine - 2.4
  • Average monthly rainfall - 6.4" (162.8mm)
  • High - 55°F (12.8°C)
  • Low - 44°F (6.5°C)
  • Average daily hours of sunshine - 2.91
  • Average monthly rainfall - 6" (153.2mm)

Check out average temperatures and rainfall throughout the year, all around the UK.

October Daylight

The extremes of daylight hours between summer and winter are very marked this far north and during October, the plunge toward winter darkness begins to accelerate. Across the country, there is a span of about 11.5 hours between sunrise and sunset on the first of the month and that shrinks to about 9.5 hours by the end. Sunset occurs at about 6:50 p.m. at the start of the month and by the end, the sun is setting at about 4:30 p.m.

October Highlights

Music and Performing Arts

Literary Festivals

Heritage Festivals

Food and Drink


Odds and Sods

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