With summer all but a distant memory, skies becoming ever greyer and the temperatures beginning to plunge, it’s time to accept that autumn is well and truly on the way. October brings half-term, Halloween and a range of fun events happening here in North Wales. We’ve decided to take a look at our pick of the events to look out for over the month ahead should you be planning a trip to one of our holiday parks, so you can make the most of your week or weekend away.
Wales Rally GB – 4th-7th October
The 11th round of the World Rally Championships comes to North Wales this October and promises to be an adrenaline-fuelled weekend of fantastic racing. The event kicks off with a crowd-friendly curtain-raiser at Tir Prince on the Thursday evening, ahead of Friday’s North Wales stages, the majority of which our located in Conwy County. ‘Super Saturday’ moves to Mid-Wales but Sunday sees a brand-new street stage around the Great Orme and down into Llandudno. Crowds will line the seafront to witness the exciting finish – a fun, action-packed weekend the whole family can enjoy!
Real Ale Trail at Snowdonia – Saturday 6th October
Make the most of the fantastic pubs and microbreweries dotted around the depths of the Welsh countryside with this bus-based Real Ale festival, which will allow you to visit some of the nation’s favourite establishments without worrying who’s driving. Nearly all of the ales are brewed locally to give you an authentic taste of what’s on offer, and buses arrive at venues every 30-45 minutes from 11am to 11pm, meaning you can spend the entire day with family and friends enjoying the beverages. You can start and finish anywhere on the route, and this is certainly one of the best ways to explore the Snowdonia National Park for those that don’t fancy hiking. Visit their website to book tickets!
Awful Aunty at Venue Cymru – 10th – 13th October
From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny brings this innovative adaption of David Walliams’ much-loved book, Awful Aunty. A fantastic story that features fights, frights and friendship, this fantastic performance comes to Venue Cymru in Llandudno this October. Book tickets ahead of your holiday for a night children of all ages will enjoy.
Hamper Llangollen Food Festival – 13th-14th October
The Royal International Pavilion in Llangollen is transformed into a foodie haven on the second weekend of October, as both visitors and locals alike celebrate all things culinary. Discover a fantastic local producers market for some high-quality foods or immerse yourselves in authentic Welsh cuisine with a live cookery class or workshop. Whether you’re an experienced chef looking to try new things or you’re a novice hoping to learn new things; you’re sure to pick up new recipes and learn more about traditional dishes at this fabulous food festival.
Daniel Owen Festival at Mold – 20th – 26th October
Daniel Owen is often referred to as the Father of the Welsh Novel, and in recognition of his place of birth, a week-long event dedicated to the author is thrown in Mold every October. The festival itself will feature writing competitions, guided walks, bus tours, humour and book readings, lectures, discussions and evenings of poetry as well as a Festival Gig, an arts activity day and an evening concert by Ensemble Cymru. Many of the events are free, and this is a fabulous opportunity to explore the local area and learn all about its history and heritage.
Halloween: The Ghosts at Penrhyn Castle – 20th October – 4th November
Get ready for Halloween by exploring the real ghost stories of Penrhyn Castle, following spooky silhouettes that take you on a hair-raising journey through the haunted castle. Spooky castle servants will be on-hand to tell you more about the scary stories being told, and other, lighter entertainment such as crafts and puppet-making will also be available. Enthusiasts can even wear their Halloween costumes to get in the spirit of things but remember to wrap up warm – the evening temperatures in North Wales can be unforgiving!
Pumpkin Carving at Chirk Castle – 24th – 31st October
When it comes to celebrating Halloween, carving pumpkins is a must and what better place to do it than at one of Wales’ famous historic castles? For the week before Halloween, Chirk Castle is offering readily cleaned out pumpkins for just £4 per person, and that includes the use of stencils, carving sets and tea lights. Help will be on hand for anyone that needs it, and you can leave your pumpkin with us until you’re ready to take it home.
Gwledd Conwy feast at Conwy – 26th-28th October
The last Saturday and Sunday of October sees the ordinarily sleepy town of Conwy transformed into an unforgettable celebration of Welsh culture and heritage. Enjoy Welsh food, drink, art and music at the largest food festival in North Wales, and experience a fantastic blend of tastes, sounds and sights with family and friends.
Halloween Trains at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway – Saturday 27th October
For one day, and one day only, the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway is holding its ever popular Halloween event, whereby visitors can experience the ghosts and spirits that take over the railway. Ideal for children of all ages, they will get to learn all about the history of the trainline, as well as some spooky, scary stories about folklore in the area. Book via their website or give them a call for more information on costs.
Snowdonia Marathon Eryri at Llanberis – Saturday 27th October
While you may not fancy running 26.2 miles of the steep inclines and declines of the Snowdonia National Park during your holiday, why not go out and show your support for those that do? Many runner’s will be embarking upon the challenge for fantastic charities and would appreciate the support of spectators en route. Stock up on jelly babies to give them that all-important energy to keep going, make a funny banner or simply offer words of encouragement on the day – all of your efforts will be very well received.
Whatever you get up to during your autumn break, we hope you have a fantastic holiday that you can look back on with fond memories. Staycations are even easier when you have a home away from home that you can go back to, with all the essentials pre-packed, you’ll never need to worry about packing the car so full again! Check out our extensive range of Wales holiday homes for sale online today, and don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly and enthusiastic members of staff if you’d like to discuss your options.