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October 2021
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As the weather gets a little nippier, it’s tempting to stay inside. But there’s so much to venture out to see and do this weekend

Here’s everything worth venturing out for this weekend.
Get lost in literature...

Durham Book Festival concludes on Sunday, but this weekend there’s a vibrant programme, with talks from Ed Balls, Val McDermid and Anita Rani. There’s also a full digital programme of films, podcasts and essays to sink into.


Take a trip to Wonderland…

Join The Station in Richmond on a journey back in time to the Victorian era. The Station in Wonderland is set to celebrate Richmond’s former pupil Lewis Carroll’s mesmerising classic, Alice in Wonderland – and there’s something for the whole family to enjoy, with traditional fairground rides, Punch and Judy shows, heritage tours, kids’ craft tents and even a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party.


Enjoy some live music…

The award-winning metropolitan festival is back – taking place across 20 venues and spaces around Leeds City Centre. Combining established acts from around the world and emerging local talent, Live at Leeds is promising an incredible weekend of live music you won’t want to miss. You can grab your tickets here.


Grab a stein (or two)…

Grab your lederhosen for a weekend of fun! Oktoberfest events are taking place across the North East and Yorkshire this weekend – but be quick to grab a ticket to Scarborough’s Oktoberfest, as this is the event’s last weekend, with the Yorkshire Oompah Band, refreshing stein and a huge selection of Bratwurst sausages to try. Newcastle’s Oktoberfest is also set to deliver oompah-lievable fun, as Times Square hosts an even bigger and better Oktoberfest after pressing pause in 2020. Get your ticket here.

Indulge in some good food…

It’s World Food Day on 16th October – but there are so many ways to celebrate over the weekend. Whether you’re looking to start your Saturday with a spot of brunch, bag a sweet afternoon treat or sit down for a sumptuous Sunday roast, we’ve rounded up some incredible places to try here.

Stay fit…

As the weather gets cooler – don’t lose motivation. Here are three of the best fitness podcasts to help you stay on track and keep moving. Get yourself out there!

Get winning...

Half term kickstarts next week – and if you’re struggling to come up with ideas of how to keep the little ones entertained, why not enter our competition to be in with chance of winning a ticket to Lintz Hall Farm’s Family Fright Fest? With Harry Potter-inspired Wizard Schools and a Frozen Halloween Panto on the agenda, you won’t want to miss it. Enter our competition here.

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