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What to do in October

01st Oct 2021

October comes from the Latin 'Octo', meaning eighth month. This was before January and February were added to the Gregorian Calendar by the legendary Roman King Numa Pompilius to align with the standard lunar year. And thankfully he did, otherwise March would be a lot colder and longer than it is. 

Roman discombobulation notwithstanding, the month of October brings with it a veritable feast of festivals, celebrations, activities, and things to do. And your CSSC membership is the perfect partner to help you get the most out of autumn. 

Let’s ignore the fact that it’s fewer than 100 days until the end of the year. Because 2021 has flown by quickly enough already, without focusing on next year just yet. 

And instead, let’s enjoy the month that brings us harvest festivals, Halloween, the London Marathon, The Rugby World Cup, Grandparents’ Day, school half terms and perhaps most importantly an extra hour in bed with the return to GMT.

Make use of your extra hour

Now, we could have an extra hour in bed, we definitely deserve one. But if you’re in the mood to make use of this annual, celestial gift, why not find something awesome to do, that you’ve never done before.  

We’ve got our top five activities lined up to help shake things up a bit.

CSSC life 

Our complimentary health and wellbeing platform has loads of courses, classes, exercises, routines, programmes and ideas to help you relax, re-energise or keep you moving and have fun while doing it. Try a beginners’ virtual Pilates class or podcast. Perhaps experiment with a new healthy recipe.  

English Heritage, Cadw, Historic Scotland, National Trust 

Thanks to our heritage partners, you can explore the very best of the UK’s hidden and not so hidden treasures. Hundreds of glorious buildings, monuments, landscapes and cultural attractions are the perfect way to explore and breathe in the sumptuous October air.  

Exciting days out 

If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, why not combine your love of nature with something different to satisfy both the young and young at heart. Go Ape! and our Segway events are ideally located in woodlands and forests all over the country to climb and ramble for every age and ability.  

Nature at its finest 

Exploring Kew Gardens and Wakehust is the most spectacular way to experience autumn in all its glory. And October is the best month to explore with the changing colours, and timely walks, events and activities, like wild food walksfloral pumpkin arrangingGruffalo adventures, or Wreath making.

Arts and crafts 

Let’s be honest, October can bring with it some weather, that’s best left well alone. So, why not plan some indoors activities and grow some new skills with our arts and crafts offers. From painting and woodwork to calligraphy and kids discovery boxes.

Half-term holidays hijinks

The school autumn term is the longest of the year, so the last break before Christmas is a welcome addition to the school calendar.  

If you’re stuck for things to do, remember most of the UK’s theme parks, large and small, put on a big finale including fright nights, mazes, fancy dress and fireworks. Remember to book your tickets early through CSSC, for these very popular events.  

But if that’s a little too razzle dazzle for your brood, we offer some excellent indoor activities, like: trampoline parksindoor skydivingclimbing wallsescape rooms and many, many more.  

Have a fab October.

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