10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this October

Whether you’re looking to fall in love with autumn colours, fork out on a foodie experience or find the fright of your life, SoGlos has you covered with 10 unmissable things to do in Gloucestershire this October 2021.

Crisp autumn walks, dazzling displays of colour and pumpkin patches galore make October a strong contender for our favourite month of the year. And Gloucestershire’s calendar is packed with seasonal and spooky events to welcome in the new season.

This month also sees the return of the iconic events, from the world-famous Cheltenham Literature Festival to Over Farm’s totally terrifying Halloween festival – with SoGlos sharing 10 unmissable things to do in the county this October 2021.


About the sponsor – Gillman’s

Homegrown and family-run in Gloucestershire, Gillman’s has become one of the biggest independent appliance specialists in the UK – acting as a one-stop-shop for domestic and commercial goods, providing delivery, installation, spares and maintenance services.

Launched last month, Go Go Gillman’s offers same day delivery on domestic appliances, perfect for fast replacements and urgent purchases. While customers can also spread the cost of those big purchases with three PayPal payments, or pick up a bargain with Gillman’s autumn offers.

For more information, visit gillmans.co.uk.


1. See the stars at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Attracting visitors from all over Gloucestershire and beyond, Cheltenham Literature Festival is back for 2021 with a packed programme of events featuring some of the world’s best writers, performers and big name stars.

From Friday 8 to Sunday 17 October 2021, there’s the chance to hear from TV royalty Joan Collins about her uncensored autobiography; comedian Robert Webb on his first foray into fiction; and Olympic gold-medallist and pro knitter Tom Daley as he introduces his deeply personal memoir.

Plus, there’s over 200 free events including the ever-popular Lit Crawl taking place across the 10-day festival, too.


2. Place your bets at The Showcase at Cheltenham Racecourse

Horseracing followers will have trouble reigning in their excitement as Jump racing returns to Cheltenham Racecourse for a brand-new season – with The Showcase bringing racing fans together for the venue’s first full capacity event in 18 months.

Taking place on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 October 2021, the highly-anticipated fixture will see world-class horses gallop to the finish line as leading trainers and owners showcase their promising stars of the season.


3. Scare yourself silly at Frightmare

Face your biggest fears as Frightmare returns to Over Farm this spooky season, bringing its terrifying trails to Gloucester on selected dates from Saturday 9 to Sunday 31 October 2021.

Only the bravest of souls will be able to hold their nerve as they explore the live scare mazes and spine-tingling attractions, encountering everything from gory clowns to gruesome experiments-gone-wrong. Be warned, it’s not for the faint-hearted…


4. Go pumpkin picking in Gloucestershire

For a Halloween experience that isn’t going to scare you out of your wits, carve out some time for a wholesome day out at one of Gloucestershire’s gourd-geous pumpkin patches. There’s plenty to pick from at Cotswold Farm Park in Guiting Power and this year, Cattle Country Farm Park’s pumpkin patch in Berkeley is bigger and better than ever.

For more fang-tastic fun that’s suitable for the whole family, check out SoGlos’s spooktacular Halloween guide.


5. See dazzling displays of autumn colour in Gloucestershire

There’s nothing quite like a crisp autumn stroll through the countryside – and as Gloucestershire blazes with reds, oranges and golds, October is the best time to see vibrant displays of autumn colour across the county.

From the magical maple trees of Westonbirt Arboretum to the changing colours of the ancient Forest of Dean, see SoGlos’s top 10 spots to see stunning autumn colour in Gloucestershire for all the inspiration.


6. Tuck into an October Feast in Gloucester

Have an evening off cooking and treat yourself to a delicious dinner in Gloucester, with many of the city’s restaurants, pubs and bistros offering tasty deals as part of Gloucester BID’s October Feast incentive.

From Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 October 2021, diners will be able to eat out for less at local venues including Settebello Trattoria, Portivo Lounge and The Fountain Inn – which is offering two steaks with a bottle of wine for just £25 on Friday and Saturday nights. Winner!


7. Enjoy a cultured day out at Stroud Arts Festival

Celebrating and supporting the arts throughout the Stroud District, Stroud Arts Festival is hosting several events throughout October 2021 in honour of its 75th anniversary.

Art enthusiasts can admire incredible pieces by 18 local visual artists at a free exhibition, staged at Stroud Subscription Rooms from Wednesday 20 to Tuesday 26 October 2021.

Music lovers, meanwhile, can catch the Grammy-nominated orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, on Friday 22 October 2021 for what’s promised to be one of the festival’s highlights.


8. Visit the new Holland Cooper boutique in Cheltenham

Local fashionistas will be thrilled to hear that Gloucestershire-based fashion brand Holland Cooper is finally opening its flagship boutique in Charlton Kings in Cheltenham this month.

Showcasing the brand’s signature tailored pieces and equestrian wear, as well as its latest collection, visitors will also be able to experience the first ever Holland Cooper boot room when the new store opens on Thursday 14 October 2021.


9. Hunt for ghosts in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire’s very own Ghostbusters can search for paranormal activity across the county, with our pick of thoroughly spooky experiences including an overnight hunt for spirits at the Ancient Ram Inn in Wotton-under-Edge – described as one of England’s most haunted buildings.

There’s also a ghostly walk through Cirencester and the chance to roam through the eerie walls of Woodchester Mansion, taking part in Ouija boards, psychic seances and much more.

And if you want to build your own spooky itinerary this Halloween, check out 20 of the most haunted places in Gloucestershire.


10. Have a laugh with your friends

Live comedy is getting back into its stride, with the chance to cackle with your crew at some top comedians in the county coming up.

For one night only on Sunday 17 October 2021, Never Mind the Buzzcocks presenter Simon Amstell is coming to the Everyman Theatre, with his new show Spirit Hole.

Or, if you want something to look forward to, get booking tickets to see Seann Walsh in Cirencester, John Bishop in Cheltenham or Dom Joly in Gloucester for their future gigs.


For more information about Gillman’s, visit gillmans.co.uk.


By Annabel Lammas

© SoGlos
Friday 01 October 2021

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