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South East England

Events in the South East

Stuck for ideas of what to do in South East England? South East England hosts thousands of exciting events all year so see what's happening near you in our upcoming events calendar.

Some of our favourite fun and interesting dates for the calendar include the multiple award winning Bestival  and Walking Festival on the Isle of Wight, the Festival Theatre at Hever Castle in Kent, fabulous Henley Festival in Oxfordshire, the all-action Loxwood Joust and 950th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Hastings in Sussex, the thrill of the Festival of Speed and the nostalgia of Goodwood Revival near Chichester.

What's on in October? This month's best events

October is a top class month for events in South East England and you won't have to wait until half term or Halloween to see why the region is among the UK's most popular for day trips and weekend breaks.

The natural colour of our scenic landscape is at its best this time of year and this can be experienced at The Vyne's three-week long Autumn Festival. Those more interested in wildlife might like to attend RHS Garden Wisley's Birds of Prey Weekend on the 1st and 2nd. Over the first two weekend of October, kids can enjoy a Day Out With Thomas & Friends at the Spa Valley Railway.

More than a dozen wedding fairs are taking place throughout October at a range of stunning venues while Oktoberfest events in Hampshire and Sussex have activities for all the family. October 10th is World Mental Health Day and there is a walk combined with events in Brighton to show support and raise awareness.

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival is an eight-day long mix of some of the best regional, national and international arts across dance, film, theatre, performance, visual arts, spoken word, literature and music. A literary theme also comes to Guildford from the 9th to 16th in the shape of the town's annual Book Festival.

On the 15th, Crocodiles of the World will host the UK’s first ever festival supporting crocodile conservation while one of Kent's top theme parks turns into 'Screamland' for the last two weeks of October in the area's biggets scare festival. Another chance to endulge in Autumn's glorious colour is at the New Forest Walking Festival, also taking place in the last two weeks of the month.

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Find thousands more events on our extensive events guide using the form on the left of the page, including many free events, taking place throughout South East England using the search box on the left of this page. Search for what's on today or this weekend by selecting a date range and use the itinerary box to create your own personal event planner.

Events near me

Whether you live nearby or are travelling to the South East for a day trip or longer holiday, find what's happening near you with local calendars displaying listings by county. On the search results page, use the map view button to guide yourself through each county.

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