There’s loads of great things happening in and around Southampton this October. From festivals and celebrations, to spooky Halloween events and activities. Make Southampton your base for exploration and enjoy some autumnal fun!

October in Southampton

October in SouthamptonSouthampton’s favourite gay bar The London Hotel will be hosting lively entertainment every weekend on Oxford Street. With top DJ’s and cabaret acts, not forgetting some unforgettable Drag Queens! Join them on the 15th October for the launch of “Stop Hate Crime”, where you’ll find Southampton’s Gay Mens Chorus performing, and acts including Lucinda Lashes, Martha D’Arthur and Nan.

Discover Southampton’s medieval vaults and its history dating back to the Saxons. Walk the old walls and hear stories and legends that will bring the history of the city to life. Join the Southampton Tourist Guides Association every weekend for just £5.

Do you enjoy your food and like a glass or two of wine? Then join Carnicero for their food and wine tasting event on Wednesday 11th October. Starting with canapés and fizz, each course that follows will be paired with a different wine chosen by top sommelier Janina Doyle. BOOK NOW!

On 7 October,  Music in the City will celebrate the wonderful diversity of musical talent from the Solent Area. All of the musical delights are FREE. From Rock to Jazz, Classical to Bebop, Folk to Blues – in quirky venues including 800 year old vaults to the newest and best coffee houses and bars. From Guildhall Square to the SS Shieldhall, the Sounds and Settings are second to none!

Southampton will be experiencing one of the worlds most famous Bavarian festivals this October. Originally started in Munich, Germany, Oktoberfest has taken the UK by storm with many events taking place in all major cities. They are bringing something very special to Southampton this year, you can expect the FULL Oktoberfest experience, with traditional Bavarian drinks, & food + LIVE Oompah bands.

The Real GreekOctober in Southampton brings the Athenian lifestyle in the UK. The Southampton branch is the perfect place to have any kind of get together, with Party Menus starting from £10.95pp. Book for an authentic Greek meze eating experience. Eat.Together!

Are you waiting to hear if you’re into London Marathon? Have no fear if you don’t make it join Southampton for the ABP Marathon. Use SOTONGUIDE and get 10% off any of the distances at:

Something to do with the kids in half-term? Exciting Escapes are offering 25% off for groups of 4 or more before 6pm each weekday during the autumn half-term. Rated on TripAdvisor as Hampshire’s #1 fun thing to do. Suitable for ages 10+. 

Who wants to backpack across Thailand? Or relax by the beach with their best bud? Well here’s your chance to win the Best summer ever with Thaikhun! Head to their website and sign up by 2nd October (and get a free Phad Thai for entering!)

With American saxophonist Joshua Redman counted among their many fans, the celebrated Luxembourg trio come to Turner Sims for an exclusive UK gig to showcase material from their latest album Places in Between. Lyrical, melodic and cinematic in scope the album was recorded in New York and builds on the success of the trio’s self-titled debut disc which resulted in the band touring extensively throughout the world and appearing at major international jazz festivals in Europe and Asia. BOOK NOW!

The Tiger Who Came to Tea – ​13 – 15 October at The Mayflower Theatre.​ Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised. BOOK NOW!

Join experienced funny man Jeremy Hardy of BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue live on tour at Nuffield Southampton Theatres for one-night-only on 15 October 2017. BOOK NOW!

Halloween Activities in Southampton

Halloween activities in SouthamptonDress in a Halloween costume and take part in Marwell Zoo’s spooky activities. Join the witch for creepy storytelling and make a magical wand! Meet their resident wizard for broomstick flying lessons! Plus, carve your own pumpkin to take home (£3 fee applies).

There’s some spooky goings on at The Docks Coffee House on Oxford Street, with Halloween Donut Decorating class on the 25th October, and Trick or Treat Weekend on the 28th-29th October.

Discover the fantasy and folklore of Halloween at Beaulieu this October half-term! See harvest festival-themed decorations in Palace House and take part in activities and traditional fun for all the family celebrating the magic of autumn.

This October half term join Fort Nelson’s​ very own ‘lady with the lamp’ for some festering fun and medical mayhem in the Fort’s Victorian hospital ward, set up using the innovative nursing ideas of Florence Nightingale. Find out more.

If you’re looking for some spooky fun for the family head over to The New Forest where you’ll find New Forest Activities awaiting to take you on a spooky Canoeing tour of the Beaulieu River at dusk, or brave the unknown on the Haunted Battlefield LIVE! Find out more!

Scream in Southampton with this interactive Southampton Ghost Tour. Right from the start you will be gripped by the many ghostly stories from Southampton’s eerie past. The tours include live actors who take on the part of Southampton’s most notorious ghosts including the owner of Tudor House Sir John Dawtrey and Ellen Wren, a lady known for all the wrong reasons! BOOK NOW!