Festivals By Month / October

Seven festivals happening in October 2019

By megan dean, Tuesday Jul 30, 2019


We love the 70s

Oct 4-7, price: £120 w/e, www.bigweekends.com

You know the drill. This year’s pension boosters include the Three Degrees, Slade, Boney M, and the Real Thing.

Circus City

Oct 10-29, price: various, www.bristolcircuscity.com

Expect a broad old range of events to be held right across the city.

Simple Things

Oct 19-20, Price: £19.50-£25, www.simplethings.co.uk

Expect an immaculate selection of all manner of leftfield delights, with separate tickets for day and night line ups. Last time out featured the likes of Slowdive, Optimo, Octavian, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, James Holden and the Animal Spirits, Kamaal Williams, Helena Hauff, DJ Stingray, and Jane Fitz.


London Film Festival

Oct 9-20, price: various, www.bfi.org

Expect to find a programme of circa 400 films, watched by around 200,000 people.

Bath Children’s Literature Festival

Sept 27-Oct 6, price: various, www.bathfestivals.com

Big as it gets when it comes to celebrating all things kidlit – in Europe at least – as the fest returns for a 29th outing. Expect a similar quality to 2018, namely: David Walliams, Philip Pullman, Lucy Worsley, Lauren Child, Tom Fletcher, Cressida Cowell, Harry Hill, Terry Deary, Nadiya Hussain, etc.

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Oct 4-13, price: various, www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

As with all the Cheltenham stable of festivals, you’ll find a splendid amount for young folk and families here, among a gathering of 1,000+ writers, actors, politicians, poets, sports folks and opinion formers. Last year attracted the diverse likes of Sir David Attenborough, Graham Norton, Kate Atkinson, Darcey Bussell, Rose Tremain, Prue Leith, Caitlin Moran, Sally Field, Eric Idle, Phillip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Shane Warne, and Kevin Keegan.

Bath Film Festival

Oct 31-Nov 10, price: free, www.bathfestivals.co.uk

Brilliant, genuinely influential festival – five years ago it introduced the F-Rating, denoting films giving fairer roles to women onscreen and off, a certification subsequently adopted across the globe. Expect premieres, workshops, live musical accompaniment, etc.

2018, by way of a marker, saw the screening of 22 previews, 10 feature docs, eight LGBT films and 36 shorts; 64% of films were F-Rated, with 55% directed by women, and 17 Triple F-Rated, ie directed by, written by and starring women.

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