Stone Barn with garden of grasses in sunshine
Two lit pumpkin candle holders on table with blue runner
Field with wood boardering it showing autumnal colours below a blue sky

It really does feel like Autumn is here.

The leaves are turning colour, the nights are lengthening, and we’re getting some lovely days of blue skies and autumnal sunshine. Pumpkin patches are springing up everywhere along with lots of Halloween activity.

Here are our top three things to do this month.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Before the Santa Specials start in November, it’s a great time to visit this volunteer run railway.

The famous Sir Nigel Greasley steam train is returning to run a service between Grosmont and Pickering from 9th October.

A new weekend event Through the Decades takes place on 14/15th October to celebrate the decades of 40’s through to 70’s. Each decade will be celebrated at a different station and there’ll be lots classic cars, music and different outfits.

Finally, the Light Spectacular Express returns for evening runs from Pickering to Levisham. We’re not quite sure how this squares with the National Park’s dark sky status, but it looks a lot of fun.  Who doesn’t like an interactive LED wristband?

Castle Howard

October is packed full of all things Halloween at Castle Howard. From pumpkin picking and carving to foraging walks to outdoor cinema showing horror movies, there really is something for everyone.

Or for a more reflective experience, you can wander round the Yorkshire Arboretum, admire the autumnal leaves and see the red squirrels in their new enclosure.

Whitby harbour showing abbey in distance
Two lit pumpkin candle holders on table with blue runner


With it’s Dracula links, Whitby is another place to visit in October.

Whitby Goth Weekend is at the end of the month; it’s been on our list of things to go to, so maybe this year. The Abbey is illuminated this month for 2 weeks over half term and looks suitable beautiful and spooky. 

The combination of Halloween horror and epic fish and chips (at the Magpie obviously) is irresistible.