London: Things to do for free in October 2013
October is a fantastic time for a break. The summer rush has eased off but with any luck the weather hasn’t completely turned frosty on us. London is a fantastic city to visit but many are of the view it is an expensive place. So whether a day trip or weekend break (or maybe even if you live in London but are looking for something to do!) we give you the insight on things to do for free in London this October.
Parks and Outdoor Events
Weather in October can be changeable but given the weather of this summer and so far into September we can try to be optimistic for October. Parks are a great place to explore with all the changes that autumn brings. In October there will be the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon taking place on 6th October. While places in the race are booked up for those visiting it will sure to be a great spectacle to enjoy as 16,000 racers take to the streets and race through 4 of London’s Royal Parks finishing in Hyde Park. There is a Food and Fitness Festival for all to enjoy also.
Trafalgar Square is a must visit London location and in October there are some great free events to enjoy including Malaysia Night on Friday 4th October when the square will be transformed into a traditional pasar malam. A great event for fans of Asian food with around 20 individual stalls gearing up for the night.
Later on in the month is the Festival of Lights, Diwali with religious significance for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. Trafalgar Square will, with backing from the Mayor’s Office, host its annual free concert on 27th October with music and theatrical performance.
Museums and Culture
If the weather turns a little chilly and you need to head indoors there is no need to spend any money to enjoy the delights of London and you might even learn something along the way! With many of London’s museums free of charge it comes down to a matter of interest. Some of the October highlights in the museums include:
• Tate Modern, with free entry and tours is featuring a Project Space: Word. Sound. Power exhibition that is also free and running right through October and finishing 3rd November.
• If you are into Photography you won’t want to miss the Wildlife Photographer of the Year commencing in the Natural History Museum on 1st October.
• Estuary exhibition is running in the Museum of London Docklands during October and if you are visiting with kids the Mudlarks Play Area is sure to keep them busy.
If museums aren’t your thing then the National Poetry Day is on 3rd October and there are a range of free events to be enjoyed if Poetry is your thing. Check out the National Poetry website (http://www.forwardartsfoundation.org/national-poetry-day/) for details of events.
If you want to celebrate Autumn harvest then join in the October Plentyheld annually in Southward. The event, taking place 20th October, mixes ancient seasonal customs and theatre with contemporary festivity.
Closing out October is Halloween so why check out some appropriate free events:
Visit the Monthly vigil at Crossbones Graveyard on 23rd October at 7pm.
Fancy getting your pumpkin carving up to scratch? The why not head for The View in Chingford at 12noon for pumpkin carving fun and competitions (just bring your own pumpkin!)
Once it turns dark head to The Alibi 91 Kingsland High Street Dalston for a Hip-Hop Halloween Masquerade Ball. With free entry all night and free masquerade masks and Halloween candy.