What wildlife events are on in October?

Discover the amazing wildlife and nature events happening around the UK this month, including activities for children and families, free events, and more!

A red deer stag calling to females, in Richmond Park, Surrey. © Mark Bridger/Getty

Looking for something to do this October? We’ve collated nature and wildlife events happening around the country this month, including museum exhibitions, wildlife walks, evening talks, and more.

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Please note that this is a selection of events taking place around the UK. Check out your local nature reserves and conservation groups to find out what other activities are being held in your area. Events are listed by country (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), and then alphabetically by county. 

Nationwide events

Wilderland Film Festival

Wilderland Wildlife Film Festival poster
  • When: Saturday 5 October–Friday 22 November, 7.30pm–9.50pm.
  • What: The UK’s first touring wildlife film festival brings breathtaking stories from the natural world to theatre screens across the country. These short films made by independent filmmakers from across the globe offer a fascinating insight into the lives animals such as snow leopards, orangutans, humpback whales and more.
  • Where: Touring theatres nationwide
  • Organised by: Wilderland Film Festival
  • Is this event free? Contact theatre for prices.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Contact theatres for details.
  • Website: Wilderland Film Festival

Animal Families and Me with Gordon Buchanan

Gordon with a young elephant. © Graham MacFarlane
Gordon with a young elephant. ©Graham MacFarlane
  • When: Sunday 27 October–Friday 29 November.
  • What: Hear the thrilling stories of Gordon Buchanan’s many up-close-and-personal adventures with animals across the world. The acclaimed television wildlife cameraman and presenter shares insights into his unique experiences with personal recollections of his extensive travels, illustrated with his own film footage and photography.
  • Where: Touring theatres nationwide
  • Is this event free? Contact theatre for prices.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Contact theatres for details.
  • Website: josarsby.com

Doug Allan: Wild Images, Wild Life

  • When: Friday 18 October–Sunday 1 December.
  • What: Multi-award winning wildlife cameraman Doug Allan shares highlights from his 35-year career, which has taken him to the Earth’s most remote locations.
  • Where: Touring theatres nationwide
  • Is this event free? Contact theatre for prices.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Contact theatres for details.
  • Website: josarsby.com

EVENTS IN ENGLAND

What events are on in Cambridgeshire this month?

Lost-Words

The Lost Words: Forget Me Not

  • When: Monday 30 September–Wednesday 23 October (viewing times vary. Contact venue for further information.)
  • What: This exhibition showcases the work of 32 artists, with each piece designed to be a response to the deletion of natural words such as newt, acorn, and bramble, from the Oxford Children’s Junior Dictionary. The stone carved pieces aim to stand as an insurance for the future against these words never being spoken or understood.
  • Where: Storey’s Field Centre, Cambridge
  • Organised by: The Lettering Arts Trust
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Yes
  • Website: Storey’s Field Centre

What events are on in Hertfordshire this month?

British dinosaurs: from fossils to feathers

  • When: Friday 5 April–Friday 11 October (Monday–Saturday: 10am–5pm. Sunday: 2–5pm)
  • What: A new exhibition at the Natural History Museum at Tring will explore the dinosaurs of the British Isles, encouraging children to learn about the ancient reptiles that once roamed on their doorstep.  Come face-to-face with awe-inspiring exhibits such as the cast of a Baryonyx walkeri skull and explore the Museum galleries to visit its modern-day descendants.
  • Where: Natural History Museum at Tring, Hertfordshire
  • Organised by: Natural History Museum at Tring
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: British dinosaurs: from fossils to feathers

What events are on in London this month?

Museum of the Moon

Museum of the Moon on display at the Natural History Museum. © Trustees of the Natural History Museum/Dare & Hier Media
Museum of the Moon on display at the Natural History Museum. © Trustees of the Natural History Museum/Dare & Hier Media
  • When: 17 May 2019–5 January 2020
  • What: Since 2016 this touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram has been circling the globe, lighting up spaces from Bilbao to Beijing including abbeys and swimming pools. This six-metre model features meticulously detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, ambient moonlight and an evolving soundscape. It’s at the Museum in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, accompanied by an exciting programme of events.
  • Where: Natural History Museum, London
  • Organised by: Natural History Museum, London
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Yes – contact organiser for details
  • Website: Museum of the Moon

Galápagos Day

The Galápagos green turtle is the only species of turtle to nest in the Galápagos. ©Jonathan Green
The Galápagos green turtle is the only species of turtle to nest in the Galápagos. © Jonathan Green
  • When: Wednesday 30 October, 7pm–10pm.
  • What: This evening event hosted by BBC Wildlife’s own contributing writer Mark Carwardine will explore the threats affecting some of the Galápagos’ most endangered and iconic birds and reptiles.
  • Where: Royal Geographic Society, London
  • Organised by: Galápagos Conservation Trust
  • Is this event free? £20 per ticket, £15 for students.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: Galápagos Conservation Trust

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 Exhibition

Sleeping like a Weddell by Ralf Schneider. Highly Commended 2019, Black and White.
Sleeping like a Weddell by Ralf Schneider. Highly Commended 2019, Black and White.
  • When: Friday 18 October–Sunday 31 May 2020
  • What:The Wildlife Photographer of the year returns for its 55th year, and with more breathtaking images the exhibition maintains the highest standards of natural history photography. The exhibition showcases 100 images on lightbox displays so visitors can experience the images at their best.
  • Where: Natural History Museum, London
  • Organised by: Natural History Museum, London
  • Is this event free? No. £13.95 per person for adults.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Yes
  • Website: Natural History Museum

What events are on in Suffolk this month?

Red deer rut 4×4 safaris

A red deer stag calling to females, in Richmond Park, Surrey. © Mark Bridger/Getty
A red deer stag calling to females. © Mark Bridger/Getty
  • When: Saturday 28 September–Sunday 20 October (9am, 11.30am and 2pm at weekends, 2pm only on weekdays).
  • What: Experience the iconic red deer rut by 4×4, giving you the chance to get closer to the action, providing fantastic photo opportunities.
  • Where: RSPB Minsmere
  • Is this event free? No. £100 per vehicle for RSPB members, and £125 per vehicle for non-members.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Website: RSPB Minsmere

What events are on in West Sussex this month?

Snow Hill and Ellanore walk

  • When: Monday 14 October, 10am
  • What: Look for seabirds and waders during this half day walk, which starts from West Beach car park, and continues to East Head in the afternoon. Bring a packed lunch and a drink.
  • Where: Meet at far end of West Beach car park.
  • Organised by: Chichester Natural History Society
  • Is this event free? Yes
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Website: Chichester Natural History Society

What events are on in Yorkshire this month?

Wildlife & Safari Travel Show

Giraffes
  • When: Saturday 12 October (10am–5.30pm) – Sunday 13 October (10am–4.30pm).
  • What: The UK’s leading show dedicated to wildlife, safari, and conservation travel returns with expert exhibitors and inspiring talks to help you plan your next adventure. BBC Wildlife will be at the show with a special subscription offer – find us on stand M450 – and editor Paul McGuinness will be moderating the photography session on Sunday.
  • Where: Harrogate Convention Centre
  • Is this event free? From £6 – £10 depending on type of ticket. Under 12s go free, but require an advance ticket.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Yes
  • Website: Wildlife & Safari Travel Show

An Evening with Chris Packham

  • When: Saturday 19 October, 7pm.
  • What: Join renowned wildlife champion Chris Packham to hear about his extensive work with wildlife and conservation, and his autobiography Fingers in the Sparkle Jar, offering a fascinating insight into his life. Chris will be answering questions in a Q&A hosted by Springwatch Unsprung presenter Lindsey Chapman after his talk, followed by book signing.
  • Where: The Royal Hall, Harrogate
  • Is this event free? Tickets from £32–£84
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details.
  • Website: Harrogate Theatres

EVENTS IN WALES

What events are on in Carmarthenshire this month?

Giant LEGO® brick animal trail

  • When: Saturday 7 September–Sunday 3 November
  • What: Explore the wetlands centre to find 14 giant LEGO brick animals, with some twelve times the size of real wetland animals — meet Flavia the Andean flamingo, Emily the Emperor dragonfly, and Benedict the Bewick’s swan, and learn more about their real-life wetlands counterparts. LEGO brick play tables are also available for children (and big children) to make their own creations inspired by wetlands wildlife, and during October half term, hour-long LEGO brick workshops will be taking place for children aged 4 and older — these workshops are popular, so book to avoid disappointment!
  • Where: Llanelli Wetland Centre
  • Is this event free? Included with entrance fee. LEGO brick workshops are £10 per child (free for supervising adults).
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: WWT Llanelli

What events are on in Powys this month?

Autumn Colours

  • When: Thursday 17 October, 10.30am–12.30pm
  • What: Enjoy the symphony of autumn colours at one of RWT’s most hidden nature reserves. Don’t forget to bring a camera and sketchbook along with you.
  • Where: Sideland Nature Reserve
  • Organised by: Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
  • Is this event free? Included with entrance fee.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: Radnorshire Wildlife Trust

Wait and Watch

Jack snipe, © Silvia Cojocaru
When threatened, the jack snipe relies on its camouflaged plumage, crouching down to the ground. © Silvia Cojocaru
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  • When: Thursday 31 October, 10.30am–12.30pm
  • What: Learn more about the waders that overwinter in Wales, such as the secretive jack snipe. Bring wellies, binoculars, and a hot drink.
  • Where: Pentrosfa Mire Nature Reserve (meet at the church car park).
  • Organised by: Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
  • Is this event free? Included with entrance fee.
  • Is this event suitable for children? Yes
  • Is this event accessible? Possibly – contact organiser for details
  • Website: Radnorshire Wildlife Trust

How to submit an event for this page

If you have a wildlife or nature-themed event that could be included on this page, please e-mail Megan Shersby with the following:

  • Name of event
  • Website link for the event
  • Date and time
  • Location (including county)
  • Information about the event (no more than 50 words)
  • Pricing and booking details
  • Publicity image (with credit)
  • Whether the event is accessible and/or suitable for children

Ideally, events should be received at least two weeks before the calendar month begins.