Our Top Ten Autumn Events

1. The Old Operating Theatre – London 

The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret will participate in Open House London 2018.  Open House London is the world’s largest architectural festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year.  The museum will open its doors to visitors free of charge ONLY on Sunday 23rd Sept, 10.30am to 5.00pm. An educational and fun family day out at this museum of surgical history and one of the oldest surviving operating theatres.



2. Dulwich Picture Gallery

Make a Monster is on 23rd & 24th October for 6-9yrs olds at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, a vibrant cultural hub hosting some of the UK’s leading exhibitions alongside its Permanent Collection of Baroque masterpieces.  You little one can design and make a monster inspired by the spooky and strange paintings. Create your monster using paper-cut outs and then build a mini stage-set for it to haunt over two days. 


 3. Celebrate 20 Years at River & Rowing Museum – Henley 

Happy Birthday! The River & Rowing Museum turns 20.  

From the 8th September 2018 10:00 am until 28th October 2018 at 5:00 pm, the museum have opened an exciting exhibition to celebrate exploring the history of the museum over the past 20 years, showcasing creative responses by local community groups to objects in the collection and inviting visitors to think about the future of the organisation.  A major feature of the exhibition is a detailed timeline, showing some of the milestones at the River & Rowing Museum since 1998 as well as the memories that staff (past and present) and the local community have of the Museum. 


4. Little Angel Theatre – London

Invisible Me

Presented by House of Stray Cats. (Mon 22  – Weds 24 October 2018)

‘Bo’s life is boring,
So he plays ‘let’s pretend’,
And he draws with his crayons,
An imaginary friend. 

But his friend is not helpful,
He’s bad through and through.
So beware what you wish for,
It may just come true!’ 

Bo is bored of the ordinary. He wants to stay up late, eat biscuits and conquer the world. One rainy afternoon, an invisible friend comes bursting into his life, turning Bo’s ordinary world upside down. Wherever Bo goes, his imaginary friend follows… he is there at breakfast time, he’s there when Bo is trying to do his homework, he’s even there when Bo goes to the toilet! But where has this friend come from? And will he ever leave? 

From the creators of The Dream Factory, House of Stray Cats presents a tale of a friendship like no other. Packed full of puppetry, music, magic (and a sprinkle of mischief), Invisible Me promises to be an unforgettable experience for the whole family. 

Invisible Me  is aimed at  ages 5-11 


5. The Hell Fire Caves – High Wycombe


Family Fun week at The Hell Fire Caves starts Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th October 2018. Join daily at the courtyard for stacks of free Halloween fun … spooky games, colouring competitions, fancy dress competitions and more, all hosted by the caves’ friendly spooks. Face painting is also available for a small charge. And to add to the creepy fun, a special Witches Workshop is running from 22nd to 26th October, which includes an hour of fun, potion making, werewolf banishing, broomstick races and a tour of the Hell-Fire Caves by the Caves’ friendly wizard.  Be prepared for a few spells & a good scare. 


6. Beast Quest at Hampton Court Palace


Will you take up the mantle of Beast Quester?  This October half term go to Hampton Court Palace for an exciting event for the whole family.  The Dark Wizard Malvel has taken over Hampton Court Palace, bringing all of its resident Beasts to life (as well as some famous faces from history!)  Now Tom and Elenna need your help to save the Hampton Court Beasts from his wicked spells.  You’ll be guided by our resident Questers, and will need to work together as a team, solving puzzles, riddles and games, all while Evil stalks the historic palace!  See a cockentrice brought to life in the Tudor kitchens and scuffle with a dragon to secure its scale!  On from 20th October to 28th October 2018. 



7. Ascot Race – Fireworks Spectacular Family Race Day

On Saturday 3rd November 2018 the Jumps Season Starts with a Bang.  The National Hunt season promises to get off to a memorable start and visitors can enjoy one of the region’s largest firework spectaculars. A safe environment for families and there is free entry for under-18s when accompanied by an adult. Hospitality packages also available.  The £100,000 Sodexo Gold Cup Chase over three miles is the feature race of seven and there is plenty of fun to be had off the track with fairground rides and an epic fireworks display after racing.  White-knuckle fairground rides include the Sizzler Twist, The Superbowl, Oxygen and Dodgems (or similar). Plus a few gentler rides such as Mini Jets, Teacups and pony rides for the under-10s. Rides are free of charge until 4 pm and cost £1 thereafter with proceed donated to local charities.  

Gates open at 10:45am.



8. Father Christmas at Royal Albert Hall

21st November 2018  until  24th December 2018 9.30am-5pm

Go and meet Father Christmas at his top-secret London headquarters! Once upon a time, nearly 150 years ago, Father Christmas and his workshop elves used Christmas magic to enchant the Royal Albert Hall and turn it into their secret London Headquarters. But the elves are a little behind schedule this year! Father Christmas needs some very special little helpers to visit his HQ, where they’ll learn Christmas magic, see the real sleigh and help the elves make enough toys in time for Christmas Eve! 

Father Christmas at the Hall is much more than a usual grotto and this year, the experience will be more magical than ever. In this hour long interactive experience, little helpers will journey through spaces within the historic Royal Albert Hall and meet a range of enchanting characters from the North Pole, including toy soldiers, fairies, workshop elves, toymakers, and of course, the real Father Christmas. What’s Included? 

  • An hour-long Christmas experience within the historic Royal Albert Hall 
  • A cast of magical, entertaining characters hosting fun activities 
  • A chance to sit in Father Christmas’ real sleigh 
  • A tasty pick ‘n’ mix for each child hosted by a magical fairy 
  • A unique and magical gift from the real Father Christmas



 9. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland – New for 2018 Backyard Cinema presents : The Snowman™ Experience.


22nd November Until 6th January 2019. 

Backyard Cinema and Penguin Ventures have teamed up to create Backyard Cinema presents: The Snowman™ Experience, a brand new, work exclusive production to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic story we all know and love. Relive your childhood memories or make new ones as you step into the world of The Snowman™ and embark on a Christmas journey like no other. 





10. Christmas at Kew

See the Gardens light up for an unforgettable after-dark festive trail of lights. 22 November 2018 to 5 January 2019 at Kew Gardens.  Now in its sixth year, the 2018 winter trail will be bigger than ever before, with over a million twinkling pea-lights and thousands of laser beams. Walk under welcoming arches into a world festooned with seasonal cheer and wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in Christmas colour. And new to this year, enter the moonlit woods and step into a Laser Garden where refracting lines of light playfully bounce across the branches. 

Then stroll towards the Lake and pause at the waterside reflections made by a festive flotilla of hundreds of glowing boats gently bobbing on the shimmering surface.  Complete your trail with tempting treats under the stars – a spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts and toasted marshmallows fills the air, and browse Kew’s well-stocked shop for that extra special gift.  And don’t miss the vintage fairground rides and look out for Santa and his elves along the way.