Here we are at the start of a new academic year (NOOOOO!). Where did the summer go? Whilst your days might be packed with lectures, don’t forget to take some time off!

Here’s our pick of what’s on in October to get you out and about.

Frieze Art Fair

Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.

What: Frieze Art Fair 

Where: Regent’s Park, London

When: 4th – 7th October

Cost: Tickets start at £43

Into modern art? Go to Frieze Art Fair! The event is named after Frieze magazine and is held every year in Regent’s Park in central London. It started out as a place to buy and sell contemporary art, but over the years it’s developed into massive outdoor gallery where more than 60,000 people go to check out what’s new and cool.

Each year the Fair is housed in a bespoke temporary structure that makes good use of natural light to bring out the best of the exhibitions and live performance.

World Conker Championships

What: World Conker Championships

Where: Shuckburgh Arms, Southwick, Northamptonshire

When: 14th October

Cost: £5 per adult

It wouldn’t be possible to study in the UK and never hear about playing conkers in autumn. It is a historic and somewhat strange game.

A conker is the name given to the seed of the horse chestnut tree. They’re beautiful things: shiny, dark brown and extremely hard. Players thread a conker onto a piece of string and take turns swinging it at their opponent’s conker until one of the seeds breaks. Sure, it’s not sophisticated but the game has fascinated generations of British schoolchildren (and quite a few adults too).

The annual World Conker Championship is homage to this game and attracts players and spectators from around the world!

Museums at Night

Ipswich Museum at Museums at Night
Photo credit to CIMS

What: Museums at Night

Where: Nationwide

When: 25th – 27th October

Cost: Varies

October is considered the spookiest month of the year. Why? First off there’s Halloween, and second as the days get colder and darkness falls earlier some believe the transition brings out ghostly spirits! Are you daring enough to embrace the darkness and visit a museum after dark? Some will be conducting tours by candle light. Spooky!

MCM Comic Con

Photo credit to Paul Boyling

What: MCM Comic Con London

Where: Excel Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, London

When: 26th – 28th October

Cost: Single day tickets start at £17

Apparently it is totally OK to like cartoons and comics well into adulthood. MCM Comic Con London is a massive three-day gathering of cartoon and comic fans from around the world. Hard-core fans will dress up as their favourite character. Dr Strange, Yoda, Harley Quinn… you name it they will be there!

The event is a sensory and visual overload and you’ll be able to pick-up the latest games, films and merchandise.

Diwali Leicester

Photo credit to Leicester City Council

What: Diwali Festival

Where: Belgrave Road, Leicester

When: 28th October – 11th November

Cost: Free

Diwali is the “festival of lights” celebrated by people of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Jain faiths. It is one of the biggest festivals in India and Leicester hosts the biggest Diwali festival outside of India.

Leicester is home to one of the largest South Asian communities and every year in October the city sparkles with over 6,000 multicoloured lights as the city enjoys a party.

The festivities go on for two weeks with performances, music and plenty of chances to eat delicious South Asian food. This year the famous Diwali Lights Switch will be on 28th October and will remain on until 11th November.