October 2021 | Looking Back

We had a very busy October with us all doing lots of stuff as a family that we had planned. Some of the things we enjoyed had been booked for a long time so we were just so grateful that we were able to go. No one knows what the next couple of months might look like here in the UK as the Winter kicks in so we tried to enjoy it as much as possible.

paper plane
We started the month with a date night for a Chinese and then off to a charity quiz night. John and I were absolutely rubbish at the quiz although John did make the best paper plane. His plane that went the furthest out of about 40 so he won a prize. He won a juicer. We didn't win at the quiz but it was lots of fun. 

Boy looking at  sign

Boy looking at  sign

Music wall
Around Springtime we took part in a Percy The Park Keeper Trail in Tatton Park. It was a lovely trail around the gardens and we got to explore, do challenges and meet Percy himself. There was a new Autumn trail to experience at the park this month called After The Storm. The trail was really good and was free to enjoy or you could buy a trail map for just £1. We got to see parts of Tatton Park we hadn't seen before. 

woman standing in front of a show poster
empty theatre seats
Tell me on a Sunday stage
We went to the theatre for the first time in what feels like forever and it felt so good to be back watching a live show. Unfortunately there were only about 100 people in there, which was just so sad. I can't even say it was the show as it was the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, Tell Me On A Sunday. I guess people may not feel comfortable heading to such an intimate setting yet. However I absolutely loved the show and Jodie Prenger was amazing.

Blackpool Tower illuminated

Boy looking at the illuminations in Blackpool

We made our way up North to visit Blackpool to see the Blackpool illuminations. We try and do it every year and it has become a tradition. We always do the same thing every year but the boys still enjoy it. We head to Coral Island to play some games and try and win some goodies. Then we usually go to the chippy for dinner because you can't go to Blackpool and not get fish and chips. As we are Merlin Pass Holders we then visit the Blackpool Tower to see the illuminations from 380ft in the air. After that we drive through the lights all the way along the golden mile. 

kenyon hall farm

kenyon hall farm


boy in a pumpkin patch
Pumpkin Picking was the start of five days of Halloween and was so much fun this year. We managed to pick some really nice pumpkins at Kenyon Hall Farm. Tickets sold out very quickly so we were lucky to grab some before they did, however we actually realised that you only needed the ticket to visit the pumpkin field, everything else was available at no cost with lots of pumpkins already picked for sale. You can also enjoy the play area, cafe and shop too so I won't be too stressed next year if we don't manage to get a ticket as there is still lots to enjoy. 

Carved pumpkins
Only one thing to do after you've picked your pumpkins, time to carve them. From left to right is big J, mine, John's and little J's.

boys walking through a light tunnel

a boy bowing to buckbeak

a wand fight

A wand fight
After our pumpkin picking day and pumpkin carving night we headed to the Harry Potter Forbidden Forest experience. We had tried not to see anything about the trail online as we didn't want to spoil our experience so didn't really know what to expect. It was absolutely amazing. The trail was at Arley Hall and Gardens National Trust property which was magically transformed in to all things Harry Potter. The rain poured down however the trees proved to be amazing umbrellas so we didn't feel it until we headed in to the open. It was an unforgettable experience and worth every penny.

scarefest sign

alton towers pumpkins

Mixtape at Alton towers

boy standing outside trick o'treat town
We made it to Scarefest at Alton Towers after almost being put off by the rain. We are so glad we still went as the rain stayed away all day and we had a really fun packed day. The morning was a slow start with queuing almost 2 hours for Mixtape but after that we managed to get on all the rides we wanted, visited the new Trick O'Treat Town which was a really fun experience for all the family and rode Galactica and Wicker Man in the dark

boy dressed as a scary pumpkin

man and woman dress for halloween
We finished off our Halloween themed half term with two Halloween parties. 

I hope November is as fun as October was.



  1. What a fun filled October you had. I am loving the look of the Forbidden Forest - what a fun idea, I love that it is held at such a location as well!

  2. I'd love to go and see a show but to be honest I haven't as I don't want to use public transport or be in a room with loads of people. I wasn't aware that they were not busy. Something to consider maybe for closer to Christmas.

  3. We really wanted to go to scarefest this year but we all ended up with the horrible bug that’s been going round . Looked so good!

  4. Loving all your photos! Looks like you have had a busy few weeks. I would love to attend Scarefest and the Percy Park Trail sounds really fun. I'd have to do that the next time we pop by Tatton Park

  5. It sounds like you had an awesome but extremely busy October! Hope November is just as much fun!


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