Things to do in and around Didcot in October 2021

It’s a long 18 months since I last wrote one of these posts. The world has changed but events are back!

Read on to find out what’s happening in Didcot in October 2021.

1. Didcot Food Festival

The food festival runs across two days from Saturday 2-Sunday 3 October 2021 at Didcot Civic Hall. There are over 50 exhibitors and cookery demonstrations from local restaurants and past contestants from Masterchef and the Great British Bake Off. There’s also a kids zone and music from local bands. Buy your tickets in advance here; day tickets are £4, weekend tickets £7.

2. The Inflatables

Local ska band appearing at the Marlborough Club, 8pm on Saturday 2 October. Buy tickets in advance here.

3. The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Cornerstone has reopened! Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde will be appearing on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 October. Suitable for 11+, tickets are £16.50 for adults and available from the Cornerstone box office or website.

4. Go batty for bats

Enjoy a Halloween themed half term trail at Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre. Suitable for children aged 4-11, the trail runs from 10am-2pm Monday 25 to Friday 29 October. Pre-booking is essential. Tickets are £3 for children, accompanying adults free but must be pre-booked here.

5. Art event

At Hagbourne Village Hall, from 10.30am-5pm on Sunday 31 October. A showcase event for local art, literature and crafts. Refreshments available.

6. The People Versus

This up and coming folk band are playing at Harwell Village Hall on Friday 15 October 2021 from 7pm. Support provided by The Lost Notes and singer songwriter Patrick Griffin. Tickets, £16.50, available here.

7. An evening of music and song

Held at St Andrew’s Church, East Hagbourne from 7pm on Friday 29 October. Celebrating all things musical and raising money for disadvantaged musicians in Zimbabwe. Tickets from the Cornerstone box office or website.

8 Hallowsteam!

Youngsters can enjoy spooky goings on at Didcot Railway Centre on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28, Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October. Peek inside a haunted carriage, follow a trail and ride a Halloween themed steam train. There’s a small gift for every youngster in fancy dress. Further details here.

9. Great Western Park Halloween scarecrow trail

Running from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 October, take a wander around GWP and see what scarecrows you can spot. Join the GWP 2021 Scarecrow Trail group on Facebook for more details and a map nearer the time.

10. Halloween drive in movie

Drive over to Boundary Park from 4-9pm on Sunday 31 October for a family friendly movie treat. Tickets are £18 per car and include up to 5 headsets to watch Ghostbusters or Casper the Friendly Ghost. Get your tickets here.

11. Rebel finance course

This is a free online course, sponsored by SOHA, to help you take control of your finances. It runs for 6 weeks, over Zoom, from Monday 4 October to Monday 8 November 8-9.30pm. You’ll learn how to manage your personal finances, including cash flow management, debt and savings. Register here to take part.

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