October Highlights

It’s the month of half-term and Halloween and that means there’s a great choice of events in and around Carlisle this October.

Here’s a selection of what’s coming up. More events can be found using the what’s on search.


The popular literary festival returns to Carlisle with events from Thursday 27 September to Sunday 7 October, with most taking place October 5-7.

The month starts with broadcaster Susan Calman’s Sunny Side Up, a story of kindness and joy; Hunter Davies will be discussing his 100th book, My Cumbria Life on Saturday 5th and join Stuart Maconie as he takes the entertaining and enlightening Long Road from Jarrow on Saturday 6th.

Great Cumbrian Run

This annual half-marathon on Sunday 7th starts and finishes at The Sheepmount Athletics Stadium in Carlisle this year. The race route will take runners past the iconic castle and into the city centre before heading out into the countryside. Entry closes 10am on Thursday 4th.


Take a torchlight tour of Carlisle Castle after hours. This experience between October 29-November 2 will bring to life some of the creepy, gruesome and surprising tales of the most besieged castle in the country.

At Tullie House there’s a range of family activities during half-term with a Halloween theme from pasta skeletons and pumpkin carving to spooky spiders and fright night.

There’s a journey into the darker side of Carlisle’s history with an Evening of Ghosts and Grisly Tales in the city centre on Wednesday 31st.

Walby Farm Park adds pumpkin carving to its range of half-term activities between the 20thand 28th.

And there will be a lookout for all things supernatural at the Solway Aviation Museum at Carlisle Airport on Saturday 27th with Blood Moon Paranormal Investigations. Will the commander be down by the bunker…?

Age restrictions apply to some events.

The Sands Centre

Dinosaur World, a new interactive show for all the family roars into Carlisle on Friday and Saturday 19-20th. Explore unchartered territories to discover a prehistoric world of astonishing life-like dinosaurs, including every child's favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

On Saturday 21st, it’s TV comedian Dave Gorman’s new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint. 

The Old Fire Station

Wishbone Ash have more than 20 original studio and several live albums to their credit during a near four-decade career and they’re in Carlisle on Wednesday 24th. And they’re followed by one of Scotland’s best-known contemporary folk names, The Peatbog Faeries, on Saturday 27th.

Carlisle Racecourse

The jumpers, hurdlers and chasers are in action this month at Carlisle as National Hunt racing returns. It all starts on Thursday 18th with a seven-race afternoon card and there’s more to enjoy the following Thursday as the season gains momentum.

Talkin Tarn Country Park

There’s a fully supervised activity day on Tuesday 23rd at Talkin Tarn Country Park for ages 8-14 year olds in half-term. Enjoy a fun day of adventure activities including archery, orienteering, woodland skills and challenges.

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

A new exhibition showcasing some of the North’s finest artists opens on Saturday 13th. From printmaking to sculpture, The New Light Prize Exhibition will celebrate contemporary artists at all stages of their career.