Top 10's: Autumn in Camden

After this year's long, hot summer, the weather is finally settling down. We've complied a list of the best things to do for Autumn this year, whether you want to escape the rain or soak up the crisp autumn sun, there is something for everyone.

(Scroll down for events beyond Halloween!)

1. Halloween Pumpkin Hunt at Fenton House and Garden

27 Oct 2018 - 4 Nov 2018

Pumpkins

 

Hunt for pumpkins around Fenton's walled garden guided by a trail and activity sheet. All participants will be rewarded for their efforts with a Halloween goody bag containing sweets and one or two novelty items.  Families can also stick around to enjoy Halloween themed art activities in the dining room.  Over the weekends of 27 & 28 October and 3 & 4 November Mystical Fairies will be telling tales at regular intervals throughout the afternoon. Suitable for all ages.

The apple juice made from this year's harvest will be on sale, warmed and served from spooky bubbling cauldron.  Alternatively, you can buy bottled juice to take home.

All round, a fun and atmospheric way to celebrate this autumnal and festive month. Click here to find out more!

2. Visit the most haunted places in Camden (...Warm Pubs)

Why not get into the spooky spirit whilst also enjoying a nice beverages. Some of the most haunted places in Camden, so it happens, are pubs. The Flask, located in Highgate West Hill, is a 17th Century pub with a ghostly past. Amongst plenty of other sightings, it is said that it is haunted by a Spanish Barmaid who died in the cellar and an apparition wondering around in a Caviller outfit. Other places that are rumoured to be Haunted are The World's End outside Camden Town station and King William IV at Hampstead High Street.

3. Discover the Charms of Frankenstein at The Jewish Museum London

Frankenstein

 

Running until the 4th of November, 'The Charms of Frankenstein' is a site-specific installation created by artist Maya Attoun. The exhibition is based on the artist’s recent project ‘2018’ and celebrates the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel ‘Frankenstein’. Alongside the exhibtion, there are plenty of events to discover more, including:

  • A Curator's Talk with Maya Attoun on the 22nd of October
  • In Search of Frankenstein’s Charms: Maya Attoun and Fiona Sampson in Conversation on the 4th of November

  • Curious Explorers Morning at the Jewish Museum London, 22nd October: 

This event is a relaxed morning during the school holiday for children with autism or other social communication conditions, their siblings, parents and carers. This event is most appropriate for children aged 5 to 15. Don’t miss these exciting and interactive activities inspired by the exhibition.

4. Enjoy some spooky events on the Museum Mile

Charles Dickens

 

With Halloween just around the corner, we’ve uncovered some of the most haunting finds along Museum Mile, ready to thrill and delight curious minds young and old. Museum Mile is an intriguing collection of 13 extraordinary museums spanning from King’s Cross to the River Thames and across Camden. Including an evening where you can come face to face with the ghost of Dickens’s past, with fortune telling and tales of the dearly departed, as you experience the writer’s beautiful townhouse as if the author himself had just stepped out the door. Read the article here!

For events beyond Halloween:

5. Enjoy some retro games in the warmth!

Retro Games November 16th

 

Camden Events Service are bringing you a brand new late night event in Holborn Library called Game Over! The event will focus on games of all kind, specifically retro console games like Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, Nintendo Wii, Atari and Nintendo 64. The first retro Games night will be on November 16th.

Each month on rotation, we will have indoor crazy golf, karaoke, darts, arcade games, ping-pong, silent disco and other games to keep you entertained. Click here for more information!

 

6. Enjoy the Fireworks at Coram's Fields

Coram’s Fields Fireworks Night is a large, annual community event, providing a free firework extravaganza for children, families and the wider community in Camden.

Coram’s Fields has been running an annual community Fireworks Night for 20+ years, which takes place on the Friday evening closest to Bonfire Night on our seven-acre site on Guilford Street; this year the event falls on the 2nd November and runs from 3:30-8:30pm.

7. Celebrate Inter Faith week around Camden! 

Summit

 

Interfaith Week is from the 11th - 18th of November. We've put together a list of all the events you can find in Camden to help you celebrate Interfaith week 2018! Including Diwali Party and a LGBT Faith and Coffee evening; click here to read our article on all the events!

8. See some art at local *free* Galleries!

Women Constructed is currently showing at Swiss Cottage Gallery for free! Women Constructed presents 9 female artists from the Camden Collection, all of whom look at line, abstraction, grids and construction as central themes in their work. This show profiles traditionally thought masculine artworks in an attempt to start a conversation around the idea that women are  a construct of patriarchal society. Catch it until November 10th!

Join Quiet Down There in a free half-day workshop exploring this exhibition. In this workshop we will discuss the lives of women artists in the exhibition whilst creating a collaborative artwork using a range of drawing and collage materials. The artwork will be transformed into a series of bespoke bookmarks featuring encouraging affirmations for others to discover in the bookshelves of Swiss Cottage Library.

9. Get some early Christmas Presents 

French Connection

 

some Bargains at the French Connection & Great Plains Sample Sale. 

The French Connection Sample is on from 31st of October - 2nd of November. Expect great deals on mens and ladies fashion from French Connection and Great Plains, this sale is not to be missed.

Your £1 entry fee will be donated to: British Red Cross and Richard House Children's Hospice. Read more here.

10. Memorial Day in Camden

 Lighting the Beacon - Memorial Day, Sunday 11th November 

Bloomsbury Square, 6.40pm - 7.15

Join us in Camden as we are one of over 1,000 Beacons of Light will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

This is a commemoration inspired by a comment made on 3rd August 1914 by Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey. He was looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall when he remarked to a friend, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” Our country was about to be plunged into the darkness of the First World War, and it would be four long years before Britain and Europe would again experience the light of peace.