Events

National Day of the People's Republic of China

National Day of the People's Republic of China

1st October

The National Day of China has been celebrated since 1949. It is marked with public events such as fireworks and concerts.

Ashura

Ashura

1st October

Ashura has been a day of fasting for Sunni Muslims since the days of the early Muslim community.

Black History Month

1st October to 31st October

Black History Month aims to promote knowledge of black history, culture and heritage and to disseminate information on positive black contributions to British society.

Walk to School Month

1st October to 31st October

October is International Walk to School Month and over 40 countries will be encouraging children to ditch the school run!

The Big Draw

The Big Draw

1st October to 31st October

The Big Draw is a campaign for drawing with one aim: to get everyone drawing! Why? Drawing helps us to think, invent and communicate – regardless of age and ability.

 

Sukkot

Sukkot

4th October to 11th October

Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God took special care of them under impossible conditions. 

No Pens Wednesday

No Pens Wednesday

4th October

Have a full day at school without using pens or any written activities.

 

World Animal Day

World Animal Day

4th October

World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species.

World Space Week

World Space Week

4th October to 10th October

This is the largest space event in the world and is the ideal time for teachers to use space in the classroom to excite students about learning.

World Teachers' Day

5th October

World Teachers' Day is celebrated annually on 5 October. The event celebrates teachers worldwide.

Ada Lovelace Day

10th October

Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Columbus Day

Columbus Day

12th October

The anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492, is celebrated in many countries.

Battle of Hastings

Battle of Hastings

14th October

The Battle of Hastings took place on 14 October 1066. It was the decisive Norman victory in the Norman conquest of England.

Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day

15th October

Global Handwashing Day is the centrepiece of a week of activities that aim to mobilise millions of people to wash their hands with soap.

Action Aid's Big Me Day

Action Aid's Big Me Day

16th October to 20th October

Pick a day between 16th – 20th October and get everyone to dress up as their dream job, bringing a £1 donation for ActionAid. Find out more here.

Diwali

Diwali

19th October

Diwali is perhaps the most well-known of the Hindu festivals. Diwali is known as the 'festival of lights' because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps.

Rosh Hashanah

20th October to 22nd October

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is celebrated with a special meal, often including apples dipped in honey. No one is allowed to work on Rosh Hashanah

Trafalgar Day

Trafalgar Day

21st October

Trafalgar day commemorates the British Naval Victory at Trafalgar in 1805. It is marked by a parade through Trafalgar Square in London.

One World Week

One World Week

22nd October to 29th October

Each year, "The Week" is an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning and to use it to take action for justice locally and globally.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur

29th October to 30th October

Yom Kippur is the most sacred and solemn day in the Jewish calendar. It means Day of Atonement. It's a day to reflect on the past year and ask God's forgiveness for any sins.

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Daylight Saving Time Ends

29th October

The clocks go back by one hour in the UK. This gives us more daylight in the morning, but less in the evening. The time is Greenwich Mean Time.

Halloween

Halloween

31st October

Halloween is an annual holiday observed on October 31, which commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties and carving jack-o'-lanterns.

National Bug Busting Day

National Bug Busting Day

31st October

National Bug Busting Day is one of three national days when people are encouraged to help prevent lice from circulating from head to head and back again.