Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean the UK’s party schedule is cooling down. As the days get shorter, the nights get longer, and there are some antic-ready events to help fill those extended twilight hours. Harry Potter parties? Boozy festivals? Hangover-curing brunch fiestas? Our pals at DesignMyNight have got the lowdown on how to start filling up your autumn calendar.
1. Sightsee and Scoot Down a Zip Line - London
Fancy taking in the sights of the city in a unique style? No, this isn’t an attempt to sell you the latest rooftop bar experience, this is an attempt to sell you the latest 225-metre zip wire ride experience. Scoot across the skies at 50kph for some sensational views as you get up close and personal with the London skyline.
2. Experience London’s First Brunch Weekender - London
We don’t know what we did to deserve this, but this month will be ushering in an entire weekend dedicated to the best meal of the day. Head to some of the best eateries in London for special menus, great deals on classic brunching and bottomless boozing for as little as £20. So, whether you’re soothing the first hangover of the new term, or prepping for it with free-flowing bubbles, this cross-city event is bringing you the goods.
3. Pop Bottles at a Prosecco Festival - London
Party like summer never ended at this Brixton event that is celebrating all things fun and fizzy. Bringing you eight different prosecco brands to taste test, street food to munch on and great music, Proseccoville is the place to clink, drink and boogie the day away with a cold glass of the good stuff.
4. Become a Witch/Wizard for the Night - London
Never got that letter? Doesn’t matter, you know you’re a wizard and it’s time to celebrate with your magical pals at this back-to-Hogwarts party. Head to The Grand where DJs will be spinning only the most spellbinding tunes, the bar will be shaking up a storm with special themed cocktails and you’ll find all manner of other magical curiosities to keep you entertained until the early hours.
5. Go to a Pop-Up That’s all About Chocolate Cocktails - London
If you’re looking for sugar, spice and all things a little boozy, this cool pop up bar in Covent Garden is serving up the ultimate indulgence. Fronting cocoa-laced versions of your favourite cocktails, The Chocolate Cocktail Club is a great way to treat yourself to something sweet and swanky this month.
6. Kid Around at HarvestFest - London
For a Harvest Festival celebration that doesn’t involve digging old tins of beans out of your cupboards, head to Skylight where competitive games of horseshoes and a few rounds of haystack skittles will be going down every evening this autumn, alongside cosy rooftop drinking and some of the best views in the city.
7. Attend a Dumpling Festival - Birmingham
Birmingham plays host to one of the most anticipated food events of the year as a massive dumpling festival pitches up. Doling out fat ones, light ones, sweet, savoury, steamed and fried ones, you can catch some of the UK’s finest purveyors of delicious doughy goodness right on your doorstep.
8. Watch The Greatest Showman at a Drive-In Cinema - Brighton
It’s time to turn off the engine and get cosy as Cinestock brings a wealth of great films to Brighton Racecourse for their autumn drive-in series. Catch feelgood, musical extravaganza, The Greatest Showman from the comfort of your own front seat, and don’t forget to load up on the snacks, because in your own car, no one can hear you rustle.
9. Eat Bottomless Wings at Absurd Bird - Glasgow
Absurd by name and absurd by nature, this Merchant City eatery is giving you some bang for your buck in no uncertain terms. Head to Absurd Bird every Wednesday where, for a measly £12, you can feast on bottomless wings and crunchy french fries to your heart’s content. Grab a couple of their ‘moonshine’ cocktails to add a little extra fuel to that mid-week fire.
10. Drink Cocktails at a Rum Festival - Edinburgh
Check out the UK’s first travelling rum festival as it hits Edinburgh this month for a two-day extravaganza. Bringing some Caribbean sunshine to a soggy autumn city, you can sample some of the most popular and sought-after rums in the world, dance the evening away and soak up some solid rum facts to convince people you did more than just get drunk.
For more info on what’s on in London and across the UK, visit DesignMyNight and follow them on Instagram and Twitter; @DesignMyNight.
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