UK weather in October 2021

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Discover the UK's weather in October. As well as sharing the average temperatures at popular destinations, we've handpicked a list of the top 10 places to go in the UK in October for anyone planning a holiday or day out.

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The October weather guide for UK shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia), the Met Office & the Netherlands Meteorological Institute. Find out more about our data sources.

How warm is it in the UK in October?

Daytime temperatures usually reach 15°C in London, UK in October, falling to 8°C at night.

How sunny is it in the UK in October?

There are normally 3 hours of bright sunshine each day in London, UK in October - that's 32% of daylight hours.

Does it rain in the UK in October?

There are usually 13 days with some rain in London, UK in October and the average monthly rainfall is 58mm.

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Top 10 UK places to go in October

October is a beautiful time to discover the UK. The countryside is set ablaze with fiery treetops, the coast offers the freshest of sea air to accompany any beach walk and towns and cities tempt with countless cultural attractions. Here you'll find our pick of the best places to go in October that combine all of the above to some degree.

  1. Camber Sands, East Sussex
  2. Deal, Kent
  3. Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
  4. Petworth, South Downs
  5. Brighton, East Sussex
  6. Aldeburgh, Suffolk
  7. New Forest, Hampshire
  8. Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
  9. Norwich, Norfolk
  10. Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
There is no shortage of space on Camber Sands © Paul - Adobe Stock Image
There is no shortage of space on Camber Sands © Paul - Adobe Stock Image

1. Camber Sands, East Sussex, England

For an October holiday that blends nature and history in one, consider basing yourself close to Camber Sands. This wide-open wild stretch of England's south coast, dotted with rolling sand dunes, may heave with sunbathers in summer but it's just as majestic out of season.

Book a stay at a local B&B or an all-encompassing holiday park such as Pontins Camber Sands* to make the most of this stretch of coastline.

While a walk on the expansive three-mile-long sandy beach is a given, don't miss a trip out to the wilderness of Dungeness.

Here, an RSPB bird reserve, with an exceptional variety of birdlife, meets nuclear power station and Prospect Cottage, the former home of artist and director Derek Jarman. It is a captivating day out in an environment that can feel altogether otherworldly.

There are lots of historic attractions to be had nearby, too. The cobbled streets of Rye are close at hand where Lamb House* stands as a fine example of Georgian architecture.

There's also Camber Castle*, the ruins of a medieval artillery fort built by Henry VIII that sits within the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. You can book a guided tour of both with the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

  • Usually 15°C maximum daytime temperature in Camber Sands in October15
    15°C max daytime temperature
  • 4 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 16 days with some rainfall in Camber Sands in October16
    16 days with some rainfall
  • 79 mm monthly rainfall in Camber Sands in October79
    79 mm monthly rainfall

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2. Deal, Kent, England

The stylish seaside town of Deal is an eclectic mix of traditional seaside town and desirable resort. Expect sophisticated restaurants such as The Rose and Deal Pier Kitchen as well as laid-back local watering holes such as The Just Reproach and The Ship Inn, which highlights the town's once notorious smuggling links.

While Deal has a pebbly beach, nearby Ramsgate, with its prestigious Royal Harbour, has a number of sandy options as well as the chance to take a seal-watching trip with Sea Searcher Boat Trips. Meanwhile, scenic Sandwich has all the crooked-beamed houses you'd expect from the best-preserved medieval town in England.

Take in three of the Kent coast's most magnificent castles on the 10-mile walk along the dramatic South East Coast Path from Deal to Dover. Pop into curvaceous Deal Castle*, a 16th-century artillery fort built by Henry VIII, before walking along the shore to the opulent residence of Walmer Castle*.

Then it's up and over the white cliffs towards Dover Castle*, calling in for a cold one at The Coastguard, the pub closest to France from Britain, in St Margaret's Bay.

  • Usually 15°C maximum daytime temperature in Deal in October15
    15°C max daytime temperature
  • 4 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 13 days with some rainfall in Deal in October13
    13 days with some rainfall
  • 72 mm monthly rainfall in Deal in October72
    72 mm monthly rainfall

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3. Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England

Escape to the Essex Sunshine Coast's largest town, Clacton-on-Sea and you'll encounter every tradition of a seaside break. There's Clacton Pier, The Pavilion Fun Park, lively arcades, the Art Deco-feel West Cliff Theatre and the immaculate landscaped seaside gardens.

While the long sandy beaches may not be ideal for sunbathing by October, they certainly make for wonderful seaside walks, past colourful beach huts and historic sites such as the Martello Tower in Martello Bay.

The town is a busy spot full of a variety of tearooms, shops and restaurants, although shopaholics might want to pop to the outskirts for a visit to the Clacton Shopping Village, where high street bargains can be nabbed with as much as 60% off.

Clacton-on-Sea is also handily located for anyone wanting to explore more of Essex or nearby Suffolk, especially in autumn when the leaves are changing and the countryside has plenty of colours on show.

Follow the Naze wildlife trail at Hamford Water National Nature Reserve to see migratory birds or Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), aka John Constable country, for a crisp stroll before a rewarding pub lunch.

  • Usually 15°C maximum daytime temperature in Clacton-on-Sea in October15
    15°C max daytime temperature
  • 4 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 17 days with some rainfall in Clacton-on-Sea in October17
    17 days with some rainfall
  • 49 mm monthly rainfall in Clacton-on-Sea in October49
    49 mm monthly rainfall

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4. Petworth, South Downs, England

The market town of Petworth in the South Downs National Park has deep roots that date beyond the Domesday Book, in which it gets a mention.

As well as stylish boutiques, cafés and markets, sights such as the Petworth Cottage Museum and Coultershaw Beam Pump tell its story during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The jewel in the crown of the town is Petworth House & Park*, which has a 900-year-strong history. The current house, an elaborate Grade I-listed Baroque creation dating from the 17th-century, holds one the finest collections of art while the gardens, the handy work of Capability Brown, and the deer park could almost justify a day's exploration in their own right.

The South Downs is crisscrossed with over 2,000 miles of public rights of way, giving you lots of options for walking and cycling; sections of the South Downs Way are ideal for both long and short routes.

Other attractions within easy reach include open-air Amberley Museum, Bignor Roman Villa with its restored mosaics and RSPB Pulborough Brooks, not to mention the likes of Chichester and Portsmouth.

  • Usually 15°C maximum daytime temperature in Petworth in October15
    15°C max daytime temperature
  • 4 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 14 days with some rainfall in Petworth in October14
    14 days with some rainfall
  • 89 mm monthly rainfall in Petworth in October89
    89 mm monthly rainfall

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5. Brighton, East Sussex, England

Buzzing Brighton needs little introduction; whether it's the mod culture as epitomised by the film Quadrophenia, seaside antics in the form of the lively pier and bar-packed beach, or seeking out quirky items to buy in the city's famed Lanes.

As the capital of cool on the East Sussex coast, you won't struggle to find indy coffee shops or venues offering gigs by bands new and old throughout the year. It's also a great place for record lovers to do some crate-digging at the likes of Resident.

As for major attractions, the bohemian nature of Brighton is epitomised by the iconic Royal Pavillion, a seaside palace at the centre of the town built for George IV and heavily influenced by the Far East.

Once you have wandered its opulent hallways, head to the British Airways i360 observation tower (advance booking recommended) and shoot 150 metres up for a bird's eye view of the coast below.

Get to know the surrounding countryside on a walk in the nearby South Downs National Park at Devil's Dyke or by cycling the Undercliff Path to the neighbouring town of Saltdean.

  • Usually 15°C maximum daytime temperature in Brighton in October15
    15°C max daytime temperature
  • 4 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 14 days with some rainfall in Brighton in October14
    14 days with some rainfall
  • 100 mm monthly rainfall in Brighton in October100
    100 mm monthly rainfall

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6. Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

The Tudor port town of Aldeburgh, with its pebbly beach and ramshackle boat sheds, lies on Suffolk's North Sea coast. It's a thriving destination that's evolved from a place of significance in medieval times to a fishing village and Victorian seaside retreat, as evidenced in the colourful period villas that line the beachfront.

Walk along the shore to visit sights such as the four-metre high 'Scallop' sculpture to the north and 18th-century Martello tower to the south. Browse independent boutiques and sample delicious bites in trendy local cafés while wandering the town's bustling streets.

Soak in the history at the Aldeburgh Museum while admiring the crooked beams of the Tudor Moot Hall in which it's housed.

Music lovers will want to visit The Red House, the former home of the town's most famous son, composer Benjamin Britten. His legacy is also seen in the many music festivals and events that are held in Aldeburgh each year.

Outwith the town, you may want to stretch your legs at RSPB North Warren Nature Reserve or visit the well-known archaeological site of Sutton Hoo*.

Thirsty after all that sightseeing? Head to the Adnams Brewery Southwold for a tour and tasting or stay local at the Adnams Store on Aldeburgh's High Street.

  • Usually 15°C maximum daytime temperature in Aldeburgh in October15
    15°C max daytime temperature
  • 4 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 17 days with some rainfall in Aldeburgh in October17
    17 days with some rainfall
  • 55 mm monthly rainfall in Aldeburgh in October55
    55 mm monthly rainfall

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Fishing boat on the beach at Aldeburgh, Suffolk © Harlequin9 - Adobe Stock Image
Fishing boat on the beach at Aldeburgh, Suffolk © Harlequin9 - Adobe Stock Image

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7. New Forest, Hampshire, England

Witness nature putting on a seasonal show in the New Forest National Park as the leaves turn all hues of orange and the heather deep purple.

This protected landscape of ancient woods, heathland and coastline is home to an outstanding variety of trees, plants and wildlife (featuring the New Forest ponies) ensuring it's a fabulous spot to explore on foot, or two wheels, when the season changes.

Hike to the old radio direction station and bunker at Huff Duff* for sweeping views or, for a shorter stroll, visit Hightown* where the diversity is easily seen on a brief walking trail.

The main town of Brockenhurst is where you'll find every amenity although there are plenty of other towns and villages that you could base yourself to acquaint yourself with the region such as Lyndhurst, with the New Forest Heritage Centre, port of Lymington to the south and Fordingbridge to the north.

As well as a wealth of outdoor activities from cycling and kayaking to hiking and rock climbing, children can be kept busy at Paultons Park, a family-friendly theme where rides meet worlds such as The Lost Kingdom of dinosaurs and the park's biggest attraction, Peppa Pig World*.

  • Usually 15°C maximum daytime temperature in New Forest in October15
    15°C max daytime temperature
  • 4 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 15 days with some rainfall in New Forest in October15
    15 days with some rainfall
  • 76 mm monthly rainfall in New Forest in October76
    76 mm monthly rainfall

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8. Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England

It's all about the impressive weight of history on a visit to Cambridge. A great way to get to grips with everything this historic university city has to offer is by tagging along on a guided walking tour.

Of course, there are numerous options, from self-guided audio tours to punting tours, but a straightforward walking tour will illuminate what can feel like a daunting world of university colleges, gardens and historic sights.

After a dose of history from the streets, head inside one of the many museums that thrill visitors, from the exceptional collection of art and antiques found at The Fitzwilliam Museum to The Museum of Cambridge to understand more about how Cambridgeshire evolved over a three-hundred-year period.

Once you've browsed the many shops and refuelled in one of the countless tearooms or restaurants, you might consider stepping outside of the city to visit the likes of 17th-century Audley End House and Gardens* or to don your binoculars at RSPB The Lodge. A day trip to the cathedral city of Ely is another easy option from Cambridge.

  • Usually 15°C maximum daytime temperature in Cambridge in October15
    15°C max daytime temperature
  • 3 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 13 days with some rainfall in Cambridge in October13
    13 days with some rainfall
  • 48 mm monthly rainfall in Cambridge in October48
    48 mm monthly rainfall

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9. Norwich, Norfolk, England

Norwich has an illustrious past as a major Anglo-Saxon trading point in East Anglia. It has a long and colourful history and any visit to Norfolk's capital is well-rewarded with a plethora of attractions old and new, natural and man-made.

In celebration of its prestigious collection of historic buildings, the Norwich 12 route was established. This heritage trail takes in the city's main places of interest such as 11th-century Norwich Cathedral and Norwich Castle, the medieval Guildhall and Edwardian Surrey House, among others.

Add to this a trip to the Museum of Norwich and you'll have a complete history of the city. Families will want to head to Pensthorpe Natural Park, a child-friendly nature reserve made up of wetlands, woods, farms and grassland, as well as Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, just outside of the city where over 100 life-sized dinos lie in wait.

Further afield, the Norfolk Broads and North Norfolk's Deep History Coast, known for its fossils and best explored via the interactive augmented-reality app, make for exciting days out in nature, whether you're walking, sailing, paddling or hiking.

  • Usually 15°C maximum daytime temperature in Norwich in October15
    15°C max daytime temperature
  • 3 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 15 days with some rainfall in Norwich in October15
    15 days with some rainfall
  • 57 mm monthly rainfall in Norwich in October57
    57 mm monthly rainfall

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10. Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

The medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon is no stranger to welcoming tourists. The birthplace of William Shakspeare, it's long been on the 'must see' list of culture-vulture travellers from all over the globe.

Some visit Stratford to delve deep into the life of England's greatest writer. You can do just this at Shakespeare's Birthplace Museum, which remains inside his original family home, as well as at Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall, by taking in a show at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre or visiting the stunning family home of his wife-to-be at Anne Hathaway's Cottage.

Meanwhile, others want to admire the old and interesting architecture, wonky beams and uneven doorways included, and absorb the history that is omnipresent in Stratford. Make a beeline for the living Tudor Museum for a taste of the town's past.

More modern creations can be found at the Mechanical Art & Design (MAD) Museum, a firm favourite thanks to its interactive displays of mechanical constructions.

Take a leisurely cruise on the River Avon or visit attractions further afield such as the 16th-century Charlecote Park with its grand house and deer park, the beautiful Cotswolds or urban hubs such as Cheltenham and Royal Leamington Spa.

  • Usually 14°C maximum daytime temperature in Stratford-upon-Avon in October14
    14°C max daytime temperature
  • 3 hours of sunshine per day
  • Usually 15 days with some rainfall in Stratford-upon-Avon in October15
    15 days with some rainfall
  • 51 mm monthly rainfall in Stratford-upon-Avon in October51
    51 mm monthly rainfall

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UK sunrise & sunset times for October 2021

Browse the sunrise and sunset times for UK in October 2021. Select a month to view UK sunrise & sunset times for the next 12 months. The UK sunrise and sunset times shown below are for London.

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Date Sunrise times Sunset times
Friday, 1st October 2021 07:01 18:38
Saturday, 16th October 2021 07:26 18:05
Sunday, 31st October 2021 06:53* 16:35*

*Daylight saving ends - Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) starts

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