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Happening at the Horniman: October 2018

The nights are drawing in and the leaves are falling but there's plenty to do at the Horniman this October.


Enjoy fiendish fun at our Halloween Fair on 27 and 28 October. Meet creepy crawlies, hear spooky storytelling, and browse for gifts and treats at our arts and crafts markets and food stalls.

Being Late

Join us for our Being Late on the evening of Thursday 18 October to celebrate the opening of our The Lore of the Land, the first exhibition in the Horniman’s new arts space, The Studio.

  • Being Late, Sarah Shevlin
    , Sarah Shevlin

Half Term

We're holding one of our Big Wednesday's on 24 October with our friends from Art Network, so be sure to join us for a great day of free activities.

This October Half Term we'll have special sessions of Horniman Explorers and Family Art Fun running throughout the week.

Learn how to decorate your very own Halloween pumpkin with our Pumpkin Decorating Workshop on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 October.

  • HORNIMAN_HALLOWEEN_SophiaSpring (3), Sophia Spring
    , Sophia Spring


Our award-winning exhibition Colour: The Rainbow Revealed will be coming to a close on 28 October so be sure to visit while you can to be amazed by how colours are made and perceived.

Still on display in our World Gallery balcony is Yamal: The Stream of Life. This beautiful display by the photographer Bryan Alexander reveals aspects of life in the Yamal region of Northwest Siberia.

Our new arts space, The Studio, opens on 20 October with The Lore of the Land an immersive exhibition that considers our relationship with the natural world.

We're delighted to be hosting EVOLUTION of The Artist and The Exhibited Works by Shauna Richardson. See the beautifully crafted, life-size crochet animal sculptures, inspired and informed by natural history.

You can also see a display by Joshua Sofaer, Horniman NosesAs part of an Artquest research residency, Joshua researched the Horniman’s collections as inspiration to create a series of false noses, three of which will be on display in the Natural History Gallery.


Join us on the Horniman Nature Tail for a family friendly welly walk to discover the insects, animals and plants that live there in autumn on 6 October.

We'll be celebrating the contribution of older adults to our communities on Sunday 7 October as part of Silver Sunday.

Regular Events

Every Saturday pop down to the Horniman Farmer’s Market to pick up the freshest, local produce.

On Sunday 7 October our library will be open to the public to explore some of our rare books and talk to our knowledgeable librarian.

Hands on Base: Horniman Explorers will be open every Saturday for fun sessions that will explore a different theme every week using objects from our handling collection, as well as Open for All on select Sundays.

Our popular World of Stories will be whisking you to faraway places on select Sundays.

Art makers is running on select Saturdays. Have fun with art skills and exciting techniques to create something fabulous to take home inspired by the Horniman’s collections or seasonal celebrations.

Join us for Busy Bees, our popular sessions for under 5s, on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays in term time.

  • A World of Stories session at the Horniman, Photo by Megan Taylor
    , Photo by Megan Taylor