Here are some of the events over Samhain - or Halloween - that could be of interest to pagans. Most of those I have listed are in London, but a few are in other parts of southern England If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now to 27 November, Sunken Cities - Egypt’s Lost Worlds. Major exhibition at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Tickets £16.50. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/
Now - 20 November; The Asahi Shimbun Displays: Rock art power and symbolism in southern Africa. Exhibition in Room 3, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Free, just drop in. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/
Wednesday 19 October; Dream Cards. Talk by Belinda Grace and Rose Inserra at Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website http://www.watkinsbooks.com/
Wednesday 19 October; After Death Consciousness and Processes. Venue: Theosophical Society in London. Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, London, W1U 8EA. Time: 7pm. Details: http://www.meetup.com/Theosophical-Society-in-London/
Wednesday 19 October; Healing and Transformation with Serpent Power (with a real snake). Woodland Wicca Magical indoor workshop. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49A, Museum Street, London WC1A 1LY. Time: 6.45pm start. You must reserve a place in advance. Cost: £18. Details and bookings: http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/
Wednesday 19 October; Meet Your Fears: Root Chakra Healing Journey with Sound, run by Himesh and the London College of Spirituality. Venue: Columbia Hotel (Regency Suite), 95 - 99 Lancaster Gate London W2 3NS. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £25. http://www.meetup.com/londonspirituality/
Wednesday 19 October; More Mead Moot promoted by Pagan FutureFests. Venue: Hope Pub, 48 West Street, Carhsalton SM5 2PR. Time: from 7.30pm. Meets on the third Wednesday of each month. https://www.facebook.com/Pagan-FutureFests-352385661439366/
Thursday 20 October; Backbone. Talk by David Wagner at Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6.30pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website http://www.watkinsbooks.com/
Thursday 20 October; The Power of Sound. A presentation by Rosemary Hanson hosted by Earthstars Sacred Space. Public lecture. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35, Park Road, London, NW1 6XT. Time: 7.30pm. Entrance: £12. https://www.facebook.com/Earthstars-Sacred-Space-104790729559515/
Thursday 20 October; Mary Wollstonecraft of Store Street. Lecture by Suzi Feay. Venue: Treadwell's, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £8, advance booking required. For further details: email@example.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Thursday 20 October; The Circle of Ankerwycke moot on the third Thursday in each month. Venue: Function room at the back of the Two Rivers Pub, 43 Church Street, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4EN. Time: 8pm.
Thursday 20 October; Drum Circle to Shamanic Journey. Venue: Caer Corhrain, 1 Southleas farm cottages, Lower Road, Minster, Sheppey ME12 3SW. Time: 8pm. This takes place on the third Thursday each month. For more information visit http://www.touchtheearthuk.com/
Thursday 20 October; Fairytales for Grown-ups: The Grateful and the Dead. Crick Crack Club storytelling for adults with Ben Haggarty. Venue: Art House, 159A Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, London, N8 9BT. Time: 8.30pm. Tickets: £8/£10. Details: http://www.crickcrackclub.com/MAIN/EVENTSF.HTM
Friday 21 October; Talk: Transformation Through Sacred Sites and Portals of Power with Himesh. Venue: Columbia Hotel (Viceroy Suite), 95 - 99 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3NS. Time: 7pm. £0. Details and reservations: http://www.meetup.com/londonspirituality/
Friday 21 October; Transforming Consciousness through Colour. Talk by Angela Lord. Venue: 35 Rudolf Steiner House, Park Rd, London NW1 6XT. Time: 7.30pm - 9pm. Entry: £5 (£3 concessions) - no need to prebook, just turn up. Details: http://www.rsh.anth.org.uk/
Friday 21 October; Film Screening and Q and A: Healing: Miracles, Mysteries... Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm-8.30pm. Cost: £14/£18. Advance booking advised. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/
Saturday 22 October; London Month of the Dead. Cemetery Of All Souls- A Guided Tour of Kensal Green Cemetery with Robert Stephenson. Venue: Kensal Green Cemetery, London W10 4RA. Time: 1pm. Tickets £8. Details and bookings: http://www.londonmonthofthedead.com/
Saturday 22 October; Scrying by Candlelight Workshop with myself Lucya Starza, author of Pagan Portals - Candle Magic. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LY. Time: 2pm-5pm. Tickets: £20 per person. Advance booking essential. Tel: 020 7405 2120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday 23 October; Meditation at Russell Brands Trew Era Cafe, 30 Whitmore Road, London N1 5QA. Starts 10.15am. Free event. Details: http://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/
Sunday, 23 October; October Plenty. Autumn harvest celebration combining ancient seasonal customs and contemporary festivities with The Lion's Part. Venue: Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside and Borough Market, Southwark, London, SE1 9DT. Free event from noon. For details visit http://www.thelionspart.co.uk/octoberplenty/
Sunday, 23 October; London Month of the Dead. Subterranean Sanctuaries - Crypts and Charnel Houses. A salon in the cemetery with Jelena Bekvalac and Rachel Ives. Venue: Brompton Cemetery, London SW10 9UG. Time: 1pm. Tickets £12. Details and bookings: http://www.londonmonthofthedead.com/
Sunday, 23 October; London Month of the Dead. Legends of the Undead. Zombies and Premature Burial. Talk with Roger Luckhurst and Jan Bondeson. Venue: Brompton Cemetery, London SW10 9UG. Time: 3.30pm. Tickets £12. Details and bookings: http://www.londonmonthofthedead.com/
Sunday, 23 October; Henry, author of Curiocity: In Pursuit of London will be talking about the book at the Bloomsbury Festival. Venue: Goodenough College, WC1N 2AB. Time: 5pm-6pm. Tickets are £3 if you quote "Friend of Bloomsbury" when booking over the phone: 020 3108 1000. Details: http://bloomsburyfestival.org.uk/events/event/curiocity-henry-elliot/
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Monday 24 October; AE and the Irish Occult Renaissance. Lecture by James North Venue: Treadwell's, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £8, advance booking required. For further details: email@example.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Monday 24 October; Phil Hine - A Phallic (K)night. Talk hosted by the London Fortean Society. Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets £5 plus booking fee. http://forteanlondon.blogspot.co.uk/ and https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lfs-phil-hine-a-phallic-knight-tickets-27044561010
Monday 24 October; Witches Gathering (was Croydon Children of Artemis Gathering). (Usually meets on the last Monday of each month.) Venue: downstairs in the cellar of the Cittie of Yorke, 22 High Holborn, London WC1V 6BS. Starting for 7.30pm. onwards. For any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.witchfest.net/
Tuesday 25 October; Ecstasies of Darkness. The History of Witches’ Ointments, with Raymond Salvatore Harmon at The Last Tuesday Society. Venue: The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History, 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £11/£5.95 online. http://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/
Tuesday 25 October; The Haunted Hidden London Walk. Organised by The College of Psychic Studies. Walk starts at 7.30pm, meeting in front of St Paul’s Cathedral. Starts: 7.30pm. Cost: £25. Advance booking essential. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/
Tuesday 25 October; Chertsey Moot. A social moot held on the last Tuesday of the month at the Golden Grove pub, Ruxbury Road, St Annes Hill, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 9EN. All welcome. From 8pm to 11pm. For more details, email: email@example.com
Wednesday 26 October; Hertford Pagan Moot. Venue: White Horse Pub, 33 Castle Street, Hertford, Herts SG14 1HH (45 mins from central London). The pub does not have disabled access. This moot meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 8pm. contact via Facebook page Hertford Pagan Moot.
Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic - photography exhibition by Sara Hannant based on her new book. Venue: Lo & Behold, 2B Swanfield Street, London E2 7DS. Time: Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat-Sun 12noon-6pm. Details: http://strangeattractor.co.uk/news/shadows-exhibition-book-launch/
Thursday 27 October; From the Woods: A Night on Animism and the Environment; part of The Light and Shadow Salon. Hosted by The Library of Obscure Wonders. Venue: Horse Hospital, 30 Colonnade, London, WC1N. Time: 7pm. Entry £5 on the door. Details: http://www.thehorsehospital.com/now/light-and-shadow-salon/
Thursday 27 October; A Sceptics Guide to Ghost Hunting hosted by London Fortean Society. Venue: The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX. Time: 7.45pm. Tickets: £4/£2 advance booking recommended. https://www.wegottickets.com/event/372327
Friday 28 October; The Correspondence Between Music and Planetary Ratios: The Genuine ‘Harmony of the Spheres.’ Talk by Hartmut Warm. Venue: Rilko (Research Into Lost Knowledge). Public lecture. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35, Park Road, London, NW1 6XT. Time: 6.45pm, lecture starts 7.15pm. Entrance: £8/£6. http://www.rilko.net/EZ/rilko/rilko/home.php
Saturday 29 October; London Month of the Dead. A Great Garden of Sleep. A Guided Tour of Brompton Cemetery with Robert Stephenson. Venue: Brompton Cemetery, London SW10 9UG. Time: 11am. Tickets £8. Details and bookings: http://www.londonmonthofthedead.com/
Saturday 29 October; London Month of the Dead. The Eternal Journey - The Tibetan and Egyptian Books of the Dead. Venue: Brompton Cemetery, London SW10 9UG. Time: 1pm. Tickets £12. Details and bookings: https://www.facebook.com/events/1735757693340482/
Saturday 29 October; Haunted Holborn and Bloomsbury Walk with London Fortean Society. Starts at Temple tube station, London WC2R 2PP. Time: 2pm. Tickets £5. https://www.wegottickets.com/event/377825
Saturday 29 October; Ghosts of London walk and storytelling with Vanessa Woolf of London Dreamtime - part of London Month of the Dead. Venue: Brompton Cemetery. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £10. Booking essential. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://londondreamtime.com/calendar/ Details and bookings: http://www.londonmonthofthedead.com/
Sunday 30 October; London Month of the Dead. Ars Moriendi. Death Rituals, Wax Effigies and the Obituary with Nigel Llewellyn and Chris Maume. Venue: Brompton Cemetery, London SW10 9UG. Time: 1pm. Tickets £12 Details and bookings: http://www.londonmonthofthedead.com/
Sunday 30 October; Wiccan Film Making Group, organised through the London Pagan Community Meetup Group. Venue: A public venue in north London near an Underground station. Details will be e-mailed to those who sign up. Time: 2pm. Website: http://www.meetup.com/Londonpagancommunity/
Sunday 30 October; Alchemy Guild Meet-up Introductory Talk - Basic Principles of Alchemy. London location tba. Time: 2pm. Details: http://www.meetup.com/alchemy-london/
Sunday 30 October; London Month of the Dead. The Uncanny and the Fantastic. The Art of Gothic with Bryony Dixon and Victoria Nelson. Venue: Brompton Cemetery, London SW10 9UG. Time: 3.30pm. Tickets £12 Details and bookings: http://www.londonmonthofthedead.com/
Sunday 30 October; Silver Chalice will be holding their Samhain open ritual at 6pm Avebury henge, Wiltshire,within the sun circle. Everyone welcome. Please bring a lantern or torch. Bang to Rites will be drumming.
Sunday 30 October; London Month of the Dead. Ghost in the Machine. A Candlelit Theremin Concert with Lydia Kavina and pianist Thomas Ang. Venue: Brompton Cemetery, London SW10 9UG. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets £15. Details and bookings: http://www.londonmonthofthedead.com/
Monday 31 October; The Halloween of Crossbones. Venue: The Table, 83 Southwark Street, London SE1 0HX. Time: 6pm. Advance booking essential. Tickets 12. http://www.wegottickets.com/event/374594
Monday 31 October; Short Talks, Big Message October - Jonny Benjamin, Jonathan Sattin, Judymay Murphy and Dr Emily Grossman. Organised by Alternatives. Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL, Doors open 6.30pm. Talk starts: 7pm. Book signings at the end. Tickets £10/£15 online. For more details and to book tickets: http://www.alternatives.org.uk/
Monday 31 October; Witchcraft: Women and Wickedness. Talk by Michael Doolan on anthropological approaches to magic and ritual (note, this is a late change of speaker). Venue: The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret - 9a Saint Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY. Time: 7pm. Tickets £8 adults/£6 concessions. Includes admission to the museum. Details and booking: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/witchcraft-herbs-the-truth-behind-the-fiction-tickets-27512433429
Monday 31 October; Ghost Walk at Burgh House with Vanessa Woolf of London Dreamtime. Venue: Meet at Burgh House New End Square London NW3 1LT. Time: 7-8pm. Tickets: price tbc. Booking essential. For details email email@example.com or visit http://londondreamtime.com/calendar/
Monday 31 October; Twelve kinds of Ghost - A Natural History of Ghosts. Talk from the Society of Physical Research and a walk through the building. Venue: Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, W India Dock Rd, London E14 4AL. Time 7pm. Tickets £8. http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/event-detail?id=90409
Tuesday 1 November; Cobwebs and Cauldrons Moot. Venue: Romford White Horse Pub, 118 High Road, RM6 6NU. Entry £4. Moot takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. 7.30pm start.
Tuesday 1 November; The Crick Crack Club Presents The Day of the Dead 2016. Performance Storytelling with Nell Phoenix, Tim Ralphs and Clare Muireann Murphy. Venue: Rich Mix (Bar) 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. Tickets: £8 door / £6 advance (adults only). Start: 8pm (doors 7:30pm). Rich Mix Box Office: 020 7613 7498, Event link: https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/spoken-word/day-dead
Wednesday 2 November; Saturn: A New Look at an Old God. Lecture with Vivianne and Chris Crowley. Venue: Treadwell's, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets £8, advance booking required. For further details: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Thursday 3 November; PF-London Samhain Open Ritual run by Facilitated by Three Past Midnight. Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn London. Time: 7.30pm for 8pm start. Ritual ends around 9pm followed by feasting until 10pm. Entrance: £6/£5 PF members. Please bring seasonal food and drinks to share at feast after ritual. For more details, visit http://london.paganfed.org/
Friday 4 November; Our Consciousness of the Dead. Talk by Dr Sue Peat. Venue: 35 Rudolf Steiner House, Park Rd, London NW1 6XT. Time: 7.30pm - 9pm. Entry: £5 (£3 concessions) - no need to prebook, just turn up. Details: http://www.rsh.anth.org.uk/
Sunday 6 November; Samhain celebration on Primrose Hill with the Loose Association of Druids. Gather in the Hawthorne Grove at Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8YH, between 12.30pm and 12.45pm to prepare the site ready for a prompt 1pm start. Nearest tube: Chalk Farm. Bring a small contribution of food and drink to share. All are welcome.
Note: I am not responsible for any of the events listed here except for my scrying by candlelight workshop at The Atlantis Bookshop. Do check with the organisers about tickets and timings before turning up to any event. I try to keep my listings accurate, but do not always know of late changes, cancellations or ticket availability.