1. THE Purbeck Film Festival, now in its 23rd year, is well underway and runs until November 2. There will be more than 80 screenings at more than 30 venues. This year the event hosts a number of visiting speakers. Introductions and Q&As will include directors Christopher Miles and Mark Jenkin, organic farmer James Odgers and screenwriter Robin Mukherjee. Visit purbeckfilm.com for further details.

2. HORDES of the undead will be taking over central Poole this weekend as part of the town’s second Zombie Fest. The event, organised by the Poole Business Improvement District (BID) and Zombie Escapes HQ, is a free fun day of Halloween-themed activities and includes a zombie parade from Falkland Square at 3pm towards Poole Quay

3. WHY not have a ski or snowboard taster session for just £5 at Snowtrax? The popular attraction in Matchams Lane, previously known as Christchurch Ski Centre, has a number of special offers and big store discounts available between October 24 to November 3.

4. A HALLOWEEN Kids’ Trail opens at Durlston Country Park this Saturday until November 3. Walk through the woodland to discover something spooky. Return to the castle for your prize. £3 entry.

5. CURRENT Wales manager and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs will be at the Life Centre in Bournemouth on Saturday. Giggs is the most decorated player in football history. An Evening to Remember with Ryan Giggs starts at 7pm.

6. ENJOY an autumnal adventure at Kingston Lacy near Wimborne with activities running every day until November 3 including woodland storytelling sessions, ranger walks, autumn inspired crafts such as beeswax candle making and autumn leaf creations as well as bulb planting. Families can also venture out along the woodland walk (accessible by buggy and wheelchair) to have a go at traditional fence building, creating a wild poem or making a fairy den. Normal admission applies. All events are free or by suggested donation for National Trust members with the exception of the storytelling walks (£5 per child) and bulb planting (£3.50 per pot).

7. BROWNSEA Island will host a series of pollution pods, which simulate the air quality of five different places across the world. Each pod will recreate the air quality, smell and temperature of five major cities. As visitors pass through the five cells, moving from dry and cold locations to hot and humid, for a few minutes at a time they experience, at no risk to their health, the sensation of breathing toxic air that is a daily reality for millions of people. The event is free but normal admission and ferry fares apply. The Pollution Pods will be on the island from tomorrow October 25 to Tuesday, October 29.

8. FROM the creators of Aliens Love Underpants comes the monstrous-ly good new show Monstersaurus at Lighthouse, Poole from Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27 at various times with original music, audience participation and magic and mayhem.

9. SMUGGLER’S trails, wild play activities and wildlife are some of the treats awaiting walkers in this autumn’s extended New Forest Walking Festival which includes half term week. Dozens of guided walks led by local experts will be available. Routes that take you behind the scenes to reveal the area’s history and heritage. Runs until November 3.