Our Guide To What’s On Across The UK In October 2017

With the witching season upon us, it’s scary to think just how much is happening this month!

From Halloween parties to creative pursuits and activities at the museum (not to mention half term frolics), check out the action in Futon Company’s What’s On Guide…

EDINBURGH
Scottish International Storytelling Festival
The world’s finest feast of traditional storytelling comes to Edinburgh 20th-31st October. Hosted by storytellers of Scotland, artists from across the globe gather to guide us through the labyrinths of change and weave new narratives for a re-imagined earth. Twelve days of storytelling events in Edinburgh and beyond, three days of open table discussion around the themes of the Earth Charter, performance, workshops, talks and children’s events radiate from Scotland’s capital.

Oktoberfest
The Princes Street Gardens West will be transformed into a traditional Oktoberfest with live music and great atmosphere from 11th-15th October, offering the opportunity to experience Bavarian culture firsthand. Includes special brewed Bavarian beer, bratwurst, schnitzel and pretzel, an amazing atmosphere, music, lederhosen and dirndl.

Meats & Beats Festival
Is it a food festival? Is it a music festival? Even better…it’s both, but with a retro spin. So bring your appetite and your dancing shoes to Assembly Roxy 20th-22nd October. Meats & Beats is a feast of meatylicious street food – mainly the sticky, juicy, BBQ’d variety – mixed with all your favourite music from the past five decades. It’s as much about music as it is about food, but most importantly it’s about having a great night out with friends. Every hour the music changes decade, starting with the pop classics of the 70s, working our way through the disco anthems of the 80s, dance tunes of the 90s and teen pop bands of the noughties until we reach 2017.

CHISWICK
Frieze London
Frieze art fair is always a fabulous sight for Londoners, says elledecoration.co.uk. The art on show and sale is split into two camps in Regent’s Park: Frieze London, featuring contemporary pieces, and Frieze Masters, displaying works made from 10th century to the late 1900s. New for this year, says elledecoration.co.uk, is Frieze Sculpture, which launched in the park in June – it’s the fair’s first free, open air exhibition. Highlights to visit include sculptures by British conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin and the striking Final Days statue by American artist KAWS. 5th-8th October.

Chiswick Food Market
Open every Sunday come rain or shine from 10am to midday at Dukes Meadows Trust Pavilion Car Park W4 2RX, the market is a social enterprise, and proceeds made from running it are used to improve and maintain both the local meadows and the surrounding riverside area. Features around 25 top producers from around the country.

‘Styled by Design’ at Gallery 8
In a modest-sized gallery on a quiet street off Piccadilly, says elledecoration.co.uk, you will find – for four days only – printed textiles by the biggest names in 20th century art. From a dove-printed handkerchief by Picasso to an abstract landscape by Barbara Hepworth, all are available to buy (until 7th October).

‘Matisse in the Studio’ at The Royal Academy
A genius format for a retrospective, says elledecoration.co.uk: gather (from private collections and major museums around the world) the personal belongings and humble objects that the world-renowned painter kept in his home and studio, and display them next to his – now priceless – depictions of them (until 12th November).

MANCHESTER
Manchester Literature Festival
Manchester Literature Festival, a city wide celebration of the written and spoken word, returns this October with an outstanding selection of literary highlights with a number of high profile writers returning to present new work including poetry, commissions, debates and readings.  6th-20th October at venues across Manchester.

Spinningfields Makers Market
The Makers Market is an event bringing together the finest and often award winning food, drink, art and craft producers in the area. The event will feature specially selected specialists who source, grow, rear, bake, make and create the products they sell, which ensures their goods are unique, original and designed to inspire. A selection of the best seasonal local farm produce, artisan breads, delicatessen and hard crafted cheeses are available, produced and sourced by people who are passionate about what they do. 21st and 22nd October and 18th and 19th November at Spinningfields, Leftbank, M3 3AE.

The Big Indie Wine Fest
One of Manchester’s most well known buildings, located at the gateway to Spinningfields, Manchester Hall, is a Grade II listed building that has been transformed into a stunning and unique space. On October 6th and 7th it plays host to The Big Indie Wine Fest, bringing an extra special bonanza of independent wine merchants presenting the highest quality exclusive wines at the event including new wines from Croatia, to independent French Wines.

OXFORD
Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film & Music
Billed ‘the best boutique festival in the country’, the 2017 event will feature an array of talks, debates, dinners and entertainment as part of this unrivalled literature, film and music offering. The four day festival, taking place from 12th-15th October, will see acclaimed speakers gather from a range of creative fields including literature, fashion, food, film and music, and promises visitors an enriching, diverse and unique experience.

Jenny Holzer Exhibition
The fourth artist to showcase contemporary art at Blenheim Palace, Holzer shows new work directly addressing military and political history in relation to themes which have figured prominently in her practice since the 1980s: power, conflict and activism. Alongside many new works, the exhibition will use augmented reality to explore the potential of the virtual space and will also feature the artists’ well-known work with LED signs. Holzer has also developed large-scale light projections that transform the Formal Gardens after dark in a series of night time public events. Visitors can also explore more meditative areas which will feature examples of Holzer’s best-known works. Showing now until 31st December.

Ashmolean Museum
Contained in a gorgeous building across from the Randolph Hotel, the Ashmolean has paintings, coins, musical instruments and antiques, statues of deities and a must see Egyptian exhibition. Open every day. Free admission.

BRISTOL
Festival of the Future City
The second Festival of the Future City is set to take place 18th-20th October. Set over three days, the festival – which aims to be the largest public debate about the future of cities – brings together politicians, writers, artists, scientists, change-makers, academics, journalists, students, the public, economists, futurists, policy makers, roboticists, philosophers, filmmakers, think tanks, charities, social enterprises, city-builders and more.  At least 150 speakers will participate. The Festival is part of Bristol Festival of Ideas. Themes for 2017 will include globalisation and cities, social mobility and intergenerational issues, cities and Brexit and the current state of world cities. Taking place across various locations across Bristol.

Simple Things Festival
Simple Things is back for its seventh year with a characteristically adventurous line-up utilising a diverse network of Bristol’s best venues.  Attracting music lovers from across the country, Simple Things is collaboration between some of Bristol’s leading promoters. This year the event returns to the city’s most loved venues, including Colston Hall, which will once again act as the festival’s main hub. Two new headliners join the bill with dance music pioneers Leftfield performing their iconic 1995 record ‘Leftism’ in its entirety, and Mercury-nominated art-rockers Wild Beasts. 21st October.

Lace in Fashion
Designer pieces and those worn by royalty rub shoulders at Bath Fashion Museum – just a 15 minute train journey from Bristol. On show from now until January 2018.

NOTTINGHAM
Goose Fair 2017
Nottingham’s Goose Fair returns 4th-8th October to the Forest Recreation Ground to thrill and delight city residents and visitors. Visitors to the fair will enjoy more than 500 attractions – from the latest white knuckle rides for thrill seekers to the ever-popular family, children’s and old-time rides. Goose Fair is one of Europe’s largest travelling fairs with a history that dates back more than 700 years.

Mayhem Film Festival
Save the date – 12th-15th October sees the Mayhem Film Festival return to Broadway for its 13th edition. With premieres, previews, special guests and midnight screenings, Mayhem Films showcases the best in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through feature films, short films and special events.

Cave Tours
Take a tour to experience the caves at Nottingham Castle for yourself, learning on the way the gruesome tales of Roger Mortimer, King David II of Scotland, or you may be able to take a tour with Robin Hood himself… With some of the caves dating back to medieval times, the tour is strenuous with LOTS of steep steps. However, for those who wish to descend through hundreds of years the tour is a must. Tours last approximately 30-40 minutes. Costs £5 per person plus normal castle entry. Tours run all year round.

CHESTER
Tangomotion
From virtuoso displays of traditional tango dance to the exquisite sounds of 1930s Buenos Aires and the powerful Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla, Tangomotion is a breathtaking journey into the heart of Tango Argentino. Tangomotion features four of the world’s leading tango dancers with live music from company Tango Siempre. Coming to Storyhouse on 18th October.

Balletboyz
Led by former Royal Ballet lead dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, the company thrills audiences and critics the world over by blending spectacular dance with stunning music and film. Coming to Storyhouse on 30th October.

Stewart Lee:  Content Provider
After four years writing and performing his own TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s new full-length show. Coming to Storyhouse on 3rd October.

TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD
Frieze London
Frieze art fair is always a fabulous sight for Londoners, says elledecoration.co.uk. The art on show and sale is split into two camps in Regent’s Park: Frieze London, featuring contemporary pieces, and Frieze Masters, displaying works made from 10th century to the late 1900s. New for this year, says elledecoration.co.uk, is Frieze Sculpture, which launched in the park in June – it’s the fair’s first free, open air exhibition. Highlights to visit include sculptures by British conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin and the striking Final Days statue by American artist KAWS. 5th-8th October.

Around the World in 90 Minutes
Explore the British Museum’s most famous treasures with an illuminating 90-minute tour. Discover the Rosetta Stone, the Lewis Chessmen and the Parthenon Sculptures, as well as some lesser-known but fascinating objects, with expert guidance that will take you to the heart of the Museum’s collection. The tours run Friday, Saturdays and Sundays at 11.30am and 2pm.

Scythians Warriors of Ancient Siberia
2,500 years ago groups of formidable warriors roamed the vast open plains of Siberia. Feared, loathed, admired – but over time, forgotten…Until now. This major exhibition explores the story of the Scythians – nomadic tribes and masters of mounted warfare, who flourished between 900 and 200 BC. Their encounters with the Greeks, Assyrians and Persians were written into history but for centuries all trace of their culture was lost – buried beneath the ice. Explore their lost world and discover the splendour, the sophistication and the sheers power of the mysterious Scythians at The British Museum. The exhibition is open from now until 14th January 2018.

‘Styled by Design’ at Gallery 8
In a modest-sized gallery on a quiet street off Piccadilly, says elledecoration.co.uk, you will find – for four days only – printed textiles by the biggest names in 20th century art. From a dove-printed handkerchief by Picasso to an abstract landscape by Barbara Hepworth, all are available to buy (until 7th October).

‘Matisse in the Studio’ at The Royal Academy
A genius format for a retrospective, says elledecoration.co.uk: gather (from private collections and major museums around the world) the personal belongings and humble objects that the world-renowned painter kept in his home and studio, and display them next to his – now priceless – depictions of them (until 12th November).

TUNBRIDGE WELLS
Puppetry Festival
On the 13th and 14th October, the Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival returns. The biennial event is a celebration of puppetry, dedicated to bringing the very best of this art form to new audiences. Promising an even bigger, more varied and more colourful line-up than 2015, it will showcase world-class puppetry, animation and object theatre at venues across Tunbridge Wells town centre. This year’s programme will include members of the cast from the global theatrical phenomena ‘The Lion King.’ At various venues.

The Crucible at Trinity Theatre
Trinity Theatre Club’s production of Arthur Miller’s classic play ‘The Crucible’ shows from 17th-21st October.  Set in Salem in 1692, a small, tight-knit community smoulders with repression and resentment. Dominated by church, pride and reputation, men and women hide their deepest desires. This is a chilling dissection of mindless persecution.

Springlines Exhibition
Explore hidden and mysterious bodies of water with paintings by Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis and words by Clare Best at The Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery from now until 14th October. During the drought of 2012, Best and Aytoun-Ellis went in search of bodies of water that are concealed, forgotten or overlooked. They found places rich in history, wildlife, culture and myth. Through Springlines, their work celebrates the variety and vitality of this water.

PLYMOUTH
Children’s Halloween Hunt
Put on your most spooktacular costume and come and join in Mount Edgcumbe’s scary events this Halloween. Take part in a trail either before or after entering the fancy dress competition for all ages – young and old. This will be held at 2pm in front of the house.  Prizes for the scariest costume.  Starting at the Orangery Garden Cafe from 1pm finishing at the Belverdere, the events costs £2.50 to take part and includes a small goodie bag. A Halloween treat for all on 29th October from 1-3pm at Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park.

Tour de Moor 2017
Call yourself a cyclist? Fancy a challenge? The toughest of cyclists are invited to master the moors on 15th October in the annual Tour de Moor challenge. There will be mud, sweat and plenty of gears in action as mountain bike riders take to the moors to embark on a cycle ride like no other. The ride will encompass challenging off-road moorland trails,  Choose from the 23km or 52km routes.

Jimmy Carr
Plymouth Pavilions are thrilled to announce that Jimmy Carr will be returning to the city for another hit tour on 13th October.

Destruction to Construction
Plymouth suffered greatly during World War II. The Docks and naval base made it a major target resulting in the almost total destruction of the city centre and the displacement of tens of thousands of Plymothians. Amongst this charred and ruined city, a radical new plan was developed to enable its complete design and reconstruction. MPs, Councillors and planners sought out the finest architects, designers and artists to create a new city – a modern city – worthy of replacing what had been lost. The city we see today epitomises the ambition and vision of this post-war planning. The exhibition includes fascinating objects, images and footage from the collections of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office and the South West Film and Television Archive that explores the themes of destruction and reconstruction.  Open now until 23rd December.  Free entry.

CHELMSFORD
City of London Sinfonia
City of London Sinfonia returns to Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre on October 29th with a programme featuring music by composers including Bach and Mozart who, throughout history, have been inspired by the mystic and the unknown, as part of its Modern Mystics series. The programme includes Mozart’s music for night time, and some of the most beautiful and calming music inspired by mysticism by modern composers – not least the Estonian master Arvo Park.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Come along to Chelmsford Picture house on October 23rd for a LIVE stream of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from the Royal Opera House, London. This renowned ballet combines contemporary sound worlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet from the 19th century. The wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.

Farmers & Crafts Market
Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Stables Visitor Centre at Hylands House, the wonderful Farmers & Crafts Market features a growing number of craft stalls and local farmers who are passionate about food. They sell a range of specialist foods including organic, locally grown seasonal vegetables, fine sausages and bacon, homemade cakes, fudge and pastries, pies and fantastic cheeses, homemade Indian foods and spices, locally grown plants and sweets and candyfloss for children. Held the first Sunday of every month from now until December, from 10am-4pm.

CAMBRIDGE
Halloween Ghost Tours
Spend an hour in the company of spooky guides regaling the strange happenings and spooky tales from the University colleges and streets of Cambridge. It’s guaranteed to be spook-tacularly good!  27th-31st October from Peas Hill.

Code breakers and Groundbreakers Exhibition
A pioneering and interdisciplinary exhibition, this brings together, for the first time, the remarkable intellectual achievements and parallel narratives of two groups of ‘code breakers’ working at the same time, but independently; those involved in breaking the Second World War codes and those who deciphered the ancient script of Linear B – Europe’s earliest comprehensive writing system.  Includes the Enigma machine, a rare loan from GCHQ, and unique archival documents held at the University of Cambridge. Open now until 4th January 2018.

Wine Tasting – ‘World of Wine’
Cambridgeshire Wine School’s very popular 8-part World of Wine course (once a week Tuesday evenings) is a great way to learn more about wine in a relaxed setting. You will taste over 50 wines from 12 countries and cover every major style available in local shops. October at Cambridgeshire Wine School, Trumpington Street.

NORWICH
HarFest
HarFest will take place in the grounds of Norwich Castle from 10am-4pm on Saturday 7th October. There will be live entertainment, farmers market, livestock, farm machinery, children’s activities including arts and crafts with Doodles, and locally produced food and drink, all in the spectacular setting of Norwich Cathedral.  Free entry.

Oktoberfest
OPEN Norwich is celebrating Oktoberfest! The iconic building at the heart of Norwich on the Bank Plain will be transformed from 5th-7th October into a German themed Bierkeller. Complete with authentic Bavarian beer, food and entertainment, the venue will become one of the biggest celebrations ever seen in the city.

Cecil Aldin:  The Art of Black Beauty
The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell marks the 140th anniversary of the publication of Black Beauty with an exhibition of beautiful Cecil Aldin watercolours. The book, by local author Anna Sewell, was first published n 1977. Aldin was commissioned by the publishers Jarrold & Sons in 1912 to produce a series of 18 water colours to illustrate a new edition. For these he was paid £189, which was quite a high fee for that time. The exhibition is open until 25th November.

YORK
Made in York
Pioneering ideas, great inventions, ground-breaking discoveries, objects of beauty, innovation, artistry and craftsmanship and the people behind their creation….these products of York’s age of Enlightenment are as rich as their impact is far-reaching.  Made in York celebrates the wealth of this Georgian city’s inventive and enlightened output through the long eighteenth century.  York’s pages of history are strewn with astronomers, mathematicians, horologists and zoologists through to world-class scholars, celebrated painters, sculptors, architects and cabinetmakers.  This is the story of those people who made this city a crucible for enlightened thought, intellectual creativity and a centre for exquisite craftsmanship. Fairfax House from now until 12th November.

Wolf Hall comes to York
Barley Hall’s ‘Power & Glory’ Exhibition is now home to some of the most beautiful costumes from the smash hit BBC series, Wolf Hall. Adapted from the international bestseller by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall chronicles the rise of Thomas Cromwell, son of a humble blacksmith, who becomes the right hand of the most powerful man in England, Henry VIII.  Explore the complex relationships of court life in Tudor England, where love, lust and politics mixed together creating chaos for the nation.  Discover how Cromwell’s machinations allowed for the annulment of one of Henry’s marriages, leading to the English church’s divorce from Rome. At Barley Hall until 31st March 2018.

Shaping the Body
This major exhibition looks at how body shape has changed over the past 500 years through diet, culture, fashion and lifestyle.  From 18th century bum rolls, through to the Victorian hour glass figure, the punks of the 70s and the perms of the 80s, see how our bodies have been shaped and designed through choices we make and the consequences of our lifestyle.  York Castle Museum’s extensive collection of costume, social history, archaeology and art will highlight how the perfect height and weight have fluctuated in different periods, and how economic circumstances and cultural ideas impact on fashion.  Meet the people who have pushed their bodies to the limits to gain the look they crave and find out about the dangerous fashions such as extra tight corsets, high heels and even poisonous dresses!  This thought-provoking and fascinating exhibition will challenge the notion of the perfect body.  From now until 25th January 2018.

York Famers Market
York’s monthly Famers Market celebrates the best of local produce, including meat, eggs, bread and oils as well as selling non-food gifts including pottery and woollen goodies.  The Farmers Market joins the city’s regular market at the Shambles on the last Friday of every month.  Fresh goods sold here are grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders within a 40-mile radius of York.

BATTERSEA
Dressed:  Scratch
‘Wearing clothes I have made is the most honest way I have of being in the world.’  Lydia gave herself one year to make all her clothes.  By the end of 2016, she gave away her entire shop-bought wardrobe and created a brand new bespoke collection by hand.  A scratch of what could be a theatre-stroke-fashion show.  Probably a show about why we get dressed in the morning, and the choices we make in covering our bodies.  At Battersea Arts Centre 13th October.

Frieze London
Frieze art fair is always a fabulous sight for Londoners, says elledecoration.co.uk.  The art on show and sale is split into two camps in Regent’s Park:  Frieze London, featuring contemporary pieces, and Frieze Masters, displaying works made from 10th century to the late 1900s.  New for this year, says elledecoration.co.uk, is Frieze Sculpture, which launched in the park in June – it’s the fair’s first free, open air exhibition. Highlights to visit include sculptures by British conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin and the striking Final Days statue by American artist KAWS.  5th-8th October.

Diana:  Her Fashion Story
The cultural tributes to Princess Diana have often felt overshadowed by the sound of the queen of our hearts turning in her grave (let us run swiftly past the paddling pool in Hyde Park and fast forward through the ghastly Naomi Watts biopic, says grazia.co.uk).  So respect, as they say, is due, with this exhibition at Kensington Palace.  Twenty years on from her death, Diana: Her Fashion Story, walks through her wardrobe as a starting point for analysing the arresting grip the princess held on popular culture.  Few knew so instinctively how to harness the power of visual image.  Diana made stars of her wedding dress designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel, then her favourite portraitist, Mario Testino, and hairdresser Sam Knight.  No one has used power dressing as quite the armour Diana did.  So an exhibition of her clothes is not really about fashion at all.  It’s about a very specific female energy and power to connect on every level, channelled through one woman.  The Exhibition is open now at Kensington Palace until 24th February 2019.

‘Styled by Design’ at Gallery 8
In a modest-sized gallery on a quiet street off Piccadilly, says elledecoration.co.uk, you will find – for four days only – printed textiles by the biggest names in 20th century art.  From a dove-printed handkerchief by Picasso to an abstract landscape by Barbara Hepworth, all are available to buy (until 7th October).

‘Matisse in the Studio’ at The Royal Academy
A genius format for a retrospective, says elledecoration.co.uk:  gather (from private collections and major museums around the world) the personal belongings and humble objects that the world-renowned painter kept in his home and studio, and display them next to his – now priceless – depictions of them (until 12th November)

BRIGHTON
ErictheFred
An evocative, delightful and life-affirming piece combining twisted classical clowning, exquisite film and bewitching original music, created and performed by Chris Lynam.  A performer tears his costume off, never to perform again.  At this point, his super-conscious kicks in, provoking him to dream, to remember, to fall in love, to dare to carry on.  Be transported into a strange but familiar world of Eric’s dreams and fears.  At the Old Market Theatre 4th and 5th October.

Witchfest
Witchfest features up to six talks/ workshops each hour.  Also live bands, DJ, and a team of drummers.  There are more talks and workshops than ever before given by the most famous Witchcraft/ Wiccan authors and experts in the world.  6th-7th October at the Brighton Centre.

Richard Alston Dance Company
The ever musical Richard Alston Dance Company return to Brighton’s Theatre Royal with a full programme including a great Alston favourite Gypsy Mixture, newly revived for the first time in a decade, set to tracks from Electric Gypsyland – a 21st century take on traditional Balkan folk music.  Exhilarating dancing to the infectious music of Romanian and Macedonian gypsy bands will lift your spirits and quicken your pulse.  10th October.

GUILDFORD
Guildford Jazz Festival
From stomps and shuffles to boogie-woogie and blues, from bebop to Latin, Guildford Jazz Festival presents a slice of musical action from the 1930s and 1940s.  Two roaring big bands battle against each other, joined by special guests and led by Guy Barker and Winston Rollins.  Singer and broadcaster Clare Teal is our guide on a journey that celebrates the triumphs of big band greats, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmie Lunceford, Boyd Raeburn, Machito, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman.  At G Live Saturday 21st October.

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
The great Russian St Petersburgh Orchestra comes to G Live 24th October, joined by distinguished British pianist Peter Donohoe, who will be performing Rachmaninov’s elegiac 4th Piano Concerto, which he composed towards the end of his life.  A night to remember.

Guildford Farmers Market
Held on the first Tuesday of every month.  While the High Street Setts are being repaired, the Farmers Market will relocate to the Leapale Road Surface Car Park.  Buy high quality, fresh, local produce directly from over 50 local farmers and producers.  Try the best seasonal produce and ask questions about growing, rearing, manufacture and cooking methods.  Enjoy the freshest meat, fish, cheese, eggs, fruit and vegetables and breads.

EXETER
Lost Weekend
Lost Weekend is a three-day festival showcasing the best in digital creativity, art, ideas and cutting edge music, animating unusual spaces in the city and celebrating Exeter being home to world-leading scientists and technologists.  Featuring a combination of interactive media, emerging alternative/ electronic bands, new tech conferences and playable art, Lost Weekend will provide an innovative and unique festival experience.  6th-8th October.

Exeter Phoenix – Kathakali
Celebrating 30 years of touring the UK and the success of the 2015 UK Tour The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company is back in Britain in 2017 – direct from Kerela, with unforgettable Kathakali performances performed by top international performers, superb singers, rhythmic drummers and highly skilled make-up artists.  Kathakali is a masterpiece of sacred theatre that erupts on stage with striking visual images that expose the magical world of South India.  Nurtured for centuries by the remarkable people of Kerala, Kathakali leads the audience into an entrancing world of storytelling.  9th October at Exeter Phoenix.

Inside Outside Craft Markets
The monthly Craft Markets under the undercover Transit Shed on Exeter’s Quay offer lots of stalls to browse.  On the third Sunday of every month.

MUSWELL HILL
The Knitting & Stitching Show
The Knitting & Stitching Show is the largest craft and textiles event in the UK.  Each year the show welcomes throngs of sewing, dressmaking, knitting, crochet and textiles devotees.  The show offers over 400 craft companies, hundreds of workshops and demonstrations, daily fashion shows, and more than 20 Galleries showcasing the work of leading textile artists and groups from all over the world.  11th-15th October.

The OM Yoga Show
From absolute beginners to the most die-hard yogis, there really is something for everyone at the OM Yoga Show London.  This is the largest yoga gathering of its kind in Europe, and it’s a weekend not to be missed.  In addition, the showcase of over 250 exhibitors are on hand to offer a shopping experience like no other.  20th-22nd October.

Frieze London
Frieze art fair is always a fabulous sight for Londoners, says elledecoration.co.uk.  The art on show and sale is split into two camps in Regent’s Park:  Frieze London, featuring contemporary pieces, and Frieze Masters, displaying works made from 10th century to the late 1900s.  New for this year, says elledecoration.co.uk, is Frieze Sculpture, which launched in the park in June – it’s the fair’s first free, open air exhibition. Highlights to visit include sculptures by British conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin and the striking Final Days statue by American artist KAWS.  5th-8th October.

KINGSTON
London Symphony and Q&A at Kingston Museum
London Symphony is a brand new silent film – a city symphony – which offers a poetic journey through the city of London.  Made by Kingstonian filmmaker Alex Barrett, the film features many local sights, and includes direct references to Eadweard Muybridge, a Kingston-born photographer, who created pioneering work in early motion-picture projection.  Taken as a whole, London Symphony is an artistic snapshot of the capital city as it stands today, and a celebration of its culture and diversity.  Screening at Kingston Museum 19th October followed by a Q&A with the film’s director/ editor.

TEDx Kingston Upon Thames Salon
The second in a series of three events, this is set to take place on 2nd October at Kingston Quaker Centre.  Guests will hear from four carefully curated speakers, watch specially selected TED videos and discuss the talks they’ve witnessed.  Speakers are Naomi Kingston’s We Are Normal; Michael Castle’s Building a One Person Rocketplane; Adam White’s Ban Tackling and Lorraine Chademunhu’s Mr Lorraine.

Thames Concert
St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton plays host to a spectacular Thames Concert 2016/17 Evening Series featuring The Lejeune String Trio:  Kaija Lukas (violin), Emmanuella Reiter (viola) and Pei-jee Ng (cello).  A sublime evening of music by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Dohnanyi.

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