What’s on in October… Futon Company presents ideas from across the UK
With the clocks going back, Halloween on the horizon, and cool crisp nights, October is well and truly an autumn affair. Make this a month to remember by planning a day trip away or a local night out.
If you’re looking for inspiration on where to go and what to do, check out our Blog and see what’s happening in October 2016 where you live with Futon Company…
National Champagne Week at Blenheim Palace
From 1st-7th October, Blenheim Palace will celebrate National Champagne Week in partnership with the house of Perrier-Jouet and there are two ways to join the celebrations. Venture into the Palace’s Orangery Restaurant for an exclusive Pop-Up serving an Enchanted Tree Afternoon Tea. Alternatively, come along on October 2nd for a Perrier-Jouet tutored tasting talk with renowned champagne expert Jonathan Simms.
Blenheim Palace Literary Festival
The Blenheim Palace Literary Festival is set to take place October 13th-16th. The 2016 Festival will feature an array of talks, debates, dinners and entertainment as part of this unrivalled literature, film and music offering, all set within the magnificent grounds of the World Heritage Site. The four-day festival 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. Highlights will include Darcey Bussell talking about her life, BBC Coast presenter Nicholas Crane on the British landscape and SDP founder Lord Own on both his life and his new book on Churchill’s War Cabinet.
The Warehouse Project
2016 marks The Warehouse Project’s 10th year and has announced its biggest line up to date with 65 shows across 4 iconic Manchester venues. Store Street, the spiritual home of the Warehouse Project, will be hosting most of the events but this year sees The Albert Hall, Old Granada Studios and Manchester Academy added to the list of venues. Highlights of this year’s line up include Yousef presents Circus, featuring grime MC Giggs & DJ Maximum and Ram Jam featuring the legendary DJ EZ & David Rodigan MBE. Events scheduled from now until 1st January 2017.
Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, the record-breaking musical is even better than before in this all new production which comes to The Palace Theatre from 10th-15th October 2016.
Fashion & Freedom Exhibition
This exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, running from now until 27th November 2016, sees some of today’s leading female fashion designers explore the impact the First World War had on the changing role of women and fashion. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Manchester Art Gallery, with support from the British Fashion Council, the exhibition will include contemporary pieces by Vivienne Westwood, Roksanda, Holly Fulton, Emilia Wickstead, J JS Lee and Sadie Williams.
Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Hospitality and an intercultural welcome are at the heart of this year’s Scottish International Storytelling Festival – Festival of Dreams. Across ten event-filled days from 21st-31st October at various locations in Edinburgh, the SISF will assemble expert storytellers from Scotland, Europe, Central and Southern America, offering an abundance of dreamscapes and myths celebrating oral traditions and cultural diversity.
A Play, A Pie and A Pint
This fabulous event returns to the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh West from 4th October to 5th November 2016 to light up your lunchtime. For just £12.50, your ticket includes a pie, a pint and a play. Plays include Breaking the Ice by Kieran Lynn, Mischief by Ellie Stewart, Walking on Walls by Morna Pearson, One Thinks of it all as a Dream by Alan Bissett and Dr Johnson Goes to Scotland by James Runcie.
After the past years of sell-out success, GinFestival.com returns to Edinburgh, bringing even more gins and even more producers. The UK’s largest gin event, 2016 will showcase 100 different gins as well as live entertainment, talks from gin industry experts, food available to buy and lots of chit chat with other gin lovers. Tickets are just £8.50 and drink tokens will be available to purchase at the venue. From 7th-8th October 2016 at Edinburgh Corn Exchange. whatsoninedinburgh.co.uk
Crafty Pumpkin Fun
Come along to Chiswick House & Gardens over the October half term holiday for some seasonal crafts and activities. Learn how to carve a pumpkin, make a bug hotel or bird box, decorate a spooky mask and listen to story tellers. Follow the scarecrow and garden detective trail and shadow a gardener. For 4-11 year olds. Tickets £7 per child.
Kitchen Garden Open Day
Visit the walled garden at Chiswick House & Gardens on 9th October and enjoy its plentiful displays of flowers and produce. From 11am-3pm. Free entry.
Chiswick Food Market
Open every Sunday come rain or shine from 10am to 4pm, 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.
Bristol Family Arts Festival
Back for a fourth year, Bristol Family Arts Festival celebrates innovation in an exciting programme of high-quality family activities taking place over the month of October, climaxing in a finale event on 30th October. The 2016 festival will deliver over 60 events across the city, including visual arts, film, theatre, dance, animation, play, heritage, storytelling, design, construction, outdoor learning and music. The festival brings people of all ages together at events across the city, many of which are free.
The 18th Wildscreen Festival will take place in Bristol from 10th October until 14th October. This is the world’s leading international Festival celebrating and advancing storytelling about the natural world. For 2016 the organisers promise to bring the very best from the world of wildlife and environmental photography to the festival. 14th October will see a day dedicated to the art of natural world storytelling through photography. Venues across the city.
Terrifying Torchlit Tours
Join Bristol Aquarium after hours if you dare! These Terrifying Torchlit Tours reveal what goes bump in the night at Bristol’s biggest aquarium. A guaranteed fright night. 29th October.
With more than 720 years of history, Nottingham Goose Fair is one of Europe’s most famous travelling fairs, and is a fantastic evening that delights all ages. This autumn from 5th-9th October, the Forest Recreation Ground will once again host over 500 attractions, from the latest white knuckle experiences, family rides and the old favourites including waltzers, carousels and Hook-a-Duck.
Robin Hood Pageant
Nottingham’s iconic Robin Hood Pageant will become even more thrilling this autumn as Nottingham Castle returns to the Middle Ages from 28th-30th October. The grounds of the castle will be transformed into a medieval village encampment complete with a range of colourful characters, sights and sounds, allowing visitors to travel back in time to the 12th century and relive the life and times of the city’s most famous legend.
Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition
Nottingham Castle is showcasing ten of the finest drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection in a new exhibition. The works have been selected to show the extraordinary scope of the artist’s interests, from painting and sculpture to engineering, zoology, botany, mapmaking and anatomy, as well as his use of different media – pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metalpoint. From now until 9th October.
The Chester Antiques Show
Chester Antiques Show offers 40-45 stands of antiques and art extending over 3 floors of the County Grandstand. Penman’s Antiques Show at Chester Racecourse is acclaimed as the best of its kind in the North West. The show proves to be a lure to both exhibitors and visitors who travel long distances to the show: the venue, ambiance and catering are outstanding. 14th-17th October 2016.
Chester Rally Week
Rally GB returns to the city for the first time in 20 years! See the stars of the World Rally Championship up close in the city centre on Friday 28th October. The culmination of Chester Rally week sees the UK round of the World Rally Championships grace the streets of Chester. The Official Dayinsure Wales Rally GB podium will be situated near the clock on Eastgate, flanked by a big screen TV and accompanied by a live commentary team. From 24th-28th October.
Relax every Monday for Mindfulness Meditation classes 6.45pm at Beehive Healthcare, Chester. Meet like-minded people in comfortable surroundings. Minimum age 14. Entry price £7. 6.45pm for one hour. Every Monday.
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The Middle at The Wallace Collection
London’s landmark antiques and decorative arts archive, The Wallace Collection, opens a contemporary exhibition this month that will bring even the most modern art fan to its door. ‘The Middle’ by Tom Ellis sees the British artist present site-specific work alongside the collection’s ancient artefacts in the Front State Room, the exhibition galleries, and on the front lawn of its Hertford House home in Marylebone. Ellis’ pieces include oil paintings and furniture; keep an eye out for ‘transformative’ tables and chairs that echo the upstairs Boudoir Room’s writing table by 18th century furniture maker Jean Francois Leleu, which starts in one form and opens up to become something else. From now until 27th November 2016.
The Boldness of Calder Exhibition
Who knew that 20th century American sculptor Alexander Calder also designed necklaces, brooches and earrings? Artists’ jewellery is gallerist Louise Guinness’ speciality – her Mayfair gallery has shown pieces by figures from Picasso to Man Ray. Geometric, handcrafted and striking in scale, designs that echo Calder’s famous mobiles will be exhibited in her autumn exhibition The Boldness of Calder. Also on show will be intriguing archive photographs of notable women wearing his pieces, from Peggy Guggenheim to Anjelica Huston. From now until 5th November 2016.
Sunken Cities – Egypt’s Lost Worlds
Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered. Their story is told for the first time in a blockbuster exhibition at the British Museum. Vanished beneath the waters of the Mediterranean, the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus lay at the mouth of the Nile. Named after the Greek hero Heralces, Thonis-Heracleion was one of Egypt’s most important commercial centres for trade with the Mediterranean world and, with Canopus, was a major centre for the worship of the Egyptian gods. Their amazing discovery is transforming our understanding of the deep connections between the great ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece. Open now until 27th November 2016.
Daniel Evans’s buoyant, shipshape Sheffield Crucible production of Show Boat has steamed into the West End, riding on the tremendous tide of Jerome Kern’s intense score – a magnificent mix of love songs, soaring show tunes, soulful ballads – and Oscar Hammerstein’s lyrics. And, above all, a boatload of outstandingly creative talent. Written in 1927, Show Boat was a musical game-changer, a provocative play tackling real issues – what it is to be a free and independent spirit, man or woman, black or white, young or old – pushed along and enriched by numbers that make you feel in your soul and make your heart sing even while tears are running down your cheeks. Showing at New London Theatre, London from now until January 7th 2017.
Come along to Kings Charles Church on 8th October 2016 from 10am-3pm for the monthly Tunbridge Wells Collector’s Fair to browse a wide range of collectibles and antiques.
International Music Festival Gala Concert ‘A Celebration of Mozart’
The Grammy-winning City of London Sinfonia comes to The Assembly Hall Theatre on 9th October in a programme of magical music by Mozart with star soloists Michael Collins (clarinet/ conductor), Michael McHale (piano) and Jeni Bern (soprano). Part of the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival 2016.
Murder Mystery Evening
There’s been a murder….And given that police have drawn a blank on apprehending the villain, it’s up to you to sleuth it out over a few drinks on the train…Spa Valley Railway, Royal Tunbridge Wells announces a murder mystery evening with fish and chip supper on 15th October.
Join 3,000 runners from across the South West at this year’s Plymouth 10k, which takes place on Sunday 9th October 2016. Take part in the event, whether it’s to set a new personal goal, to raise money for charity or take on the Corporate Challenge, sponsored by Wessex Reserve Forces & Cadets’ Association for a chance to win £250 for a charity of your choice.
Currently mid-way through a sold out UK run of dates, Jamie Lawson has announced a huge 17 date autumn tour which includes Plymouth Pavilions on October 27th. Last year, Jamie was revealed as the first signing to Ed Sheeran’s own label Gingerbread Man Records. In the whirlwind that followed, Jamie toured with Ed across the world, went from playing to 150 people at London’s Barfly to supporting One Direction in their final full UK arena tour. Tickets £19.80 + booking fee.
Autumn Family Food Fayre & Trail
A selection of local food and drink traders will be selling their tasty delights on Saturday 22nd October from 10am-4pm at Frankfort Gate. Featuring Michelin Star Chef, Peter Gorton who will cook up a storm, showing that people can cook easy, affordable meals that the whole family will love. Using seasonal produce supplied by Tamar Valley Foods, Peter will be hosting a series of demonstrations throughout the day.
Essex Poetry Festival
Dazzling array of national and local poets. This year’s festival includes readings by Costa Book of the Year 2009 winner Christopher Reid, Danielle Hope and Victor Tapner, Essex poets: David Canning, Omo Lazarus and Alex Toms and Chopping Chillies, an enchanting tale of everyday magic, poetry from spoken word supremo Clair Whitfield. Saturday 8th October at Civic and Cramphorn Theatres.
Julian Clary: The Joy of Mincing
The TV personality and award-winning comedian returns to the stage to mark 30 years in the business. The Joy of Mincing comes to Chelmsford Civic Theatre on Wednesday 26th October 2016.
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.
Festival of Ideas
In what continues to be an extraordinary year of change, Cambridge Festival of Ideas returns for the ninth year to tackle some of the pressing global challenges we face, from migration and human trafficking to Brexit and the ethical dimensions of gene editing and human enhancement. This year the Festival, which runs from 17th-30th October, features a number of innovative thinkers and innovators, including Fiona Hill, Joint Downing Street Chief of Staff and many more. At the heart of this year’s Festival is the theme of ‘movement’, which encompasses some of the great movements in history, technology, art, politics, music and people.
Discover the dark side of Cambridge with Black Shuck Cambridge Ghost Tours, the dedicated Cambridge award-winning walking Tour company for all things ghoulish and gory. Experience three terrifying tours of mystery, magic and murder on 1st, 7th and 8th October. To book tour tickets call 07432 566 023.
Town & Gown 10k
Join thousands of runners and take on the challenge to turn Oxford, Cambridge and Leicester orange for one day each year to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Wearing trademark orange t-shirts, come and run the 10k routes around the closed streets, parks and rivers of the historic cities, all in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK.
Walking & Cycling Festival
Norwich’s Walking Festival will run from 22nd-30th October 2016 and will celebrate the opening of the new section of the Norfolk Coast Path (from Sea Palling to Hopton-on-Sea) and mark the 30th anniversary of the National Trails in Norfolk (the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path), which were originally opened in 1986 by King Charles. Events will be taking place county-wide, providing fantastic walking opportunities in the Broads, the Brecks and on the coast, and will include a variety of walks, talks and family activities.
Halloween at Holkham Hall
Come along to Holkham Hall from 27th-30th October 2016 where there will be tricks and treats, adventures and plenty of fun for all the family. Dress for the occasion and be prepared for thrills galore as Holkham Hall and the Walled Gardens will be taken over with all things spooktacular this Halloween! To buy tickets call 01328 713 111 or go to the website.
Community Photography Exhibition
Join in with Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum’s community photography exhibition between October 22nd and 30th. This is a unique opportunity to exhibit your photos alongside the new Voices from the Workhouse galleries. Happy snappers are invited to send in photos of the places and spaces in Norfolk where you love to be alone. Pictures of favourite views, secret hideaways and secret solitude fit the bill.
Spooky Scarecrow Trail
Follow the clues around Lotherton Hall and see the spooky scarecrows on display from 21st-31st October 2016. Don’t forget to visit the Witches cottage! Free with admission to Lotherton Hall estate. And don’t forget to visit on 31st October for the Halloween Day Dress Up – come as one of your favourite Halloween characters.
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady but never felt quite cool enough to pull it off? Well now’s your chance to don those pink jackets, grease up those quiffs and let your inhibitions go for an evening where you are the stars – and remember Grease is the word! On Saturday 15th October 2016, York’s Grand Opera House will host a Grease sing-along, starting with your host who will lead a vocal warm-up. Tickets from £16.90.
The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon
This event is set to be a highlight of the 2016 running calendar. With arguably the most stunning course in the UK, this is also one of the flattest, allowing experienced and non-experienced runners a chance to achieve their goals and smash their personal bests! Sunday 9th October 2016.
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.
Affordable Art Fair
You don’t need to be an experienced art collector, nor an expert in contemporary art to find a piece to fall in love with at Battersea’s Affordable Art Fair on October 20th-23rd. With 110 galleries bringing 1,000 artists, and all the art priced between £100 and £5,000, you’ll be spoilt for choice! On sale will be a diverse and inspiring collection of original and contemporary paintings, editioned prints, photography and sculptures by household names and established artists, alongside emerging talent from the exhibition’s specially curated Recent Graduates Exhibition.
Jon Newman, archivist and historian, will talk about Morgan Crucible, an enduring Battersea landmark from 7pm at St Mary’s Church, Battersea, on Thursday 20th October. He will explain how, although demolished almost 40 years ago, the functional factory manufacturing specialists products for the metallurgy industry inadvertently became an icon of English art through the works of James Whistler. One version of his large oil studies of the factory called Nocturnes, hangs in art collections around the world, including one that adjourns the walls of the White House. £5 per person.
Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition
‘Men put me down as the best woman painter…I think I’m one of the best painters,” Georgia O’Keeffe once said. In 2014, her Jimson Weed/ White Flower No 1 canvas fetched the highest price ever paid for a work of art by a female artist, more than doubling the previous record. However, no UK public art collection owns a single O’Keeffe, says Elle Decoration. London’s Tate Modern has therefore managed a major coup with its new retrospective, which shows over 100 paintings on loan from around the world. From now until October 30th 2016.
Fashion Rules: Restyled
Take a journey through four decades of fashion and see how the Royal Family’s great women set the trends with Fashion Rules: Restyled at Kensington Palace. Featuring a luxurious display of dresses from the wardrobes of queens and princesses, the exhibition charts major changes in taste and style over the years. Learn more about the elegance of a young Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret’s predilection for bold colours, up to the sparkles and tailoring of the 1980s, perfectly represented by Princess Diana’s beautiful dresses. The exhibition features signature clothing by designers including Marc Bohan, Zandra Rhodes and Bruce Oldfield. Until 5th January 2017.
Seaside Sunsets Photography Workshop
Let expert photographers teach you classic photographic techniques whilst taking in iconic Brighton seaside sights. Learn the tricks of exposure, ISO, and aperture in just 3 hours and take home a professional photograph crated by you! Use code INTRODEALBRIGHTON for a £10 ticket. Normally £79. 15th-29th October 2016 at Hove Lawns.
Experimental Motion: the art of film innovation
This new exhibition display in the Spotlight Gallery at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, will tell the story of experimental film-making in Brighton & Hove, from 1896 to the present day. Brighton & Hove have played a rich part in international film history; early film making pioneers who became known as the Brighton School worked here at the turn of the 20th century, while modern and contemporary filmmakers and moving image artists have cemented the city’s status as a hotbed of experimental film. Experimental Motion will explore Brighton & Hove’s success as a place for experimental film-making, and its significance nationally and internationally.
Neon School Workshop
Neon School is an artisan workshop on Brighton seafront that designs neon for industry and arts. Once a month the workshop resident artists share their skills. Whether you are an expert requiring a master class or an absolute beginner looking for an unforgettable weekend, this is the place for you. All students leave with a working piece of art that they have made. Workshops set to take place on 22-23rd October and 12th-13th November 2016. Telephone 01273 694662.
Come along to RHS Garden Wisley on 3rd and 4th October to celebrate the beauty of trees and woodlands. Autumn Foodfest hosts a weekend of demonstrations, workshops, walks and talks. Meet a host of woodland specialists, artisan wood crafters, authors and RHS experts. Discover Wisley’s Champion Trees, explore the woodland area of the garden or visit Wild at Wisley to build a den.
Landscapes of the Somme
As part of the national commemorations of the First World War, Guildford House hosts the exhibition Landscapes of the Somme, featuring drawings and paintings of the Somme Battlefields by Robert Perry, an internationally known British landscape painter. From now until 5th November. Free entry.
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.
The show we can’t stop talking about comes to Exeter Corn Exchange on 5th October. This is stand-up comedy with no talking, drama with no acting and punch lines with no words. The artist formerly known as The Boy with Tape on His Face brings you a multi-award winning, multi-hyphenate spectacle that needs to be seen to be believed. Join Tape Face as he conjures uproarious and moving tableaux using only the most everyday of objects and the most popular of songs.
Heart & Soul
Elgar and Rachmaninov come together at Exeter University’s Great Hall on October 7th in a classical concert with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits. Rachmaninov’s elegant, ingenious and often surprising Third Symphony is bound together by a theme that recurs in various guises and transformations in each movement. heartofdevon.com
Street Food Night Markets
After the amazing success of the recent night street food market on Exeter’s historic quayside there’s more to come! The street food market has an impressive line-up of different cuisine of street food including Spanish, American, Egyptian, Persian, Vietnamese, Locally Reared, African, Sustainable Fish, Caribbean and more. 6th October, 4th November and 1st December from 5pm-9.30pm at The Transit Shed, The Quay. heartofdevon.com
The Mind Body Soul Experience
The Mind Body Soul Experience is a weekend like no other. For three days in October, Alexandra Palace invites you to experience the esoteric, the mysterious and the exciting. Your ticket to the Experience also includes entry to the OM Yoga Show, located in a neighbouring hall. Two shows for the price of one. October 21st-23rd.
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 textile 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. 5th-9th October 2016.
Grace Adam – Views & Vistas
Views & Vistas, a North London Park Life is a site-specific sculpture by London artists, Grace Adam, taking place in Haringay’s Priory Park. Six Viewing Gates invite park users to slow down, stop and enjoy the park and their urban environment. This event is free, and aimed at everyone – all age groups. There is an accompanying map with information about local sites that can be seen through the Viewing Gates. This is available from Grace Adam’s website and from the cafe in the park. This installation is open from 8am until dusk every day until 19th November 2016.
Kingston Yoga & Vegan Festival
Visit the first ever Yoga & Vegan Festival at Kingston’s Performing Arts Centre, Elizabeth II Building, Kingston Grammar School on 15th October from 9am-3.30pm. Enjoy yummy vegan and raw vegan food, shop for vegan products and attend talks. This festival is a celebration of two things that are changing the world for the better – yoga and veganism. Kingston is home to many talented yoga teachers and schools and this is the opportunity to meet them all under one roof.
Teddington Artists Exhibition in Normansfield
This year Teddington Artists are exhibiting in Normansfield Theatre on 8th and 9th October. There are 18 diverse and talented artists showing paintings, printmaking, jewellery, ceramics, photography, sculpture, drawing and textiles. An exhibition not to be missed, a feast for the senses. The coffee shop will be open on both days from 10am-1pm.
The Marriage of Figaro
Thames Philharmonia Opera perform Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro on Saturday 15th October 2016 at 7.30pm at Langdon Down Centre. The performance will be stage with full orchestra, conducted by Musical Director Byung-Yun Yu and directed by Sarah De Winter.