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What’s on in October?

The nights may be drawing in, but never fear, it's all happening in Wiltshire. We've got comedy, workshops, live music and exhibitions for your entertainment.

LIVE MUSIC Celebrate Voice Festival Guild Hall Salisbury 21-30 October

Nightly celebrity performances of opera, jazz, folk as well as daytime community events. Highlights include the jazz-tastic Ronnie Scott’s All Stars (pictured) on 21 Oct and some star international singers performing Verdi’s La Traviata on 22, 24 & 29 Oct. We’re in.

Friday Nights at Salisbury Arts Centre, 15 & 22 October

Live music, food & drink in the lovely airy environs of the converted church that is Salisbury Arts Club. 18th sees The Deloreons Acoustic Duo (pictured) and 22nd the Skacoustic duo the I’s. And, wait for it, entrance is free (but book tickets).

THEATRE The Dong with a Luminous Nose The Egg Theatre Bath 1 & 2 October

Looking at the weather forecast, you might need some indoor entertainment for the kids at the weekend. This puppet show is a clever and suitably absurd take on Edward Lear’s nonsense classic, and should do the job for the 7-12 years age group.

COMEDY Arabella Weir The Pound, Corsham, 2 October

Just loving the show title Does My Mum Loom Big in This? Promising stories from an astonishingly dysfunctional childhood for anyone with a mother in their life, Weir is reliably hysterical and we’re totally up for this.

Arthur Smith St Margarets Hall, Bradford on avon, 9 October

This Lions Club Comedy Night headliner is the original BBC Radio 4 Grumpy Old Man and “self-appointed Night Mayor of Balham”, and we reckon it’ll be a giggle.

Comedy Drag Bingo with Charlie Hides from Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Komedia, Bath 20 October

Get some fishnets on your legs eleven, a pair of platforms, a touch of back-combing and bob’s your uncle, you’re ready to score.

BE A CHORISTER FOR THE DAY? Salisbury Cathedral School, Sat 2 October

Do you have a budding young chorister in the house? If they are currently in years 2, 3 or 4, why not give this a go? Contact Jojo Orange tel: 01722 555300.

EXHIBITIONS Georgina Heywood-Smith Spacecraft, Westbury until 9 October

Valentine Lamp by Georgina Heywood-Smith

Amazing Wiltshire engraver Heywood-Smith’s work can be seen at her show Where We Live as part of the Westbury Festival. There’s a one-off evening viewing on 3 Oct, if you can’t make the day. You can also catch her work on Catherine Hill at the Frome Independent Market (and if you haven’t been there yet, well, why ever not? – next one on 3 Oct) and sometimes at the Friday Lambs Yard Artisan Market in Bradford on avon.

Georgian Heywood-Smith

Cutting It Fine Salisbury Museum 16 Oct- 16 Jan

Sagittarius by Eric Ravilious, 1929

So, it seems exhibitions of star engravers are like buses. This one showcases over 120 prints by 20 of the leading wood engravers of the last hundred years, including John and Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious and Gertrude Hermes.

WORKSHOPS The Cookery School, Warminster 4-23 October

Somehow this is what we fancy doing when the evenings draw in. Eat. And luckily this month’s a good one at this Warminster gem: A Taste of India on the 4th (code “NAAN21” to take a friend for free); Best of Italy on the 5th; Vegan Delights (pictured) on the 15th; Autumn Menu on the 16th; Thai Food Experience on the 23rd.

Failsafe Plants by The Crafty Gardeners at Bowood 6 October

Now failsafe is a word that gets our attention. Spend a morning with the experts finding out what really works in the garden. Even better – tickets include refreshments and entrance to the glorious gardens.

Instagram Photography with Matt Inwood, online, 9 October

Matt is the master foodie photographer, and his classes are perfect for bloggers looking to up their smart phone photography and their Instagram game. He’s a charming, approachable teacher, and beginners need not feel intimidated.

Autumn wreath Making with Pod & Pip, Stratford Tony, nr Salisbury 9 October

Make no mistake, this is not a Christmas Wreath, it’s a rustic autumn wreath, made with foraged foliage, berries, pods and pips. You know you’ll never get around to it in December, so get one under you belt now.

SHOP VINTAGE Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, The Pavilion 21-24 October

House feeling a bit tired post-covid? This stalwart of the antiques scene of 31 years has loads of quality exhibitors, and is just the spot to find that something special to perk up la casa. Tickets are £5, but you can get free ones here.

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