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FRI 25 - SUN 27 OCT

***OCTOBER SPECIAL OFFER*** @victoriatapperphotography


If you buy Victoria’s fabulous package Ten Great Photos of Your Business you get the below, for free, this October:-

A 1 hour session on Phone Camera Social Media Photography for Businesses


Tips and Tricks on How to Shoot Like a Pro using your phone (so, things like…..What to photograph; How to photograph people/products/services; In-app editing)

Book by October 15th. Shoot and free session can be any time before end 2019. Message/call Victoria on 07532 384182 victoria-tapper-business-photography


Wildlife Safari, Tudor Farmhouse, Clearwell, Dates in October

Wildlife expert and broadcaster Ed Drewitt has teamed up with Tudor Farmhouse to create the ultimate West Country safari. Explore the ancient wonderland to discover one it’s many residents including bats, deer, badgers, foxes, voles, mice, hedgehogs and wild boar.


Disney’s The Lion King, Bristol Hippodrome, to Sat 23 Nov

The first Disney animation with an original story (and more than a few passing resemblances to Hamlet) on stage with a cast from around the world.



Richard Twose: Experiments with Flying, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, to Sun 24 Nov

The famous artist living near Bath puts acrobats from the CircoMedia Bristol to the test in this selling show.




Breaking the Code, Salisbury, to 26 Oct
At the height of the Second World War eccentric genius Alan Turing was breaking the complex German code, Enigma, at Bletchley Park. Since his work was classified top secret for years after the war, no one knew how much was owed to him when he was later put on trial and publicly humiliated by the revelation of his sexuality. Hugh Whitemore’s compelling play intertwines an account of Turing’s most heroic hour with that of his betrayal by the nation he had helped in its darkest hour. Turing’s story went on to be told in the 2014 Oscar-winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Voyages – An Exhibitions of Textile Art by Visual Marks, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Sat 5 Oct to Sat 2 Nov

Visual Marks is a group of textiles artists who joined forces six years ago to share one another’s ideas, their inspiration and their skill. Each artist has a clear and unique style, yet all pieces come together as one collection, and in turn, create artwork that has true beauty and emotion.

Living Together, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, 21 – 26 Oct

When the Norman Conquests (named after the plays leading character, assistant librarian Norman, as opposed to the Kings William and Harold!) burst onto the theatre-going public in the early 1970s, they were a revelation. Here was domestic comedy that spoke to everyone; intelligent, well-observed and extremely funny. Today they are regarded as possibly Ayckbourn’s most ingeniously constructed set of plays.


Pumpkin Picking, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Mon 21 Oct to Thurs 24 Oct

Pick your very own pumpkin to light up your garden on Halloween night. Cotswold Farm Park has been growing the very best, biggest and brightest pumpkins. They’re available for sale at just £1.00 if you have a valid Farm park ticket.


Bowood’s Enchanted Autumn, Bowood House, Wed 23 Oct to Fri 1 Nov

The landscape is changing to autumnal colours and frostier mornings, which means the spooky season is upon us. An evil witch has caused mayhem around the Bowood Estate and now the whole place is riddled with ghouls, ghosts and creepy crawlies. Follow the scarecrow trail and take part in all the Halloween activities around the grounds.


A Halloween Tale, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Cheddar, Weds 23 Oct – Sun 3 Nov

Help a detective duo find Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster and Bill Sikes hiding in the caves. Included in day ticket.


The Chef’s Menu, The Kings Hotel, Chipping Campden, Fri 25 Oct

Get to know the team behind the delicious menu at The Kings Hotel. Each chef from Kings Hotel kitchen will each create a course of their choice using only the best local ingredients.


Half term at Monkey World 

Monkey World is spook-tacular this half term! This half-term at Monkey World, you can learn all about their creatures of the night, the slow loris. Not only are these fang-tastic primates nocturnal, with heightened senses to enable them to negotiate the dark forest, but they are also able to deliver a toxic bite. Visit the spook station by the loris house to test your senses against a loris, and take part in their terrifying trail, and creepy crafts. To top it off, on October 31st, kids in full Halloween fancy dress get into Monkey World for FREE! The best costume will receive a prize, in the FREE fancy dress competition. 


The Great British Autumn, Longleat, nr Warminster, Sat 26 Oct – Sun 3 Nov

Giant pumpkins, a parliament of owls, Autumn-themed sand art, a chilling ghost walk through the dark corridors of Longleat House and a fireworks finale.


Halloween Land, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Fri 25 Oct to Sun 3 Nov

There is plenty of spooky fun to be had at Cotswold Farm Park’s Halloween Land. Each child will get their own free pumpkin to pick and then decorate with haunting designs.


Rubols Fusion Kitchen, Miserden Estate, Miserden, Fri 25 Oct to Sat 26 Oct

Rubols have combined their love of Mexican & Middle Eastern food to create unique fusion dishes. Every dish on their menu is packed with flavour, colour, and spices – a clear tribute to their unique heritage.


Fantastic Fireworks, Longleat Grounds, Warminster, Fri 25 Oct to Sat 26 Oct

Longleat is already a brilliant day out with the family, but chuck some fireworks in the mix and you know you’re in for a treat. This epic display will be bursting with beautiful, bright and bold autumnal colours.


Mini & Young Chefs – Day of the Dead (Mexican Halloween), Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Sat 26 Oct

Get the Mudlets out and having fun making something that sounds ghoulish but tastes delicious at Vaughan’s Day of the Dead / Mexican Halloween cookery class.


Ghost Tours, Longleat House, Warminster, Sat 26 Oct to Thurs 3 Oct

Join Longleat for a spine-chilling tour of Longleat House. There have been some other-worldly visitors rumored to be walking the halls just waiting to be discovered. You’ll hear all about the ghostly residents and get the chance the wonder through the unseen cellars, eerie attics, and dark corridors.


Chippenham Vegan Fair, Chippenham, Sun 27 Oct


Whether you’re vegan yourself or just interested in learning more about the lifestyle that is taking the world by storm, join the Vegan Fairs team this October to celebrate all things plant based. Feast on delicious vegan food, shop a range of fantastic cruelty free products, visit the Vegan Human Book Library or even find your soulmate by taking part in the speed dating session! It’s all here at Neeld Community Centre, 10am-3pm,


Harry Potter Halloween School, The School of Wizardry, by CAMDA – Cheltenham Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Mon 28 – Thus 31 Oct


The School of Wizardry (inspired by Harry Potter) runs for 4 magical days from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 October inclusive.  Hours are 10-4.30 pm in the heart of Cheltenham. Featuring ‘Conjuring’ with Magic Circle Magicians, Acting Potter and live owls! TO BOOK, please phone or email Camda’s Magic Team; 07545 345655 and  Don’t forget your wands!


Painted Furniture – Workshop, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Tues 29 Oct


Bring along a medium-sized piece of furniture that you’d like to transform into a unique and chic new item for your home. Learn creative and contemporary furniture techniques along with the added knowledge of woodcare.


Halloween Ball, Bowood House, Calne, Fri 1 Nov

Bowood House is throwing the most exclusive and glam Halloween event in the West Country this season. Guests must come in their best fancy dress and will be welcomed with a terrifyingly delicious buffet and a DJ with killer tunes.


Plant-based Menu Pop Up, The Little Pickle, Upper Slaughter, Sat 2 Nov

Supper-club is back with a brand new set of menus including a 5-course plant-based tasting menu. Dishes include Smoked Tofu Bao bun, Tarka Dhal, and Cauliflower cheese croquettes. Who said vegan means boring?


Cirencester Vegan Fair, Cirencester, Sun 3 Nov

Cirencester Vegan Fair is back and it’s bigger and better than ever! Celebrating the best vegan products and brands from the Cotswold area and beyond, Cirencester Vegan Fair will be a true celebration of all things plant-based, showcasing all your favourite vegan foods including cakes, chocolate, pies, packaged goods and cheeze. Plus, check out their range of ethical clothing brands, accessories, cruelty free health and beauty products and handmade artisan crafts. Don’t miss it!


Military Month at Monkey World, throughout November

15% off entry for military personnel and their families during November! Monkey World knows the importance of quality family time for all primates, and the strain that military families are often under. That’s why they are offering discounted entry to all military personnel throughout the month of November. 


Don’t miss!

Bottomless Brunch, Cowley Manor, Cheltenham, Sat 5 Oct 

Bottomless Brunch has become hugely popular and it’s easy to see why. For £30 simply choose your bottomless beverage of choice and two or three courses from the brunch menu.


£65 a Night Stay with Wanderlust Camper Co, Dymock, Throughout October

Wanderlust Camping Co. is offering its cheapest rate ever for the colder seasons, but don’t worry heating is available! Take your own autumn escape for only £65 a night and get your very own camper van.


The Whistlestop Cafe, throughout October

*** Hot off the Press*** The Tetbury Goods Shed Park Run starts and finishes outside The Whistlestop Cafe every Saturday morning at 9am. Runners with a park run barcode get 15% off food and drinks in the cafe!

Baby’s First Stay Away, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, Valid Sunday to Wednesday until Thurs 19 Dec  


Bringing kids away for the first time can be a daunting experience. The plans you had to relax and unwind can quickly become stressful. Woolley Grange Hotel have set up the perfect get away if you plan to bring a baby. They’ll provide anything you need whether its bottle cleaning, baby listening service, highchairs or cots. They have thought of everything to ensure you’ll have the most stress-free family break possible. Included in the deal is a personalised welcome hamper, parent and baby first swim lesson, Baby Breakfast Club and babysitting services.


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Stroud Book Festival, Stroud, 6-10 Nov


Don’t miss this fab festival, now in its 4th year, presenting 50 events across the five days. FamiliesfictionforgivenessFaber’s 90thfood,futurefabricsfilmfitness and fun are all on the menu, and some events sell out quickly, so book now! Highlights for us include Ian McEwan and Katy Brand and, for kids, Julia Donaldson and the fab team from Aardman Animations. Check out our preview


The Goods Shed Piano Series, dates from 16 Nov

To celebrate the recent arrival of their gorgeous Steinway piano, The Tetbury Goods Shed are very proud to be launching an annual subscription series of master concerts, curated by pianist William Howard. *** HOT OFFER *** They are now are selling a “Subscription” to the Piano Series, which gives people 4 concerts for the price of 3 PLUS an Early Bird Offer for everyone who purchases a Series Ticket before 31st October 2019 – you’ll be invited to a special Piano Series Launch Reception during which William Howard will be giving a short piano recital on Sunday 10th November at 6:30 pm.


Christmas Table Decorating & English Sparkling Wine Tasting, Susie Watson Designs, Marlborough, Thurs 21 Nov


Susie Watson loves to host special complimentary events to thank her customers and her newest venture is definitely worth dropping in for. Customers are invited to a ‘Christmas Table Decorating’ demonstration day. Learn to bring that extra magic to your Christmas table using hand-painted ceramics, glassware, flowers, and candles. You’ll also get to enjoy a tipple from an independent wine merchant, The Naked


Magic of Christmas at Stourhead, Warminster, Fri 29 Nov to Mon 30 Dec

The world-famous landscape garden Stourhead will be lit up in all its festive glory for the whole of December. The tree-tops will glisten and the gardens will shimmer and sparkle with seasonal colours. If there is anything to get even the scroog-iest of people in the Christmas spirit, this is it.


Carol Concert, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Fri 20 Dec


Spend an evening in the stunning Salisbury Cathedral singing festive carols. Make sure you grab your tickets early as this event is always






Vogue fashion and portrait photographer Tim Walker‘s enchanting, fantastical, frankly insane work is the subject of a new V&A exhibition (until 8 March). Tilda Swinton, Björk and, er, Sir David Attenborough are among his subjects and he’s also created 10 new works for the show.


Meanwhile this autumn’s big-hitter is William Blake at Tate Britain, below, (until 2 Feb 2020). The visionary painter and poet’s work will be imaginatively displayed – some of it blown up to enormous scale using digital technology, other works in an immersive room that recreates the space in which Blake first showed his art in 1809.


Elsewhere Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican (4 Oct – 19 Jan) is probably the nearest I’ll get to clubbing this autumn. It’s such a cool concept – a history of cabarets, clubs, dancefloors and party spaces that inspired artists from the 1880s to the 1960s, including the Berlin cabaret scene in Weimar Germany and Harlem’s jazz clubs and lifesize recreations of some of the hotspots.


Then there’s a major retrospective of 88-year-old Bridget Riley‘s life’s work at the Hayward Gallery (23 Oct – 26 Jan), taking in her famous monochrome, makes-your-eyes-go-funny Op Art paintings from the 1960s among its 70 year career span.


And finally, playing “spot the Angel Of The North” as we drive up the A1 to Newcastle is a family ritual in our house (Geordie in-laws, you see), so I’ve got a soft spot for Antony Gormley’s striking sculpture. His new show at the Royal Academy (until 3 Dec) is billed as his most ambitious in a decade and involves six tonnes of steel mesh, eight km of coiled tubing and a gallery flooded with clay and sea water. Blimey!


THEATRE: Lungs, Old Vic theatre, London, 14 Oct – 9 Nov

The Crown alumni Claire Foy and Matt Smith (aka The Queen and Prince Philip, of course) are reunited in Lungs at the Old Vic (14 Oct–9 Nov), playing a couple wrestling with life’s big issues, such as whether to have children, against the backdrop of a world teetering on the edge of environmental and political disaster.


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