So many displays to write about I’m ready to combust. Read here for my full fireworks guide for Wilts. KABOOM!
The Great British Autumn, Longleat, nr Warminster, to 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. longleat.co.uk
Halloween Land, Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, 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. www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk
A Halloween Tale, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Cheddar, to Sun 3 Nov
Help a detective duo find Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster and Bill Sikes hiding in the caves. Included in day ticket. cheddargorge.co.uk
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.
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.
In Fairyland – Tessa Farmer (Magic and Mayhem Festival), Pounds Art Centre, Corsham, Sat 2 Nov to Sat 23 Nov
Tessa Farmer has created a magical and bewitching world by utilising natural materials like bones and plant roots, including the use of taxidermy. This whole exhibition is completely out-of this world and fantastical thanks to the inclusion of microscopic creatures who live within the works. You have to see it for yourself! poundarts.org.uk
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!
Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III, Royal Ballet Live screening, venues around Wilts and Glos, Tues 5 Nov
A different kind of fireworks on bonfire night: three works by Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan and Rudolf Nureyev.
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. Families, fiction, forgiveness, Faber’s 90th, food,future, fabrics, film, fitness 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 here. stroudbookfestival.org.uk
Queens of Sheba, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, Weds 6 – Sat 9 Nov
Based on a real incident at the DSTRKT Nightclub in 2015 when four women were turned away for ‘being too dark’, four women take to the stage with their explosive true stories.
Contemporary Art pop-up, Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath, Fri 8, Sat 9 & Sun 10 Nov
Curated show of prints, original paintings and sculptures with new works from both local and national artists, including this limited edition print by collage artist Maria Rivans.
Dorset Buttons Workshop, Lechlade Craft Barn, Lechlade on Thames, Sat 9 Nov
Learn how to make the traditional Dorset Buttons with talented tutor, Marilyn Gough. Create beautiful buttons using threads and embellishments with beads. www.lechladecraftbarn.com
Remembrance Lunch, The Greenway Hotel & Spa, Shurdington, Sun 10 Nov
Enjoy a delicious four-course Sunday lunch with friends and family. Five pounds will be donated per person to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com
Russian State Ballet – Swan Lake, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Sun 10 Nov
It was over one hundred years ago when the Swan Lake music was performed for the first time by the great Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and from that moment on this compelling ballet has been performed all over the world. After last years sell out performance, Russia State Ballet and Opera house are back for another year, with their mesmerising full Swan Lake ballet ensemble. swindontheatres.co.uk
The Night Watch, Salisbury Playhouse, 11-16 Nov
London in the 1940s. A time when hearts beat faster and life burned more brightly. The Night Watch is a tender, tragic and beautifully poignant portrait of four ordinary people caught up in the aftermath of an extraordinary time. Olivier-nominated playwright Hattie Naylor creates a gripping and theatrically inventive adaptation of this great modern novel. From the team that brought you Birdsong, The Habit of Art and The Importance of Being Earnest. www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk
Ladies Who Lunch – “Sloe Gin Making”, The Greenway Hotel & Spa, Shurdington, Tues 12 Nov
Enjoy a cocktail and a two-course lunch during a sloe gin making demonstration and workshop. www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com
Cocktail Tasting Dinner, The Ivy Montpellier Brassier, Wed 13 Nov
Join our favourite The Ivy for a super special cocktail tasting dinner in partnership with Chase Distillery. The evening will feature a four-course meal paired with bespoke cocktails, and each cocktail has been specially chosen to match and complement each dish and will incorporate Chase Distillery’s award-winning products, such as their ‘Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo Gin’. Grab your tix now!
DIY Body Care Products Workshop, Packaging Not Included, Marlborough, Wed 13 Nov
It’s important to know what chemicals are being used in your everyday body care products. It could surprise you that even some of your favourite products have toxins within them that are potentially harmful to your body. Find out how to replace store-bought products with natural and inexpensive alternatives. www.packagingnotincluded.co.uk
Trio Apaches, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, Fri 15 Nov
The leading piano trio is returning to Wiltshire for one night only. These three friends and talented musicians have formed as one to create astounding sounds from the 1900’s. www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk
Modern Calligraphy Cards, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Fri 15 Nov
Calligraphy is such an impressive and useful talent, gone are the days of roughly scribbled cards. During this session you’ll cover calligraphy basics including how to use the essential tools, mark making and alphabet practice. newbreweryarts.squarespace.com
Peachy Belts, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Sat 15 Nov to Mon 17 Nov
Catch a glimpse of Peachy Belts gorgeous range at Cheltenham Racecourse. These italian leather belts, handmade in England have become famous in the riding community for their wearibilty, practicality and style. www.peachybelts.co.uk
Anniversary Shopping, La Cotonniere, From 15 Nov
Big Bowood Quiz Evening, Bowood House, Calne, Sat 15 Nov
Join Bowood this November for quiz night. Put your knowledge to the test whilst you enjoy a selection of food and drinks available for purchase throughout the evening. www.bowood.org
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. shed-arts.co.uk
Christmas Gift Wrap – Workshop, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Sat 16 Nov
Make your presents the most eye-catching under the tree this year. Learn all the tips and tricks behind professional looking gift wrapping. newbreweryarts.squarespace.com
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 Grape. www.susiewatsondesigns.co.uk
Spa & Christmas Shopping Evening, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, Thurs 21 Nov
What better way is there to do your Christmas shopping, than with a glass of wine and mince pies whilst you browse Elemis luxury skin care range. Try out all the products and snap up exclusive discounts while you shop. www.woolleygrangehotel.co.uk
Pie & A Pint Day, The Kings Hotel, Chipping Campden, Fri 22 Nov
What’s more British than a pie and a pint at the pub? For £15 per person you can enjoy a hearty homemade pie and a pint of beer at the Kings Hotel restaurant. www.kingscampden.co.uk
Indie Veggie, Pop Up Restaurant, Miserden Estate, Miserden, Sat 23 Nov
The vegan dishes cooked up by Indie Veggie conjure amazing Kenyan and Indian flavours. Their dishes have stemmed from traditional street-food and family recipes which have been passed down for generations. www.miserden.org
Gin & Jazz Soirée, The Cricklade Club, Cricklade, Sat 23 Nov
The Cricklade Club are hosting a Gin & Jazz festival in their beautiful hall. Join them for an evening of excellent music, freshly made food and specially selected gins. www.facebook.com/events
Yoga and Breakfast in the Rotunda, The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie, Tues 26 Nov
Yoga and breakfast returns to The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie in collaboration with Ella & Fleur this November. This hour-long yoga class will be held in the Rotunda, under the iconic brasserie’s dome on Tuesday, 26 November at 7.30am followed by breakfast in the main restaurant. theivycollectionevents.giftpro.co.uk
Edible Christmas Gifts Cookery Class, Vaughan’s Kitchen, Devizes, Wed 27 Nov
Learn how to make chocolate salami, Christmas chutney and savoury biscuits. Plus, a supper with wine will be included just to make the experience that much better! www.vaughanskitchen.co.uk
Tom Gates, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Wed 27 Nov to Sat 30 Nov
From the best-selling books by Liz Pichon, this performance has come from the producers behind Horrible Histories and Gangsta Granny. This hilarious adaption is perfect for a whole family trip out. swindontheatres.co.uk
Gin & Tonic Masterclass, The Kings Head, Whiteparish, Thurs 28 Nov
Kings Hotel are hosting a Gin & Tonic Masterclas in partnership with Fever-Tree. Enjoy a relaxed evening where you will try a variety of gins whilst the hosts guide you through optimum Gin & Tonic pairings. www.facebook.com/events
Festive Knife Skills Cookery Class, Vaughan’s Kitchen, Devizes, Thurs 28 Nov
The Knife Skills class is super popular at Vaughan’s Cookery School as it’s such a useful workshop which can be transferred easily into your everyday cooking. This session is still knife skills, but with a festive twist. Get chef tips on carving a turkey, speed up your food prep time and become more confident in the kitchen. www.vaughanskitchen.co.uk
Christmas Shopping Evening, Dinghams, Salisbury, Fri 29 Nov
Join Dinghams for a festive evening of shopping, demos, raffles, samples, and exclusive discounts. The event was a huge success last year and completely sold out, so don’t hesitate to grab your tickets! www.eventbrite.co.uk
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. christmasatstourhead.co.uk
A Night in Paris, Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre, Tetbury, Fri 29 Nov
Come and be a part of this exciting evening of live music of the highest order. This tribute to the swinging jazz sensations Django Reinhardt and Frank Sinatra featuring hot gypsy guitars from Stuart Carter-Smith and Paul Gregory and incredible vocals from Jazz singing sensation Denny Ilett to make this evening a night to remember. shed-arts.co.uk
Christmas Party Night, Bowood House, Calne, Fri 29 Nov to Sat 30 Nov
After a hectic year what better excuse is there to party but at a gorgeous manor house in the beautiful countryside? Whether you want to get your whole team together or just want a good ole’ jolly with friends and family, this is the perfect event. The ticket includes a three-course festive dinner, a half-bottle of wine, disco and Christmas novelties. www.bowood.org
Festive Yoga + Wreath Making Workshop with The Yoga Glow, The Bottle of Sauce, Sat 30 Nov
Calling all yoga and nature lovers. Yoga Glow and Grown & Foraged have collaborated to create a one-off festive afternoon of relaxation and Christmas wreath making. Home made mince pies will be available plus, enjoy a festive tipple whilst you practice your yoga technique and create your own beautiful garland to hang on the door. www.theyogaglowuk.com
Robin Hood, Salisbury, 30 Nov – 12 Jan
Join Robin and his merry band for a fantastic adventure this Christmas. With all the elements of a traditional pantomime – comedy, dance, audience participation, fantastic sets – and familiar songs, you won’t want to miss this year’s Playhouse extravaganza. It’s the perfect treat for all ages. www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk
Del Boy’s Christmas Comedy Dinner Show, Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, Thurs 5 Dec
Spend an evening at the cosy Old Bell Hotel for a night packed with comedy, party games, pantos, presents, crackers and karaoke, just like the Trotters and their mates’ would celebrate! oldbellhotel.co.uk
Sleeping Beauty, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Sat 7 Dec to Sun 5 Jan
Michelle Collins and Chris Jarvis are starring in the Wyvern Theatres adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. This hilarious, must-see panto has all the bells and whistles including dance, side-splitting comedy, sensational song and plenty of festive magic. swindontheatres.co.uk
Design Fabric Appointments, Heliotrope Interior Design, Broad Chalke, Available from November
Having a picture of how you want your home to be in your head is easy, but being able to bring those ideas to life…not so much. This is why Heliotrope Interior Design are here to lend a helping hand. For £25 you can schedule an appointment with the designer to work through fabric cuttings and pattern books and select as many samples as you may wish. Once your appointment has finished you can either take your samples away or finalise your selections and make an order. If you place an order during your visit, the £25 appointment fee is refunded. You can select out other furnishings during your visit, including carpet, lighting and other interior bits and bobs. This is an absolutely fabulous and unique way to shop and will protect you from any unwise purchases that you’ll regret later down the line. www.heliotropedesign.co.uk
Silver ‘Tutti Frutti’ Rings, Watling Goldsmiths, Chippenham
This incredible collection of handmade jewelry is growing by the minute. These stackable designs are a perfect gift for a loved one or just to add to your own collection. All these designs are completely individual and unique. Originally designed for the owner’s personal collection for her holidays, she loved her creations so much she decided to sell them in store. watlings.com
Facial Repair Offer, Lifestyle Hair and Beauty, Malmesbury, Offer available during Autumn & Winter
The changing seasons can do a number on our bodies, and that includes our skin. When skin has been exposed to high temperatures and sunlight, it becomes dehydrated and signs of aging begin to appear. Lifestyle Hair and Beauty are offering a course of 3 Hydradermie Double Ionisation Longue Vie Soleil facials plus an eyebrow shape or tint for £195, to help battle sun damage, dark spots and any signs of ageing. lifestylehealthandbeauty.co.uk
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. www.woolleygrangehotel.co.uk
Jennifer Young Spa Day, Bowood House, Calne, Weekend and Weekday Spa Experiences Available
Bowood House is offering a rejuvenating spa experience for those weathering the pre and post-effects of cancer treatment. Jennifer Young has trained therapists to provide specialised and superior spa treatments with cancer in mind. As part of the experience, you’ll receive a 60-minute spa treatment and chakra oil and crystal. Plus, spa facilities, robe & slippers, a glass of bubbly and healthy lunch with a fruit platter. www.bowood.org
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 popular.www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk
Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Fri 3 to Sun 5 Jan
Fabulous, eye-catching and unusual art and antiques return to Westonbirt School this 3-5 January at our fave fair of the year, the Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair. With a huge variety of pieces for collectors, home furnishers, interior designers and anyone looking for unusual decorative accessories, it’s your chance to find some real gems, from vintage fashion and costume jewellery, to traditional antique pieces or the latest in decorative chic style. A cut above other vintage fairs, dealers from all over the UK and Europe will be selling Mid-Century Modern, eye-catching Art Deco, contemporary sculpture, industrial chic, painted furniture, portraits and glamorous jewellery…need I go on? cooperevents.com/westonbirt
Wedding Fayre, The Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury, Sat 18 Jan
The Great Tythe Barn is a stunning Grade || listed, 16th century stone barn nestled in the cosy market town of Tetbury. This gorgeous venue are opening their doors to newly weds to-be to explore this potential wedding venue. Plus, there’s no need to book in advance and entry is free! www.gtb.co.uk
INTERIORS: Country Living Christmas Fair, Business Design Centre, London, 13 – 17 Nov
It’s Christmaaaaas! Well, not just yet, but head London’s Business Design Centre this month and you’ll find heaps of festive stalls from hundreds of British designers, makers, food artisans and crafters. As well as shopping there’ll also be live workshops and talks, plus Prue Leith will be chatting to Country Living’s Editor about all things food at Christmas time on Wed 13.
ART & EXHIBITIONS
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 (below), 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.