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Free weekend? Not anymore! 13 things to do locally

Kick-off half term in style with our edit of the best ways to fill your weekend, from family-friendly pumpkin picking to adults-only comedy

PICK YOUR OWN: Pumpkin Carving at Roves Farm, 20-31 October

Halloween is fast approaching, so now is the perfect time to pick a pumpkin – (ie. at this point it won’t go soggy before the big day). At Roves Farm you can choose the pumpkin and carve it there too, so you won’t find pumpkin seeds all over your kitchen for the next week.

Lotmead Farm in Wanborough is also open for pumpkin picking this weekend, but do give them a call to make sure they haven’t all been picked.

Book tickets here

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 international singers performing Verdi’s La Traviata on 22, 24 & 29 Oct. We’re in. Book your tickets here

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.

AUTUMN TRAIL: Bowood Autumn Adventure Trail, 21-31 October

Marvel at the red and gold trees in Bowood’s impressive grounds and soak up the autumnal atmosphere at this pumpkin trail, replete with scarecrows, spiders and skeletons to see along the way. Book tickets here

MINDFULNESS: Gong bath, Devizes, 22 October

Stressful week? Book into this worry-melting session which combines the tranquil chimes of gongs, crystal singing bowls and tibetan bowls , that takes place every Friday evening. The best part? All you have to do is lie down and let the soothing sounds wash over you. You’ll emerge feeling like a new woman, ready to tackle the weekend. Book a slot

LIVE MUSIC: Friday Nights at Salisbury Arts Centre, 22 October

Live music, food and drink in the lovely airy environs of the converted church that is Salisbury Arts Club. 22 October sees the Skacoustic duo the I’s perform. And, wait for it, entrance is free (but book tickets).

EVENT: The Cooking School Curry Workshop, Warminster, 22 October

Brush up your chef skills at this workshop that fills you in on all the secrets of making a world class curry. You’ll be schooled in the making of chicken rogan josh, sag aloo, goan prawn curry, chapattis and jeera rice. Everyone will be seriously impressed at your next dinner party. Book here

LIVE MUSIC: Tom Odell at The Memorial Hall, Marlborough College, 23 October

If Adele’s new single has got you in the mood for more sad songs, head to the intimate Memorial Hall in the ground of Marlborough College to watch Tom Odell blow the crowd away with his emotional music. Call 01672 511106 for tickets

EVENT: The Gin To My Tonic Festival, Swindon, 23 October

Gin fans rejoice! This festival brings together over 100 different gins from across the UK and further afield for you to sample and decide which is your favourite. The event is in partnership with Fever Tree, so expect an impressive array of mixers too. Book tickets here

CRAFT: Handprinted notepad workshop, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, 23 October

You’ll walk away from this four-hour workshop with two new skills under your belt: bookbinding and rubber-stamping. First, you’ll be taught how to design and carve a rubber stamp (we think we’d make a monogrammed one) so you can create the cover of your personalised notepad, then you create the bound notepads to live inside the cover. Your bespoke notepad will be the envy of all your colleagues. Book here

EVENT: Silver Ring Workshop, Salisbury , 23 October

COMEDY: Mark Watson, Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon 24 October

Stacking rings are forever in style and this one-off class teaches you how to make two rings especially for you; one printed with a bespoke design and one smooth and timeless. Book here

If you’re in the market for some laughs this weekend, stop by the Swindon Arts Centre, where Taskmaster’s Mark Watson will be bringing the giggles on his UK tour, musing on everything from overthinking to every-day observations. Click here to book

EVENT: Chippenham Vegan Chocolate Festival and Eco Art and Craft Market, 24 October

Gone are the days when the dairy-free among us had to politely decline chocolate – there’s a whole world of plant-based treats out there now and this festival brings them together in a medley of white and milk chocolate alternatives to nibble on. There will be chocolate tasting on the day, as well as a class on how to pair chocolate with cheese. A skill we never knew we needed! Plus, if you’re up for some early Christmas shopping, check out the art and crafy wares that are also on sale. Find out more

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