What’s on this week
MON 16 - SUN 22 OCT
Rockbourne Fair, Salisbury, 18-20 Oct
Christmas Shopping fair. Over 90 stalls selling gorgeous clothes, unique gifts and tempting treats! A great day out, have lunch in the restuarant and shop, shop, shop!
War Horse, Bristol Hippodrome, Weds 18 Oct–Sat 11 Nov
After young Albert’s beloved horse Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped over to France during WW1, he sets off on a dangerous mission to find him and bring him home. Be prepared to shed a tear. We’ll be reviewing the show on opening night, so watch this space. Want to know how they created the horses? There’s a 2-hour family workshop on Sat 21 Oct.
Lulu: All About the Music, Salisbury City Hall, 19 Oct
Following on from her smash hit 2016 tour Lulu returns with her biggest tour yet. There is one overriding influence in the life of this acclaimed singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, Grammy and Novello Award nominee, and that is, it has always been ‘All About the Music.’
Half Term Fun, Avebury, Marlborough, 19-29 Oct
Goosebumps and tremors, cat trials and mummer’s masks, children will love the atmosphere at Avebury this half term. With a chance to make a mask and win a spooky prize as part of a trial, there is guaranteed fun for all.
Indian Diwali Supper Club, Harts Barn Cookery School, Fri 20 Oct
I don’t need much excuse to feast on samosas, veg curry and popadoms, but this looks like an excellent opportunity to enjoy topnotch Indian food and celebrate the Hindu festival of lights in style. Harts Barn supper clubs are a fab night out – fun and friendly and The Apple Barn dining area gets a massive Muddy tick for quirkiness. There’s also a loyalty scheme – you get a culinary passport to be stamped each time you visit and your eighth meal is absolutely free. Genius! hartsbarncookeryschool.co.uk
Voodoo VaudEvil, The Circus of Horrors, Wookey Hole, nr Wells, Fri 20–Sat 21 Oct
Trashy, bizarre, steam punk horror circus mash up of wincingly gruesome acts, burlesque and live rock music. Bloody good fun for those that like that sort of thing (they won Simon’s heart on Britain’s Got Talenta few years back). Me? I’ll take a cuppa and an episode of The Archers. Not suitable for under 16s.
Autumn Festival, Rococo Gardens, Painswick, Fri 20 to Sun 22 Oct
The gorgeous Rococo Gardens’ annual celebration of everything harvest is the perfect way to kick off the half-term holiday. Apple juicing, heritage produce display and tasting, plus the special magic of the gardens in late October. Normal admission, just turn up and enjoy. rococogarden.org.uk
Peter and the Wolf, Salisbury Playhouse, 21 Oct
Peter and Grandad have gone camping for the weekend. Grandad says stick to the campsite but Peter has other ideas…Join Peter on a hilarious adventure through the fields and forest as he discovers new sounds and noises. Featuring animal antics of singing birds, waddling ducks, sneaky cats, and a rocking wolf. With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you’ve never seen it before.
Apple Pressing Day, Woolley Grange, Bradford on Avon, 21 Oct
Join them in the Good Life Garden pressing apples from the orchard to make Woolley Apple Juice. Coffee and
homemade apple cake on sale…tempted?
The Great British Autumn, Longleat, 21-29 Oct
The perfect day out for the whole family. The Longhouse will be playing host to some feathery visitors; Barn and Tawney Owls. Throughout the week you’ll be able to come and meet these stunning birds, learn all about what they get up to during the long autumn nights, and even see them in action in one of our live demonstrations.
Haunted Half Term, Old Sarum, Salisbury, 21-29 Oct
Bring your little horrors this Halloween half term and wander the haunted landscape of Old Sarum. Discover some ghoulish goings-on and spooky happenings while hearing about Old Sarum’s eerie former residents.
Fast Love: A Tribute To George Michael, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Sat 21 Oct
I’ll never forget the first time I saw Wham on Top Of The Pops and fell in love with George Michael’s ‘wham, bam, I am a man’ rap. It wasn’t until years later that I realised I was never going to be his cup of tea *choke*. This tribute to the late pop legend is bound to be bittersweet and by the time Careless Whisper comes on, I bet there won’t be a dry eye in the house. rosestheatre.org
Last Man Standing, Trowbridge, 21 Oct
Last Man Standing draws from the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, as well as The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett. The performance is about living for the moment, about appreciating every second and enjoying life while it lasts.
Pumpkin Week, Roves Farm, Swindon, 21-29 Oct
Carve a pumpkin and leave the mess with them…Choose, design and create your very own spooky pumpkin to take home.
Spooky Salisbury, Tours around Salisbury, 21-30 Oct
Salisbury has an amazing collection of ghosts. Join us as we search for Salisbury’s secretive ghosts and listen to spine chilling tales of hauntings and gruesome happenings from the City’s past. These tours include tales of witches, wizards, ghosts and the violent death of the Duke of Buckingham plus much more…Explore hidden parts of the haunted City and hear of things that go bump in the night.
The Night Pirates, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 23-24 Oct
Adapted from the best-selling children’s book by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright, The Night Pirates tells the tale of a group of little girl pirates who descend on a young boy called Tom at bedtime. Eager to join the pirate adventure, Tom uses his house as a pirate ship and sets sail to retrieve stolen treasure from Captain Patch and the bumbling grown-up pirates.
Peter Waldron: Odyssey, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Wed 11 Oct to Sat 18 Nov
Swindon-based artist Peter Waldron’s bold, abstract paintings are inspired by the rhythm, colour and energy of natural forms. This exhibition explores the artist’s life and career to date and brings together a selection of his paintings and drawings. swindonmuseumandartgallery.org.uk
Our View Art Exhibition, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey, 3-25 Oct
Take10 Artists are celebrating 15 years of painting together in different locations, both at home and abroad. Their paintings explore the world around us and express their diverse interests and styles through the use of a variety of media. In this selling exhibition browse their artwork and chat to the artists.
FEASTival, Bradford on Avon, 2 Oct – 4 Nov
Celebrating all the welcoming and wonderful food and drink outlets in the Bradford on Avon area. Get your FEASTival Passport stamped at the outlets from now until the Prize Draw on Saturday 4 November.
Creative Workshops, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, throughout Oct
Check out the new workshops at Fisherton this month – you’ve got to be a tad more creative than me to get stuck in but they include knitting, glass workshops, jewellery and hand-painting furniture.