What’s on this week
MON 23 - SUN 29 OCT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Wipers Times, Salisbury Playhouse, 23-28 Oct
Returning to Salisbury following a sell-out run in 2016 and direct from a West End season, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of The Somme, interspersed with comic sketches and spoofs from the vivid imagination of those on the front line. In a bombed-out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mis-pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Defying both authority and gas attacks, it proves a huge success with the troops on the Western Front.
Halloween Hunt, Puzzlewood, Coleford, Forest of Dean, Mon 23 to Sun 29 Oct
Quite frankly, I can’t think of a better place for some spooky Halloween fun than Puzzlewood, the forest that inspired JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Search the mysterious woods for witches, goblins, pumpkins and goodness knows what else all hiding in mossy gulleys, under wooden bridges, in spooky trees and next to secret benches. And there are prizes! No need to book, just turn up. puzzlewood.net
Monstersaurus, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Wed 25 Oct
This brand new show from the creators of Aliens Wear Underpants follows young inventor Monty as he creates a whole new world of wacky inventions and incredible monsters. Lots of on-stage hilarity, music and audience participation. Perfect half-term fodder for your own little monsters. rosestheatre.org
Ben Waters And Very Special Guests, Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, Thu 26 Oct
One of Jools Holland’s top ten favourites of all time, Ben Waters has played including Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones and, er, Mick Hucknall. It was a sell-out gig last year, who’s going to be the very special guest this year? bacontheatre.ticketsolve.com
Russian State Ballet, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Thu 26 to Sat 28 Oct
The classical ballet troupe is doing a run of three nights at Cheltenham’s Everyman kicking off on with The Nutcracker on Thursday 26 (Christmas comes early), Romeo & Juliet on Friday and Swan Lake on Saturday. From the magic of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to Prokofiev’s evocative scores and the tragic story of Odette and Odile, the always mesmerising productions, accompanied by a live orchestra, never fails to delight. everymantheatre.org.uk
Salisbury Literary Festival, Salisbury, Fri 27 – Sun 29 Oct
Done Marlborough? Done Cheltenham? Well, you’re not done yet. Salisbury Literary Festival is bringing out the big guns with Philippa Gregory, Joanna Cannon and Muddy fave Sarah Winman. There are loads of events for kids, including Melinda Salisbury and the super-cool Nick Ostler and Mark Huckerby. Budding writers, don’t forget to enter the Salisbury Story Prize, with categories for all ages.
The Hive, Trowbridge, Sat 28 Oct
Join in the spook-tastic festivities at The Hive, with a spooky champagne party at 2pm.
Rocky Horror Show, The Malthouse Bar & Kitchen, Stroud, Fri 27 Oct
Love a bit of Rocky Horror Show and you definitely need a crowd to get into the spirit, so The Malthouse is an ideal venue as you get to stuff your face with its brunch-style fare too. Dinner is between 5pm and 7pm – a main dish and side are included in the ticket price; drinks aren’t malheureusement – and the film kicks off at 7.30pm. The perfect October Friday night! stroudmalthouse.com
Lacock Modern Gift Fair, Lacock, 28 Oct
Modern Gift Fair full of interesting quality products ranging from home textiles to handmade skincare. Pop in and visit us while walking around the beautiful National Trust village of Lacock.
Salisbury Music Awards, Salisbury Arts Centre, 28 Oct
Join them for an eclectic night of music celebrating the finest acts in Salisbury.
Mexican – Night of the Dead, Devizes, 31 Oct
Celebrate a truly amazing Night of the Dead with Peter Vaughan of Vaughan’s Kitchen.
The Kite Runner, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Tue 31 Oct to Sat 4 Nov
A haunting tale of two childhood friends whose lives are shattered by a terrible incident, this stripped-down stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling novel left weeping West End audiences in its wake. Bring the tissues and go easy on the mascara. everymantheatre.org.uk
Still Lifes Michael Martin & Gaynor Dowling, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, until Sun 5 Nov
The sublime sculpture of this local duo who create beautifully textured, hand-carved wooden vessels from their studio in Stroud will take your breath away. And you’ll definitely want to take one home with you, so come after pay day. thechapelarts.com
Judy Pfaff: Roots Up, Messums Wiltshire, Tisbury, until Sun 26 Nov
Judy Pfaff’s Roots Up exhibition, which also features paintings and drawings by her, is the first one American Pfaff has held in the UK. There has been two years of preparation for the exhibition, it will take three weeks to install and the installation process is being recorded and documented as it happens. messumswiltshire.com
Softer: Jenny Holzer Exhibition at Blenheim Palace, until Sun 31 Dec
The fourth artist to to showcase contemporary art at Blenheim Palace (my kids still talk about Ai Wei Wei back in 2015), Holzer will be creating new work directly addressing our military and political history – eeek! For this show she’s developing large-scale light projections that will transform the Formal Gardens after dark in a series of night time public events. Sounds cool right? Plus visitors can also explore more meditative areas featuring examples of Holzer’s best known work. blenheimpalace.com
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Diamond Masterclass by Shen London, Calcot Manor, Wed 1 Nov
Learn about high-end jewellery design and sourcing rare diamonds at this swish event by diamond gurus Shen London hosted by the impossibly luxurious Calcot Manor. There’s bubbly and lunch and you can bring your own rocks for scrutiny. But I’m thinking new purchases! What with Christmas coming up and diamonds being a girl’s (and woman in her forties’) best friend. And, frankly, Shen’s Goddess Collection, which will be on display in all its glory, has my name on it. You hear that Mr Muddy? £50 per person. Tel: 01666 890391; email: email@example.com; calcot.co
Relax.create, Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, 2 Nov
Treat yourself to a special day to help you unwind, enjoy fun company, de-stress and learn a new skill all in the beautiful surroundings of the Larmer Tree Gardens. Join Lucy Bennett of Made By Lucy and Josie from Worry Free for a creative wellness retreat and take some time out. Go on, you’re worth it!
Spa Christmas Shopping, Woolley Grange, Bradford on Avon, 2 Nov
A festive glass of prosecco, nibbles, fabulous Christmas gifts, Elemis BIOTEC facial demos, plus 20% off Elemis products and lots more great offers. What more can you ask for?