What’s on this week
MON 30 OCT - SUN 5 NOV
War Horse, Bristol Hippodrome, to 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.
The Kite Runner, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 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
Stroud Book Festival, various locations, Stroud, Thu 2 to Sun 5 Nov
Yeah, yeah, Cheltenham may be the big cheese around here for literature festivals, but Stroud Book Festival punches well above its weight and is small but perfectly formed. Featuring the best of the best in new writing from brilliant novelists, non-fiction writers and poets to children’s writers and storytellers, there are over 30 events happening all over the town. Some of the highlights include Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee discussing what the state has ever done for you (answers on a postcard please), a sneak preview of poet Adam Horovitz’s new book and food critic Matthew Fort’s culinary travels through Italy. stroudbookfestival.org.uk
Christian Malford bonfire and firework display,Sat 4 Nov, gates open 5.30pm
Malmesbury bonfire and fireworks, Sat 4 Nov, from 6pm
£5 adults, £2 children, family ticket for up to 3 children is £12. Tel: 01666 825725
Swindon Lions fireworks spectacular, Sat 4 Nov, gates open 5.30pm, fireworks 7.15pm
Swindon Lions Club will be holding its annual fireworks show at the Polo Ground, Marlborough Road. In addition to the fireworks display there will be a funfair all evening, the band Josie and the Outlaw and food stalls selling, burgers, hot dogs, hot drinks, soft drinks, sweets and candy floss.
Fancy Dress & Fireworks Party, The Woolpack, Slad, near Stroud, Sat 4 Nov, 8pm-1am
Black Swan Arts Open 2017, Frome, to Weds 29 Nov
Browse and buy contemporary original art selected from over 900 entries by judges including writer and broadcaster Mariella Frostrup and Dea Vanagan, director of Hauser & Wirth Somerset. This is the fifteenth year of the annual competition. Everything’s for sale, priced from £90 to £12,000. Go Weds for the preview night and enjoy live music and DJs.
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