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October: What’s On

Stargazing, a foodie fest, pumpkins and a woman exploring her big, strong strength – just a few things coming your way this month across Somerset and Dorset

DANCE: Screening from Sadler’s Wells, Matthew Bourne’s Red Shoes, cinemas around Somerset & Dorset, from Thurs 1 Oct

Photo by Johan Persson

Adaptation of the classic Powell and Pressburger film starring Adam Cooper, as Svengali-like Impresario ‘Boris Lermontov’ and Ashley Shaw as young dancer Victoria Page forced to choose between lurve and the dance.

FOOD: Pop-up Vietnamese Kitchen, Eastfield Farm, Tintinhull, Sat 3 Oct

Award winning personal chef Steve James takes you to the streets of Vietnam, with fried prawn cakes, veggie summer rolls, lobster salad, mushroom banh mi, caramelised pork belly, pho, sticky coconut rice and more.

ART: Nicole Eisenman, Where I was It, Shall Be, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, Sat 3 Oct – Sun 10 Jan 2021

Nicole Eisenman, Where I Was, It Shall Be, 2020, Oil on canvas. 165.1 x 208.3 cm / 65 x 82 in © Nicole Eisenman, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth Photo: Thomas Barratt

The American artist’s mixed media works on paper, sculpture and painting, with an emphasis on the allegorical.

THEATRE: Cloudscapes, Lighthouse Poole, Poole, Sat 3 Oct

Lie back on a beanbag and contemplate the ever-changing clouds above you, whilst listening to Lorna Rees of Gobbledegook Theatre telling a story laced with clouds based on a personal journey of a lifetime she took with her father. Free event.

FAMILY: Puxton Pumpkin Patch, Puxton Park, Hewish, Sat 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Oct and over half term

The fields are alive with the sight of orange pumpkins – thousands and thousands of ’em. Pick, paint.

FESTIVAL: Arts by the Sea, around Bournemouth, until Sun 4 Oct

The festival includes a fire garden, a sea of light, dance, poetry and more around Bournemouth, including Luke Jerram’s new work, In Memoriam on Sandbanks beach, from Sat 24 Sept. The sea of giant flags made of 100 bedsheets remembers those who’ve died from Covid and the NHS workers and volunteers who continue to risk their lives to help others with the virus. Poignant stuff. See the full programme here.

ART: Furious, Wild and Young: The Death of Chatterton, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Weds 7 – Sat 18 Oct

A chance to see the famous painting of Bristol-born poet Thomas Chatterton. Free. Part of A Poetic City.

THEATRE: Romeo and Juliet, Lighthouse Poole, Poole, Sat 10 Oct

Shakespeare’s tragic love story isn’t known for its laughs – until it’s in the hands of the eccentric and internationally-renowned Handlebards theatre company, that is. Unhinged, bonkers, hilarious and live.

FESTIVAL: Wells Food Festival with Charlie Bighams, online, Sat 10 & Sun 11 Oct

The foodie fest goes online, with gastromomic delights from local producers, live-streamed music, talks, competitions and cook-a-longs with Thomasina Miers, Mark HIx, Merlin Labron-Johnson and Henry Harris hosted by Masterchef judge and Telegraph columnist William Sitwell.

MARKET: The Giant Shepton Flea, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sun 11 Oct

250 stalls with all sorts of junk and period finds waiting to be discovered.

THEATRE: Betrayal by Harold Pinter, Theatre Royal Bath, Weds 14 – Sat 31 Oct

Apparently inspired by Pinter’s own affair with Joan Bakewell, the play, regarded as one of his major works, deals different permutations of betrayal relating to a couple’ seven-year affair.

OUTDOORS: Exmoor Dark Skies Festival, Exmoor National Park, Fri 16 – Sat 31 Oct

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Stargazing, night walks, night boat trips, feasts, workshops and weekends away all under Exmoor’s starry, starry night skies, said to be amongst the most spectacular in the world.

OUTDOORS: Apple Day, The Newt in Somerset, nr Bruton, Weds 21 – Sun 25 Oct

A celebration of all things apple and cyder with displays, live music, apple-themed menus and hand-pressing for you to make your own apple juice (bring your own apples if you like). Have a mooch around the whole of the splendiferous Newt while you’re here – The Viper tree-top walkway is awesome – and maybe lunch in the cafe or cyder bar.

THEATRE: Private Peaceful, Bristol Old Vic, Weds 21 – Sat 24 Oct

The Old Vic’s first new production to be staged indoors (socially distanced, natch), this is the Barn Theatre’s production of Private Peaceful, ahead of its West End transfer. Based on the modern classic by Michael Morpurgo, the play relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. Moving stuff.

COMEDY: The National Trust Fan Club, Lighthouse Poole, Thurs 22 Oct

Helen Wood’s show about her one-woman quest to visit every National Trust property and become its biggest super-fan.  

OUTDOOR CINEMA: Hocus Pocus, Leweston School, near Sherborne, Sat 24 Oct

The spooky Disney film under the stars. Don your fancy dress to get a a trick or treat sweet bag (kids) and glass of witches’ brew (grown ups). Must book ahead.

COMEDY: Jess Fostekew: Hench, Lighthouse Poole, Sat 24 Oct

The Guilty Feminist, Jessica Fostekew (Motherland, Cuckoo, Three Girls), explores her big strong strength.

FOOD: Bournemouth Vegan Festival, Boscombe, Sat 24 Oc

Over 60 stalls, world food, cookery demos, interactive workshops, yoga and children’s activities running throughout the day.

OUTDOORS: Autumn Colours Weekend, Sherborne Castle, Sat 24 & Sun 25 Oct

Stroll around the Castle’s magnificent gardens, with cameras ready for atmospheric shots of Autumnal trees reflected in the lake.

DANCE: An Evening with Kevin & Joanne Clifton, Lighthouse Poole, Sat 31 Oct

Strictly Come Dancing champion siblings sing songs, tell stories and, of course, dance. The only chance to catch the dancing duo on tour together.

FOOD: Halloween Supper Club, Castle Farm, Midford, Sat 31 Oct

Wigs and fake gore at the ready for this fright night with food. Mad prof Carl experiments in the lab, a menu of lethally concocted cocktails, a playlist to kill and terrifying trivia at your table.

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