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What’s On October


Reasons to Stay Alive, Bristol Old Vic, Tues 1 – Sat 5 Oct

Mike Noble and Dilek Rose in Reasons to Stay Alive. Photo Johan Persson.

World premiere! Matt Haig’s frank and funny bestselling memoir about depression – or how to live better, love better and feel more alive – imagined for the stage. Read our review.


Food and beer tasting menu, Henry’s Restaurant, Bath, Thurs 3 Oct

Innovative and unpretentious Henry’s restaurant and the Electric Bear Brewery have teamed up to serve a one-night four-course meal and beer tasting menu. Yum, yum, yum, hic. Book 01225 780055 or


Silent Lines, Russell Maliphant Company, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Thurs 3 Oct

Grace Jabbari. Photo Martin Collins

The Olivier Award winning contemporary dance company’s latest ground-breaking production with video artist Panagiotis Tomaras and new team of exceptional dancers.


Billionaire Boy, Theatre Royal, Bath, Thurs 3 – Sat 5 Oct  

The team who brought Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie brilliantly to the stage are back with another Walliams classic – Billionaire Boy. 12-year-old Joe Spud may get £10,000 a week pocket money and have two pet crocodiles thanks to his dad’s special toilet paper invention but he doesn’t have any friends and he sets out to try and change that with adventures along the way.  It’s aimed at aged 5+ and there are two shows a day with various prices.


Amphion Consort, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Friday 4 Oct

Yair Avidor

Yair Avidor and Jenny Bliss – aka The Amphion Consort – play early and mystical music on a giant lute and violin in the Undercroft of The Bishop’s Palace, as a response to the Heritage Courtyard Gallery ‘Re-formation’ exhibition (on until 6 Oct).  One piece uses the positions of the planets and stars at the time of the concert encoded into musical notation. Ponder on that with your drinks and canapes.


The Lobster Project, The Chequers, Bath, Fri 4 & Sat 5 Oct

Jlanghelle from PIxabay

The world’s your lobster, this weekend at least. The foodie pub showcases the Great British Lobster with eleven small plates, mains, a sharing feast and a donation to the National Lobster Hatchery. Reserve a table 01225 360017 or


Casino Night, The Candlelight Inn, Bishopswood, nr Chard, Fri 4 Oct

Greg Montani from Pixabay

Put on your tux and place your bets: blackjack, roulette and poker. A tenner a head will get you $100 chips.  All in aid of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Book 01460 234476. One of Somerset’s best pubs – read our review.


Frome Independent, around Frome, Sun 6 Oct

The massive street market – craftspeople, designers, makers, food producers and vintage traders – is one of the best in the UK.


Don Giovanni, ROH Live screening, venues around Somerset, Tues 8 Oct

Serial seducer commits murder and continues in his old ways haunted by the ghost of the dead man. Eek.

Find a screening near you.


Discovery, Andelli Art, South Horrington, nr Wells, Sat 12 – Weds 23 Oct

20th century and contemporary paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings by British and European artists on display and for sale, including Sandra Blow, Victor Pasmore, Robert Sadler, Tony O’Malley, Paul Wadsworth, RJ Lloyd and Roger Large amongst others. Gallery open Tues to Sat, 10am – 5pm.


Cyrano, Bristol Old Vic,  Sat 12  Oct– Sat 6 Nov

Man with a schnozzle enlists the help of a handsome fool to win the heart of his lady love. The epic love story returns in verse form at the ever innovative Bristol Old Vic. Tristan Sturrock (Zacky Martin in Poldark) stars.


Othello, Churchinford Village Hall, nr Taunton, Sun 13 Oct

Wesley Charles Othello. Photo Sandi Hodkinson.

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of jealousy and deception set in the Jazz Age.  Also on Weds 23 Oct at The Regal Theatre in Minehead.


Gaslight, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 14 – Sat 19 Oct

Martin Shaw and James Wilby in the classic thriller about a woman who’s being psychologically manipulated to think she’s going mad. Where the expression ‘gaslighting’ comes from.


Andy Parsons: Healing the Nation, Westlands, Yeovil, Thurs 17 Oct

Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, QI’s  Andy Parsons talks freedom of speech, tolerance, tolerance of freedom of speech, less freedom with more intolerant speech but still some tolerance in an attempt to mend the myriad divisions we face.


Bait, with a producers’ Q&A, Curzon Cinema & Arts, Clevedon, Thurs 17 Oct

A ‘genuine modern masterpiece’ according to Mark Kermode, Bait – shot on analogue clockwork 16mm film camera – follows a Cornish fisherman as he tries to preserve his heritage.  You can quiz producers Kate Byers and Linn Waite after the screening.


Nadiya Hussain: Finding My Voice, St George’s Bristol, Fri 18 Oct

GBBO chef turned TV presenter and bestselling author talks to Radio 4’s Fi Glover about her role as mother, Muslim, working woman and celebrity, and questions the barriers which many women must cross to be accepted or heard. Oh, and the £25 ticket includes a copy of her latest book.


Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair, Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, Fri 18 – Sun 20 Oct

50 of the UK’s top dealers and their vast array of traditional and decorative antiques for the house and garden converge on Haynes. Find everything from rustic folk art to mid-century design – and these Bertie Bassett lamps – in this unique interiors design hub in rural Somerset.  Get your free tickets here.


Family Morning, Hidden Woods, between Frome and Bath, Sun 20 Oct

Photo: Jess Chettham Photography.

Around 80 acres of huge oak and beech trees, burbling brooks and an abundance of plants and wildlife as well as rope swings, dens, mud kitchens and more for families with littlies. Read our review.


A Halloween Tale, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Cheddar, Weds 23 Oct – Sun 3 Nov

Help a detective duo find Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster and Bill Sikes hiding in the caves. Included in day ticket.


Halloween Half Term, Forde Abbey House and Gardens, nr Chard, Weds 23 – Thurs 31 Oct

Pumpkin rolling, a haunted trail and other spooky happenings. Included with normal admissions.


Parisien Bistro Evening, a Steve James pop up, Eastfield Farm, Tintinhull, Thurs 24 Oct

A veritable French feast – chicken liver parfait, cheese beignet, celeriac remoulade, confit duck, beef in vin rouge, dauphinoise pots, tart tartin, Paris Opera cake and more – all shared family-style. Multi-award winning chef Steve’s pop ups sell out fast, so don’t hang about.

Book here


Rambert Triple Bill, Theatre Royal Bath, Thurs 24 – Sat 26 Oct

Rambert perform PreSentient – Brenda Lee Grech and Liam Francis. Photo © Johan Persson

World class contemporary dance in Bath. Three breakthrough works by three great, distinctive choreographers: PreSentient by Wayne McGregor,  In Your Rooms by Hofesh Shechter and Rouge by French hip hop star Marion Motin.


The Great British Autumn, Longleat, nr Warminster, Sat 26 Oct – Sun 3 Nov

Giant pumpkins, a parliament of owls, Autumn-themed sand art, a chilling ghost walk through the dark corridors of Longleat House and a fireworks finale.


A Taste of Honey, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 28 Oct – Sat 2 Nov

See Shelagh Delaney’s taboo-breaking play about the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in post-war working class Salford before it transfers to the West End. Jodie Prenger (Years and Years, Citizen Khan) stars as Helen in this National Theatre production.


Courtney Pine with Zoe Rahman, St George’s Bristol, Thurs 31 Oct

Star saxophonist, all-round reeds master and international jazz legend Courtney Pine performs his acclaimed album, ‘Song’, with the original recording’s pianist, Zoe Rahman.


Yeovil Literary Festival, various venues, Thurs 31 Oct – Mon 4 Nov

Mr Glastonbury

Yeovil’s annual book fest goes from strength to strength with John Suchet, Prue Leith, Deborah Moggach, Katy Brand, Clare Balding, Konnie Huq, Adam Kay, Micheal Eavis …



Bath Children’s Literature Festival, around Bath, Fri 27 Sept – Sun 6 Oct

Some of the biggest names in children’s books and TV like Cressida Cowell, Harry Hill, Malorie Blackman, Jacqueline Wilson, Greg James of Radio1, David Baddiel, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo, who have a new book and Konnie Huq.


RE-FORMATION, Heritage Courtyard Gallery & Studios and The Bishop’s Palace, Wells,  until Sun 6 October

Clockwise from top left: Georgina glass sculptures by Carole Waller; Plastic Angel by Heather Wallace; The Negligible Things Beneath your Feet by Martin Cody; Jazz Garden by Rod Walker

The acclaimed art gallery is showcasing 25 of Somerset and the West Country’s finest contemporary artists and makers in ‘Re-formation’, an exhibition of painting, drawing, ceramics, moving image, collage, textiles, installation, print making, glass, mosaic and more.  Also on the bill, a talk by renowned print maker and mural artist Philippa Threlfall, a panel-led discussion hosted by sculptor Martin Cody, an evening reception and a concert by Jenny Bliss and Yair Avidor with The Amphion Consort. Should keep everyone busy.


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