Fri 11 - Sun 13 October
THEATRE: The Laramie Project, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 8 – 12 October
Get ready for an evening of heavy, yet captivating theatre as The New Wolsey Young Company present a play about one of America’s most famous hate crimes. Bring tissues, it’s a moving piece of theatre that takes you on a rollercoaster as it reveals the lowest depths of hatred and the greatest heights of compassion that exists in a community. Strong stuff.
THEATRE: Wireless Wise, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 12 October
Love at a bit of Radio 4 (go on, admit it, we all do deep down)? Well you can join in a celebration of this stalwart of British culture with this show that brings BBC Radio’s Garry Richardson, Charlotte Greene, Alistair McGowan, the Reverend Richard Coles and special guests together to reminisce in a show packed with hilarious anecdotes, sketches and music.
SPORT: Dubai Future Champions Festival, Newmarket, 11 – 12 October
The racing season is coming to a spectacular end at Newmarket this autumn starting with the Dubai Future Champions Festival, from 11 – 12 October. Friday is Ladies Days, so pull out your dress coat and smart boots and have a second go of the year at being best-dressed lady. It’s a chance to discover new racing talent (and have absolutely no idea what to bet on!!) – Frankel was a previous champion here.
FESTIVALS: Kersey Harvest Flower Festival, Kersey, 12 -13 October
Harvest festivals are in full swing during October and one of the prettiest to attend is Kersey Harvest Flower Festival at St Mary’s Church from 12 – 13 October. The medieval church is rather stunning on it own, but during the festival it is adorned with incredible floral tributes.
ARTS & CULTURE: The Library Presents, throughout Cambridgeshire, October
Libraries have had their day? I don’t think so… The Library Presents is the autumn programme from 23 of Cambridgeshire’s libraries and runs throughout the month of Oct, Nov and into December. You’ll find all sorts of arts, dance, magic, comedy and theatre events to attend. On the 23 October there’s a family day in Ely, which is not to be missed!
SPORT: Race for Wildlife, RSPB Lakenheath Reserve, 13 October
I always find exercise easier if it’s for a good cause (ok, I’m lying, I never find exercise easy!), but you might, so the RSPB’s Race for Wildlife might be right up your street. On the 13 October there are two multi-terrain runs around the beautiful RSPB Lakenheath Reserve – a 10km and a 5km, all in aid of the amazing wildlife that you can see there. A nicely timed kingfisher spotting would really spur you on at the 9km mark!
MUSIC: Lissie When I’m Alone, Emmanuel United Reform Church, Cambridge, 13 October
Remember Lissie from the Twinings Tea ad? You know, she covered Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way (and sung it better in my humble opinion!). Well she’s bringing her American folk rock to Camnbridge’s Emmanuel United Reform Church on 13 October with her latest project When I’m Alone: The Piano Retropsective. An incredible opportunity to see a star in an intimate setting.
ART & EXHIBITIONS
Vogue fashion and portrait photographer Tim Walker‘s enchanting, fantastical, frankly insane work is the subject of a new V&A exhibition (until 8 March). Tilda Swinton, Björk and, er, Sir David Attenborough are among his subjects and he’s also created 10 new works for the show.
Meanwhile this autumn’s big-hitter is William Blake at Tate Britain, below, (until 2 Feb 2020). The visionary painter and poet’s work will be imaginatively displayed – some of it blown up to enormous scale using digital technology, other works in an immersive room that recreates the space in which Blake first showed his art in 1809.
Elsewhere Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art at the Barbican (4 Oct – 19 Jan) is probably the nearest I’ll get to clubbing this autumn. It’s such a cool concept – a history of cabarets, clubs, dancefloors and party spaces that inspired artists from the 1880s to the 1960s, including the Berlin cabaret scene in Weimar Germany and Harlem’s jazz clubs and lifesize recreations of some of the hotspots.
And finally, playing “spot the Angel Of The North” as we drive up the A1 to Newcastle is a family ritual in our house (Geordie in-laws, you see), so I’ve got a soft spot for Antony Gormley’s striking sculpture. His new show at the Royal Academy (until 3 Dec) is billed as his most ambitious in a decade and involves six tonnes of steel mesh, eight km of coiled tubing and a gallery flooded with clay and sea water. Blimey!