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Mon 7 - Sun 13 October

FESTIVAL: Film Feast, Suffolk, 7 October 

Love food, drink and films? Who doesn’t? Then get yourself along to Film Feast, a festival in Suffolk that celebrates those three things. Over three days, 4 – 7 October, you can see films from around the world – feature films, documentaries and short films, all on the subject of food and drink and screenings taking place at independent cinemas and independent cafes and restaurants. The best bit? You won’t go hungry. Film-goers get to enjoy delicious locally-sourced menus inspired by the film your watching!


SHOPPING: Opening of the Christmas Department, Scotsdales, Great Shelford, 9 October 

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but the arrival of October means we’re only two months away from Christmas (*gulp*). Kicking things off in their usual fantastical style is Scotsdales Garden Centre in Great Shelford, who are opening their magical Christmas department on 9 October. You can be one of the first to see what they’ve come up with this year and also get 10% off all purchases. There’s also a harpist to provide the music while you enjoy your first mulled wine and mince pie of the season.


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 

Ingo’s War by Ditto Theatre Company – part of The Library Presents autumn season

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!


MUSIC: Gary Numan, Cambridge Corn Exchange, 7 October 

Gary Numan, pioneer of electronic music, is playing a special 40th Anniversary gig at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on 7 October. Yep, that’s right, 40 years since his first tour. How old do you feel right now? Not too old to miss this gig surely?


THEATRE: Two Trains Running, Ipswich Regent Theatre, 7 October 

“There’s a controversial new president in the White House, and racial tensions are on the rise.” Nope we’re not talking about modern day Trump, this is a play, Two Trains Running, at Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre on 7 Oct, set in 1969, written by American playwright, August Wilson about the struggle of everyday lives in a period of political uncertainty.


MUSIC: An Evening with Lesley Garrett, Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, 9 October  

Here’s a woman with a set of lungs on her and a repertoire that’s seen as many reinventions as Madonna. Lesley Garrett limbers up her vocal chords for a night of song and conversation about her career to date in An evening with Lesley Garrett at Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden on the 9 Oct. You might want to bring those earplugs if you’ve got front row seats though as she can sure belt out a note or two!


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.




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!


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