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What’s on: October 2020

Hello October, old friend. On the roster this month we have foodie fun galore, virtual theatre, Halloween antics and a string of excellent exhibitions. You ready? Let's go!

Cookery classes at Cambridge Cookery and Two Magpies Bakery, throughout October

Two Magpies Bakery pizza

We’re all cooking at home an awful lot more since lockdown, so now is a really good time to brush up on your culinary skills. We’ve got two brilliant cook schools in our Little Black Book here at Muddy Stilettos Cambs & Suffolk – Cambridge Cookery and Two Magpies Bakery (who have just cut the ribbon on a new Bake School at their Darsham site). This month, there’s a whole host of amazing classes to book yourself onto or give as a gift to a loved one (who cooks for you!)…

Cambridge Cookery classes

Kick Start Kitchen Confidence – 10 October; Pasta Perfection – 24 October; Terrific Traybakes for Kids – 27 October and Parent & Child French Baking 28 October. See website for even more amazing classes.

Two Magpies Bake School classes

cakes at two magpies bakery

Pizza Masterclass – 3 October; Dedicated to Doughnuts – 3 October; Intro to Sourdough – 14 October; Continental Baking – 15 October; Gluten Free – 20 October; Scandinavian Baking – 22 October; and Bagels & Pretzels – 23 October.

Gaia (Earth Artwork), The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 3 – 18 October

hot gossip

Fancy seeing the earth from a different perspective after months looking at the same four walls? You could either book a ticket on Branson’s Virgin Galactic moon holiday, or for something cheaper and less daring try standing in front of the world like this man next month when Gaia, an enormous and awe-inspiring spherical sculpture of our planet Earth, is installed at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds from 3 to 18 October. Gaia has recently been shown in Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan and at the Natural History Museum in London and this amazing piece of rotating art, created by UK artist Luke Jerram, is 7 metres in diameter, will give you a sense of the ‘Overview Effect’ as experienced by astronauts.

David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet World Premiere Screening with Q&A featuring Michael Palin, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, 1 – 3 October

David Attenborough A Life On Our Planet

If you missed Sir David Attenborough’s leap into Instagram this week to promote his forthcoming film A Life On Our Planet (seriously though, where have you been?), then leave space in the diary for Firstsite’s series of premiere screenings this week. Showing on three dates (1, 2 and 3 October from 7:30pm, 12:30pm and 6:50pm), this critical watch will walk us through some of the extraordinary experiences Sir David has enjoyed in the wild – and expose both the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist, and the devastating changes he has seen as a result of climate crisis. It’s a thought-provoking must-see.

Live theatre shows, Town and Gown Cambridge, throughout October

Yes you heard right, actual live theatre shows to go along to people! This is all thanks to the brand spanking new Town & Gown Pub and Theatre venue that has just opened in Cambridge. The top floor of this fabulous new venture houses a 100-seater auditorium and while Covid means audience numbers are restricted you can still get your hands on tickets for the following events this month: Mr B. The Gentleman Rhymer (9 and 10 Oct); Bingo at Tiffany’s with Audrey Heartburn (16 and 29 Oct); Cabaret Whore (16 Oct); The Greatest Gin Masterclass with Cambridge Gin Lab (23 Oct); Big Deal Comedy Night (24 Oct); Dracula One Bloody Fang After Another (30 and 31 October). Go, go, go…!

‘Rule of Six’ Chef’s Table, Parker’s Tavern, Cambridge

Parker’s Tavern at The University Arms Hotel has introduced a new Top Table dining concept (that handily complies with Boris’s new rule of six). Up to six people can enjoy a five-course bespoke menu from super star chef Tristan Welch, starting with some seasonal snacks and a complementary bottle of champagne, all for a very reasonable £58pp. Book here.

CULTURE: Author events at Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge, throughout October


Heffers Bookshop in Cambridge has another stellar online line-up of literary stars to see you through October. The online talks and events start on 1 Oct and run until 29th. The events include acclaimed North Water author Ian McGuire in conversation with John McAuliffe (Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester) talking about his new novel The Abstainer on 1 Oct; Join Brian Dillon in conversation with Stuart Kelly, author and literary editor of Scotland on Sunday talking about his new book Suppose A Sentence – a series of essays asking what the sentence is today on 15 October; and The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale on 29 October. Other events and more details can be found here.

EXHIBITION: 12th Sci-Fi and Action exhibition, Moyse’s Hall, Bury St Edmunds, 24 Oct – 20 December

Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds strikes back with its 12th annual Sci-Fi and Action Exhibition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the second Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back. The exhibition will feature a display of props and memorabilia from the movie that introduced us to Yoda, AT-AT walkers and a shocking family revelation that set the world talking.

Beckie Reed at Byard Art, Cambridge, until 4 Oct

Beckie Reed ‘Moment of Solitude’

If you can’t stop staring at this exquisite piece of art by Cambridgeshire-based artist Beckie Reed you’ll want to get yourself down to Byard Art to see her long-awaited solo show this month. The exhibition showcases Beckie’s incredible treescapes, inspired by her walks through forests.

ARTS: Arts and Crafts workshops, Art & Soul cafe, St Neots

Sammi Sparke Photography

Art & Soul Cafe is open again and hosting some fun craft workshops throughout October including Micro Macrame for Beginners on 3 Oct and Creative Mixed Media on 10 and 24 Oct.

HALLOWEEN: Spooky Saxons, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, 24 Oct – 1 Nov

west stow anglo saxon village

You’ll find some half term horrors lurking amongst the houses of West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, near Bury St Edmunds this half term. Families can also take part in the Spooky Saxons activities including quizzes and stories and the chance to cast the last rune in the Witchy Workshop.

West Stow are also hosting The Real Middle-Earth Tour on 25 Oct at 1pm, where you can find out about the links between Tolkien and the Anglo-Saxon world on a guided tour from a member of the Tolkien Society and a Middle-earth enthusiast.

HALLOWEEN: Spooky Audley End, Audley End House, Saffron Walden, 24 Oct – 1 Nov

Audley end at night

Gather your little monsters, ahem darlings, for a ghoulishly good day out at Audley End House, which can be decidedly creepy after dark. There’s a trail with creepy clues to solve and the chance to gather round in a socially distanced fashion to listen to spooky stories. There’s a daily fancy dress competition too, so better get that sewing machine out pronto.

HALLOWEEN: Halloween Spooktacular 2020, Audley End Miniature Railway, 24 Oct – 1 Nov

Audley End House certainly knows how to do a themed event. Their miniature railway will be transformed from 24th October – 1st November into a ghost train, where kids journey on the haunted Halloween Express with trick or treat bags to visit the witches in their haunted house. Fancy dress is very much encouraged. The craft tent is in action as always, so little monsters can create a creepy craft, have their faces painted, test out their thriller dance moves and listen to a spooky tale.

HALLOWEEN: Crafty Foxes Halloween workshops, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 30 and 31 October

Now here’s a good idea – let your little devils make a big old mess outside your house with this craft workshop on 30 and 31 October at Bury St Edmunds’ The Apex run by The Crafty Foxes. Kids ages 7+ can go to town painting a pumpkin on the 30th, while kids under 7 can try their hand at making a spooky bat, ghostly treat or monster lantern. Old clothes are encouraged! Tickets for both workshops are £15 per child including a cold drink and biscuit.

HALLOWEEN: Skylark Week of Wickedness, 24th October – 1st Nov, March, Cambs

It wouldn’t be halloween without some pumpkin picking and carving. Get the kids to do the hard work for you by taking them to the Pumpkin Carving Workshops at Skylark Maize Maze and Funyard. The week of wickedness also includes a magic show, haunted tractor rides, den building and pig racing (you know that classic halloween activity!).

HALLOWEEN: Ghost tours and spooky Framlingham Castle, Framlingham, 28 – 31 Oct and 24 Oct – 1 Nov

Something for the adults and kids this halloween at Framlingham Castle. Ghost tours for anyone 16+ start on 28 Oct where you can follow storytellers on a bone-chilling journey through the past around the castle recounting tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history, crikey! All you need is a torch. For the little ones things are a little less scary with a slightly less intense trail with creepy clues to be solved as well as a fancy dress competition.

HALLOWEEN: Scarewell at Sacrewell Farm, near Peterborough, 24 Oct – 1 Nov

Sacrewell Farm’s Halloween offering includes the chance to grab a wheelbarrow and visit the giant pumpkin patch then get creative in the carving tent. There’s also a Spooky Mill Walk and the opportunity to make some ghoulish-themed chocolates.

HALLOWEEN: A Spooktacular Halloween Weekend! at Cambridge Science Centre, 31 Oct – 1 Nov

Cambridge Science Centre is embracing the spookiest weekend of the year with special sessions for 7-11 year olds that include ghoulish slime making, some screamingly-good Halloween demonstrations and a mix of other spooktacular activities.

HALLOWEEN: Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 24 Oct – 1 Nov

Remember Where’s Wally, well he’s still lost believe it or not and this half term you can Join a spooky search for Wally at The Fitzwilliam Museum. It’s part of the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, organised by Kids in Museums and Walker Books, to celebrate the release of the new Where’s Wally? book, Spooky Spotlight Search.

SPORT: Newmarket Gold Season at Home, 3 and 9-10 October, Virtual Event

The racing season has been a bit of a strange one this year but you can still get your fix of the gee gees at home live from Newmarket this autumn starting with the Sun Chariot Day on 3 October, followed by Dubai Future Champions Festival, from 9 – 10 October. The Jockey Club has set up a really handy Racing at Home Hub so you can still get involved (just from the sofa rather than the grandstand!).

KIDS: 1000 Tiny Fun Palaces, Nationwide, 3 and 4 October

This national campaign from 3 – 4 Oct is all about sharing creative skills in the community through free workshops, tasters, talks and special events, and there’s a few digital and live events going on in Cambs and Suffolk for adults and kids. The Horse Racing Museum is encouraging people to make and share a Mini Museum of Me, there’s an animal trail taking place in Chesterton, Cambs and in Wisbech there’s a Wisbech Radicals Fun Palace. Just search by area on the main site to find out what’s happening near you.

THEATRE: What a Carve Up!, Virtual Showing produced by The Barn Theatre, Lawrence Batley Theatre and New Wolsey Theatre, 31 Oct – 29 Nov

If you’ve been craving some good theatre you’ll be pleased to hear that you can virtually attend this murder mystery show from 31 October, which has somehow been produced by cast members recording their own parts in isolation! The premise of the show – “January 1991. Six people are dead. Murdered. One thing in common – they are members of one of the most corrupt, powerful and toxic families in the country. One prime suspect – the celebrated writer in the middle of compiling a history of the family. A simple open and shut case? Anything but.” Book to receive your link here.

FOOD & DRINK: Suffolk Farmer’s Market, 17 October, Trinity Park, Ipswich

The Suffolk Farmer’s Market is back in the giant Cattle Sheds at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on October 17th with its usual range of stalls selling all the best local produce, hot food and handmade crafts. Full social distancing measures will be in place.

EXHIBITION: Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, until 8 Nov

portrait of ed sheeran

We’re rather proud of our Suffolk son, Ed Sheeran, so proud in fact that we’ve had an entire exhibition devoted to his work running for months in Ipswich to coincide with the four coming home performances he did in 2019. The exhibition features portraits by artist Colin Davidson, photography by Mark Surridge and personal items portraying the journey from Ed’s school life in Suffolk to international stardom.

EXHIBITION: The Good Companions: The many roles of our canine friends, National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket, until 1 November

Violet Munnings on Exmoor, c1924, by Sir Alfred Munnings, copyright the estate of Sir Alfred Munnings, Dedham, Essex

If you love dogs as much as we do, this will be a must-attend exhibition. The Good Companions: The Many Roles of our Canine Friends opened on 28 July and is a compelling and engaging exploration of our relationship with dogs down the centuries. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawing, sculptures, photographs, books and objects, even taxidermy of four-legged friends, all depicting our favourite furry friends. Book here.


KIDS: Brick or Treat, Legoland, Windsor, 15 Oct – 8 Nov 

I’ve run out of jokes about Brick or Treat – that’s how long this Legoland event has been running! Lots of spooky(ish) additions to the park, plus new for 2020, there’s a brand new dance extravaganza The Haunted Lighthouse Halloween Show and a new scary character, Scarecrow.

ART: START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, 21-25 Oct

Hey Queenie, nice nose ring! This cool, contemporary art fair, which takes pieces from London’s top galleries, will go ahead this year with social distancing measures and an exceptional line up of artists including  Lincoln Townley,  Erika Navas and Nat Bowen. In addition to START Art Fair, Korean Eye’s 2020 exhibition Creativity and Daydream will be on show having travelled from The State Hermitage in St Petersburg after a six-month stay, featuring a wealth of emerging and established talent from South Korea. 

EXHIBITION: Among The Trees, The Hayward Gallery, Southbank, until 31 Oct 

From Colombian rainforests and remote Japanese islands to olive orchards in Israel and a 9,550-year-old spruce in Sweden, this mixed media exhibition explores trees relationship to humans, featuring work from 37 international artists. You’re right on the Southbank so plenty of foodie options to head to after your culture fix.

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