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What’s on this week: 19 – 25 Oct

There are spooks, scares and ghoulish happenings aplenty this week with haunted house tours, a ghost train and pumpkin picking, plus it's for something less spine-tingling live theatre, local exhibitions and tasty treats.

Live theatre shows, Town and Gown Cambridge, 23 and 24 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. This week you can join The Greatest Gin Masterclass with Cambridge Gin Lab on 23 Oct; and the Big Deal Comedy Night on 24 Oct.  

‘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.

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.

CULTURE: Author events at Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge, 13 and 15 October

Books

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 this week include 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 Matt Forde – author, satirist and host of the award-winning ‘The Political Party with Matt Forde’ podcast talking to Alastair Campbell (former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman) on 13 Oct about his new book Politically Homeless

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.

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 Railway24 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.

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.

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.

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.

FURTHER AFIELD 

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.

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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