Relaxed coffee and pastries & informal tips from expert Stefan Marjoram
Relaxed coffee and pastries & informal tips from expert Stefan Marjoram
Bath Bristol Chew Valley Mendip Hills PLACES Wells WHAT'S ON

What’s on the first weekend of October?

Autumn is upon us but no slowing down around the Mendips, Bath, Bristol and Somerset.  There’s something for all; drama, classic literature, comedy, children’s authors, burlesque and open studios.  Read on for some great ideas of things to do this weekend…

What could be more fun than to sit doodling with your family or friends, a mug of coffee and a freshly baked pastry by your side? There may be some informal drawing lessons but this is really just about having fun together. It’s free to join in and drawing materials will be provided – there is just a small charge for any refreshments. If the weather is nice and plenty of people turn up we’ll probably be outside so bring suitable clothes. No need to book – just turn up at the newly opened Tanyard Studio, Lower Langford.

Yeo Valley are holding their second Yeopen Day of  2016 on Sunday 2 October.  These popular days are a chance to look around the stunning Holt Gardens in Ubley as well as Yeo Valley HQ in Blagdon.  There’ll be cookery demos at the Canteen, talks, and lots of local suppliers will be sampling, and selling too.  At the gardens visit the art exhibition, enjoy the children’s trail, have a cuppa in the cafe by the potager or just wander around and take in the autumn in the valley.

Yeo Valley's Yeopen Day is on Sunday 2 October
Yeo Valley’s Yeopen Day is on Sunday 2 October

If it’s big names and stories you’re after then Bath has it this weekend. Felicity Kendal stars in A Room with a View at Bath Theatre Royal.  The E.M. Forster tale is a classic, so take a chance to see it while it is in Bath, from 28 September until 8 October.

The Bath Children’s literature festival has something for all ages from little ones to teens with writers like Holly Webb, David Walliams, Malorie Blackman and Simon Mayo and Robert Muchamore here in Bath to tell their tales.

Harvey’s Scarecrow Festival around the Chew Valley and Wrington Vale is a fun trail and a chance to remember Harvey and fundraise for A Sibling’s Wish.  This year the theme is ‘story time’, and the scarecrows grow ever more inventive – so go scarecrow spotting and donate to this good cause.

Miles Jupp comes to the west with his dry humour.  Including; astronauts, regrets, the sexes, social media, hipsters, poo, rage, medicine, manners, identity, lost stuff, other stuff.  At the Redgrave Theatre, Bristol.

Comedy continues at Bristol’s Old Vic, but this time of love and manners.  In the summer streets of Bath, social climber and “pineapple of politeness” Mrs Malaprop is determined to make her niece Lydia Languish a fortuitous match.  The Rivals is until the 2 October.

Be inspired by Somerset Open Studios Somerset Art open week focuses on artists in their working environment on now until Sunday 2 October. See how artists make their work, their inspiration and the creative process.  There are 211 venues around Somerset so you will need more than a week to see them all!

Celebrate local art and craft.  Made in North Somerset celebrates food, drink, art and craft across North Somerset at Tyntesfield this weekend.

Roll up Roll up! Burlesque Wonderland is coming to Bristol at the Fleece! A flamboyant and exciting burlesque night awaits you…Dress up and bring your best Cheshire smile and Mad Hats to our Alice in Wonderland opening night! With vintage DJs, singers, belly dancers, drag queens, fire performers on top of a headline act from Kitty Kane, this promises to be a night to remember.

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