From al fresco films and classic theatre to food festivals and unmissable exhibitions, autumn is shaping up to be an eventful season. These are the events you really won't want to miss.
With summer behind us, we’ve done our research and rounded up the very best of what’s on as we head into winter. These are the events you really won’t want to miss.
A Woman of No Importance
Cambridge Arts Theatre
An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques in Oscar Wilde’s sublimely funny and compelling drama. A Woman of No Importance is a marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama, starring national treasure Liza Goddard and directed by Classic Spring’s Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole.
Hidden Cambridge Food Tour
2nd Saturday of the month
Cambridge Food Tour
Taste your way around the hidden gems of Cambridge on this fun four-hour food tour. Head off the beaten path and away from the crowds to discover delicious food such as pastel de nata, Indian street food and the best Croque Monsieur in town.
Christmas Gift & Food Fair
Now in its eighth year, this popular event is widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia’s exceptional Christmas shopping experiences. Browse and buy from over 120 bespoke trade stalls tucked into the Cathedral’s magniﬁcent nave, its famous Lady Chapel and a heated marquee in the beautiful Cathedral grounds.
Nottingham Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival
Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
The Nottingham Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival is back and better than ever. Held for the first time in the Motorpoint Arena, the festivities this year will take place across two large outdoor areas, the Backstage Beer Garden, with brewery bars, food and live music, and the Bolero Square village which also offers various bars, stalls and live music. There will also be over a thousand different casks of real ales - the largest selection of any festival in the world - as well traditional ciders and a gin bar.
Nature & Beauty Exhibition
White Wall Galleries
The latest exhibition from White Wall Galleries celebrates the natural beauty of nature with original artworks and limited edition pieces. Whitewall Galleries offers beautiful and innovative original paintings, collectable editions and sculptures from internationally acclaimed artists alongside the most exciting emerging talents through a nationwide network of over 40 galleries.
1 October - 31 January
The Collection Museum and the Usher Gallery
Following the huge success of Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition in 2015 and Battles and Dynasties in 2017, the Historic Lincoln Trust presents an unmissable exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Lincoln Street Food Festival
Lincoln High Street
This September sees Lincoln High Street become a smorgasbord of food and drink from around the world as the Lincoln Street Food Festival returns for four deliciously jam-packed days. With everything from Spanish and Greek to Chinese and Mexican cuisines, the festival is open all day for breakfast, lunch, light bites and more.
Norfolk Walking and Cycling Festival
Now in its fifth year, the Norfolk Walking and Cycling Festival returns for a month-long exploration of the area by way of unmissable walking and cycling events. Locals and tourists alike are invited to don the walking boots or jump on the pedals across coast, country, fen and forest in this popular festival for all ages.
Thursford Christmas Spectacular
6 November - 23 December
This festive extravaganza of music, variety, dance and comedy is the largest Christmas show outside London. Expect non-stop singing, humour and variety in this monumental celebration of the festive season. With a cast of 120, this is the biggest Christmas show of it’s kind in Europe.
The Greatest Showman
Roll up, roll up for the ultimate open air cinema favourite, The Greatest Showman. The family smash hit will be screened at Cowley Manor for an unforgettable evening of fun, frivolity and toe-tapping music include The Greatest Show, Never Enough, ‘Rewrite The Stars, and of course This Is Me. Hungry appetites will be satiated by gourmet hotdogs plus popcorn, sweets and cinema snacks. There will also be a full event bar including alcoholic and soft drinks.
The Owl and the Pussycat
21 November - 31 December
The Irving Studio Theatre
Join Hammerpuzzle at the Everyman for a story of joy, friendship and acceptance in this new adaptation of Edward Lear’s nonsense poem. The Owl and the Pussycat long for love and adventure; Join them during the festive season on a journey full of laughter, discovery and celebration, as they sail away on a pea green boat to find a place they can call home.
Lyme Bay Arts
Lyme Bay Arts is a popular festival bringing together for the first time the recent work of artist-members of Lyme Bay Arts and celebrating its first participation in Bridport Open Studios. The Gallery in the Symondsbury Estate is the region's newest art gallery, having opened in August, and is a modern exhibition venue complete with a café, fashion and house and garden shops next door.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Fizzing with magic and a large dose of chaos, secrets, love and mistaken identities come together in this the Lighthouse’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fusing actor musicianship with one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, the Watermill Ensemble cast perform the intoxicating soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday live on stage.
Guildford Book Festival
Having gone from success to success since 1989, the Guildford Book Festival returns for a 30th edition with another packed programme and something for every taste. Highlights this year include a Literary Lunch with Deborah Moggach & Nicholas Coleridge and a conversation with Sarah Perry.
19 November - 23 February
Celebrated for his career as an official war artist, Irish-born painter Sir William Orpen is best known for his rapid and expressive painting style. His prolific career is celebrated at Watts Gallery with this carefully curated exhibition featuring a selection of striking portraits alongside closely observed pencil studies and anatomical drawings which provide new insights into Orpen's evolving and innovative artistic process.
Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival
Stade Open Space
Get ready for a mouth-watering weekend of delicious seafood and luscious wines at the spectacular Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival. Set on The Stade by the historic Net Huts, the festival showcases a range of food, wine and themed activities to tempt everyone from wine connoisseurs and seafood sophisticates to those who just enjoy trying something different.
Brighton Antiques, Collectables and Vintage Fair
Browse 175 fantastic indoor stalls bursting with all variety of amazing antiques, talking pieces and must-have items at the Brighton Antiques, Collectables and Vintage Fair. Held at Brighton Racecourse, there is guaranteed to be something to suit all styles and tastes, and the fantastic Swing singer, Steve Conway, will be serenading visitors as they shop.
Westgate Literary Festival
The Westgate-on-Sea Literary Festival 2019 is a brand new two day celebration of literature, embracing established and new authors and works across all genres for all age groups. Expect talks from writers and industry experts, workshops, activities and the chance to discover a new love of reading.
Tunbridge Wells Autumn Fair
22 September, 6 & 13 October
One Warwick Park Hotel
The Tunbridge Wells Autumn Fair returns to the gorgeous One Warwick Park Hotel, inviting discernible shoppers to browse a handpicked selection of products from small businesses in Kent and East Sussex. Shop jewellery, candles, art, gifts, cards, homeware, bath products, ceramics, clothing and much more.
Pub in the Park
Tom Kerridge brings his Michelin-starred mates and other of the UK’s best chefs to St Albans’ Verulamium Park for a weekend of mouth-watering dishes, live cooking demos, pop-up pubs and live music. Pub in the Park is the travelling festival that will be doing the rounds this summer, connecting like-minded foodies with some of the best in the business.
Broadway Cinema & Theatre
Not to be missed this autumn is Blackeyed Theatre’s brand new stage adaptation of one of the greatest works of English fiction. A gothic masterpiece of tempestuous passions and dark secrets, Jane Eyre tells the thrilling story of an orphan girl and her journey from a childhood of loneliness and cruelty to a life at Thornfield Hall and an unlikely relationship with the mysterious Mr Rochester. Captivating, brooding and intensely powerful, the production is a moving and unforgettable portrayal of one woman’s quest for equality and freedom, and lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling.
Cliveden Literary Festival
Set in the breathtakingly-beautiful, Grade I-listed Cliveden House, the Cliveden Literary Festival revives the house’s literary and political history through a wide ranging programme of novelists and historians in conversation, panel events and poetry readings. Speakers this year include Tina Brown, Nicholas Coleridge, Brian Cox, Chris Evans, Helen Fielding and Sarah Vine.
National Chocolate Week at the Woburn Hotel
19 October - 2 November
The Woburn Hotel
Satiate your sweet tooth with a devilishly decadent and delicious afternoon tea at the Woburn Hotel. The iconic venue will be celebrating National Chocolate Week with a chocolatey take on the favourite British pastime. Teatime treats include chocolate and coffee opera cake, chocolate orange cake pops and trillionaire shortbread.
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