Check out our Half Term guide as well…
War Horse, Bristol Hippodrome, until Sat 11 Nov
After young Albert’s beloved horse Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped over to France during WW1, he sets off on a dangerous mission to find him and bring him home. Be prepared to shed a tear. We’ll be reviewing the show on opening night, so watch this space. Want to know how they created the horses? There’s a 2-hour family workshop on Sat 21 Oct
Exmoor Dark Skies Festival, around Exmoor National Park, until Sun 29 Oct
Exmoor’s one of the best places in the world to observe the night skies, becoming an International Dark Skies Reserve in 2011. Expect night walks (and swims and rides), astronomical talks, space/sci-fi films, astrophotography and lots of stargazing in their very first festival. Explore the full programme.
Waiting For Godot, Tobacco Factory, Bristol, until Sat 4 Nov
The 20th century classic by Samuel Beckett, about a struggle for purpose, the power of friendship and the hunt for a pair of decent boots.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017, M Shed, Bristol, until Sun 8 April 2018
For the first time, the Natural History Museum’s prestigious annual exhibition opens in Bristol and London at the same time. 100 stunning images depict frozen wastelands, tropical paradises, peculiar species and fascinating animal behaviour.
Yeovil Literary Festival, venues around Yeovil, Thurs 26–Sun 29 Oct
You’ve read their books, seen them on the box, now see them live. Can’t list all the authors but just for starters: Lauren Child, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Portillo, Harry Hill, Polly Toynbee and Sarah Millican. See the whole programme here.
Halloween Potterthon, Curzon Cinema and Arts, Clevedon, Sat 28 Oct
All eight Harry Potter films back to back, from The Philosopher’s Stone and Deathly Hallows Part 2 – how big do they make bags of pop corn?
Pumpkin Festival, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Sun 29 Oct
Get your artistic talent in front of the art world’s most powerful couple (Art Review 2016): Manuela and Iwan Wirth will choosing the Best Extreme Carved Pumpkin at the international art gallery’s massive pumpkin love-in. Cooks can show off to Steve Horrell, head chef of the Roth Bar & Grill, who’s judging Best Bake. Expect squashes of all shapes and sizes, pumpkin carving, face painting, workshops, live music, a fancy dress pumpkin parade, seasonal nosh, as well as the Grand Pumpkin Competition (which you can enter here).
John Hegley, Love, Peace, Potatoes, Tobacco Factory, Bristol, Sun 29 Oct
His poems have been described as intellectually satisfying, sometimes didactic, and poignant, not just clever wordplays – they’re also quirky, surreal and very funny.