War Horse, Bristol Hippodrome, Weds 18 Oct–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, Thurs 19-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, Thurs 19 Oct–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.
Last Man Standing, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 20 Oct
Orpheus, Eurydice – and Terry Pratchett – are the inspiration behind this performance by the James Wilton Dance company.
Eight handsome hunks put on their tap shoes and run riot with dustbin lids, tools, cans, mallets and brooms: explosive urban tap dance, acrobatics and comedy and a helluva lot of noise.
Voodoo VaudEvil, The Circus of Horrors, Wookey Hole, nr Wells, Fri 20–Sat 21 Oct
Trashy, bizarre, steam punk horror circus mash up of wincingly gruesome acts, burlesque and live rock music. Bloody good fun for those that like that sort of thing (they won Simon’s heart on Britain’s Got Talent a few years back). Me? I’ll take a cuppa and an episode of The Archers. Not suitable for under 16s.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017, M Shed, Bristol, Sat 21 Oct–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.
Lost & Found by Oliver Jeffers, McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater, Sun 22 Oct
The Muddies loved the story of the boy battling through storms and dark nights to take a lost penguin back to the South Pole.