As the days grow shorter, many of us will be tempted to stay inside with a glass of wine and our favourite TV show. However, why not throw on your coat and use the longer nights as an excuse to stay out? Find your local theatre, music hall, wine bar or fine eatery and discover what goes on in the city after dark. If you’re short of ideas then have a look at our list of top activities this autumn.
What a Performance
If you find yourself near Bristol this Autumn, make your way down the intimate backstreets to find some of Britain’s most unique poetry. Local gem Malaika Kegode will be presenting Milk; her full-fat, non-condensed slam poetry show at the Tobacco Factory Theatre on the 15th of October.
The show will feature notable poets performing in a wide range of styles, and is guaranteed to bewitch all who watch. The poets include up and coming Corrine Altass-Hye, internationally accomplished Vanessa Kisuule, and heartfelt storyteller Ben Norris. This exceptional ensemble is topped off with a six man slam competition, with a winner voted for by the audience. If such a show doesn’t inspire you, nothing will.
Find more information about: Milk Poetry.
The Food of the Gods
Refine your taste buds in time for the Christmas feast, with a sophisticated and relaxing wine and cheese tasting night. The Cheeseworks of Cheltenham provide premium wine and cheese tasting experiences, where you can also learn how to pair your own wine and cheese board.
Get the experience delivered to a venue nearer you, and tailored to your needs, by the expert Cheeseworks team. Or alternatively the team can send you a personalised wine and cheese package with tasting notes and special extras.
Music at The Queen’s Hall
The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh is a beautiful, classical style hall which hosts musicians and performances during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. However, it’s worth taking a sneak peak at their autumnal offerings, including legends like Donovan, Roy G Hemmings and Simon & Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene.
The Queen’s Hall is also hosting rising stars of the British music scene, like Ivor Novello award nominated band Bear’s Den, and Cara Dillon who has been described by Q Magazine as “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”. You can also find performances from the globetrotting Elias Quartet, who will be demonstrating their colourful command of Dvořák’s sunny E flat Quartet, as well as delightful folk music concerts spanning the breadth of the isles.
The German Oktober fest is a city wide folk festival held every October in Bavaria, which has been pulling in Brits in their thousands in recent years. It is a festival of fine beers, ales, traditional music, and features a fun fair tailored to both adults and children alike.
Can’t make it to Germany in time? Have no fear as a band of Oktoberfest followers have developed two British cousins in Kilburn Grange Park and Millwall Park, London. The London Oktoberfests offer litre beer glasses, contemporary Schlager musicians, Sunday lunches and an electric atmosphere. Many visitors dress up for the occasion, making it an event to completely submerge yourself into.
What is on your autumn activities list? If you have kids, what would you recommend to keep them occupied this winter?