Ready? Here’s what’s on this October!
Outrageously good theatre, oompah bands, Bond cars, pumpkin patches and loads more - here's what's on in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight this October
THEATRE: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Mon 4 – Sat 9 Oct, The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Wigs, heels and glitter – no, it’s not a night out down Southampton’s Oxford Street but a rip-roaring glamour-fest at the Mayflower Theatre as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert comes to town. Think energetic dance routines and eye-popping costumes. Oh, and a sing-a-long soundtrack featuring Hot Stuff, It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
OUTDOORS: Isle of Wight Walking Festival, Sat 9 – Fri 22 Oct
Best foot forward for a fortnight of walks all around the Island. Graded by pace, from easy to strenuous, enjoy the stunning scenery and learn more about local landmarks from a knowledgeable volunteer guide.
FOOD: Blackmoor Estate Apple Tasting, Sun 10 Oct, Blackmoor, Liss
Think you know your Norfolk Royal Russet from your Reubens? No, neither do we – but it’s fabulous Autumn fun munching your way around loads of different varieties. Look out too for fantastic Morris Dancers, crafts, cakes, cider and horse-and-cart rides at what will be the farm’s 50th Apple Tasting Day.
KIDS: Rogate Pumpkin Patch, Petersfield, Sat 9 – Sun 10 Oct, daily from 16 October
The most Instagrammable patch for miles around. This popular PYO on the West Sussex border is always packed with spooky pumpkins, witches and wizards – and that’s just the kids! Think haystacks, barrel rides, giant bubbles and fields of ghoulish gourds.
CINEMA: Kimbridge Barn Charity Drive-In Weekender, Fri 15 – Sun 17 Oct, Romsey
The Shawshank Redemption, The Wolf of Wall Street and Mama Mia! are the brilliant headliners at this weekend of drive-in movies at the gorgeous Kimbridge Barn. Raising money for great causes, cruise-up for luxe cinema snacks in stylish surrounds.
VISIT: Bond in Motion – No Time to Die, Fri 15 – Sun 31 Oct, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
We’ve been expecting you, Mr. Bond! (For, err, ages). At long last, Bond fever can finally commence. Watch the latest 007 film, No Time To Die then head to the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu to gaze in awe and selfie like mad with gorgeous cars like this iconic silver birch Aston Martin DB5 (no stunt driving, sorry). Also on display, see the latest gadgets from Q Branch and killer costumes in this great new Bond in Motion exhibition.
FOOD & DRINK: Wyldsfest, Sat 16 Oct, Wylds Farm, Liss
Love a good cook-out? Head to the wilds of Hampshire, (well, err, Wylds Farm in Liss), for live music, local ales and flaming hot street food from the legendary Christmas tree farm folk. Think low-n-slow pork belly, fiery bell peppers and upbeat tunes from Southampton Ukelele Jam.
SPORT: Great South Run, Sun 17 Oct, Portsmouth
Cheer, sponsor or limber-up for this famous 10 mile event. Starting at the Southsea seafront, it takes in views of Clarence Pier, Horatio Nelson’s Statue, Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth Harbour, passing HMS Victory and culminates in a final two mile stretch along the beach and the famous seafront finish line. If you don’t fancy the full 10 miles, the Great South 5k takes place on Sat 16 October.
OUTDOORS: Autumn Days & Evenings, 16 – 31 Oct, Robin Hill Country Park, Newport
This October, Robin Hill Country Park’s 88 acres will be open daily from 10am – 5pm for rides, attractions and good old-fashioned leaf kicking in the beautiful autumn colour. Stay up past bedtime for evening opening until 10pm on 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 Oct with food and drink, live music and DJ, a brand-new electric light show and beautiful illuminated woodland. Magic.
MUSIC: The National Youth Jazz Orchestra: Amy Winehouse, Thurs 21 Oct, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
Ten years’ on from the tragic passing of the iconic Amy Winehouse, this touring concert pays tribute at the Anvil in Basingstoke. Celebrating her enduring legacy, they’ll perform hits and revisit early works she sang with the 24-piece National Youth Jazz Orchestra as a 16-year-old singer, back in 2000. Big band jazz and Amy fans will all love it.
THEATRE: Bluebelle, Thurs 21 Oct, The Point, Eastleigh
Part of a bumper Autumn season at The Point, Theatre Re will perform a preview of it’s new show Bluebelle this October. Bringing together poetic theatre and lyrical live music, it weaves together ancient folktales with interviews with parents and carers. A deep reflection on life from a well-respected company, this one’s an absolute must-see for theatre-buffs.
ART: Sophia Burnell, Catching Light Exhibition, Fri 22 – Sun 24 Oct, The Light Room, Alresford
Creating bold and dramatic seascapes, country views and big skies, Sophia Burnell paints outside in the elements and is drawn to the ‘in between’ times of dawn, dusk and the turn of the seasons, where the colours are their most dramatic. Head to the Light Room in Alresford this October to view her latest collection of 40 works, painted over the last year which includes paintings of Hampshire, West Sussex, East Lothian and Fife.
FOOD & DRINK: Down at the Farm, Sat 23 Oct, Hollycombe Farm, nr Liphook
Farm-reared meat cooked in situ? It doesn’t get much fresher than this. Hollycombe working family farm in the South Downs village of Liphook is hosting a cosy, three-course dining experience. Tuck into grass-fed meat cooked on open-fires, craft beers, natural wine and more.
FOOD & DRINK: Oktoberfest, Fri 29 – Sun 30 Oct, Guildhall Square, Southampton
Strap on your lederhosen – Oktoberfest is coming to Southampton’s Guildhall Square. Enjoy a stein or three of German beer, wines, sausage and pretzels and dance the night away to the Oompah Bands.
FOOD & DRINK: Oktoberfest, Sun 30 Oct, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth
It’s not just Southampton getting a full Bavarian makeover this October – further along the coast there’ll be more giant beers, pretzels and a whole lot of cheer at Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square, too!
COMEDY: Jenny Eclair Sixty! (FFS!), Sat 30 Oct, Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight
She’s hit 60 (but still a year younger than Madonna). Now, the brilliant Jenny Eclair faces the dilemma of whether to celebrate her advancing years or crawl into a hole… Own it Jenny – we’re all for growing older disgracefully.
KIDS: Wizard Weekend, 29 – 31 Oct, The Watercress Line, Alresford
All aboard for Hogwarts! Well, close. Potter fans and spooky kids are invited to walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps over the famous railway footbridge at where Harry received his Hogwarts Express ticket, with face painting, wand making and unlimited rides on the miniature railway.