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Fri 11 - Sun 13 Oct

CULTURE: Neo-Romantic Art: the McDowall Collection, St Barbe Museum, Lymington, until Sun 10 Nov

We’re getting all swoony over this fantastic exhibition in the New Forest focusing on the Neo-Romantic movement of the 20s to the 50s. Comprising of over 60 works from artists such as Graham Rigby and Henry Moore, this is a rare chance to see works that are normally in a private collection in all their glory.

CULTURE: Lichfield, Duffy and Donovan: Snapping the Sixties, Mottisfont House, until Sun 10 Nov

Herry Lawford Mottisfont Abbey Halloween Half TermSwing, 60s-stylee, over to Mottisfont House for a fab new exhibition kicking off on Sat 21st. Lichfield, Duffy and Donovan: Snapping the Sixties exhibition will give you a sneaky-peek into one of the most iconic decades of the 20th-century with its famous faces, fashion and fun, all captured on film. Groovy baby!

CULTURE: Artist takeover: Mary Wollstonecraft, Chawton House, until Fri 29 Nov

Mary-Wollstonecraft-red-bird-FINAL-360x502It’s been 230 year since the French Revolution and this fantastic exhibition chronicles the musings and accounts written by Mary Wollenstonecraft, a writer and philosopher who resided in Paris during The Reign of Terror. Her accounts have been taken and transformed into striking imagery by artists Louisa Albani to give visitors a real experience for all senses.

CULTURE: Lucienne Day: Living Design, Willis Museum & Sainsbury Gallery, Basingstoke, Tues 24 Sep 2019 – Sat 11 Jan 2020

An absolute legend in design, Lucienne Day was a trailblazer and her work in image and textiles is synonymous with Mid-Century Design in Britain. This new exhibition charts her career, iconic prints and  ‘uncompromisingly modern‘ look on life.

CULTURE: Josie Eastwood’s September Show, Longstock, Stockbridge, Fri 27 Sep – Sun 13 Oct

Get yourself over to Stockbridge as Josie Eastwood’s latest show has opened at the gallery in Longstock,. Head here to see a wealth of amazing artists and start visualising where you’re going to put that cracking piece in your home.

OUTDOORS: Festival of Light, Robin Hill Country Park, Fri 27 Sep – Sat 2 Nov

spirit of the orient robin hill half termThe woods on the Island will be aglow for the entirety of October as the absolutely awesome Electric Woods has returned with Festival of Light Inspired by Diwali at Robin Hill Country Park. As you can see from last year’s display in the photo above it’s totally Instagram-worthy, a fab place to explore and definitely a different way to see in the brand new season.

CULTURE: Behind The Scenes Tour, The Vyne, Basingstoke, Tues 1 – Tues 29

the vyne

Photo: Kabadas via Wikimedia Commons

We love having a nose around the glorious old houses across Hampshire and the Island, and so this evening “behind the scenes’ tour of The Vyne is definitely one we’re excited about. See the bits that the public don’t normally see including the Tudor attics, 14th-century tunnels and all finished off with a glass of fizz.

THEATRE: Motown: The Musical, Tues 1 – Sat 12, 

10. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. The Company. Photo Tristram Kenton

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It’s getting a bit funky in Southampton this month with the magic of Motown heading to the Mayflower stage. This celebration of some of the most iconic music from the 20th century features music from Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and more. So definitely crack out the spangly dresses and beehive for this singalong showstopper.

FAMILY: Pumpkin Festival, Sunnyfields Farm, Totton, Sat 5 – Thurs 31

Pumpkin Picking autumn half-termWatch out Instagram, the pumpkins are coming! The annual Pumpkin Festival is a brilliant celebration of orangey fun for all the family and the ideal spot to pick out some pumpkins for carving that ever-important Jack O’Latern later this month.

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SHOPPING: White House Designer Sales, Stoke, Wed 9 – Sat 12

Cash at the ready everybody, the White House Designer Sale is back in Hampshire this week. This twice-yearly event brings together top quality designer clobber, samples and unique pieces at brilliant prices. This is the spot to stock up for Christmas gifts or just give your wardrobe a well-needed overhaul.

FESTIVAL: Isle of Wight Literary Festival, Northwood House, Cowes, Thurs 10 – Sun 13

Hunker down with a blanket and a book season is upon us and where better to find out about brilliant literature – both old and new – than on the Island? The calendar is packed with a huge range of people who’ve picked up a pen including Dan Snow, Jo Brand, Kate Adie, Michael Morpugo and many more. Tickets vary in cost but range from £5 up to £20.

EVENT: Hollie McNish, The Spring, Havant, Fri 11

Hollie McNishHave you heard the poetry of Hollie McNish? Her prose on modern life has gone viral numerous times and is insanely relatable, even if you’re not a poetry fan. Performing in Havant this month, this is bound to appeal to anybody who’s ever been called “someone’s Mum” instead of by their own name. Tickets are £10.

THEATRE: The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah, The Haymarket, Fri 11

Benjamin ZephiniahPoet turned TV star Benjamin Zephaniah (we saw you in Peaky Blinders!) is performing in Basingstoke this week in an evening that will be filled with beautiful prose, thought-provoking topics and more. I’ve seen him perform and he really does know how to captivate an audience.

MUSIC: Jonny and the Baptists: Love Eastleigh, Hate Bad People, The Point, Eastleigh, Fri 11

Music mixed with both comedy and activism – sounds like a night well spent. If that floats your boat then grab yourself a ticket to this show at Muddy fave The Point. In a divided world, Johnny and the Baptists are keen to amuse entertain and just help everybody get along.

EVENT: Knightmare Live, The Haymarket, Basingstoke, Sat 12

Remember the 80s? One of my strongest memories was hiding behind the sofa whenever the scary kids game show Knightmare came on. Now, you can relive that childhood trauma… err “entertainment”, with an immersive live version of Knightmare heading to Basingstoke this week. This may be a bit of a geek magnet but definitely a fun event for any nostalgia fiends.

FOOD & DRINK: Hampshire Coffee Festival, Guildhall Winchester, Sat 12

Coffee CupWe cover a lot of drink festivals here at Muddy, but I have to say this is the one I get most excited about. Hands up if you can’t live without coffee. *waves hands manically in the air* Grab your reusable cup and head to Winchester on the 12th for a celebration of java, beans and all the cold brew you could dream of. Featuring indie coffee purveyors, workshops and a latte art competition, you may be awake for a week after your visit but you’ll get SO much done.

FESTIVAL: New Forest Walking Festival, Sat 12 Oct – Sun 3 Nov

It’s not really a surprise that walking around the New Forest is quite popular. As well as stunning scenery and a totally unique landscape, there are all those adorable animals knocking around. With that in mind, the annual New Forest Walking Festival has been extended to three weeks of glorious sauntering. With organised walks that encompass history, ecology and just darn pretty spots, this is a fab excuse to strap on those hiking boots.

COMEDY: Rob Beckett: Wallop, Mayflower Southampton, Sun 13

Rob BeckettThe biggest gnashers in comedy are heading to Southampton this week as Rob Beckett takes to the stage with his latest offering, Wallop. This solo show with the “Mouth of the South” will be full of tales of his TV exploits along with his super warm and endearing (if a bit clumsy and awkward) personality.




EVENT: Surrey Homes Magazine Open House, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Thu 10 – Sat 12 Oct

Enjoy shopping and eating? Of course you do. This all-new three day event will feature over 200 stalls selling everything from bespoke coats, jewellery and home fragrances. In addition to the abundance of food outlets available to sample, there will also be free talks by influential figures such as chef Melissa Hemsley.



Octoberbest, Brighton & Hove, Fri 4 – Sun 20 Oct


Bargain feasting alert! 25 of Brighton and Hove’s top eateries are involved in this year’s Octoberbest, offering special £20 menus and deals until the end of the month. They include independent favourites like 64 Degrees, The Coal Shed, Cin Cin, Murmur, Plateau, Bincho Yakitori and Lucky Khao plus Brighton Food Tours. We’re out of the blocks already on this one. Get booking yourself! 


SHOPPING: Ascot Fashion Weekend, Ascot Racecourse, Fri 11– Sat 12 Oct

Need to give the credit card a battering? Ascot Racecourse is hosting an AW19 fashion frenzy. Designers and boutiques will be wafting about like peacocks at the Ascot Fashion Weekend. Whether you just need a trend injection, have a party to go to or your looking for something to see you through the new season, you’ll find it here. Grab the girls, join the stampede and shop till you drop.

HALLOWEEN: Windsor Ghost Tour, Windsor Castle, Sun 13 Oct

Things that go bump in the night. Not Prince Philip falling out of bed, but a ghost tour in the shadow of the Queen’s gaff. Put your big girl pants, knock back a stiff drink and discover the bloody tales of Windsor in this theatrical ghost tour featuring live actors, scary stories and Windsor’s best haunts. Starts at 8.30pm and lasts approximately 75 minutes!

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