10 things to do this October

The cooler weather may have you longing to hibernate indoors with the latest box set on Netflix, but there’s far too much going on for that. This October wrap up warm and head out to one of these great events…

Festival of Architecture in Norwich and Norfolk (FANN17) October – 2 November

FANN17, the fifth biennial celebration of architecture in Norwich and Norfolk, organised by the Norfolk Association of Architects (NAA) runs throughout October, culminating in the annual Norwich lecture on 2 November. The festival features the work and ideas of the county’s architects, and outstanding work in Norfolk by architects from further afield: buildings, interiors, landscape design and master planning. The main NAA Architects’ Exhibition at The Forum, runs from Tuesday 3 October to Friday 13 October, with other events in the city spread across October. For the full list of events visit www.fann17.org.uk

FlipSide Festival

Snape Maltings (6-8 October) and Lowestoft (24-26 October)

The sister festival of FLIP, South America’s largest international literary festival. The Latin beat comes to Suffolk as directors Liz Calder and Genevieve Christie mix music with literary debates and walks, poetry, art, film and food for all ages, plus a fantastic jungle trail for the youngsters and the famous FlipSide Friday night party. www.flipsideuk.org

Hertford Food and Drink Festival, 6-8 October

If you love food, then head to Hertford for a weekend of tasty treats as the town comes alive with farmer and charter markets, live cookery demonstrations, free tasters and a few celebrity chefs! Selected restaurants and cafes will be offering discounts and promotions. The event comes to a close on Sunday 8 October with the Hertford Castle Beer and World Food Festival; enjoy national and local beer and flavours from around the world accompanied by live music. Find out more at http://www.hertford.gov.uk/events/-hertford-food-and-drink-festival-332/ 

HarFest, Norwich, 7 October   

An event celebrating Norfolk’s farming community and its finest producers is set to return to the heart of Norwich for a second year on 7 October in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral. HarFest will see the farm bought to the city to celebrate all things harvest in a festival founded by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) the organisation behind the Royal Norfolk Show. The Cathedral Cloisters will be transformed into a farmer’s market where visitors will be able to taste and buy from the very best Norfolk artisan producers. The one-day fayre will also lead into more traditional festivities, open to the general public, with a Harvest Thanksgiving Service held at Norwich Cathedral the following day at 3:30pm. For further details visit www.rnaa.org.uk

Halesworth Arts Festival, 7-22 October

Now in its 16th year, Halesworth Arts Festival returns again to the Cut Arts Centre. The festival has a vibrant programme of performances including film, live music, comedy and art taking place over 16 days – there’s something for everyone to enjoy! www.halesworthartsfestival.org.uk

East Anglian Falconry & Countryside Fair, 7-8 October

Taking place at Stonham Barns, the event promotes a wide variety of country crafts and purists in East Anglia. A great family day out and good value for money, there’s plenty of entertainment with animals galore, spectacular arena events including Free Spirit Horses & Falconry Spectacular and the Dog Display Teams, plus archery, demonstrations and country sports to name just a few! Tickets cost £7.50 per adult, seniors and children aged 4-14 £6. Book at www.stonhambarns.co.uk/showground-events/east-anglian-falconry-countryside-fair

Words in the Sky at Varsity Hotel, Cambridge, 8 October

Gather at one of the best spots in Cambridge for an evening of literacy. Taking place on the hotel’s rooftop, ‘Words in the Sky’ will be an evening of a series of poetry and literary readings on the subject of the cosmos, surrounded by breath-taking views of the city. Hosted by Dr Simoniti from Cambridge University, the evening will entail a series of specially curated readings, which will delve into the world of astrology and the seasons, featuring works from Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of the city’s most famous philosophers as well as other influential writers. Tickets cost £49 including an hour reading by Dr Simoniti and a two-course meal with a glass of fizz. www.thevarsityhotel.co.uk

Cambridge Film Festival, 19-26 October

The UK’s third longest-running film festival returns to the Arts Picturehouse and other venues across the city for its 37th edition. The festival will present a diverse mix and quality film programme including highly anticipated features and classics to insightful documentaries and boundary-pushing cult movies. Back by popular demand is Camera Catalonia and the continued partnership with the Cambridge African Film Festival. Read the full line-up at www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk 

Ely Apple Festival, 21 October

Ely is holding its annual Apple Festival in celebration of the great British Apple. Experts from East of England Apples and Orchard Project will be in attendance to identity any apples that you care to bring along. There’s also woodturning demonstrations, storytelling, apple and spoon races, folk music and dance and delicious local food. www.visitely.org.uk

Museums at Night: Audley End by Lantern Light, 27 and 28 October

As part the nationwide ‘Museums at Night’ event series, explore the rooms of Audley End House after dark and hear the tales of the house’s fascinating history brought to life. Tours at 6pm & 8pm. Price: £18 members, £20 non-members. Book at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/museums-at-night-audley-by-lantern-light-audley-end-house-and-gardens-27-10-2017/

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