Top things to see and do around Bath in October including catching the UK soul queen Beverly Knight and shop at the annual autumn showcase of fashion from the Charitable Foundation for the Education of Nepalese Children.
Now a firm favourite in the autumn antiques fair calendar, the Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair offers a vibrant mix of exhibitors from across Bath, the UK and Europe, where rustic to refined English Country House style, mid-century design, industrial chic, period portraits and more will be on show. Taking place at Haynes International Motor Museum from 18–20 October (opening times vary), visitors can explore the vast range of antiques on offer.
Complimentary tickets available online; brutondecorativeantiquesfair.co.uk
The UK soul queen Beverley Knight is celebrating the career of Stevie Wonder on a 10-date tour around the UK this autumn, and she’s coming to The Forum in Bath this month in a special concert presented by BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night Live. Widely regarded as one of the greatest soul singers of her generation, the award-winning Knight will be recreating the genius of Wonder’s rich and varied catalogue of songs with the help of the Leo Green Orchestra. Pay homage to one of the greatest songwriters of modern times on 12 October, 8pm.
Tickets from £50; bathforum.co.uk
Just in time for Halloween, Mr B’s Emporium is hosting a rare event where three writers will discuss their experiences of tapping into fear, darkness and myth in their work. Kirsty Logan returns to Mr B’s with Things We Say in the Dark, an eerie collection of dark feminist stories. Julie Mayhew’s adult debut novel Impossible Causes takes readers to the remote island of Lark – a place wreathed in fog for most of the year. And debut novelist Lucie McKnight Hardy’s Water Shall Refuse Them, set during the 1976 heatwave, follows a family who moves to a remote Welsh village to escape their grief.
Takes place on 15 October, 7pm, £6; mrbsemporium.com
Kicking off the new season in style, Bath Philharmonia is presenting an evening of dance-infused orchestral music on 5 October, 7.30pm, in The Lansdown Suite at the Apex Hotel. Aaron Copland’s Hoe Down, from his ballet Rodeo, promises to make you want to don your finest cowboy boots, while Samuel Barber’s deeply moving Adagio for Strings is one of the most iconic American orchestral works. The orchestra will be joined by one of America’s most gifted violinists of her generation, Tai Murray, who is making her first appearance in Bath.
Bath Philharmonia, Tai Murray: Gaby Merz
The Charitable Foundation for the Education of Nepalese Children is presenting its popular annual autumn showcase of fashion and accessories from the Himalayas from 4–6 October (opening times vary) at 5 Old King Street. Grab a glass of fizz while you browse the beautiful products on show such as pure cashmere, silk fashions, rugs, handbags, decorations and more, with all the profits going to the charity which helps to improve the education of children in Nepal.
Main image: Simone Falk