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5 things to do this October


Avon Valley’s Massive Pumpkin Patch Festival is set to return for weekends and half term throughout October. Roam through the Covid-safe patch and pick your pumpkin in time for Halloween. Book an entrance time slot with free car parking on site between 11am to 4pm, tuck in to the local food vendors and enjoy a warm mug of hot chocolate while you hunt for the perfect pumpkin. Visitors can also enjoy fair rides, Pumpkin Paintball and Pumpkin Slingshot as well as soaking up the autumn atmosphere.



This Halloween, children’s book character Wally – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – will be travelling the country, appearing in museums including the Roman Baths. Families will be able to join the search for Wally at the Roman Baths as part of the Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, organised by Walker Books and Kids in Museums, to celebrate the release of the new book, Where’s Wally? Spooky Spotlight Search. The activity will run from 9 October to 1 November and will be tailored within each museum to comply with their physical distancing measures.



As we are unable to physically travel around the world to enjoy our favourite cuisines this month, why not hop around some of Bath’s most-treasured restaurants, offering authentic renditions of our favourite cuisines. If you fancy tucking in to a Thai green curry one evening, check out the Thai Balcony’s excellent array of traditional bites. The popular Chaiwalla Indian Street on Monmouth Street is a go-to for a quick taste of India. Or Chez Dominque’s modern French menu continues to be a firm local favourite, offering you the chance to feel as though you’re holidaying in le Midi.

chezdominique.co.uk; thaibalcony.co.uk


On 15 October, Toppings & Co will welcome the co-authors of Jerusalem and Ottolenghi: The Cookbook and Ottolenghi SIMPLE, Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley. The authors will be demonstrating and sharing stunning Palestinian-inspired dishes from their latest book, Falastin: A Cookbook.

Taking place at Toppings & Co. from 7.30pm, Sami and Tara will take you on a journey through Bethlehem, East Jerusalem, Nablus, Haifa, Akka, Nazareth, Galilee and the West Bank. The food is the perfect mix of traditional and contemporary, with recipes that have been handed down through the generations and reworked for a modern home kitchen. With stunning food and travel photography plus stories from unheard Palestinian voices, this innovative cookbook will transport you to this rich and complex land.



After a six-year hiatus, Keane finally returned to the charts last year, with a triumphant sell-out UK tour and their latest studio album Cause and Effect. Now, much to the delight of fans, the band will be appearing at Westonbirt Arboretum as part of Forest Live’s summer concerts.

On 11 June 2021, Keane will take to the stage with special guests Flyte, plus support from Michael Ryan.
Forest Live is a major outdoor live music series that introduces forests to new audiences in unique, natural woodland arenas around the country. Tickets from £44.50.


Main image: Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley