Frights and fun head to the counties throughout the month of October
Rather than focusing on one event, here’s an artist you should be aware of all the time. Inspired by her childhood colours of Africa, Jos Haigh swapped a career in science for the love of art. An avid supporter of wildlife conservation, she is passionate about the wonderful wildlife in this world. Painting in vivid saturated colours that accentuate the particular character of an animal, she enjoys the fluidity and merging of colours that can be achieved with watercolours. Read more about her work over the page.
THE BIG DRAW FESTIVAL
The Big Draw Festival is a worldwide celebration of drawing. At The Big Draw, they promote the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression, and invention. They are the founder and driving force behind The Big Draw Festival, which is a major component of their work in encouraging people to get back to the drawing board. The Festival is made up of a collection of thousands of creative events, activities, and workshops across the globe run by organisations big and small; from individuals to entire cities.
“Treat yourself to a slice of five-star musical pie” (The Times) as Lucie Jones (Waitress, Les Misérables, Legally Blonde) stars in the hit musical comedy Waitress as Jenna, with Sandra Marvin (Waitress, ITV’s Emmerdale, Hairspray) playing Becky, Evelyn Hoskins (Waitress, Spring Awakening) as Dawn and Matt Willis (Busted, A Christmas Carol, Wicked) as Dr Pomatter.
Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness
THE STORY OF SOUL
9 October 2021
Get ready as the Corn Exchange Newbury take you on a journey of sweet soul music. Join The Love Train as they give you the best of their love and show you There Ain’t Nobody who Does it Better. Celebrate some of the biggest hits of a generation including songs by Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind And Fire, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Sam And Dave, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, The Pointer Sisters, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Ben E King, Barry White, and many more.
THE CRYPTID SAFARI HALLOWEEN TRAIL
Follow the path and encounter magical beasts from myths and fairy tales in this fantastical safari experience. Can you spot all of the creatures that live in the woods? If you’re really lucky you might even come across the Safari Rangers who are out and about tending to the beasts. Complete the trail and claim your prize at the end.
THE GRUESOME GARDENS
25 October-28 October 2021
Ashridge House is delighted to present The Gruesome Gardens this Halloween opening on Monday 25 October until Thursday 28 October 2021, set in the beautiful private gardens at Ashridge House in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire for a truly unique Spooktacular experience.
Enter through the Haunted Castle and make your way through to The Gruesome Gardens where your trail begins. Follow the Halloween trail to locate a series of creepy clues, tricks and stories hidden amongst the grounds at Ashridge House, however beware of unwanted friends along the way. Will you be able to locate the pirates treasure chest and make it out of the gardens unscathed to collect your Halloween treat?
THE FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR RACEDAY
The Ascot Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday will include a wide array of Halloween-themed family friendly activities, along with the return of the spectacular fireworks that are synonymous with the autumnal raceday. Fairground rides include a ghost train and haunted house tour along with a range of friendlier rides for younger ones. Rides are free of charge until 4pm and cost just £1 after, with all proceeds going to various local Berkshire charities and schools that are supported through the racecourse’s partnership with the Ascot Round Table. Other October raceday activities include wizard school and potion making, a creepy crawly petting zoo, pumpkin carving and a slime workshop.
HALLOWEEN AT DANIEL OF WINDSOR
On Sunday 31 October, Daniel of Windsor will be hosting a spook-tacular Halloween Fancy Dress Competition in their Toy Department. Every competition entrant will receive a complementary prize and a Halloween-themed face painting service will also be offered in-store on Halloween itself, to ensure that you will be the scariest Trick or Treater in town… Give ’em pumpkin to talk about.