Thursday, 04 October 2012
The What, Where, When: 5 October
By MelonieWHAT: London Film Festival Head down to any number of London cinemas to experience what the Festival has to offer. Everything from blockbusters to art house is covered as the film industry descends on the city for two weeks.
See: If you don't fancy spending the day in a cinema there are plenty of exhibitions including one about the opening film Frankenweenie which is supposed to be Tim Burton's rise back to the top.
Eat and Drink: There are plenty of restaurants and cafes around the cinemas. Leicester Square has Covent Garden nearby and the BFI Southbank has a variety of restaurants plus their own cafe and bistro.
Don't miss: The Hunt, Good Vibrations and, from Britain, Great Expectations, all of which are certain to be firm hits from the Festival.
WHERE: Various locations in London including Odeon Leicester Square, Ritzy Cinema, Ciné Lumière and Curzon Mayfair. www.bfi.org/lff
WHEN: 9-21 October
WHAT: East Midlands Food & Drink Festival The UK's largest regional food festival.
See: Live demonstrations, the market town Melton Mowbray and over 200 exhibitors with lots of regional food and drink to try.
Eat and Drink: Everything the festival has to offer!
Don't miss: The events at the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre including a master class from Stephen Hallam and demonstrations with Alan Coxon, Dean Edwards and Rachel Green.
WHERE: The Cattle Market, Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13. www.eastmidlandsfoodfestival.co.uk
WHEN: 6 & 7 October
WHAT: The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival The oldest and largest festival returns for another year featuring the likes of Giles Coran, Mary Beard and Jeremy Vine amongst others.
See: Hundreds of critics, authors, writers and more as they descend on Cheltenham for a huge variety of events, debates and talks.
Eat and Drink: Cheltenham has many restaurants and cafes to choose from.
Don't miss: JK Rowling discussing her latest book, Roger Moore talking about his life and Bond and a behind the scenes look at Downton Abbey with the co-writer, costume designer and series producer in conversation with Radio 4's Kirsty Lang.
WHERE: Various locations in Cheltenham. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature
WHEN: 5-14 October
WHAT: Best of Britannia Festival A new and 'futureproof' festival in London celebrating the best of British food, design, fashion and culture.
See: Music, bespoke design, talks and plenty of exhibitors in celebration of all things British.
Eat and Drink: The best in British food and drink.
Don't miss: A music stage showcasing up coming and established talent, fabrics of the future and the latest in innovation.
WHERE: The Farmiloe Building, Clerkenwell. www.bestofbritannia.com
WHEN: 5-7 October
WHAT: London Cocktail WeekThe first event of its kind in the UK, it celebrates the cocktail culture within London.
See: Master classes, pop up bars, seminars and tastings held throughout the week.
Eat and Drink: The participating bars will provide nibbles and taste the cocktails conjured up by the pros.
Don't miss: The Cocktail Tours happening across London. Participating bars will be offering £4 cocktails and old Routemaster buses have been drafted in to provide free and easy transport across the capital.
WHERE: Seven Dials, London. www.diffordsguide.com/london-cocktail-week
WHEN: 8-14 October
WHAT: The RHS London Harvest Festival Show The best of the season's harvest is celebrated showing some amazing produce from across the country.
See: The finest produce, apple tasting including advice on identification and a feature garden looking at numerous innovative ways to grow crops.
Eat and Drink: Sample from the best growers, and new exhibitors.
Don't miss: The RHS Heaviest Pumpkin Competition. With a £1000, amateur and professional growers will compete whilst pumpkin fans get to see the entries and the judging.
WHERE: RHS Horticultural Halls, Westminster, London. www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-london-flower-shows/rhs-london-autumn-harvest-show
WHEN: 9 & 10 October
WHAT: Lingerie Française Exhibition Coming to London for the first time this year, the exhibition is set to the be the chicest the city has seen.
See: The last 100 years of French lingerie with the best French brands including Simone Pérèle, Aubade and Princesse Tam Tam. The exhibition will tell the story of how French lingerie can chart the modern evolution and society values of millions of women.
Eat and Drink: Based in Covent Garden there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from.
Don't miss: The "Holographic Striptease" showing the evolution of female silhouettes over the years.
WHERE: London Film Museum, Covent Garden. www.lingeriefrancaise.com/en/evenements/6759-exposition_londres.html
WHEN: 2-8 October
WHAT: Firework spectacular at Southend Seafront A month of fireworks to watch from the beach.
See: A firework display like no other. Sit on the beach with your family and soak up the colours and atmosphere.
Eat and Drink: Bring your own picnic or try one of the local eateries.
Don't miss: For pyrotechnic fans this event is taking place every Saturday until the 3rd November.
WHERE: City Beach, Southend. www.southend.gov.uk/events
WHEN: 6 October – 3 November
WHAT: London Orchard Festival A free event celebrating the orchids of London organised by the London Orchard Project and London Wildlife Trust.
See: An exhibition of fruit from London harvested by volunteers, a juice bar, cider making classes and live acoustic music.
Eat and Drink: Apple themed food and drink.
Don't miss: Tips for apple gardeners and the opportunity to take your own tree home.
WHERE: Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross. www.wildlondon.org.uk/News/london-orchard-festival-news
WHEN: 7 October
WHAT: Suffolk Robin Hood Games and Country Show A show for all the family, including your dog, featuring a dog arena and a huge number of events and activities to get involved in.
See: The Stampede Stunt Display Team perform their jousting display, the dog arena highlights including a show and agility courses and a wide variety of exhibitors.
Eat and Drink: Local exhibitors will be selling their products and a variety of hot and cold food stands will be available.
Don't miss: Olympic Gold Medallist Peter Wilson will stop by on Sunday to meet people and show off his medal.
WHERE: Suffolk Showground (Trinity Park), Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 8UH. www.robinhoodcountryshow.co.uk/Suffolk_show_info.htm
WHEN: 6 & 7 October
WHAT: World Porridge Making Championships A competition like no other in the world.
See: The only competition of its kind in the world with competitors coming from all over Europe to compete for the coveted Golden Spurtle.
Eat and Drink: Porridge!
Don't miss: The Speciality Porridge Making Competition, where competitors are free to add other ingredients to their recipes, and the picturesque setting of Carrbridge.
WHERE: Carrbridge Village, Inverness. www.goldenspurtle.com
WHEN: 6 October
WHAT: Fireworks display A musically synchronised fireworks display will take place in St Andrews to celebrate the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
See: A spectacular display using rockets, mines, roman candles and shells of up to 12'' in diameter.
Eat and Drink: Bring along your own food.
Don't miss: The Championship when amateur golfers such as Bill Murray will team up with professionals for a round.
WHERE: West Sands, St Andrews.
WHEN: 6 October
WHAT: The MS Trust Secret Art Show Sale Over 200 top UK artists submitted 12 x 12 artworks to the show, and now they're up for sale with all proceeds going to charity.
See: A huge variety of work, all of which is available to buy.
Eat and Drink: Anything you want, it's an online sale.
Don't miss: The chance to acquire some amazing art for £45 and donate to charity.
WHEN: 5 October
National week round up: This week it's also Welly, Bramley Apple Pie, Chocolate, Guide Dogs, OCD Awareness, Hospice Care, Curry, Car Care, Back Care, Dyslexia Awareness and Pyjama Week.
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