What’s on in October?

Apple picking, wool spinning, an Autumn Festival Cawl Crawl and making your own hawthorn ketchup are all adventures to be had this month!

Not to mention Schubertiade at Rhosygilwen, Elizabeth 1 at Queens Hall and hair-raising vocals at Burnetts Hill Chapel.

And half-term is looking so jam-packed with great family events we'll create another post to cover them all!

So here goes...

Wednesday 1st October

Every Wednesday at Castell Henllys you can explore the lives of our Iron Age ancestors with Arianrhod. Visit her in the fort and she'll be happy to take you on a tour as she tells you about her life in the Iron Age. Watch as she carries out her daily tasks. Tours at 11:30am & 2:30pm.

Thursday 2nd October

Span Arts Classical Series

The second performer in Span Arts classical series, Icaris Duo are set to perform at Hotel Plas Hyfryd on Thursday 2nd October 2014. Will Browne and Vicky Guise are a Welsh flute and guitar duo based in Cardiff, South Wales. Tickets available from Span Arts

Friday 3rd October

Comedy Club

Mark Steel is a formidable figure both in stand-up comedy, radio, television broadcasting and commentary, Span Arts are extremely excited to be bringing to Narberth for the first time. Doors open at 7:30pm.

span arts comedy club

Saturday 4th October

National Museums Week

Kick off Museums Week with a visit to Scolton Manor or Tenby Museum, a treasure chest of history, telling the story of a fishing and trading port that became a fashionable resort. Narberth Museum are starting their “Letters from the Front: Learning from the Past” Exhibition featuring a collection of photographs, newspaper cuttings, letters, diaries, medals, uniforms and related objects to examine the part played by Narberth men and women in World War I.

Autumn Foraging - Join local professional forager Jade Mellor on an Autumnal foray to gather a selection of wild bounty to turn into delicious seasonal preserves. You will start the day with a walk to forage for berries and fruits then turn them into delicious wild berry syrup and spicy hawthorn ketchup!

Wednesday 8th October

The Torch Theatre starts its run of Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy, an hysterically funny and heart-wrenchingly moving play, How the Other Half Loves.

Saturday 11th October

West Wales Wool Show

Spinning, dyeing, weaving, knitting, crochet, felting – the Queens Hall are hosting a fabulous day celebrating and showcasing wool, wool products and crafts. If you can’t make this event then check out the Winter Woolies Trail for local wool artisans.

Or have a go at some traditional woodland management with a coppicing day at Stackpole Estate, working in a woodland area on the beautiful Stackpole estate.

Small World Theatre brings you a heart warming family show using life-size and shadow puppetry. Our hero lives in a sub-arctic world populated by amazing creatures such as Siberian tigers, a giant sturgeon and much more. By solving three seemingly impossible tasks, he cleverly wins the hand of the beautiful maiden. 

Small world theatre

Thursday 16th October

Military Heritage

An interesting tour taking in part of Pembrokeshire’s most noteworthy Military History. Visit the Sunderland Trust, Pembroke Dock and the fully restored Carew Cheriton Control Tower.

Wednesday 15th October

Join our National Park ranger on this walk through the wood; learning simple bushcraft skills and having fun! Perfect for budding Bear Grylls and suitable for all the family! 

Friday 17th & Saturday 18th October

Gŵyl Jâms Niclas

Oriel y Parc are hosting a Festival to celebrate the life of the St Davids born Welsh language poet Jâms Niclas will be held in St Davids during October. The Festival will be based on his poem about the pilgrims’ way to St Davids and includes workshops, talks and twmpath dawns.

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th October

Head along to Colby Woodland Garden’s vintage fair to seek out unusual vintage collectables, china, jewellery, clothes and retro items. And when you’re shopped out enjoy a good old afternoon vintage style tea in the Bothy Tearoom.

Colby woodland

Tuesday 21st October

Tim Eriksen at Burnetts Hills Chapel

Tim is renowned for his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and twelve-string Mexican acoustic bass.

Thursday 23rd October

Creative Writing Workshop
A lively day at Oriel y Parc with original writing exercises designed to spark your imagination and get you writing, led by writer and storyteller Deborah Winter. All welcome, whether you are just starting to write or have been writing for years. 

Wednesday 24th September

Dreadzone recently released a new album after 20 years in the game, so Span Arts decided they need to return to West Wales. An eclectic fusion of dub, reggae, techno, folk and rock, Dreadzone has its roots in Big Audio Dynamite (founded by Mick Jones of the Clash). Tickets available from Span Arts


Friday 24th – Sunday 26th October

Schubertiade at Rhosygilwen

Three days of Schuber, starting on Friday with Schubert’s final 15 song testament to the world. Saturday brings Schubert’s piano sonata in A maj, plus 4 Impromptus.  While Sunday brings lunchtime recitals and an evening with The Gould Piano Trio.

Saturday 25th October


The hilarious Bristol-based duo Living Spirit are bringing their two-man show, Elizabeth: Virgin on the Ridiculous to The Queens Hall in Narberth. With more live original music, silly songs, smutty shenanigans, perfunctory props, and hysterically historical horseplay, this promises to be (another) poorly researched lesson in Tudor history that you’ll never forget... Tickets available from Span Arts

Sunday 26th October

Apple Day! Celebrate the humble apple in the National Park orchard at St. Brides. Join in lots of family friendly, apple-themed activities and learn more about this fascinating fruit.

Whats on October - apples

Tuesday 28th October – Sunday 1st November

Fishguard Autumn Festival

Enjoy a three day food, drink and music festival hosted by the Fishguard Round Table. A long list of events include seal watch at Strumble Head, junk art, bread making at Ffwrn and fireworks, as well as the infamous ‘Cawl Crawl Challenge’ on Saturday – bring a bowl and spoon!

For full list of events: www.fishguardsautumnfestival.co.uk

Thursday 30th October

The London Klezmer Quartet at Burnets Hills Chapel

Internationally acclaimed ensemble recently returned from a tour of Australia and with a new CD coming out any time soon. Eastern European and Yiddish songs - tunes played with flair and passion.

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