What's on in October

Otter spotting, 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, numerous autumn fayres and hair-raising stories at Picton Castle.

And half-term is so jam-packed with great family events we'll add another post to cover them all very soon.

Thursday 1st October

Span Arts Classical Series

October’s performer in the Span Arts classical series, at the beautiful Plas Hyfryd hotel in Narberth, is Josh Doughty. Having dedicated his early years learning traditional kora tunes, he has now developed his own unique style blending with modern western influences. Food from 6pm. Performance starts at 7:30pm. Tickets available from Span Arts

Saturday 3rd October

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! Starts 11am. Small World, Cardigan: www.smallworld.org.uk

Octobeer Fest

And while you’re in Cardigan head over to the Pizza Tipi for an impromptu festival to watch the world cup rugby, with live music, great food and local beers.  

Pizza Tipi

Saturday 3rd October

Autumn Fair

The annual Scolton Manor Autumn Fair opens between 10am-4pm, with stalls located outside the Manor House offering local produce and food, arts, crafts, gifts and plants. They will also be running Autumnal cookery demonstrations in the Manor House kitchen and a ‘Winter Wildlife Wellbeing’ area where you can pick up tips on looking after your garden wildlife during the colder months of the year. 

Wednesday 7th October

Otter Walk

Join Stackpole Estate ranger's Jim & Marilyn, who have been closely following the otter families, on a 7am morning autumn ramble. You will also learn some of the fascinating history of the Bosherston Lakes and the Stackpole Estate. Finishes with tea and a breakfast bun.

Thursday 8th October

Comedy Club

Headlining October’s Comedy Club is John Gordillo, a Perrier award nominated comedian and director. Joining him will be Bethany Black, who was described by the Guardian as “dark-tinged but magical.” MC for the night is Dave Twentyman. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets available from Span Arts

Saturday 10th October

West Wales Wool Show

Spinning, dyeing, weaving, knitting, crochet, felting - the Queens Hall is 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. Starts at 10am - 4pm.

Thursday 15th October


Picton Castle is hosting a spooky night of story-telling, with a unique mixture of Gothic magic, psychological illusion and mind-reading mysteries in the style of TV’s Derren Brown. Join veteran ‘psychological investigator’ Dr Nicolas Grimoire in The Great Hall for some Tales from the Darker Side. Performance starts 7:30pm.

Strange tales from Picton Castle


Thursday 15th October

Live Music

The ‘Corn Potato String Band’ Old-time American string band are returning to Burnett's Hill by popular demand after a sell-out concert a couple of years ago. Tickets £10 each, starts at 7.30pm. Book in advance through: www.burnettshill.co.uk

Wednesday 21st October

Iron Age Walk

Visit the Iron Age at Castell Henllys and explore the lives of our ancestors with a costume-guided tour of village life. Tours at 11:30 & 2:30.

Span Jazz

Head over to the Dingle Club, Narberth, for a night with jazz musician Graham Pike. This multi-talented character gives a sparkling performance on trumpet, harmonica, flugelhorn and trombone. He’ll be joined by local favourites the John Gibbon Trio, with everything from piano to scat-singing on the evening’s menu. Tickets available from Span Arts

Jazz with Span Arts

Thursday 22nd October

Theatre: Every Brilliant Thing

Duncan Macmillan presents a new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. The plot sounds gloomy, but this has been described as one of the most uplifting plays performed at Edinburgh Fringe, receiving rave reviews from everyone who saw it. Show preformed at Queens Hall 7:30pm. Tickets available from Span Arts

Sunday 25th October

Harvest Food Fayre

Oriel y Parc is celebrating the coming of autumn with a feast of seasonal delights. Food producers from around the county are joining us to sell their wares, offering cooking demonstrations, yummy tasters and hot food from the BBQ. There will be fun for all the family with a Wonderland Riddles Challenge, Face Painting and as a special bookable extra The Mad Hatters Tea Party.

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th October

Schubertiade at Rhosygilwen

Rhosygilwen are bringing us another 3-day Schubert feast, starting on Friday with Schubert’s Italian Style Overture in D. Saturday brings Llyr Williams (piano) and Welsh Bard Ceri Wyn Jones presenting an evening of commissioned work of the Schubert's piano sonatas. While Sundays offering is a full day of songs, music and theatre.  

Saturday 24th – Sunday 31st October

Fishguard Autumn Festival

This family-friendly six day festival is back celebrating the plethora of artisan talent, food, music and natural beauty that Fishguard has to offer. A long list of events includes live music, seal watch walks, vintage steam engines, fireworks and the infamous ‘Cawl Crawl Challenge’ on Saturday – bring a bowl and spoon!

Cawl Crawl at Fishguard Autumn Festival

Thursday 29th October

Yng Ngheredigion

Through film, live music, and story, Yng Ngheredigion celebrates violinist Rafe Fitzpatrick’s connection with his native Ceredigion. From chapels to raves, Mynydd Bach to Cantre Gwaelod, fairy realms and old mines, the essence of the region delivers expression to Rafe’s innovative composition and experimental sounds. Doors open at 7:30pm. Small World, Cardigan: http://www.smallworld.org.uk

Saturday 31st October

Dreadzone are back, bringing their eclectic fusion of dub, reggae, techno, folk and rock to the Queens Hall. Get ready for a stomping sell-out night and as it's Halloween come along in your spookiest outfit. Tickets available from Span Arts

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