What's on in October

Otter spotting, wool spinning, an autumn festival Cawl Crawl and making you’re your own hawthorn ketchup are all adventures to be had this month!

Not to mention Schubertiade at Rhosygilwen and jumping off the Cleddau Bridge.

Saturday 1st October

Hips and Haws

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 from the Small World Theatre, Cardigan.

Hips & Haws - Small World Theatre

Sunday 2nd October

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. Don't forget to have a stroll around the park afterwards or enjoy delicious cream tea in the cafe.

Wednesday 5th 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. 

Otter walk - Stackpole Estate

Image credit : Jim Bebbington

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.

Saturday 8th October

West Wales Wool Show

Spinning, dyeing, weaving, knitting, crochet, felting – the Queens Hall in Narberth 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.

Sunday 9th October

Told by the Wind is a performance of movement and text that ‘dances’ an inner landscape and invites the audience to enter an imaginative space of possibilities. Critics have described the performance as ‘hypnotic’, ‘contemplative’, ‘mesmerising,’ and ‘hauntingly poetic’. Doors open at 2:30pm at the Small World Theatre, Cardigan

Barafundle Bay Triathlon

Get set for the very first Barafundle Bay Trailathlon; an adrenaline-fuelled day of sporting activity in the stunning Stackpole surroundings. It's time to run, make a splash and get muddy! Suitable for all ages.

Thursday 13th October

Comedy Club

Best known for playing Steve in the BBC sitcom ‘Ideal’, Seymour Mace was a finalist in the ‘So You Think You're Funny’ competition at Edinburgh Fringe. Joined by Tom Toal who performs heartbreaking but ultimately heart-warming material about life, love and what it is truly like to be Tom Toal in this crazy world. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets available from Span Arts

Comedy Club - Span Arts Oct16

Saturday 15th

Bungee off the Bridge

Thrill-seekers can head to Pembroke Dock for a unique chance to jump off the Cleddau Bridge. This second annual bungee jump is open to locals and visitors looking to bungee for fun, or jump to raise money for the charity, team, club or school of your choice. 

Bungee of the Bridge

Schubertiade at Rhosygilwen

The sublime Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams is leading the 4th Rhosygilwen Schubertiade feast on Saturday, with Sundays offering a full day of songs, music and readings.   

Wednesday 19th October

Live Music

Faustus are coming to Burnetts Hill Chapel. Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick, Saul Rose and Paul Sartin. They have a plethora of experience between them, brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Tickets £10 each, starts at 7.30pm.

Thursday 20th October

Span Jazz

Head over to the Plas Hyfred Hotel, Narberth, for a night with jazz musicians Duski. The brilliant young quartet, with Aiden Thorne and Dan Messore, feature guitar, sax, synth, tape loops and drums, and revel in spacious compositions and soundscapes. Tickets available from Span Arts

Half-term was so jam-packed with great family events we are creating another blog to cover them all. Posting soon.

Sunday 23rd 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. Live music from local band The Shooting Counters will help to create a celebratory atmosphere, while a special Roald Dahl-themed chocolate factory workshop run by the Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Co. will help capture the imagination of people of all ages. Starts at 10am.  

Wednesday 26th – Saturday 29th October

Fishguard Autumn Festival

This family-friendly 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, singing, fireworks and the infamous ‘Cawl Crawl Challenge’ on Saturday – bring a bowl and spoon!

Why not spend 48hours in Fishguard to explore the festival and the surrounding area.

Friday 28th Ocotober

Stargazing at Castell Henllys

Have the night skies changed since the Iron Age? Find out at our Dark Skies star gazing event. Experts will be on hand to tell you about the different constellations visible in the night sky. Booking essential: 01239 891319

Friday 28th - Saturday 29th October

Saundersfoot's Big Bang Weekend

Saundersfoot harbour will be the focus for great family fun including spooky bat trail, zombies and pumpkin competition plus Saturday evening is Fright Night with free fireworks. From noon each day.

Why not make a weekend of it and spend 48 hours in Tenby: explore the walled town and visit Saundersfoot's Big Bang.

Saturday 29th October

Lazy Habits & Sounds of Harlowe

Influenced by New Orleans Jazz, Soul and Hip Hop, Lazy Habits have made their presence known with their own brand of hard hitting beats and slick lyrics about modern British culture and urban life. Joined on the night by Sounds of Harlowe, delivering one of the most entertaining, dynamic and high-energy live sets you are likely to find. Formed in 2011, the alternative hip-hop collective blend elements of R&B, funk, soul and rock into their music, resulting in a truly unique sound. Big night out! Tickets available from Span Arts

Spans Arts Sounds of Harlowe

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