Editor’s picks, what’s on this weekend, 18-20 October

From early pumpkin carving at Morden Hall Park to a Ronnie Scott’s celebration, here’s what’s on this weekend


Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club 60th anniversary

A celebration of one of the world’s most iconic music venues, Ronnie Scott’s, direct from the world-famous jazz club, at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. The club made its name in the late 1950s and has hosted the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Nina Simone. Today it continues to champion jazz and showcases talent from up and coming, and well-established stars.
20 October; 7.30pm
Rose Theatre
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Pumpkin carving festival at Morden Hall Park

It may be a tad early to get into the spirit, but as the evenings draw in and the temperature drops, we’re starting to think about all things Halloween. Drop into the Stableyard to pick your pumpkin, create a carving and light it with a LED light.
19-23 October; see website for times
Morden Hall Park 

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pumpkin patches in Surrey


Halloween at Battersea Power Station

From an eerie ear-making workshop, to a Halloween Hunt, Battersea Power Station is going all out this year for a spooktacular festive celebration. This weekend, children can pop by to create their own pair of cat, wolf or monster ears to take home, and there is also a Halloween hunt for the intrepid families where clues and riddles will guide you to the final prize.
18-20 October; see website for details
Circus West Village

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The UK’s biggest vintage fair comes back to Balham where you can find all sorts of one-off furniture to enliven your home. The flea will be brimming with mid-century and vintage antiques and there is also an onsite tea room to keep you fuelled.
20 October
Balham SDA Church
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Community bulb planting

It may only be October but at Brompton Cemetery, they’re looking ahead to the springtime with a community bulb planting. Come along and embrace the great outdoors with a potter around this fascinating place of Victorian history.
19 October; 10am-1pm
Brompton Cemetery
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Autumn art fair

Landmark Arts Centre will be showcasing over 75 exhibitors at the second of its bi-annual contemporary visual art fairs. Local and national artists will be displaying their work for you to discover and to buy, across a wide range of mediums.
19-20 October; 10am-5pm
Landmark Arts Centre
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Ruby Wax at Richmond Theatre

The follow up to Ruby’s sell out shows, ‘Sane New World’ and ‘Frazzled’ Ruby takes on some big topics about sanity, our mental health, and what the future holds. Read our exclusive interview with the comedian and actress here.
20 October; 7.30pm; £26.15
Richmond Theatre
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Ruby Wax: A Beautiful Mind


Conifer show

Join the British Conifer Society for displays and talks about conifer care and use along with talks and propagation demonstrations. Find out about conifers for every size and aspect of garden as well as unusual cones and plants for sale.
20 October; 11am-4pm
RHS Wisley
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