Nigel Slater's Toast

What’s on in October: Things to do

From top-notch gigs not to be missed to exciting exhibitions, we look to the month ahead for our round-up of what’s on in October


Sh*t-faced Shakespeare

Coming to Epsom Playhouse and Farnham Maltings, Sh*t-faced Shakespeare is an Edinburgh award-winning production company where the cast enjoy a tipple or two before taking to the stage with Shakespeare’s classic stories – told like you’ve never seen them before.
1-3 October; see website for times; from £20
Epsom Playhouse

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See the lost dress of Elizabeth I

The Bacton Altar Cloth – a rare survival of Elizabeth I’s wardrobe, is on display at her former home – the iconic Tudor palace at Hampton Court.
12 October – 23 February; included in palace admission, members go free
Hampton Court Palace

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London Restaurant Festival

In its 11th year, the London Restaurant Festival celebrates the wealth eateries the capital has to offer. There are over 60 events taking place, including restaurant-hopping tours, tasting menus, masterclasses and exclusive chef-hosted events.
1-31 October; see website for details and locations
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Nick Sharratt’s Right Royal Draw-a-long

Join acclaimed children’s illustrator, Nick Sharratt, and draw along with him as he shows you how to recreate those famous Jacqueline Wilson characters, and really bring the stories to life.
31 October; 2pm; from £10
Farnham Maltings

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Oktoberfest at Pop Brixton

An annual Brixton celebration of all things ale will be heading to the much-loved POP this October. Expect steins aplenty and fancy dress, plus World of Wurst catering with its array of German sausage to see you through throughout the day. Read about all the other fantastic Oktoberfest events taking place across the capital here.
11-12 & 18-20 October; 12pm-11.30pm; free
POP Brixton
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Wimbledon BookFest

The annual cultural event that sees literature lovers flock to Wimbledon Common for a series of talks wit the likes of Levison Wood and Emily Mathais, plus comedy nights and events for little ones to discover a love of reading for life.
3-13 October
Wimbledon Common

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Bradley Wiggins: An Evening With

The cycling legend tells all, from fun-filled anecdotes straight from the Tour, to the inside scoop on the cycling world, to his evolution as a sports personality. Read our full interview with the cycling icon here.
6 October; 7.30pm; from £36.65
New Wimbledon Theatre 

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Nigel Slater’s Toast

An emotional, immersive and hilarious interpretation of chef Nigel Slater’s biography, Toast, which documents his whirlwind relationship with food and his tumultuous upbringing.
21-26 October; 2.30pm & 7.30pm; from £13
Richmond Theatre
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Le Gothique Beer Festival

This year, expect more cider than ever before with traditional and new wave fruity ciders, plus obscure beers. This year’s event has a special Halloween twist to coincide with the October festival.
30 October – 2 November; 6pm-11pm; £5
Wandsworth Common

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Manu Delago at the Southbank Centre

Discover the soothing sounds of the handpan like never before with a special performance from Manu Delago. This Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist has toured the world with the likes of Bjork and Anoushka Shankar and has won legions of fans for his peaceful music that propels you to another dreamy world.
3 September; 7.30pm; from £15
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Surbiton Ski Sunday 

Head to St Mark’s Hill, strap ice to your feet and ski down St Mark’s Hill for the annual ski sunday celebrations. The event will be raising money for Shooting Star Chase and Creative Youth so all help goes to a worthy cause.
14 October; 11am-1pm
St Mark’s Hill
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