As Autumn approaches and schools break up for the October half-term, explore what’s on in West London | October 2023 and fill your diaries with an exciting range of events, from inspiring art exhibitions, stand-up comedy night and Oktoberfest celebrations to spooky trails and pumpkin carving, there is something to suit everyone.
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What’s on in West London | Hammersmith
From critically acclaimed musicals and concerts to summer art exhibitions, we highlight what’s on in West London | October 2023 in Hammersmith.
Sunday 1st October – Sunday 26th November – Flowers for Mrs Harris @ Riverside Studios
Based on the novel by Paul Gallico, Flowers for Mrs Harris, the critically acclaimed musical is performing live at Riverside Studios, with olivier award-winning Jenna Russell starring as ‘Ada Harris’.
The heartwarming musical is a celebration of friendship, kindness and carrying on in the face of grief.
Find out more about the performance on the Riverside Studios website here.
Wednesday 11th October – Men At Lunch @ Irish Cultural Centre
O’Cualain and Murphy’s splendidly enriching documentary is screened as part of Irish Cultural Centre’s Monthly Film Club.
The documentary tells the tale of Irish emigration behind an iconic image “Lunch atop a Skyscraper,” a photo taken during the construction of Rockefeller Centre depicting eleven workmen casually perched along a steel girder taking their lunch break.
For 80 years, the identity and stories of the eleven men and the photographer was a mystery. But at the start of the 21st century, the photograph began to give up some of its secrets. Part homage, part investigation, ‘Men At Lunch’ is the tale of an American icon, an unprecedented race to the sky and the immigrant workers that built New York.
Until 12th October – Riverside Studios Summer Exhibition @ Riverside Studios
Riverside Studios are showcasing local talent in their summer exhibition that will run until October 12th. Their goal is to create an event that is accessible, inclusive, and welcoming to all, regardless of the artists’ background or experience with art and to provide a meaningful platform for the incredibly talented people living in our community.
Mac Wysoczanski, Summer Exhibition Coordinator said, “this exhibition is not just about art; it’s about sparking conversations, making connections, and inspiring new ways of thinking. It’s a catalyst for positive change, and we invite you to be a part of it. Come and support local art, experience its transformative magic, and join us in envisioning a better world through the lens of our talented local artists.”
Friday 13th October – Freya Ridings @ Eventim Apollo
Singer-songwriter, Freya Ridings, is performing her ‘Blood Orange’ Tour in Hammersmith. It is the first full scale tour in four years.
Find out more on the Eventim Apollo website here.
Saturday 14th October – Jack @ Lyric Hammersmith
Little Seeds Music presents Jack, a new musical for families and children.
The performance features traditional stories, original songs, live music and storytelling. Throughout the performance there will plenty of opportunities for you to join in.
Wednesday 25th October – Family Craft Morning in the Coach House: “Gathering Leaves” @ William Morris Society
Investigate the textiles and wallpapers of William Morris and John Henry Dearle to develop your own Autumn collage with our selection of tissue papers, fabrics, ribbons, sequins and buttons.
Swirling leaves, glowing fruit and enchanting flowers will be the inspiration to produce your own design which you will take home.
Suitable for ages 6-12 years Price: £5 per child.
Thursday 26th October – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse @ Eventim Apollo
Witness the Academy Award® winning film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in a whole new way.
For the first time, the exhilarating film is brought to life on an high-definition screen accompanied by a mesmerizing fusion of live orchestra, turntables, and percussion playing the unforgettable score and soundtrack.
What’s on in West London | Shepherd’s Bush
From comedy nights and theatre performances to art classes, we highlight what’s on in West London | October 2023 in Shepherd’s Bush.
Throughout October – Children and Adult Art Classes @ Art-K
Art-K provides art classes for children aged 6-18 after school, on weekends, evenings and during school holidays, as well as art classes for adults.
Students can develop their artistic abilities in a relaxed and stimulating environment, with the opportunity to explore and experiment with different mediums.
The Autumn schedule includes new evening classes for students aged 11+ and 13+, as well as daytime adult classes.
To view the full timetable and book your classes, please visit their website here.
Friday 13th October – Oktoberfest @ Bush Hall
Join Bush Hall for their Oktoberfest celebration.
The event will feature a big Brass band playing two sets, a DJ, an interactive quiz with prizes and German steins.
Find out more about the event here.
Saturday 14th October – Saturday 4th November – Elephant @ Bush Theatre
Following its sold-out run in the Bush’s Studio last year, Elephant is back for three weeks at Bush Theatre.
Written and performed by Olivier award nominee, Anoushka Lucas, this solo show is “a coming of age drama, a critique of colonialism, a piano gig and a love story” (Evening Standard).
Find out more on Bush Theatre’s website here.
Friday 20th October – Bush Hall Presents with Kerry Godliman @ Bush Hall
If you’re a fan of stand-up comedy, comedian Kerry Godliman is performing at Bush Hall.
Kerry is a star of Mock The Week, Live at the Apollo and Taskmaster, and has also appeared on Netflix hit After Life, Hypothetical and many more.
She’ll be joined by several top-class names, including Tom Ward, Esther Manito and Aurie Styla.
What’s on in West London | Chiswick
From lively markets and flower workshops to stand-up comedy nights and award-winning screenings, we highlight what’s on in West London | October 2023 in Chiswick.
Sunday 1st October – Duck Pond Market @ Chiswick House and Gardens
The Duck Pond Market is a bustling market that offers a great selection of artisanal crafts, vintage finds, and delicious food. The market is set in a beautiful location, making it a peaceful and relaxing place to spend a few hours to admire 18th-century British architecture and wander through the landscaped gardens.
Friday 6th October – Clothes Upcycling @ Chiswick Town Hall
The clothes upcycling workshop is part of Hounslow’s older people’s festival for ages 60+.
Breathe new life into a piece of discarded or worn out clothing and turn it into something unique and beautiful using hand stitch, appliqué, machine stitch, paint and more at the clothes upcyling workshop.
These are drop in sessions and are free to attend. Call 020 3441 5288 or visit hounslowseniorstrust.org.uk to register.
Friday 6th October – Autumn Tablescape Workshop @ Chiswick House and Gardens, 10.30 am – 1.30 pm
Join designers and photographers Leigh Chappell and Janne Ford in the Kitchen Garden for a morning of floral styling.
They will guide you through the art of creating a seasonal bowl with freshly harvested produce from the edible garden and teach you how to create stand out images of your floral masterpieces.
Selected Sundays through 1st October to 19th November – Rob Newman @ Theatre at the Tabard
Join Rob Newman at Theatre at the Tabard as he tries out new material for his next stand-up tour ‘Life-Size Nation’.
Saturday 14th October – Bernardine Evaristo in Conversation @ Chiswick House and Gardens
Bernardine Evaristo, one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary authors will be in conversation with Yomi Ṣode, an award-winning Nigerian British writer at Chiswick House and Gardens.
A selection of books will be available to buy and the talk will be followed by book-signing with both authors.
Find out more about this special event on the Chiswick House and Gardens website here.
Sunday 15th October – Chiswick Cheese Market @ Chiswick High Road
The Chiswick Cheese Market is growing in popularity, offering over 150 artisan cheeses, associated produce and kitchenalia.
This month, they are joining forces with The Academy of Cheese, who will be running their Big Cheese Weekender live from the Chiswick Cheese Market and hosting a market almost twice the size as their usual, with events, workshops, tastings and other delights available.
It’s a market not to miss out on.
Saturday 21st October – Chiswick Repair Cafe @ Christ Church Turnham Green
If you have any worn or broken items, head to The Chiswick Repair Cafe, where helpful volunteers will assist you in repairing your items, teach you how to repair them, or offer advice on what can be done.
You can attend the event for free, but you will need to pay for any necessary parts. A donation towards the running costs of the cafe is also advised.
Sunday 29th October – Seance on a wet afternoon @ Chiswick Cinema
The film follows Myra Savage, a working-class British housewife who reinvents herself as a medium, hosting seances in her home with the hidden assistance of her husband, Billy. In an attempt to enhance her credibility as a psychic, Myra and her husband stage a kidnap of Amanda, the young daughter of a wealthy couple, so that Myra can help the police “find” the missing girl, solve the crime and increase her fame as a psychic.
Tuesday 31st October – Magic @ Chiswick Cinema
Directed by Richard Attenborough, Magic is a film about a magician’s assistant, Corky, who after performing disastrously at his first solo appearance, is given a ventriloquist dummy called “Fats” to improve his act. Within a few years, Corky is at the height of fame. However Fats has developed a mind of his own and wants to control Corky.
Magic is screened as part of the Lord Richard Attenborough: Centenary Year Celebrations. To find out more, visit the Chiswick Cinema website here.
Wednesday 25th October – Friday 27th October – Garden Together: Family gardening sessions @ Chiswick House and Gardens
Chiswick House and Gardens are hosting family-friendly gardening sessions in their beautiful historical Gardens.
It is a free voluntary event but registration is required. Find out more here.
What’s on in West London | October 2023
Sunday 8th October – ‘FRIENDS TO FRONTIERS’ PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: ANNABEL MOELLER @ Royal Albert Hall
Annabel Moeller’s artistic journey, spanning three decades of photography, is marked by her adventurous spirit and features an incredibly diverse array of subjects. She’s depicted a wide array of individuals, from catwalk models, ballet dancers, and opera stars to soldiers, surgeons, and everyday civilians.
“From Friends to Frontiers” charts Annabel’s transition from the spontaneity of film and darkroom techniques in the 1990s to the vibrant and versatile digital mediums of today.
See Annabel Moeller’s captivating exploration of photography at the Royal Albert Hall. Open day on Sunday 8th October between 1pm – 5pm. Free admission.
Friday 20th October – Sunday 22nd October – The Baby Show with Lidl GB @ Olympia London
Are you getting ready to welcome a little one into the world?
Shop everything you need for the bump, baby and you at The Baby Show.
With products available for every step of the parenting journey, this show is the ideal place for you to tick everything off your wish list.
Saturday 21st October – Pop Up Planetarium @ Gunnersbury Park Museum
Gunnersbury Park are teaming up with Wonderdome for a family fun event.
Learn about the stars, planets and hear the stories behind science fiction from the comfort of the museum.
Saturday 21st October – Mini Monsters @ London Museum of Water and Steam
Learn more about where our water comes from and the science behind cleaning the mini monsters known as bacteria in their Soggy Science show. Plus listen to stories and take part in arts and crafts.
Monday 23rd October – Wednesday 25th October – Halloween Broomstick Workshop @ Chelsea Physic Garden
Get ready for Halloween and craft your own broomstick using plant materials foraged at the Chelsea Physic Garden.
Customise your broomstick and learn about the craft of broomstick-making from around the world.
At the end of the workshop, participate in a broomstick ride around the garden and learn about the some of the plants in the garden.
Find out more about the workshop here.
Friday 27th October – Sunday 29th October – Pumpkin Carving @ Osterley Park
A family fun pumpkin carving event suitable for all ages.
Whatever face you want to carve, visit Osterley Park and carve a pumpkin for just £4.
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