As the nights grow darker and we whack the thermostat up, it can be tempting to crash into bed after work for a night with nothing but non-stop Netflix and soup on the agenda.
From the capital’s must-see (must-Instagram) exhibition of the year to late night museum openings happening across the country, these are the dates to mark in your calendar this season.
Yayoi Kusama’s latest exhibition
When Yayoi Kusama brought her debut exhibition to London a few years back, the streets were lined with iPhone-clutching millennials – all desperate to Instagram her now-famous Infinity Mirror Room.
Now, those who missed out will be pleased to learn that the Japanese artist is back at Victoria Miro.
The highly-anticipated exhibition will features works from her ‘Eternal Soul’ series alongside new paintings and those all-too-familiar pumpkins. Just make sure to arrive early with a coffee to hand if last year’s queues are anything to go by.
Free from 3rd October to 21st December at the Victoria Miro in London
Frieze Festival 2018
Frieze London has returned to Regent’s Park for its 16th season this autumn with an impressive line-up of emerging and established artists set to take over the capital’s landmark.
The event kick-starts on October 5 and guests will have the chance to visit must-see exhibitions, talks and film previews over the weekend. The Stephen Friedman Gallery is home to David Shrigley’s latest work and includes five tongue-in-cheek neon pieces by the artist.
Frieze Sculpture will also run until October 7 with 25 outdoor artworks on display.
For further information, visit the website
Museums at Night 2018
The brainchild of Brighton-based arts charity Culture24, Museums at Night is a festival of lates in museums and galleries across the UK. Set to take place from 25 to 27 October, the event will enable art-lovers to check out some of the most famous houses, libraries and archives after-hours.
The Bronte Parsonage Museum is one of the oldest literary societies in the world, founded in 1893 in the picturesque village of Haworth in West Yorkshire. The well preserved house is dedicated to the Bronte sisters, Anne, Charlotte and Emily, and their brother and father. Purchase one of the books in the gift shop and be sure to collect the exclusive Bronte seal stamp before wondering the cobblestone streets……… Follow us for daily updates and read real travel reviews when you subscribe to the Well Travelled magazine. Get the first edition FREE at https://welltravelled.com.au/magazine/ and tag your pictures #welltravelledau
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For further information, visit the Museums at Night website
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
Remember, remember… to book a spot at Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival on November 5. The annual display has been drawing thousands of visitors to its famous hill for over 150 years – impressive, huh?
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But it comes as no surprise, as there’s no greater spot in London to watch the action unfold across the capital’s skyline. There will be two firework displays and a roaring bonfire on November 2 and 3rd so make sure book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Tickets are now available to purchase on the Alexandra Palace website
The UK’s largest pumpkin picking festival
Who said children should steal all the fun come Halloween? Farmer Copleys in West Yorkshire is famed for its annual pumpkin picking festival with over 120,000 hand-planted every season.
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After a tough afternoon in the great outdoors, enjoy a well-earned cuppa in the award-winning farm shop. The pumpkin festival is free to attend and will run from Saturday 6th October.
For more information, visit the Farmer Copleys website
Catch a scary movie at the Natural History Museum
When the lights go out and the day’s final tourists head for the last tube, the Natural History Museum will welcome daring guests into the historic Hintz Hall this Halloween.
From Sunday 28 October, London’s landmark will host four screenings with the likes of ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘The Shining’ on the agenda.
So gather up your pals and enjoy a spooky movie night in one of the capital’s most famous buildings. Just don’t spill your popcorn.
Tickets are now available to purchase on the Natural History Museum website
Christmas at Kew Gardens
Even the most self-confessed Scrooges amongst us will struggle not to melt under Kew Garden’s festive glow. For the past six years, the botanical garden has invited thousands to witness its winter trail with twinkling lights dotted across its lake and Palm House Pond.
This year is set to be its biggest yet with millions of Christmas-hued pea-lights and a plethora of laser beams lined up for a seriously Insta-worthy spectacle.
The event kick-starts on Thursday 22 November and will run until Saturday 5 January at Kew Gardens.
Tickets are now available to purchase on the Kew Gardens website
The Padstow Christmas Festival
Chefs Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw will be on hand this festive season to show us how to cook up a dinner to remember.
Yes, Padstow Christmas Festival is back and always proves a must for foodies with pop-up stalls, booze and demonstrations aplenty. For those in need of burning off one too many mince pies, there’s a Santa Fun Run on the agenda too.
The event runs from 6-8 December 2018.
For further information, visit the website
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