What's On in October

October 1

• Irish Set Dancing at Dinder Village Hall, BA5 3PF. Workshop 11am-1pm, £3; ceilidh 2pm-5pm, £3; bring and share lunch 1pm-2pm. For more details, call 01458 210051.

October 2

• Fashion Show being held for Macmillan Cancer Support by Travelling Trends at The Swan Hotel, Wells. Tickets, £6.50, can be bought in advance from Sue on 07980 115263. The garments can be tried on, purchased and taken home on the night.

October 7

• Wells & Mendip Astronomers, Wells Library and Space Detectives are joining forces for a celebration of the Cassini-Huygens and Voyager missions to the outer solar system. There will be exhibitions on these famous spacecraft in the library in Union Street, Wells, from 10am-3.30pm, as well as spectacular displays of astrophotography and activities for all the family. 

• Open Day for therapies and pilates in the newly refurbished Pilates Body Aligned Studio, Market Street, Wells, 10am-3.30pm. Taster sessions £5 for 20 minutes, call 01749 679015 to book.

• One World Fair featuring more than 30 charities, Wells Town Hall, 10am-4pm.

October 8

• Wells Food Festival, 10.30am-4.30pm, stretching from the Market Place to the Recreation Ground.

• Wells Art Contemporary Rewind exhibition at The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, showcasing new work from previous winners of the annual contemporary art competition. Open daily until October 21. Admission price covers the exhibition and access to the Palace and Gardens. 

• Children’s Society quiz at The Britannia Inn, Wells, 7.30pm. Teams of four £5 per person to include light refreshments. To book, call Terry on 01749 672342.

• Cedars Hall, 5.30pm. Walton’s Facade: William Sitwell will recite his great-aunt Edith Sitwell’s famous series of poems to accompaniment by William Walton. He will be joined by Radio 4 presenter Zeb Soanes. They will be preceded by chamber orchestra Covent Garden Sinfonia. Box office: 01749 834483.

October 10

• Wells and District Floral Art Society presents a demonstration, These Boots Are Made For Walking, by Rosemary Kerr, 2.15 pm, St Thomas Church Hall, Wells.

• Wells Railway Fraternity meeting, Wells Town Hall, 7.30pm. Non-members £4. More details from Andrew Tucker, 01749 830695.

October 12

• A Story in Stone guided walk from Wells Museum, 3.30pm-4.30pm. Part of the Mendip Rocks! Festival of Geology taking place all month. More at mendiphillsaonb.org.uk or call 01749 840156.

October 13

• Start of Wells Festival of Literature, which runs until October 21. More details at wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk

October 14

• Wells SOUP! Enjoy a light lunch and a fascinating event at the city’s own Dragons Den, Seager Hall, Union Street, Wells, from 1-2pm. For details phone 07715 770454.

• Sale of pre-loved and vintage items – furniture, pictures, Liberty fabrics, kitchenalia, ornaments, clothes and more, Dinder Village Hall, 10am-4pm. Tea, coffee and home-made cakes. Parking.

October 15

• Start of new music wells at Wells Cathedral which runs until October 19.

October 18

• Public event examining modern slavery: the national picture tea and briefing with the Right Rev Dr Alastair Redfern, lead bishop on modern slavery, Wells Cathedral Quire, 3pm-4pm.

October 21

• Artisan market, Wells Town Hall, with more than 20 stalls selling hand-made crafts, 10am-4pm. Admission free.

October 22

• Explore Ebbor Gorge Family Fun Day, 10am-4pm. Booking for guided walks: 01458 860120, simon.clarke@naturalengland.org.uk. Part of the Mendip Rocks! Festival of Geology.

October 23

• PilogaFit spine and core stability exercise class, Connect Centre, Wells, 5.30pm-6.30pm. Drop in, pay as you go, £5.

• Latest in the series of lectures by art historian Joanna Cobb: Van Eyck, the Ghent altarpiece and cultural flowering in 15th century Burgundy. Dinder Village Hall, 7.30pm-9.30pm, £8/£15 for two including refreshments and handouts. Call 01458 832178 or email joannacobbthebiggerpicture@outlook.com for more information.

October 26

• PilogaFit spine and core stability exercise class, Connect Centre, Wells, 9.30am-10.30am. Drop in, pay as you go, £5.

October 28

• Mendip Rocks! Festival Finale at Wells Museum, A Blast From The Past geo talks and lunch, 9.30am-4pm, £15 to include ploughman’s lunch. More at mendiphillsaonb.org.uk or call 01749 840156.

• Ghost walk leaving from The Crown in the Market Place at 7pm. Approx 1.5 hours, £6 adults, £2 children. For more details call Siobhan on 01749 672438.

October 30

• Paintings & Prints by Sarah de Say: Mendip/Coastal Studies and a Racing Certainty, Wells & Mendip Museum until November 27. Most paintings are oils; other exhibits include pen and ink, water-based paints, and glass/ceramic. Museum entrance £3.

• Picture, top: An artist’s impression of Voyager in interstellar space, courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltecha. See October 7.