Golden orange leaves are crunching underfoot and spider webs hang daintily everywhere, glinting in the weakening sunshine: autumn is upon us. The change of seasons can be a good time for reflection. Maybe you need to make a change in your life, one that will have a positive impact on the world you live in – like shopping ethically and sustainably at G&S. Or maybe you just love having the excuse to stay indoors binge-watching box sets. If you do make it out and about this autumn, we’ve got some brilliant suggestions on what to do here.
Find a Fun Palace near you. A project inspired by renegade theatre maker Joan Littlewood in 1961, Fun Palaces – a utopian arts centre celebrating the arts and sciences - have been brought to life by writer and theatre-maker Stella Duffy and are coming to a park, pool or hall near you. It’s a free festival where communities come together to make, watch or teach art. Want to yarnbomb a groyne? Swim with mermaids? Make postcards out of cocoa paste? Well you can, but only this weekend (1 and 2 October). There are thousands of venues across the country all with different offerings. In Deptford alone you can join a flashmob, watch acrobatics, listen to a story-collecting project and engage in a food fight. Check out funpalaces.co.uk for more.
What to see
Frieze London and Frieze Masters are setting up camp again in Regent’s Park on October 5 – 8. Frieze London will showcase 160 contemporary art pieces from galleries from over 25 countries. On the other side of the park, Frieze Masters promises to “bridge the gap between ancient and mid-century art.” It’s an art lover’s dream.
What to visit
The word ‘vulgar’ has long been the fashion snob’s go-to expression for the very opposite of taste. But a style described as ‘vulgar’ one season, could easily find its way on the catwalk several seasons later. This highly provocative notion is explored in an exhibition at The Barbican, starting 13 October and running until February. The Vulgar, Fashion Redefined showcases over 120 outfits, ranging from historical costumes to couture, with contributions from Dior, Lacroix, Vuitton and Vivienne Westwood to name just a few.
What to watch
The Royal Court’s Father Comes Home From The Wars is getting rave reviews. The trilogy of short plays written by Pulitzer-prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks follows one African-American family through generations from slavery in the late 19th century up to the present day. Though compelling and political, it is also fun and moving, according to most critics. It runs until 22 October.
What to binge
Woody Allen’s new TV six-part show Crisis in Six Scenes launches on 30 September on Amazon about a middle-class family struggling with the cultural upheavals of the 1960’s. Little is known about the plot but preview trailers hint at a predictable age-gap romance, a common theme in Allen’s works. We like the look of the costumes, especially Miley Cyrus in full hippy garb.
What to eat
With Halloween at the end of the month, pumpkins are always on the menu in October especially when they’re roasted and blended into hearty soups. But other seasonal ingredients shouldn’t be ignored. Wild mushrooms are delicious with truffle oil in risotto and root vegetables like swede and chard make yummy soups too, or create a tasty crunch when added to salads.
What to wear
As the temperature starts to change we are looking towards warm layers to keep us warm in October. Woron's unbelievably soft Modal turtle neck bodies are the perfect base layer and go with pretty much anything. Meanwhile Tricotage's cosy virgin wool knits provide exactly the cosiness you will need as the night draws in. Lastly it is time to get your winter coat sorted. D.Efect's exquisite wool numbers are achingly cool but soft and warm at the same time - a worthwhile investment coming in this month. Pair everything with our brand new in MUD jeans - recycled and sustainably produced, they are a denim brand like no other.