THINGS TO NOTE AND NO­TICE

Oc­to­ber is the month for stargaz­ing, sausages and for look­ing on the bright side

The Simple Things - - FRESH - Com­piled by: NATASHA GOOD­FEL­LOW

Oc­to­ber is when hedge­hogs start look­ing for a place to hi­ber­nate, so make their day by leav­ing some logs and branches in a shady part of the gar­den, ready for them to move in.

20-28 Oc­to­ber GLASSHOUSE THE­ATRE

The re­stored Tem­per­ate House at Kew Gar­dens is a won­der in it­self, but a week of the­atre at half term brings mu­sic, pup­petry and per­for­mance to­gether for an ex­tra sprin­kling of magic, help­ing vis­i­tors dis­cover more about its pre­cious plants; kew.org. “If you’re al­ways try­ing to be nor­mal you will never know how amaz­ing you can be” Maya An­gelou

WISH UPON A STAR

Moor­land walks, moon­lit swims, as­tropho­tog­ra­phy work­shops and stargaz­ing are all part of the Ex­moor Dark Skies Fes­ti­val, from 20 Oc­to­ber to 4 No­vem­ber. ex­moor-na­tion­al­park.gov.uk/en­joy­ing/ stargaz­ing/dark-skies-fes­ti­val

FRIGHT NIGHT

A creepy cas­tle or haunted house is clearly the best place to spend Hal­loween, and English Her­itage has upped the ante with spine-chill­ing events for adults and chil­dren alike at sev­eral of its prop­er­ties across the coun­try. en­glish­her­itage.org.uk/hal­loween

13 Oc­to­ber

En­joy pork prod­ucts ga­lore at the Lin­colnshire Sausage Fes­ti­val, held in the grounds of Lin­coln Cas­tle. lin­col­ncas­tle .com

WEAR IT WOOL

Don a woolly jumper, pair of socks or a scarf and you can feel smug (and snug) in the knowl­edge that what you’re wear­ing is not only nat­u­ral, re­new­able and biodegrad­able, it’s also help­ing to pro­tect a land­scape and way of life that goes back cen­turies. Find out more dur­ing Wool Week (a fort­night, in fact; 8–21 Oc­to­ber). cam­paign­for­wool.org

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