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  Special events
OKTOBERFEST 2020, Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5LU Saturday 31st October, Doors open at 1pm The world-famous Oktoberfest is coming to Bury St Edmunds this autumn, transforming Nowton Park (Nursery) into a Bavarian biergarten. Offering a taste of authentic German culture, traditional street food, live entertainment and only the best Oktoberfest beer. Over 18 event, no pets permitted on site. This event will take place in large marquees, social distancing guidelines must be observed. Tickets from £39, available from: st-edmunds-2020
GAIA (EARTH NETWORK), The Apex, Bury St Edmunds;
Saturday 3rd to Sunday 18th October Following the huge success of Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ installation at The Apex in 2019, they are delighted to present his spectacular installation ‘Gaia’, a seven-metre replica of planet Earth. See feature on pages 12 & 13. Booking essential.
FRIDA KAHLO, Cambridge Picturehouse; Thursday 22nd October, 6:30pm A film about the life and work of the Mexican-German painter, known for her portraits and self-portraits. Often described as a magical realist, and with much of her work inspired by the folk art of Mexico, Frida Kahlo had a distinctive vision. A bold artist and a passionate woman, she has become one of the most mythologised figures of 20th - century painting, almost a cult figure.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all events are subject to change and venues will have social distancing, mask-wearing and sanitisation protocols in place. It is advised that you check with the venue before travelling.
WRITERS’ RETREAT, Bury St Edmunds Guildhall, Guildhall St IP33 1PR; Saturday 10th October, 10am-5pm Where social distancing is not an obstacle but a blessing! Are you a budding writer or an experienced author? Has the lockdown sparked your imagination or given you writers’ block? Immerse yourself in the creative process (and avoid distractions!) at the Guildhall, one of Bury St Edmunds’ most beautiful venues. Following the success of the springtime retreat, they offer another relaxed day especially for writers to explore their craft. With an historic setting and author Jackie Carreira on hand to give support, you are sure to be inspired! Tickets: £55 per person. Email if you would like to pre- order a sandwich lunch for an additional £5. Booking is essential.
SPOOKY SAXONS!, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, West Stow, Icklingham Rd IP28 6HG; Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November, 10-5 (last entry 4pm) Half term horrors at West Stow! Enjoy fun family activities in the Anglo-Saxon Village and Museum. There will be quizzes and stories to keep you entertained... are you brave enough to find the last rune by entering the Witchy Workshop? Visitors are required to wear a face mask whilst inside the museum, but not outdoors in the Anglo-Saxon Village. Standard admission charges apply. No booking required.
THE MUSEUM STRIKES BACK, Moyse’s Hall Museum, Saturday 24th October to Sunday 24th December The 12th
Annual Sci-Fi and Action Exhibition - an intergalactic exhibition for all ages. Screen-used props, artwork, studio replicas and meet an iconic 80s puppet-baddie. Celebrating two special Sci- Fi anniversaries as well as cult-classics from the small and big screens. 2020 marks 40 years since ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’ hit homes across the globe, whilst back in Britain Dr Who was capturing the public’s imagination during the tenure of one its most popular leads, Tom Baker. Moyse’s will be borrowing high-end screen used props from eras old and new. Meet a real Dalek! Standard admission prices apply. Booking not required. Opening times: Mon-Sat, 10-5 (last entry 4pm), Sun 12-4 (last entry 3pm). Enquiries: 01284 706183
THE REAL MIDDLE-EARTH TOUR, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, West Stow, Icklingham Rd IP28 6HG; Sunday 25th October, 1pm The Anglo-Saxon origins of The Lord of the Rings story are explored in this guided tour. Find out about the links between Tolkien and the Anglo-Saxon world on a guided tour from a member of the Tolkien Society and a Middle-earth enthusiast. The Anglo-Saxon Village was also a set used in ‘Born of Hope’, a fan film which prequels The Lord of the Rings. The tour, which lasts a little over an hour, concludes with a ‘riddle battle’ like that in The Hobbit. This is partly an outdoor event so please wear sensible clothing. Suitable for adults and/or accompanied young people 10 years and over.Normal parking fees apply. Tickets: Adult £20, Child £10, via
Agenda editor Andrew Deane

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