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Is your social diary looking decidedly light right now? Let us help you fix that! From cool exhibitions and talks to indie cinema and theatre offerings, we've got your calendar covered

CRAFTS: Beginners’ Stained Glass Workshop at Hylands Estate in Chelmsford, 17 October

Highlands House Estate Chelmsford

Fancy turning your hand to something creative? Head down to the Hylands Estate one day workshop to learn the art of stained glass crafts with the House’s resident glass artist Mona Marnell. Taking place from 10am-4pm, the class will teach you to cut and shape glass, applying copper foil and lead soldering, before picking out a Tiffany pattern to base your stained glass sun catcher on. All materials and tuition are included in the £90 price tag, as well as light refreshments throughout the day. Just make sure you wear old clothes or bring an apron to limit your staining to the glass! Check out hylandsestate.co.uk for full deets. 

CINEMA: I Am Greta + Q&A at Firstsite in Colchester, 18 October

I Am Greta

Kicking off at 2pm, this compelling documentary tells the story of trailblazing teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg using never-before-seen footage shot by Swedish director Nathan Grossman.

Starting with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, Grossman follows Greta – a shy schoolgirl with Asperger’s – in her rise to prominence, and her galvanizing global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world.

The film culminates with her astonishing wind powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City. Tickets cost from £6.50; call 01206 713700 to book.

THEATRE: Black, Essex and Here 2.0, digital event, 19 October

Following a successful session hosted by Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch, the Mercury Theatre in Colchester is now streaming a digital live-performance of this arts-inflected discussion about Black Essex voices. Join local creatives Danielle Kassaraté (actress), Allyson Ava-Brown (actress and singer), Anne Odeke (actress), Charleen Qwaye (actress), Chileya Mwampulo (director), Leah Kirby (singer and storyteller) for this spoken-word-style conversation about the stories that reflect Black women’s Essex heritage and experiences – and help to lead the charge for positive social change.

ASTRONOMY: Explore The Milky Way Galaxy at Copped Hall in Epping Forest, 14 October

Astronomy

Fancy yourself as a bit of a stargazer? Nip along to Epping Forest’s historic Copped Hall for a lesson on astronomy led by expert Ann Mills. Starting at 10.30am (yep, it’ll still be light out but bear with us), Ann will walk you through the wonders of our Milky Way and delve into the secrets of deeper space.

Beginning with the Solar System, you’ll learn all about the amazing discoveries made by the Hubble Telescope, explore new stars and galaxies, and find out which mysteries in the universe may soon be solved through space exploration. Sounds out of this world, right? The entire event is outside so wrap up warm, bring the dog and get ready for the your mind to be blown! Tickets cost £25 and include tea and coffee on arrival; please bring your own lunch. Secure your ‘space’ here now.

ART: START Art Fair at the Saatchi Gallery in London, 21-25 October

Hey Queenie, nice nose ring! This cool, contemporary art fair, which takes pieces from London’s top galleries, will go ahead this year with social distancing measures and an exceptional line up of artists including  Lincoln Townley,  Erika Navas and Nat Bowen. In addition to START Art Fair, Korean Eye’s 2020 exhibition Creativity and Daydream will be on show having travelled from The State Hermitage in St Petersburg after a six-month stay, featuring a wealth of emerging and established talent from South Korea. 

EXHIBITION: Among The Trees at The Hayward Gallery in Southbank, London, until 31 October

From Colombian rainforests and remote Japanese islands to olive orchards in Israel and a 9,550-year-old spruce in Sweden, this mixed media exhibition explores trees relationship to humans, featuring work from 37 international artists. You’re right on the Southbank so plenty of foodie options to head to after your culture fix. 

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