The Week in Colour 26.10.20

Truman's Social Club | Amberley Museum | Nicer Tuesdays | The Originals | Spirited...


Make the most of the last week of this colourful month with our top recommendations of what to watch, read, listen to, explore, and much more. This week we bring you the lowdown on the UK’s largest beer hall, fun challenges for museum detectives on half term, a virtual talk to inspire creativity, a spirited novel to bring in Halloween and an uplifting podcast to brighten up your day.


DINE at Truman’s Social Club, the UK’s biggest beer hall and cultural venue which opens on Blackhorse Lane in Walthamstow on 29 October. The latest venture from the East End’s renowned 350 year-old Truman Brewery, the venue is not only a great place to dine and drink, but is also designed to celebrate East London’s rich history and local life with its weekly community-led programme of events including exhibitions, pop-up shops, gigs and film nights. Spanning a whopping 26,000 square feet, it boasts a giant beer garden, an on-site brewery serving over 20 different varieties of beer, and a vibrant street-food market offering some of the best local food from the likes of Zero Sushi and Last Night A Vegan Saved My Life. Open all day, seven days a week, the 700-capacity venue is currently limited to bookings of groups of six and has been designed with socially distancing measures in mind.


For more information, visit https://www.trumansbeer.co.uk/ and follow @trumansbeer on Twitter.


VISIT Amberley Museum's Where’s Wally Spooky Museum Search. Set in the stunning South Downs National Park, Amberley Museum is a real gem for countryside and history-lovers. A unique place to explore the working past of English rural life, exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway, vintage buses and 36 acres of fascinating industrial heritage and landscape. For families, this half term there is also a chance to release your inner detective in collaboration with bestselling book series, Where’s Wally, as part of a nationwide Spooky Museum Search to get kids exploring museums in a new way. Finding letters around the museum will unlock a spooky phrase, with prizes to be won for the best sleuths.


The Where’s Wally Spooky Museum Search at Amberley Museum runs from 28 October to 1 November. For more information visit https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/. Follow @Amberley_museum @kidsinmuseums and @WalkerBooksUK on Twitter for updates.


WATCH It’s Nice That’s virtual event, Nicer Tuesdays, a monthly talk bringing together four speakers from the creative world. Acclaimed designers, illustrators, animators and editors who have worked with some of the biggest brands in the world including Apple, Google and Bloomberg will share the creative processes behind their latest projects offering a unique insight into their fields of work. Helsinki-based designer, animator and director Lucas Zanotto will shine a light on his multi-disciplinary approach combining installation, commercial directing, digital loops and 3D animation. Artist and illustrator Sophy Hollington, who specialises in relief prints and lino cutting, will talk about her latest project to design a cover for the New York Times Magazine. American-Dominican artist Luis Alberto Rodrigues creates movement-infused photography inspired by his background as a dancer. He will discuss his recent series People of the Mud, a project exploring the collision of tradition and modernity. The visual editor for The New York Times, Tracey Ma, will offer a unique insight into the creative process of delivering daily eye-catching visuals for the publication. With an inspiring and eclectic line up of speakers delving deep into their creative practices, this online event is a unique source of inspiration for anyone interested in design.


Nicer Tuesdays takes place this Tuesday (26 October) via It’s Nice That’s online events platform.  For more information, visit itsnicethat.com and follow @itsnicethat and #nicertuesdays on Twitter.


LISTEN to The Originals, the new podcast presented by Captain Sir Tom Moore. At a time when the country was in the midst of a dispiriting and crippling national lockdown, an unlikely hero emerged, capturing the hearts of a nation. Captain Tom’s sensational fundraising efforts not only raised £32m for the NHS, but also lifted our moods at a time when we most needed it. Now, in partnership with Cadbury and Age UK’s ‘Donate Your Words’ campaign, the veteran is up to more of his feel-good antics, this time presenting his very own podcast series aiming to encourage people to start conversations with the elderly and help combat loneliness. In The Originals, Captain Tom - who at the tender age of 100 years-old becomes one of the oldest podcast presenters ever - interviews fascinating older people to show just how enjoyable, inspirational and rewarding chats with the elderly can be. Captain Tom’s special guests include marathon runner John Starbrook, bodybuilding champion Winston Garvey, and fellow pandemic hero, expert skipper Rajinder Singh. With so many people, particularly the elderly, suffering from loneliness and isolation during the pandemic, this podcast is a timely and potent reminder that we should all enjoy the ‘originals’ among us as much as possible. Captain Tom – we salute you!

Captain Sir Tom Moore presents The Originals is available to download via Apple, Spotify and other channels. Follow @captaintommoore @CadburyUK and @AgeUK and the hashtag #DonateYourWords on Twitter for updates.


READ Spirited by Julie Cohen. This critically-acclaimed historical novel takes readers on a riveting and powerful journey into the haunting and compelling world of spirit mediums and the spooky possibilities of Victorian photography. Breaking taboos and challenging the norms of 19th century society, a powerful connection ignites between two unusual and brilliant women. Bridging the gap between the spirit world and this one, this is a moving, and profound story of love, grief, rebellion and the mysterious forces that often seem just out of sight. Perfect reading for an eerie October evening and for lovers of the strange paradoxes at the heart of love, loss and belief, this bestseller will truly get you in the Halloween spirit.

Spirited by Julie Cohen is out now, published by Orion in all formats, and available at all book retailers. Follow @julie_cohen and @orionbooks on Twitter.


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