This week’s new events

The Ukulele Handbook | Nottingham Goose Fair | The World Stone Skimming Championships | Out & about

The Ukulele Handbook, On tour

This hand luggage-friendly tour of literary festivals and bookshops sees Idler magazine founders Tom Hodgkinson and Gavin Pretor-Pinney exercising their calluses as they seek to convert readers into players with their history of the most pint-sized of stringed instruments. The pair’s Ukulele Handbook is as much about the story of the instrument as it is about how to play, so there will be plenty of discussion on everything from George Formby to Hawaiian harmonies.

Dulwich Books, SE21, Tue; then touring


Nottingham Goose Fair

Not your average fly-by-night funfair, Nottingham Goose Fair has origins dating back more than seven centuries as a market for fat Michaelmas geese. These days, around 400,000 funseekers are drawn to attractions ranging from old-fashioned carousels to rides such as this year’s newcomer, Air, which dangles you 30m above the ground. Once reunited with your stomach, a global food menu awaits, although one local bird proves a perennial favourite: the boiled sugar roosters known with a fairground wink as “cocks on sticks”.

Forest Recreation Ground, Wed to 6 Oct


The World Stone Skimming Championships, nr Oban

If you want to pit your skimming skills against the best you’ll need to hop on a ferry to the smallest permanently inhabited island of the Inner Hebrides. The championships have been taking place for 15 years and offer the opportunity to compete in a range of seven categories. Rules are stringent and you’ll have to choose a regulation-friendly stone, skim it at least three times, and stay in your own lane to be in with a chance of returning home with a medal.

Easdale Island, Sun


Out & about

Stocktoberfest, Stockport, Sat & Sun

Bavarian booze comes to the north-west with this bratwurst and oompah-pah-laden mash-up.

Victoria Market Hall

Buy Art Fair, Manchester, Sat & Sun

Affordable art is the order of the day here with work ranging from £50 all the way up to £5,000.


Brixton Food Fest, London, Mon to 5 Oct

The area’s gentrification continues apace, with an international food market, plus local foodies displaying their wares.

Various venues

Abandon Normal Devices, Liverpool, Thu to 5 Oct

Digital culture, cinema and art are placed centre-stage at this forward-thinking get-together.

Various venues

Light Night, Leeds, Fri

Let there be light! Leeds gets a light-focused makeover with 50 free art events littered around the city; just don’t mention the electricity bill.

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