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Indian Summer party

What: Indian Summer party
Where: Pumphouse, Battersea
When: 6-10pm, 24th September

Celebrate London’s Indian Summer (fingers crossed) with a free party at the gorgeous Battersea Pump House, a gallery set in, yes, an old pump house, in the most bucolic part of Battersea Park. Prepare yourself for a candlelit evening of esoteric autumnal whoopee, with Arcadian views of the lake. Delights include a moonlight serenade by Organ Octet, a reading of Anna & The Witch's Bottle, a mini-Gin Palace hosted by Sacred Gin (where you’ll get a free drink), a performance from thespian strings group Collectress, a delectable gourmet BBQ by Butcher & Grill, and a chance to place your bets on the Terrier Derbys. Image courtesy of Omni Colour.

While you're there: Check out the Pump House’s current exhibition – works by Robert Stone, featuring a gorilla being stood up on a blind date and parachuting fashionistas.


Bite the Mango

What: Bite the Mango
Where: Bradford
When: 26th to 27th September

Bradford’s Bite the Mango rounds up the best of contemporary ethnic world cinema this weekend. On show are the best, newest films from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Turkey. Bhardwaj’s Bollywood smash hit Omkara – the story of Othello transferred to rustic Uttar Pradesh – will be accompanied by a classical South Indian dance performance. There’s a selection of films suitable for children, from the wonderful Iranian White Balloon to the visually mindblowing Baraka, and for Hip Hop historians, there’s also Hip-Hop at the Movies, showing classics, such as Beat Street, Do the Right Thing, and Boyz in the Hood.

While you're there: Bradford is famous for its curries, so eat out at Kashmir (25-27 Morley St), the city’s oldest curry house, featuring fantastically good food, cheap as chips prices, and a BYO policy.

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Bike Blenheim Palace

What: Bike Blenheim Palace
Where: Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
When: 4th October

Early October offers a rare chance to cycle around the lushest of World Heritage Sites, the vividly green, oak-shaded Blenheim Park estate. The park centres on the fantastical mansion designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor in the 18th century, and Bike Blenheim Palace is not only a chance to pedal around the spectacular grounds, but also celebrates cycling in all its forms. Shows, events and curiosities include vintage bikes, bike polo championships, a mountain bike stunt team, British Cycling's 'Go Ride' cycle skills for children, cyclo-cross, and a 20km time trial.

While you're there: Snuggle into the snugs and indulge in some intellectual conversation at Tolkein’s former local in Oxford, the 17th-century Eagle & Child (49 St Giles).

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Walk like a Lycian

What: Trekking the Lycian Way
Where: Turkey
When: Trip begins 17th October

How about spending an incredible week following the famous Lycian Way, one of the world’s most remarkable treks? You’ll experience Turkey’s dramatic coastal and mountain scenery, and stay in local village houses along the way, seeing a side of the country hidden to most visitors. The trip is offered by Exclusive Escapes , whose other available excursions include writing courses, sea kayaking along the rugged coastline of the Kekova region (you’ll camp on deserted beaches), serious walking in the Taurus mountains, and learning to cook Turkish vegetarian cuisine.

While you're there: Stay in a beautifully restored old Ottoman house in a town so lovely it’s a Unesco World Heritage Site: Safranbolu.

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