Music, comedy and theatre in Spalding this autumn

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A regular column from South Holland Centre in Spalding.

We’re leaping straight into the autumn season and once again we’ve got an eclectic packed programme of music, comedy, health activities, theatre and family friendly events to see you through the shorter days and darker nights.

So why not start with a fabulous night out courtesy of (Neasdon’s Queen of Soul) Mari Wilson? Her concert ‘Ready Steady Girls’ on Friday, September 18 celebrates the songs of ’60s female British icons. As a throwback to Mari’s ’80s smash hit, you can also enjoy a ‘Just What You’ve Always Wanted’ cocktail from the bar – all will be revealed on the night!

On another ’80s musical note, chart-topping Scottish band Big Country stop off in Spalding as part of their nationwide ‘Best Of’ tour on Saturday, October 31, a rare chance to see them perform locally.

Two popular BBC names also make their way to the fens this season with lively and fascinating talks. First up is naturalist and BBC Springwatch Unsprung presenter Nick Baker who brings his exciting show ‘Weird Creatures Live’ to Spalding on Friday, October 16.

Then on Thursday, November 12, BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? presenter and journalist Jonathan Dimbleby brings his fresh and provocative Battle of the Atlantic tome to life.

Finally, we’re making a call to all self-confessed geeks, or to the people who know one! The event is Festival of the Spoken Nerd and the date is Wednesday, November 11. Suitable for over 14s, the show is presented by three charismatic self-proclaimed nerds, Matt Parker, Steve ‘Danger’ Mould, and Helen Arney. A real one-off that has taken the Edinburgh Festival by storm.

Visit southhollandcentre.co.uk for the full programme.