What’s on: Welcome in the autumn with home and garden inspiration


How does your garden grow? In the case of Beervelde park – the venue for three days of family fun this weekend – the answer is ‘beautifully’. Also hot this week are Interieur in Kortrijk, to scratch all your design itches, and Brussels’ very first cello festival

Garden Days

The Garden Days event at Beervelde park near Ghent is not just for the green-fingered. As well as beautiful horticultural displays, demos of the latest garden technology and hands-on workshops from expert flower arrangers, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

If the kids aren’t impressed by a Shetland pony ride, perhaps the tree climbing lessons will be more their thing? You’ll also find a petting zoo, a troupe of friendly alpacas and a selection of treehouses to explore, and you can throw in live music, local culinary specialities and a falconry display too. What better way to welcome in the autumn? 12-14 October, Beervelde


If you’re more of an indoor than an outdoor person, Kortrijk’s Biennale Interieur could be right up your street. It’s a blend of industry fair and city festival, with a packed programme of lectures, networking events and demonstrations of sustainable, meaningful design. Carole Collet of Central Saint Martins art school in London, for example, presents her intriguing Biolace project, connecting textiles, food production and sustainability, via a talk during Interieur and an ongoing exhibition at the city’s Texture museum. Activities take place around the city, and the whole event kicks off with a city-centre grand opening featuring food trucks, drinks and late-night openings. 17-22 October, Kortrijk Xpo, Doorniksesteenweg 216 (fair); 18 October-4 November, Sint Maarten Hospital, Burgemeester Vercruysselaan (festival)

Brussels Cello Festival

Finally, the first edition of the Brussels Cello Festival is welcoming some top international cellists to the capital for a three-day programme of solo recitals, concertos, masterclasses and chamber music ensembles, under artistic director Han Bin Yoon. Originally from South Korea, the Brussels-based cellist says he was inspired to organise the event by the city’s international culture and openness to foreigners. The musicians will be performing work by Schuman, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, alongside hand-picked students from the country’s top music academies. 12-14 October, Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Zege op de Zavel & Royal Music Conservatory, Regentsschapstraat 30, Brussels