To Do List: HELLO!'s pick of events and new releases

It's been almost 16 years to the day since The Lion King premiered at the West End, so if you aren't one of the 12 million theatregoers who have already been dazzled by the Disney classic, why not grab yourself and the family a ticket?

For the adults, various events are happening in the capital to celebrate London Cocktail Week, and one particularly ambitious project will see bartenders attempt to build a bar in less than 24 hours. If you want to venture further from the capital, the Falmouth Oyster Festival in Cornwall is also running this weekend.

Read on for this week's new releases and events...


Miss You Already

Starring hit duo Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, Miss You Already is the touching story of two best friends Milly and Jess who navigate through the ups and downs of life. Inseparable from a young age, the pair can't remember a time when they didn't share everything, from secrets to clothes and even boyfriends. Nothing prepares them for the day Milly falls ill and their friendship is put to the test. Supporting roles from Dominic Cooper and Paddy Considine.



The Lion King

This month the Disney classic celebrates its 16th year on the West End stage. Loved by adults and children alike, The Lion King has been entertaining more than 12 million theatregoers in London since its first run in October 1999, so if you haven't popped down yet, now's a good time to. Expect classic hits from Elton John such as Circle of Life and Can You Feel The Love Tonight and be reunited with the animated film's memorable characters, like Simba, Nala and the amusing Timon and Pumbaa.

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London Cocktail Week

London Cocktail Week has returned and events around the capital carry well into the weekend. One of the more ambitious projects to date is the 24 Hour Bar Build, where some of the world's best bartenders are challenged to design, build and open a bar for one night only in under 24 hours. The bartending elite from London, New York, Singapore and Paris will go head to head and represent one spirit – Patrón Tequila, Bombay Sapphire gin, Grey Goose vodka and Bacardi rum – and one bar will be crowned the winner by the public. Tickets for the Saturday 10 October event cost £35 and include 5 cocktails.

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The Fabric of India

In celebration of the V&A's India Festival, the central London museum has opened a new exhibition entitled The Fabric of India, which explores the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles spanning from the 3rd century to the present day. For at least 6,000 years such material has existed in Indian society. Some fabric was used for courtly splendour while others are still a form of religious expression. Today, young designers are adapting traditional techniques to create exciting new fashion, art and design for a global audience, giving India's textile history a new relevance in the modern world. The exhibition runs until 10 January 2016 and tickets cost £14 each.

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Falmouth Oyster Festival

A fantastic foodie festival will descend upon Cornwall this weekend – the Falmouth Oyster Festival where guests can watch cookery demonstrations, meet top chefs and enjoy tastings of native oysters, wines, ales and other local produce. The four-day event, which runs until 11 October, marks the beginning of the oyster dredging season and celebrates the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornish seafood. It is free to attend and runs in Event Square.

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In her first ever book, popular comedian, writer and Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins answers the all-important questions such as, "Is Mary Berry real?", "Is it true you wear a surgical truss?" and "Is a non-spherically symmetric gravitational pull from outside the observable universe responsible for some of the observed motion of large objects such as galactic clusters in the universe?" Spectacles is the poignant, hilarious and widely praised debut memoir by the much-loved TV star.

Penguin, £9.50