The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Somerset Edition

Category: courses

Picks of the week

23 Mar 2017

What the Butler Saw, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 27 March – Sat 1 April

Joe Orton completed his famous, subversive, farce only weeks before he was murdered by his lover Kenneth Halliwell in 1967 at the age of 34 and he actually never saw the play performed. Considered totally shocking when it was first staged in 1969, it tells the tale of Dr Prentice (Rufus Hound),  a sex-obsessed psychiatrist in a private clinic, who’s attempting to interview and seduce a prospective secretary when his nymphomaniac wife, an over eager hospital inspector and a dim-witted policeman turn up.

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Mother’s Day in Somerset sorted!

12 Mar 2017

Everywhere gets so darn booked up for Mothering Sunday – as you’ll know, if you’ve ever spent the day before desperately trying to nab a restaurant reservation only to find it’s Burger King or bust. So in the interests of being super-organized, we’ve decided to get in there early this year with our guide to what to do with your mother – or your children – on Sunday 26 March (I can think of a few suggestions that aren’t quite in keeping with the spirit of the day, but let’s leave that there).

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Stonking stuff to do

26 Jan 2017

The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare The Freak,  Tobacco Factory, Bristol, Weds 25-Sat 28 Jan

On the menu: some corks, followed by fresh snake and a side order of cat. Tickle your tastebuds? The extraordinary, true, story of an 18th century Frenchman whose insatiable hunger and unusual diet led to him becoming a spy  and a medical experiment, has been made into a chamber opera for puppets by acclaimed Bristol Puppetry company Wattle & Daub.

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Muddy Guide Thurs 11-Weds 17 August

10 Aug 2016

Scratch ! 35mm animation workshop, Curzon Cinema, Clevedon, Sun 14 August

Budding animators: learn how to tint, scratch, cut and paste together 35mm film to create individual animations frame by frame, with the resulting animations joined together and screened to parents after the workshop.  This is part of the month-long series of events for children and adults called August loves Archives showcasing celluloid film and artefacts from the cinema’s collection.

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Praise be, it’s the weekly Muddy Guide

28 Jul 2016

Lots of things to do in Somerset, for the kids, for you, for the whole family…

Bristol Old Vic Summer School at Hauser & Wirth, Mon 1-Thurs 10 August

This is a brilliant opportunity for young people aged 11-19 to take part in the Bristol Old Vic’s summer theatre school, hosted by Hauser & Wirth in Bruton. Taking Martin Creed’s exhibition ‘What you find’ (currently on at the gallery) as a starting point, students will explore the theme of connection to the modern world (what it means to be yourself, not to be yourself or to try to be someone else) and devise a new play.

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The Muddy Guide: 26 May-1 June

26 May 2016

Burnham-on-Sea Food & Drink Festival, Sat 28 May

Somerset biltong, squirrel pies and steamed bau are just some of the delicacies you’ll find among more than 100 stalls of local food and drink in the 8th Burnham-on-Sea Food & Drink Festival. As well as the plethora of edibles and quaffables, there are free cookery workshops, the Great Burnham Bake Off, chef’s demos, BBQ and rustic fine dining feasts, buskers and sideshows. 

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floristry commission

25 Apr 2016

When I came home with the hand tied bouquet I’d made during a workshop at the Eden Wedding Florist and Flower School, a friend down from London Town asked where I’d bought my ‘stunning flowers’ *swells with pride*.   I have to admit, they did look rather good, dressed up in their fancy brown paper and cellophane. Whaddyathink?

Eden’s owner, florist and floral designer Jane Cowling, has been in the business of transforming a bunch of flowers into a work of art for 25 years and has been specialising as a wedding florist and flower school since 2014.

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Making Moghul chicken in the Mendips

15 Feb 2016

Having a dog-eared Madhur Jaffrey classic on the bookshelf and a cupboard full of Indian spices with use-by-dates that don’t start with 20  *hangs head in shame*, are the signs of someone who loves the idea of cooking Indian food but never actually does it.  Cue the half-day North Indian Adventure cooking class, one of Sweet Cumin‘s Indian home cooking classes in the tiny village of Clapton near Radstock – recently listed as one of The Guardian‘s top foodie cookery courses in the UK.

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