1920s Jazz Age: Fashion & Photographs, The American Museum in Britain, Claverton, nr Bath, Sat 18 March-Sun 29 Oct
Flapper dresses, gold lame coats and lots of other garb from Roaring Twenties in the US of A on display (you can even try some stuff on and take a selfie), with candid photos of early 20th century celebrity by James Abbe. Visit this Saturday and you can learn to dance the Charleston – and if you dress in 1920s costume you’ll get free entry.
Grayson Perry – Typical Man in a Dress, Colston Hall, Bristol, Weds 2 Nov
Only five dates on this quiet, unassuming man’s one-off UK live theatre tour – and one of them’s just up the road. An intelligent evening of laughs, discussion, insight and costume changes are promised from the artist, writer, presenter and Turner Prize winner who asks, whilst wearing a frock, ‘what is masculinity and what can it become?’ And guess what?
It’s National Chocolate Week so stay in and scoff – or take it with you…
I take the Muddies to live theatre any chance I can. They’re captivated by the magic of the lights, sets, costumes and ‘real’ performers and it fires their imagination in a way that’s a joy to see *wipes tear from eye*. And here’s the perfect show…
If best cow competitions in the traditional agricultural Yeovil Show or vintage steam engines in the Yeovil Steam & Country Show (both on this weekend), don’t rock your boat, then read on…
Bristol Harbour Festival, Fri 15-Sun 17 July
This looks absolutely fab. Four miles of entertainment and activities – arts, circus (lots of circus), dance, music, comedy, nautical capers, world food and drink – in and around Bristol’s Harbourside.
Green Scythe Fair, Thorney Lakes, Muchelney, Sun 12 June
You saw it in Poldark; now see it here – scything, that is. Watching a field of very long grass being cut might seem akin to watching paint dry but there’s a certain mesmerising beauty to the rhythm of the scythers mowing their swathes across the fields. Mowers have to mow a 5m square area, as fast, as evenly and as close to the ground as possible using a traditional scythe (think Grim Reaper).
Fanny’s Meadow, secret Somerset location, Thurs 2-Sun 5 June
Over 40 original bands on three stages, silent movies, kids’ activities, workshops, food, booze and wild camping in a field by a deep, slow running river – somewhere on the Somerset levels. Bring unwanted guitars: they’re sending them over to the Calais and Dunkirk camps.
Wells Comedy Festival, venues across Wells, Fri 3-Sun 5 June
Comedy clubs all over London will be a little lighter on laughs this weekend: seems like most of the UK’s top comedians will be at the second annual Wells Comedy Festival.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 16-Sat 21 May
Based on Truman Capote’s novel of the same name, the romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany’s is set in New York City in 1943. Fred, a penniless young writer from Louisiana, becomes infatuated with his charming, vivacious and elusive neighbour Holly Golightly (Emily Atack, Inbetweeners, Lies We Tell), whose suitors include a playboy millionaire and the future president of Brazil.
Wells Film Festival, Wells, Thurs 21-Sun 24 April
‘Kings and Queens’ is the theme of the very first Wells Film Festival, which starts off this Thursday with a traditional English tea party at the Spinning Wheel Tea Rooms in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday, followed by a showing of A Royal Night Out at the Wells Film Centre. The festival continues with a weekend packed with films, including a special al fresco performance of the new film The Huntsman Winter’s War at the Bishop’s Palace Gardens (BBQ and a drink included but bring your own blanket).
Bath in Fashion, various locations across Bath, Mon 18-Sun 24 April
Put that fleece back into the wardrobe, get out your glad rags and join the fashion pack descending on the city of Bath for a week-long celebration of fashion: it’s Bath in Fashion. There are SS16 catwalk shows, talks, in-store events, films, workshops and appearances by top names in British and international fashion. You can find a complete list of events here.