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).Read more
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?Read more
Seen that National Trust list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 and ¾ ? Well you can tick most of them off during a single afternoon at Shearwater Lake, a large freshwater lake close to the village of Crockerton set amongst the woodlands on the Longleat Estate. Squeeze out the few last drops of summer sun and have a rollicking, good old-fashioned, out-doorsy, free day out on me.
The lake’s just over the border in Wiltshire (no passport required) but with those tall conifers, you could easily be fooled into thinking you’re in Scandinavia.Read more
From girls only robotics workshops to Yeovil’s answer to the Badminton Horse Trials – it’s all happening in Somerset…Read more
Like drinking cider? Then see how it gets into the bottle on this cider orchard walk. The walk starts and ends in the village of East Lambrook (grid ref ST 431190) and takes in some rather nice countryside including Burrow Hill and, at this time of year, stunning views of the flooded Levels – as well as a working cider press and still (where you can buy cider and cider brandy), a couple of pubs and a tearoom for sustenance at the beginning, middle and end.Read more