The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Somerset Edition

Category: fitness

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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On my soapbox : healthiness shouldn’t be a status symbol

31 Jan 2017

OK, it’s time to clamber back onto my soapbox. Actually, can you just bear with me while I do three sets of tricep dips off it first? As is the drill in January, I’m using this relatively quiet time of year, undistracted by mulled wine and stilton, to ramp up my health and fitness. Eating a bit less, moving a bit more, trying to jiggle into my lycra leggings that I’m sure didn’t feel like tighter than clingfilm this time last year.

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Muddy guide Thurs 29 Sept-Weds 5 Oct

29 Sep 2016

An Elephant in the Garden, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Weds 5 October

Just seen that are putting on a production of An Elephant in the Garden – a friend saw it at the Bristol Old Vic earlier in the year and said it was brilliant. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s book of the same name, it’s the story of Elizabeth, a teenage girl growing up in wartime Dresden who flees the advancing Russians with her mum – and an elephant (as you do).

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Muddy Guide: Thurs 18-Weds 24 August

18 Aug 2016

The Smartest Giant in Town, Walled Gardens of Cannington, nr Bridgwater, Sat 20 August

Open air theatre in a beautiful walled garden: George updates his image and then discovers it’s not how you look but how you feel that’s important. Folksy Theatre’s version of Julia Donaldson’s famous book.

5pm. £13.50 adult; £10 concession; £8 child; £38 2 adults/2under 16s. On the day, £15 adults; £12 concessions; £19 child; no family tickets.

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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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Muddy Guide: Thurs 5-Weds 11 May

4 May 2016

 Into the West, the egg, Bath, Sat 7 – Sun 8 May

A mysterious magical white horse comes out the sea mist and into the lives of two traveller children living on the 14th floor of a tower block on the outskirts of Dublin.  They end up on a wild ride across Ireland to escape the police and their troubled pasts. Travelling Light’s production of the internationally acclaimed play will also be at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres 29 June-17 July.

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7 fitness tips to find your inner olympian

14 Feb 2016

Toby Garbett is an Olympian and two-time World Champion rower (I mean, come on, credit where it’s due!), having competed in 5 World Championships and 2 Olympic Games.  He later swapped rowing for triathlon becoming National AG Champion in 2012 & 2013, and came 6th in the World Triathlon Championships in Hyde Park. He’s also a personal trainer, pilates instructor and Level 2 triathlon coach. Here are Toby’s insider tips for fitness and weight loss success.

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