Stornoway, Komedia, Bath, Thurs 6 Oct
The alternative indie-folk band who loved Zorbing are at the Komedia with their new album Bonxie. Clever clogs PhD in ornithology Dr Brian Briggs used his love for the natural world to good effect, apparently he recorded the calls of 20 different species of birds to appear in this album of folk and electronica.
Quartz Festival, Queens College, Taunton, Weds 5-Sat 15 Oct
Art, music, theatre, puppetry, comedy, literature at Queen’s College but this is no student showcase – Michael Morpurgo, the Treorchy Male Choir, James Pearson, Milton Jones and The Chicago Blues Brothers are all on the bill.
Got summer sorted for the kids? If not, and you’re looking for a summer camp, read on. I wish Mill on the Brue had existed when I was a child; if it had, I’d have been begging my parents to send me to summer camp at this friendly, family-run outdoor activity centre in Bruton.
It’s Swallows and Amazons meets Bear Grylls, with around 40 fun and challenging activities – assault courses, giant zip wires, orienteering, crafty things, camping, raft building, video making, canoeing, grass tobogganning (the list goes on and on) – in 25 acres of glorious countryside.
Would you let your 12-year-old behind the wheel? I did, *gulp*. Too young to take conventional driving lessons but raring to go, the Muddies’ 15-year-old cousin has been learning to drive through the Young Driver training programme – and loving every minute. My two (a few years younger) have been green with envy, until I realised that kids can have lessons from as young as 11 years old – so long as their feet can reach the pedals.
School’s out at the end of Friday and then it’s half term (gulp) but never fear, your trusty Muddy Somerset Half Term Survival Guide will help keep you going (that and a large G&T)…
Friday 27 May
Get out the popcorn: Disney‘s Alice through the Looking Glass starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and all, and Top Cat Begins with Jason Harris, are both released today.
I’m not going to lie. I didn’t climb up 9 metres (that’s higher than two double-decker buses on top of each other) to walk the high ropes at the thrilling, off-the-ground Vivary Park Adventure Centre in Taunton. I didn’t even venture 5 metres up to the so-called ‘low’ ropes. I did make it over to the log cabin cafe verandah, though, while the Muddies did – well someone had to take the pix, didn’t they?
Two weeks of Easter hols? You’ll need this…Just updated!
Fancy taking part in this year’s Sports Relief ? You don’t have to run 27 marathons in 27 days like Eddie Izzard, you can walk (in my case), jog or run a single Sports Relief Mile. I’ve made it easy-peasy for you, here’s a list of venues around Somerset. Just choose a place, pick a distance (1, 3 or 6 miles), check the times (the start times of runs are staggered at some venues) and enter.
Come and bounce at the world’s largest trampoline park…
A few days into half term and still feeling cool, calm, collected? Read the Muddy Half Term Guide for some ideas to keep it that way…
Shakespeare Unplugged Festival 2016 at the egg theatre in Bath, Sat 13 Feb-Sat 27 March
This five-week long, bi-annual family festival celebrating Willy Wagglesword and his works (2016 is the 400th anniversary of his death, ‘case you’re interested) takes place at the egg, the Theatre Royal Bath’s children and young people’s theatre.