The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: vintage & fairs

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 30 June-Weds 6 July

29 Jun 2016

Frome Festival and Open Studios, venues across Frome, Fri 1-Sun 10 July

Over 200 events at venues throughout the town over 10 days, with the theme of celebrating 400 of years of Shakespeare. Musical highlights include singer/songwriter and activist Billy Bragg, the Ukulele Orchestra of GB and chart-topping Reef.  There’s also comedy (including Romesh Ranganthan), theatre, art, dance, workshops, even opera. You can find full programme details here or you can download their mobile app (yep, the Festival even has its own app).

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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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Muddy Guide: Thurs 28 April-Weds 4 May

27 Apr 2016

Kingsbury May Festival, Kingsbury Episcopi, Sat 30 April and Mon 2 May

This fab village fair has the full kaboodle: pram race, then music in the marquee, BBQ, hog roast on Saturday night, followed by the May Day festival on Monday, with fields of activities, food and drink, arts and craft stalls, a kids area, street market and more live music.  This year’s theme is fairies and pixies.

Whisky, Tango, Foxtrot, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Weds 4-Thurs 5 May

This multi-award nominated show, based on the true story of ex-Airwoman Crookshank’s time in the Royal Air Force, from basic training to the Falkand Islands contains weapons, strong language – and penguins.

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 10-Weds 16 March

10 Mar 2016

Shepton Mallet Antiques & Collectors Fair, Shepton Mallet, Fri 11-Sun 13 March

Elbow London dealers out of the way at the Bath & West Showground this weekend. The International Antiques & Collectors Fair (IACF) is one of the West Country’s main antiques events with around 600 stands in four halls and over 30 shopping booths selling junk – oops, I mean high quality objets from yesteryear. No need to panic if you run out of cash; they’ve thoughtfully provided bureau de change and cash withdrawal facilities inside (but you’ll need ID to withdraw more than £100).

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