6 things this week that don’t involve Easter eggs
Arty stuff, some tra-la-la, buzzy bees, eye-popping bulbs and a whodunnit. So why don’t you?
Works from the House of Fairy Tales Collection, Bruton Art Factory, Bruton, Fri 14-Sat 29 April
Pinch yourself, this is Somerset not Shoreditch. Join Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis for an Absolut Vodka cocktail on Good Friday at the preview of new exhibition presented by the BAF and children’s arts charity The House of Fairy Tales. The blockbuster line up of British artists includes Turk himself (the Pandy Warhol series and Project Beard), Sir Peter Blake, Rachel Whiteread, Jeremy Deller, Yinka Shonibare, Mat Collishaw and many more. Everyone welcome (including the kids). The exhibition continues throughout the month. 5-7pm.
The Shepton Flea, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sun 16 April
Whether you’re a serious collector, looking for a renovation project, need a quirky vintage piece for the home or to wear, or just fancy a rummage through someone else’s stuff, then come on over to the Bath & West. Over 250 stallholders will be spreading out their wares at the famous Shepton Flea this weekend. Arrive early for the best bargains (it’s open from 9.30am-4pm). Cash machines inside in case you run out.
The Mikado, Theatre Royal, Bath, Tues 18-Sat 22 April
Three Little Maids – in drag. The world premier, no less, of Sasha Regan’s all-male production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. Regan, who’s the Artistic Director of the Union Theatre in Southwark, was inspired to transform G&S faves into all-male production by her own experiences of performing their works in a single-sex school. In this production, the tale of love, corruption and high jinx in local government takes place in the 1950s, when a school camping trip visits the far away land of Titipu.
Sun Hive Workshop, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Mon 17-Wed 19 April
Do your bit to help the honey bees: make a Sun Hive. Constructed from ‘skep’ baskets woven from biodynamic rye straw (that’s them above, pretty, no?), they’re the ideal conservation hive for our pollinating friends. Designed by German sculptor Guenther Mancke, apparently the shape harmonises with the movement of the colony and enables the bees to build their nests just so. The three-day workshop is run by Rachel Hanney, skep maker and trustee of The Natural Beekeeping Trust; everything’s provided, you don’t have to be a bee expert and you get to take your Sun Hive home with you.
Broadleigh Gardens, Bishops Hull, Taunton, open weekdays
This was listed in The Guardian as one of the best gardens in the UK to visit this week so I thought I’d include it here, in case you don’t know it (I didn’t). We’re talking five acres of colourful spring bulbs in a display garden, shade-loving trilliums and erythroniums (sound fancy no idea) in a woodland area and an attached small nursery so you can fill your garden with the same. No Easter Egg hunts here, this is a garden to inspire and enjoy, weekdays only. It’s primarily a nursery with a mail order service, so if you can’t make it over there, you can buy online.
A Judgement in Stone, The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, until Sat 15 April
Based on the Ruth Rendell book of the same name (said to be one of her best), this is a classic murder whodunnit, starring a load of people you may recognise from TV or film: Andrew Lance (Frank Foster in Corrie), Sophie Ward (Heartbeat), Shirley Anne Field (The Entertainer; Saturday Night and Sunday Morning), Mark Wynter (Pop Idol), Deborah Grant (Not Going Out) and Uncle Tom Cobley and all.
Nell Gwynn, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 25-Sat 29 April
Orange-seller turned king’s mistress, the bawdy story of Nell Gwynn comes to Bath in this critically acclaimed production. Debbie, over at Muddy Sussex, gives you the heads up.