Muddy Guide Thurs 4-Weds 10 August
Frome-on-Sea at The Frome Independent, Frome, Sun 7 August
Fancy the seaside this Sunday? Forget Lyme Regis, West Bay or Brean – head over to Frome-on-sea to possibly the UK’s smallest – and briefest – beach. The Village Green (next to the Frome Flea) is transformed into a sandy beach complete with deckchairs, ice creams and even donkeys. There are cocktails and tunes from the Vintage Mobile Disco and seaside kids’ activities too. Plus all the other independent contemporary designer-makers, vintage and collectible sellers, food and drink producers which make up monthly The Frome Independent market.
10am-3pm, Frome town centre. thefromeindependent.org.uk
Superhero Photo Booth, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Thurs 4 August
Kids can dress up as their favourite superhero and pop into the Brewhouse photo booth to have their pic taken flying across the cityscape – photos are emailed to you afterwards. It’s free (though donations welcome) and takes place an hour before performances of Lazy Town, the musical show based on the TV show of the same name. You don’t have to be going to see the show to use the booth but if you’re there anyway, why not? Sportacus, Robbie Rotten and the rest of the gang are sure to be in fine fettle.
Photo booth: 12.30-1.30pm & 3-4pm, free. Lazy Town show: 1pm & 4pm £10. The Brewhouse, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL. Tel 01823283244. thebrewhouse.net
Pond dipping and nature trails, Avalon Marshes, Sat 6 & Tues 8 August
Book and dip on Saturday, when there’s a nature trail too or drop in and dip at on Monday when it’s a Magical Monday family activity day – both at the Avalon Marshes. Magical Mondays are held every Monday throughout the holidays.
Saturday 11am-1pm, £3, booking essential on 01823 652400 Westhay Moor Drove, Westhay, Somerset. Nearest postcode BA6 9TX. We will meet in the main Westhay car park. Monday 10am-3pm, £1.50, drop in. Park at Natural England Ashcott Corner car park, Ashcott Rd, Glastonbury BA6 9SX then follow the signs.
Family Saturday, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Sat 6 August
Wear old clothes to go on an interactive tour of the Martin Creed exhibition and then take part in some messy activities in the ‘Implement Shed’ (sounds a bit ominous).
10am. Free but book ahead as places limited. Hauser & Wirth, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, BA10 9NL. Tel 01749 81406 Hauser & Wirth Somerset.
A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Theatre Royal, Bath Thurs 4-Sat 20 August
Ever wanted to see Phil Jupitus’s Bottom? He’s all yours if you make your way to Bath: he’s making his Shakespearean debut as Nick Bottom in a new production of the MSND directed by Oliver Award-winning director and RSC Associate Artist Laurence Boswell. Here he is in rehearsal looking pensive or is that his quizzical face?
Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET. Tel 01225 448844. theatreroyal.org.uk
Family fun day, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sun 7 August
Bouncy castles, face painting, dressing up, storytelling – the whole caboodle this Sunday from 10am-6pm – and a ‘nature connection’ forest school day on Monday 8 August from 11am-3pm. That’s the day your little darlings can get closer to nature, mini beasts and birds, play leaf bingo and go on a scavenger hunt.
Free with standard admission. Bishop’s Palace, Market Place, Wells BA5 2PD. tel 01749 988111. bishopspalace.org.uk
Carters Steam Fair, Royal Victoria Park, Bath Sat 6-Sun 14 August
Not a typo, there’s no apostrophe is the name of what’s said to be the world’s largest vintage travelling funfair. The fair consists of around 20 rare vintage rides as well as side stalls dating from the late 1870s to the 1960s including a chair-o-plane, swing boats and carousel. The showmen live in vintage wagons and caravans and the fair’s moved from place to place in highly decorated vintage lorries. I’ve been before and it’s a pretty amazing, photogenic, if very noisy, experience.
12pm-8pm every day. Royal Victoria Park, BA1 2NQ. carterssteamfair.co.uk
The Mousetrap, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 9-Sat 13 August
Agatha Christie gave the rights to her play, a combo of 50s drawing-room comedy and murder mystery, to her grandson on his ninth birthday – lucky boy: the play’s been running continuously since 1952 (that’s over 26,000 performances *gulp*). Even this Diamond Anniversary tour of the UK has been seen by nearly 1 million people.
7.30pm; Weds & Sat matinees 2.30pm. From £16.50. Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ. atgtickets.com
Check out last week’s Muddy Guide too, as some events are continuing into this week.