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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 3 – Weds 9 March

Go to the theatre, mooch around an exhibition, drive a super car or make a posy for Mother’s Day – take your pick…

Moscow State Circus, Weston-super-Mare, Sat 6 March


Roll up, roll up! The Moscow State Circus is at The Playhouse, in Weston-super-Mare. Come with Professor Wacko (just a normal, 9-5 kinda guy) and his crazy side kick Natalia Mezentceva (much the same) to a wondrous enchanted garden where dreams come true. Based on the Russian folklore story of Cvetik-Semicvetik or ‘the flower with seven petals’, expect to be on the edge of your seat watching flying, back flipping, juggling, wire walking and roller skating performers.

4pm and 7pm. Tickets £13-£25. The Playhouse, High Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1HP. Tel.01934 645544.

Hangman, National Theatre Live screening, across Somerset, Sun 6 March


After a sell-out run at London’s Royal Court Theatre, this award-winning production comes to the National Theatre – and this Sunday, will be screened live in a cinema near you. Harry ( David Morrissey) is something of a celebrity in his small pub in the northern town of Oldham. But what’s the second-best hangman to do on the day they abolish hanging?

Find a cinema near you here.

Mother’s Day Dream Car Drives, Haynes Motor Museum, Sun 6 Marchp_PnGNTr

Fancy getting behind the wheel of this little beauty? It’s a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, but you already knew that, right? Well you can take it (or another supercar) for a spin – first on the road and then for a high speed blast round some cones on a barren airfield – this Sunday at the Haynes Motor Museum‘s Mother’s Day Dream Car Drives.

From £79. Book here. Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, BA22 7LH. Tel 01963 440804.

The great outdoors, Andelli Art, Wells, Fri 5- Sat 26 March

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Georges Csato

Andelli Art gallery’s second pop-up at the Heritage Courtyard Studios, in the centre of Wells, with an exhibition of paintings and watercolours from the 1930s to the 1990s.

10am–4pm, Tue–Sat. Free. Heritage Courtyard Studio, 6 Heritage Courtyard, Sadler Street, Wells, BA5 2RR.

Toast, Bath Theatre Royal, Mon 7 March-Sat 12 MarchMatthew Kelly as Nellie in Toast by Richard Bean - Photo credit Shaun Webb Design

See it here at the Theatre Royal in Bath – or catch it on New York  – for that’s where it’s heading after this UK tour. Starring Matthew Kelley and Simon Greenall, Toast is set in a bread factory. It’s another Sunday night shift: the smell of baking bread, ovens cranked up to full blast, the thump of machines that never stop and everyone wanting to be somewhere else. But then a crisis hits the factory and the men have more to lose than just their wages.

7.30 Mon-Weds; 8pm Thurs-Sat. Matinees Weds & Sat 3.30pm. £17.50-£33.50. Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET. Tel 01225 448844.

International Garden Photographer of the Year, Barrington Court, until 17 April


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I’ve taken hundreds of photos of my garden but not a single one has ever looked like this. This is just one of the glorious photographs from the 2015 International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition currently on show in the Court House at the National Trust’s Barrington Court.

10.30am-4.30pm every day. Free with normal admission. Barrington Court, Barrington, nr Ilminster, TA19 0NQ.

Imbalance, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Tues 8 March

Joli Vyann Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre

Given our current obsessive dependence on technology, are our lives in – or out – of balance?  Joli Vyann’s Imbalance at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre explores the question through some pretty cool-looking dance (choreography by Olivier Award nominee Jonathan Lunn) and exciting circus acrobatics. Put your iPad down for a minute and book a ticket.

7.30pm £12.Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, School Road, Taunton, TA2 8PD. Tel 01823

Posy-making workshops and plant & gardening fair, Forde Abbey, Chard, Sun 6 March

Posy1The plant and gardening fair always takes place at Forde Abbey on the first Sunday of March (around 30 stalls of plants and gardening stuff) but this year there are posy-making workshops too. They provide everything you need – the flowers , secateurs, twine – to make a beautiful little posy for Mother’s Day.

10am-4.30pm. £3. Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU. Tel 01460 220231.

The Gruffalo’s Child, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 8-Sun 13 MarchThe Gruffalo's Child - Sophie Alice as The Gruffalo's Child and Catriona Mackenzie as The Mouse

One wild and windy night, the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning to never set foot in the woods and tiptoes out into the snow – the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist…does he?  This musical adaptation of the award-winning book at the Theatre Royal should be fun.

Tues 1.30pm, Weds 10.30am & 12.30pm;Thurs & Friday: 10.30am & 1.30pm; Sat & Sun 10.30am & 12.30pm. £13. Suitable for 3+. Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET. Tel 01225 448844.

Manon Lescaut, across Somerset, Sat 5 March

h-HO00001682The Big Apple beamed direct to cider country:  Met Opera’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, directed by Richard Eyre. Set in Occupied France,  country girl (soprano Kristine Opolais) transforms herself into temptress wooed by dashing student (tenor Roberto Alagna). Spoiler alert: it doesn’t end well. At the Little Theatre Bath and selected Cineworld and Odeon cinemas across Somerset.


 According to Arthur, Tacchi-Morris Centre, Taunton, Sat 6 March

According to Arthur (2)

The Exeter-based Paddleboat Theatre Company’s new family show at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre tells the story of an eccentric old man called Arthur. He’s shut himself away from the world with only the moon for company (if only). Then one night, the moon disappears and he has to reconnect with the world (drat). Children aged 4 and up will love the puppets, music and stories.

2pm. £9; £6 under 16s; £25 family of 4. Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, School Road, Taunton, TA2 8PD. Tel 01823

Hairspray, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 7-Sat 12 March

The cast of Hairspray. Credit Ellie Kurttz (2).jpgCome and join the Nicest Kids in Town as they do The Madison and The Mashed Potato at the Bristol Hippodrome next week. The multi-award-winning musical Based on John Water’s 1988 film of the same name stars Tony Maudsley, Claire Sweeney, Peter Duncan and Brenda Edwards.

7.30pm; matinees on Weds & Sat 2.30pm Tickets from £17.90. Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1

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