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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 16- Weds 22 June

Somerfest, venues across Taunton, Sat 18 June


A one-day,  mid-summer festival of performing arts,  theatre, sports, circus, music and participatory arts in and around Taunton – in the streets, in Castle Green, at the Museum of Somerset, at the Brewhouse, on Goodlands Wood Green – culminating in a fire garden finale and lots of live music. See here for a full programme of events.

King Lear, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Sat 18 June – Sun 10 July

Timothy-West-in-King-Lear-at-the-Old-Vic-in-2003-PHOTO-Tristram-Kenton-700x450‘How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child’ often crosses my mind when a Muddy’s moaning about leaving the house to take part in the incredibly exciting activity I’ve just fixed up but that’s nothing to what old King Lear had to put up with.  It’s Timothy West’s turn to put on the crown and play the arrogant King who asks his three daughters how much they love him – and descend into madness when it all goes horribly wrong.  Also starring Stephanie Cole and David Hargreaves alongside students from the Old Vic Theatre School.


The Dreamboys, The Octagon, Yeovil, Fri 17 June


For those who like this kind of thing, this is the sort of thing they like. Apparently the Dreamboys are so famous they’ve  even made it onto The Alan Titchmarsh Show. There are still some tickets to see fit young men taking their clothes off this Friday.  Go squeal.

Jazz on the Lawn, Barrington Court, nr Ilminster, Sat 18-Sun 19 June

horn-player-176568_1920If it’s sunny over the weekend you could do worse than throw some food, drink and a picnic rug into the back of the car and head over to the National Trust’s Barrington Court. There’s free jazz (with normal admission) from the Sunset Cafe Stompers, so expect trad not scat.

Return of Grumpy Old Women: Fifty Shades of Beige, The Octagon, Yeovil, Weds 22 June

grumpy-old-women-fifty-shades-of-beige-lst179986-1Jenny Eclair, Susie Blake and Kate Robbins extol the virtues of large pants, decide on beard styles for women, debate voluntary euthanasia vs retirement, show you how to customise that unwanted pole dancing kit as well as offering a free nagging master class.

Carmen and The Marriage of Figaro, Crowcombe Court, nr Taunton, Fri 17 & Sat 18 June

Opera Brava Carmen

Opera Brava Carmen

Could this be the closest you’ll get to Glyndebourne in Somerset this week? If you like a trill, have a picnic in the grounds of Georgian Crowcombe Court (it’s in the Mendips) and then stroll over to the croquet lawn for some al fresco opera from one of the UK’s leading outdoor companies, Opera Brava.  It’s Carmen on Friday and Figaro on Saturday.

Also on over the weekend or over the coming week: the Weston Air Festival, Father’s Day Dream Drives at Haynes Motor Museum, the Langport Festival  and a celebration of the English garden at Forde Abbey – oh, and a little-known music festival over at Worthy Farm.




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