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Muddy Guide: Thurs 31 March-Weds 6 April

Bath Comedy Festival, throughout Bath, Fri 1-Sun 10 April

bath-comedy-festival-759x494100 events at venues across Bath, from avante garde stand-up to family friendly comedy shows are all part of the 8th Bath Comedy Festival.  Headline acts include Dead Ringers and Impressions Show star Jess Robinson with Kirsty Newton, Radio 4’s Hardeep Singh Kohli, Lucy Porter and Arthur Smith, Steve Frost’s Improv All Stars and Patrick Monahan.

See the Festival events diary for full details on what’s on and where.

Inquisitive Eyes: Slade painters in Edwardian Wessex 1900-1914, until Sun 12 June


The blue pool, Augustus John

£6.95 adults; under 16s free. 10am-6pm; Tues-Sat. 11am-5pm Sun. The Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1PX. Tel 0117 973 5129.

Showaddywaddy, The Octagon, Fri 1 April

ShowaddyIf retro-inspired rock and roll rocks your boat, you could be just three steps away from heaven as the multi-coloured suited and brothel-creepered ones sing under the moon of love at The Octagon this Friday. Enough with the bad puns already.

7.30, £19.50. The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil, BA20 1UX. Tel 01935 422884.

The Lobster, The David Hall, South Petherton, Fri 1 April

lobster-film-review-oct15Take your wine, beer, cake and coffee into The David Hall to watch this award-winning (2015 Cannes Film Festival) satire on contemporary relationships. Set in a dystopian future, singles are given 45 days to find a romantic partner before they are turned into an animal. Starring Colin Farrell,  Rachel Weisz,  Léa Seydoux and Olivia Coleman.

8pm, £5. The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Tel 01460

Family Saturday, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Sat 2 April


Hauser & Wirth run these days the first Saturday of every month. This Saturday, the family day is inspired by Subodh Gupta’s exhibition Invisible Reality; children can explore the galaxy and make their own solar system and moon dust paintings (sounds intriguing).

10am-2pm. Free but book ahead as places are limited. Hauser & Wirth, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton,  BA10 9NL. Tel 01749 814 06

BBC Get Creative Day,  Sat 2 April, various venues across Somerset

p02kc3ffWant to try your hand at something arty or creative this weekend? Get Creative Day celebrates a year of the BBC’s Get Creative campaign to encourage everyone to get involved in arts, creativity and culture. Have a go at making wire sculptures, filigree jewellery and bas reliefs at Black Swan Arts in Frome from 2-4pm.  Knit some kitsch and trip the light fantastic at the ICIA in Bath, 10am-1pm.  Over in Wells the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen get creative with Fish, Chips and Peas, 10am-4pm. There are Go Sketch workshops in Bristol’s Cabot Circus and Scribble and Sketch at the RWA. If you prefer to buy your art rather than make it, check out the Frome Art Fair this weekend, with affordable art (no more than £300) mostly made by local artists at Black Swan Arts, The Silk Mill and Rook Lane on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. Check out more Get Creative events in the south west here.

George Egg–Anarchist Cook, The Rondo, Bath, Sat 2 April


Sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and Brighton Fringe 2014 & 2015, stand-up comedian George prepares a three-course meal on the equipment hotels unwittingly provide – iron, kettle, trouser press, etc – at The Rondo. You can taste the meal at the end.

8pm, £14. The Rondo Theatre, St Saviour’s Road, Bath BA1 6RT. Tel 0333 666

Kite,  the egg theatre,  Bath, Sat 2-Mon 4 April

The_Wrong_Crowd_s_Kite___web_crop_1A lonely orphaned girl is taken to live in her grandmother’s flat where the windows are tight shut. One night a handmade kite comes to life and takes her on an adventure to find what she thought was lost forever. Inspired by the world of indoor-kite flying (is there a world of indoor kite flying?) and stories like The Snowman and The Red Balloon, Kite is a play without words but with original music, dance, puppetry and –surprise, surprise – kites.  Sensitive subject matter but suitable for age 7+

11.30 and 3pm Sat-Mon.  £8.50 adult; £7.50 child. the egg, Theatre Royal, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET (entrance on St John’s Place). Tel 01225 448844.

Frome Independent Market, Sun 3 April


If you haven’t been to this wonderful market, you are in for a treat: on the first Sunday of every month the Frome Independent‘s dazzling selection of designer-made goodies, homespun musical entertainment, vintage treasures and delicious local food takes over the streets of Frome. The market is spread over the boho St Catherine’s district, picturesque Cheap Street, the high st (Market Place) and down on through Scott Road into the old Market Yard. You can spend many hours and lots of money here.

10am-3pm, Frome town centre. Go early for a parking space at the bottom of town.

Hairy Maclary & Friends, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sat 2 April

Hairy Maclary marketing photo BOut of the gate and off for a walk, went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy… no need to tell you how it goes, I’m sure.  Hercules More, Bottomley Potts, Schnitzel von Krumm and Scarface Claw are all here at The Brewhouse in a musical family show.

1.30 & 3.30pm £10/family ticket £36. The Brewhouse, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL. Tel 01823283244.

 Hazel O’Connor, McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater, Sun 3 April


I don’t love the sound of breaking glass if there’s a Muddy and a football in the same vicinity but I do like the sound of Hazel O’Connor at the McMillan Theatre next Sunday. Expect songs from iconic film Breaking Glass amongst others from Hazel O’C with Clare Hirst (Communards, David Bowie) on sax and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards. You can meet them after the show.

7.30pm. £18. The McMillan Theatre, Lower Bath Rd, Bridgwater TA6 4PZ. Tel 01278 556677.

Single Spies, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 4-Sat 9 Aprilsingle-spies-1445071894

Forget raindrops on roses, here are a few of my favourite things: Russian spies, royalty, forgery and fraud, exile and espionage. And it’s all here at the Theatre Royal in this Olivier-award-winning double bill of Alan Bennett’s  An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution. Starring Nicholas Farrell (Legend, Thirteen), Belinda Lang (Midsomer Murders) and David Robb (Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall).

7.30pm Mon-Weds; 8pm Thurs-Sat. 2.30pm matinees Weds & Sat. Tickets from £18.50. Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET. Tel 01225 448844.

The Cat in the Hat, the egg, Bath, Tues 5-Sun 10 April

JS57140215_0Sally and her brother meet Dr Seuss’s famous Cat at the egg in the red and white hat, the funniest, craziest cat around – you can guess the rest.

Several performances daily. £9.50 adults/£8.50 children. the egg, Theatre Royal, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET (entrance on St John’s Place). Tel 01225 448844.

Big Moorland Adventure, Haddon Hill, Exmoor National Park, Weds 6 April


Learn some bush craft skills, how to make bug hotels, do some soil printing, go orienteering or on a scavenger hunt or find out how to identify different species at this free family day out on Haddon Hill near Wimbleball Lake in the Exmoor National Park.

10am,-4pm, Free, just turn up although donations welcome to CareMoor. Exmoor National Park at Haddon Hill, nr Wimbleball Lake, Dulverton, TA4. Tel 01398

Giselle, live screening, selected cinemas across Somerset, Weds 6 April

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The one with the name that always made me snigger when I was a nipper (the wilis), Giselle is the greatest of the Romantic ballets and a classic tale of betrayal, the supernatural (the wilis) and a love that transcends death. This is a live screening of the Royal Ballet’s performance at the Royal Opera House – it doesn’t get much better than this.

You can find your nearest cinema here.

Terrain: Land into Art, Hestercombe House, nr Taunton until Sun 3 July

square_simon_faithfullThe latest exhibition at Hestercombe House brings together 17 artists who make artworks that respond to the natural world, covering from modernism to the present day. Artists include Peter Doig, Kathy Prendergast, Richard Long and Turner Prize nominated Gillian Carnegie.

11am-5pm, £11 adults; £5.50 children 5-15 admission to house and gardens. Hestercombe House & Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, TA2 8LG. Tel 01823


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