The Muddy Guide: Thurs 14- Weds 20 July
Bristol Harbour Festival, Fri 15-Sun 17 July
This looks absolutely fab. Four miles of entertainment and activities – arts, circus (lots of circus), dance, music, comedy, nautical capers, world food and drink – in and around Bristol’s Harbourside. There’s only one ticketed event: Echo and the Bunnymen, with support from former Haircut 100’s Nick Heywood, who open the festivities at the Lloyd’s Amphitheatre on Fri 15; everything else is FREE. The programme includes aerial acts on the Cirque Bijou stage in Castle Park, daredevil flyboarders on the river, historic ships, Bhangra dance, flash mob choirs – and a festival to celebrate Bristol boy Archibald Leach (aka Cary Grant).
Star Wars: the Force Awakens, Starlight Open Air Cinema, Ilminster, Fri 15 July
Open air cinema at the newly built Archie Gooch Pavilion in Ilminster. Bring a blanket, picnic (no BBQs), your well-behaved dog and a raincoat – the show goes on even if it rains. Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.
9.30pm, £9.50 adults; £7.50 child. Archie Gooch Pavillion, 130 Canal Way, Ilminster, TA19 9DH. starlight-cinema.co.uk
Gulliver’s Travels, Walled Gardens of Cannington, nr Bridgwater, Thurs 14 July
The tiny people of Lilliput, the giants from the place I can never remember let alone pronounce (just checked… Brobdingnag), the floating island of Laputa and the land with talking horses: they’re all in The Pantaloon’s production of Swift’s famous satire.
7pm. Tickets from £8 from the Walled Garden’s gift shop or on The Pantaloon’s website. The Walled Gardens of Cannington, Church Street, Cannington, nr Bridgwater, TA5 2HA. Tel 01278 655042. canningtonwalledgardens.co.uk
Taunton Live, Castle Green and other venues across Taunton, Mon 18-Sun 24 July
Go create! Seven days of creativity in all its forms – music, comedy, poetry, writing, painting, photography, dance, yarn bombing, a paintathon, performances, exhibitions and workshops – on the streets of Taunton. And it’s all free.
A Midsummer’s Night Dream, ECOS Amphitheatre, Frome, Weds 20 July
To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Illyria touring theatre company are reprising their very first show in the beautiful setting of the stone ECOS amphitheatre in Frome. Five couples – three human, one fairy, one mythical – find their relationships put to the test when some am drams bumble into the forest to rehearse a play.
7pm, £15 adults; concessions £9.50; £40 family ticket. Merlin Theatre, Bath Road, Frome, BA11 2HG. Tel 01373 465949. merlintheatre.co.uk
The Larmer Tree Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, nr Tollard Royal, Dorset, Weds 13-Sun 17 July
Not too far away and very tempting: award-winning small festival on the Dorset/Wiltshire border with five days of music and arts in a Victorian pleasure gardens in the heart of the Cranborne Chase. Now in its 26th year, the eclectic bill includes The Stranglers, Jamie Cullum, Caro Emerald, Tom Odell, Calexico, Dr John Cooper Clarke and Kate Adie.
Adult day tickets from £49; youth from £32; kids under 10 free. larmertreefestival.co.uk