The Muddy Guide: Thurs 2-Weds 8 June

Fanny’s Meadow, secret Somerset location, Thurs 2-Sun 5 June

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Over 40 original bands on three stages, silent movies, kids’ activities, workshops, food, booze and wild camping in a field by a deep, slow running river – somewhere on the Somerset levels. Bring unwanted guitars: they’re sending them over to the Calais and Dunkirk camps.

fannyhatstand.com

Wells Comedy Festival, venues across Wells, Fri 3-Sun 5 June

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Comedy clubs all over London will be a little lighter on laughs this weekend: seems like most of the UK’s top comedians will be at the second annual Wells Comedy Festival.  Mark Steel, Stewart Lee, Omid Djalili, Sara Pascoe, Mark Steel, Arthur Smith, Katy Brand, Dane Baptiste, Ed Gamble, Bridget Christie, Sam Simmons, Robin Ince,  Andrew Hunter Murray, Lou Sanders  *pause for breath* plus Comedians Cinema Club’s version of Hot Fuzz. Legendary grump Arthur Smith hosts the opening gala…

wellscomfest.com

Resonators, Scarlet Page, Bruton Art Factory, Sat 4 June-Sat 2 July

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Resonators is a personal collection of photos of the world’s greatest guitar heroes selected, shot and edited by rock photographer Scarlet Page. Scarlet has worked with some of the music world’s greatest acts from Robbie Williams,  The Foo Fighters, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rolling Stones, Stereophonics and continues to be commissioned by all the major record labels to shoot artwork and press campaigns for high profile bands.

brutonartfactory.co.uk

Hothouse Music Festival, Halsway Manor, nr Crowcombe, Taunton, Sat 4 June

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This one day music festival (12 noon until 11pm) celebrates the best of the new generation of folk and acoustic performers from all over the UK,  with acoustic folk /roots music, lots of food and drink, workshops (clog, flamenco, ole!)  Line up includes  2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Sam Kelly.

halswayhothouse.co.uk

The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Weds 8 June

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Ambreen Razia wrote and performs in this witty yet straight-talking one-woman show about a 16-year-old girl from a traditional Muslim family growing up alongside the temptations and influences of West London. It’s good to see this sort of thing coming to the countryside.

thebrewhouse.net

The Flying lovers of Vitebsk, Bristol Old Vic, until Sat June 11

The-Flying-Lovers-of-Vitebsk-LOW-RESMarc and Bella Chagall are immortalised as the picture of romance. While they flew though life in Chagall’s paintings, in reality they lived through the devastating times of the Pogroms and the Russian Revolution. This Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic co-production tells their story woven throughout with music and dance inspired by the Russian Jewish tradition.

bristololdvic.org.uk

Stacey Kent, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 3 June

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Internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Stacey Kent sings the standards from her latest album Tenderly (Sony Records, 2015).

thebrewhouse.net

Call out for artworks for the Ilminster Open Exhibition, Ilminster Arts Centre, deadline Sat 16 July

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Artists, painters, sculptors, ceramacists, printers (but sadly, not photographers) living and working in the south west: this year’s Ilminster Open Exhibition which will be held 1- 26 August, is now open for submissions. As well as the chance to be part of the exhibition, there’s a total of £850 to be won (not that any of you are interested in filthy lucre, of course).  Deadline for entries is Sat 16 July.

themeetinghouse.org.uk

Tortoise and Hare Run 2016, Wells, Sun 5 June

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On yer bike! Motorcyclists from around the UK converge on Wells this Sunday to take part in three races around the Mendips: the Tortoise is for those riding bikes of any capacity and any age up to the 1950s and scooters up 250cc to 1985; the Hare is for bikes over 250cc; and there’s a Snail race for veteran and very low powered machines. Bikes are flagged off in the Market Place at 10 am.

wellsclassicmotorcycleclub.weebly.com

Bath Fringe Festival and Fringe Arts Bath, venues across Bath, until Sun 12 June

get_mediaAnything goes – street theatre, cabaret, music, circus, dance, film, comedy, the spoken word, kids – in over 30 different venues at the Bath Fringe Festival. Some events, like Steam by performance-parkour company The Urban Playground Team (above), are free.  See the website for full details of all the events across the city. Fringe Art Bath (FAB), the contemporary visual arts festival is taking place at the same time.

bathfringe.co.uk and fringeartsbath.co.uk

English Wine Week, Oatley Vineyard, Cannington, until Sun 5 June

wine-presses-475407_1920Walk the vines and taste the wines (dry white, including Leonora’s 2014, released in time for English Wine Week), at this award-winning Somerset vineyard. Of course, there are opportunities to buy individual bottles and cases of the stuff, too.

oatleyvineyard.co.uk

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