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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 25 Feb-Weds 2 March

Some of this stuff should keep you out of mischief…

SAFE, Zoielogic Dance Theatre,The Octagon, Yeovil Tues 1 March

SAFE 2Burly construction workers and the world of contemporary dance – not as an unlikely a pairing as you might think. In the Zoielogic Dance Theatre’s SAFE, five male dancers explore the brotherhood, bravery, masculinity – and frailty, too, it turns out –  of the heroic men who built New York’s Empire State Building back in the 1930s.  It’s on at Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre on 1 March.

7.30pm 1 March, £14 (conc £12.50), The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil, BA20 1UX. Tel 01935 422884.

Matilda Temperley+Robert Cary-Williams+MeMe Marey, Bruton Art Factory, Bruton until 12 March

bruton art factoryThe Bruton Art Factory seems to be the Shoreditch arts scene in microcosm, decamped to the first floor of a modern warehouse in Somerset. In this exhibition you can see renowned Somerset writer and photographer Matilda Temperley’s photos of the Ethiopian Omo people; the work of avant garde fashion icon and art superstar Robert Cary-Williams whose work is in the permanent collection of both the V&A and Metropolitan Museum; and MeMe Marey’s paintings of the female form.

12am-4pm, Weds-Sat. Free. Bruton Art Factory, 7 Old Mill Business Estate, Bruton, BA10 0EH.

Vintage and retro fair, Wells, Sat 27 Feb

Vintage Somerset logoLovers of all things vintage stop right here. This is the first of five vintage fairs hosted by Vintage Somerset to be held in Wells this year. Go and rummage through ladies’ and gents’ vintage clothing, accessories,  fabrics, home ware, typewriters, cameras and all sorts of covetable collectables. It’s pre-90s vintage stuff plus a couple of artisan stalls selling wares with a retro vibe.

10am-3pm. £1. Seager Hall, Union Street, Wells (just up from the library).

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 1 March-Sat 5 March

SLEEPING BEAUTY by Bourne, , Director and Choreographer - Matthew Bourne, Designer - Lez Brotherston, Lighting - Paule Constable, New Adventures, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 2015, Credit: Johan Persson/

Photo: Johan Persson

A gothic tale for all ages, Sir Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty at the Bristol Hippodrome turns the traditional tale of good vs evil and rebirth upside down to create a supernatural love story that passes through time from 1890 up to the present day. I’ve got tickets to this one maybe see you there?

7.30pm; matinees Weds & Sat at 2.30pm. Tickets from £18.40. Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1

Dunster Food Festival, Dunster Sat 27-Sun 28 Feb


Foodies should grab lots of bags and head over to Dunster this weekend. There will be over 40 producers and street traders (as well as artisan gift stalls) at the Dunster Tithe Barn. The Dunster Food Festival is the grand finale of the Exmoor Food Fest that’s been running all month with many local restaurants offering the Exmoor Food Fest meal deal (2 courses for £10; 3 courses for £15).

10.30-4pm Sat & Sun. Priory Green, Dunster, TA24 6RY.

The Curious Adventure of Pinocchio, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sat 27 Feb


Crickets, cats, foxes and the puppet who wants to be a real boy spring to life out of the pages of some dusty old magic books at The Brewhouse in Taunton. Patrick Lynch (from CBeebies, apparently) is the one who’s pulling all the strings and turning all the pages.

Ages 4+, 11am and 2pm. Tickets £9; family of 4 from £32. The Brewhouse, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL. Tel 01823283244.

Star party, Tyntesfield, one night between 1-14 March

CVo436KXIAAw7pPWrap up warm, take a hot drink, a torch, binoculars if you have them and join the Bristol Astronomical Society and their telescopes for an evening of star gazing on the National Trust’s Tyntesfield estate. The event is weather dependent, so email [email protected] or call 01275 461964 first and they’ll contact you direct to confirm the date. Accompanied children welcome.

7.30pm-9.30pm. £5 (must book). Tyntesfield, Wraxall, North Somerset, BS48 1NX. Tel 01275 461964.

The Independent Bath Literature Festival, venues across Bath, Sat 27 Feb-Sun 6 March

Ben-Miller1The Independent Bath Literature Festival comes of age this year, with over 130 events across the city celebrating its 21st birthday. The theme is Forever young…age is about an attitude not a number and big names on the 10-day programme include: Pat Barker (Fri 26 Feb), Gloria Steinem, Sebastian Faulks and Al Murray (Sat 27 Feb), Mark Lawson (Sun 28 Feb), Tracey Chevalier and Ben Miller (Fri 4 March) and Dom Joly (Sat 5 March).

Venues, dates, times and ticket prices vary, see the programme.

Sing-along-a Frozen, Weston-super-Mare, Sat 27 Feb

ice-647015_1920Do you have a daughter who would love to dress up as Elsa and sing her heart out at a special sing-along-a screening of the Disney film? You do? Arrange for someone else to take her to The Playhouse, pour yourself a big glass of red and sit back and enjoy a Scandinavian box set.

3pm. £16 (adults); £11 (children). The Playhouse, High Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1HP. Tel.01934 645544.

Impressionism: capturing life, The Holbourne Museum, Bath, until 5 June

2437Check out the 28 Impressionist masterpieces on show as part of the Holbourne Museum‘s centenary exhibition. The works are by artists who exhibited at the very first Impressionist exhibition in 1874, and include paintings by Monet, Degas, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley and Berthe Morisot.

10am-5pm daily; 11am-5pm Sun/bank hols. £10/£9. Holbourne Museum, Great Pulteney St, Bath BA2 4DB. Tel 01225 388569.

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