The Muddy Guide: Thurs 9-Weds 15 June
Green Scythe Fair, Thorney Lakes, Muchelney, Sun 12 June
You saw it in Poldark; now see it here – scything, that is. Watching a field of very long grass being cut might seem akin to watching paint dry but there’s a certain mesmerising beauty to the rhythm of the scythers mowing their swathes across the fields. Mowers have to mow a 5m square area, as fast, as evenly and as close to the ground as possible using a traditional scythe (think Grim Reaper). You can learn how to do it, too. As well as the West Country Scythe Championship, there’s live music, over 70 stalls displaying traditional skills, crafts and produce, organic food and lots of ciders and ales.
Edinburgh Fringe comedy previews, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Mon 13-Weds 15 June
No need to schlep up to the Edinburgh Festival, just pop yourself over to Frome to check out some of the Fringe’s rising comedy stars before they head off up north. There are three nights of double bills: Gareth Richards and Naz Osmanoglu (Plebs, Flat TV, Live at the Electric); Adam Hess (Live at the BBC) and Steve Bugeja (BBC New Comedy Award Winner); Jariath Regan (Live at the Palladium) and Annie McGrath (@elevenish, Girls Go Trolling).
English Garden Festival, Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Fri 10-Sun 12 June
Live music, talks from gardening types, over 50 stalls, croquet, a gardening SOS point, demonstrations and on the Sunday a grand picnic to celebrate the Queen’s birthday (bring your own grub or pre-order a picnic at the Palace) plus there’s a spectacular floral birthday cake for the Queen.
Fagin’s Twist, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 10 June
Innovative hip hop/contemporary dance company Avant Garde Dance reimagines Dicken’s Oliver Twist by telling the story of Fagin and Bill Syke’s childhood. Choreographed by Tony Adigun and produced by The Place.
Home Farm Festival, Chilthorne Dormer, nr Yeovil, Fri 10-Sun 12 June
3 day, 5 stages and over 70 bands in the grounds of Home Farm. Loads of stuff for kids, too. Friday night is posh wear and wellies. Bands and artists play for free in this 11th annual fund raiser for the Piers Simon Appeal, whose main initiative is School in a Bag (rucksacks filled with stationery, learning resources and eating utensils to poor, orphan and disaster-affected kids worldwide).
A Room of Their Own: Lost Bloomsbury Interiors 1915-1930, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, Sat 11 June – Sun 4 Sept
The decorated ceramics, fabrics, furniture, rugs and paintings created by Bloomsbury artists like Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant style were all the rage in fashionable homes between the two World Wars. For the first time in 50 years, objects and paintings have been brought together from various collections in this new exhibition.