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Muddy Guide: Thurs 28 April-Weds 4 May

Kingsbury May Festival, Kingsbury Episcopi, Sat 30 April and Mon 2 May


This fab village fair has the full kaboodle: pram race, then music in the marquee, BBQ, hog roast on Saturday night, followed by the May Day festival on Monday, with fields of activities, food and drink, arts and craft stalls, a kids area, street market and more live music.  This year’s theme is fairies and pixies.

Whisky, Tango, Foxtrot, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Weds 4-Thurs 5 May

d56156_9254305ae4d94f5fb68a88d57d3340b5This multi-award nominated show, based on the true story of ex-Airwoman Crookshank’s time in the Royal Air Force, from basic training to the Falkand Islands contains weapons, strong language – and penguins. The show, written and performed by Rebecca Crookshank, had 5 million views on Channel 4 News online, a critically acclaimed run at last year’s Edinburgh Festival and is off to Broadway when this UK tour ends.

7.30, £10 adults/£7 students. The Brewhouse, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL. Tel 01823283244.

International Dawn Chorus Day, across Somerset, Sun 1 May

tit-631581_1920I’ll be tucked up in bed of course but some of you eager beavers out there might want to witness the birdies singing their hearts out on International Dawn Chorus Day. There are guided walks at Swell Wood  (with a full English breakfast thrown in) and the Blackdown Hills. There’s also one at Ninesprings in Yeovil on 7 May. Birds start singing at sun up, so you’ll need to make an early start; check times with individual locations.

Museum in Motion, Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Mon 2 May

Willys JeepThe Haynes International Motor Museum has one of the finest collections of vehicles in the world. You can see some of them on the move this Bank Holiday when 14 vintage cars and motorbikes will be driven around a test circuit by volunteers.

11.30am and 3pm. Free, with normal museum charges.Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, BA22 7LH. Tel 01963 440804.

Tulip Festival, Forde Abbey, Chard, Sat 30 April-Sun 15 May

IMG_0103300dpi 2Tip toe through the tulips (well, not literally, please) at Forde Abbey. Over 20,000 tulips will be on display in the 30 acres of spectacular gardens of this former Cistercian monastery. In the second week of the festival, award-winning designer Mig Kimpton will be demonstrating tulip arrangements. Check out the highest powered fountain in England while you’re there.

£10 entrance to garden; under 15s free. Forde Abbey, Chard, TA20 4LU. Tel 01460

Brideshead Revisited, Theatre Royal, Bath, Tues 3 May-Sat 7 May

Brideshead RevisitedDirect from London’s York Theatre comes Bryony Lavery’s brand new production of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel Brideshead Revisited. Past and present blur as Charles Ryder remembers the time his life was entangled with Lord and Lady Marchmain, Sebastian (and his teddy), Julia and the rest of the bunch at Brideshead Manor.

Tues & Weds 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat 8pm. Weds & Sat 2.30pm. From £18.50. Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET. Tel 01225 448844.

The Spring 2016 Roxy Vintage and Handmade Fair, Cheddar, Sat 30 April


Some goodies from stallholder Vintage Jane

New season vintage clothes, books and toys, Art Deco ceramics, pictures, mirrors, industrial vintage, crates, glasses, quirky collectables,  textiles, haberdashery and vintage patterns jewellery, fountain pens,  handmade and designer gifts  * pause for breath*  – plus  Deb ‘n’ Em’s pop up cafe.

9-30am-3pm, £1. St Andrews Church House, Church Street, Cheddar, BS27 3RE

Abbey Hill Steam Rally, Yeovil, Fri 29 April-Mon 2 May

15_2_1One for small boys and old boys. This Yeovil institution started life as an afternoon dog show in 1980; over 30 years later there are traction engines, military vehicles, classic cars,  100 stalls, live music, the Squibb Freestyle motorcycle stunt team – plus a dog show – over an entire weekend. There are lots of different ticket prices depending when you go, so check their website.

Gates open from 8am. Yeovil Showground, off the A37, postcode BA22 9TA.

Bath Society of Artists 111th Annual Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, until Sat 4 June

Antony and Cleopatra (62 X 70cm) by Tim Carroll (small)

Antony and Cleopatra by Tim Carroll

They’re a talented lot in Bath. Anyone over the age of 18 was invited to submit art work to the Bath Society of Artists for selection for this open exhibition and these are the winning works of art – all of them are for sale. They’re in illustrious company, many famous artists including Walter Sickert, Patrick Heron and Howard Hodgkin have exhibited with the Society since its inception in 1904.

10.30am-5pm every day. £4 (free for under 21s). Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath, BA2 4AT. Tel 01225 477233.

Peppa Pig and George on the West Somerset Railway, Minehead, Sat 30 April

GCR_Pepper_Pig_March_2013The porky pair will be making appearances throughout the day at Minehead Railway station and delight small children. You can take a ride on a steam train along the line, jump on a free vintage bus for a ride around Minehead seafront and there’s a helter skelter, bouncy castle, face painting, pancake stall, a choir and Peppa Pig stuff to buy, of course (phew).

10am-4pm. Free to go on the station.You”ll need to buy tickets for the train. West Somerset Railway, The Railway Station, Minehead TA24 5BG. westsomersetrailway

Dorset Knob Throwing & Frome Valley Food Festival, Cattistock, Sun 1 May

ballistic-biscuits_3288861bI know, I know,  it’s not in Somerset but it’s just over the border and I’ve been meaning to go every year. Stuff your face with food and drink from over 60 local producers and then watch or join in with the puns and games featuring the rock hard little biscuity buns called Dorset Knobs. There’s a Knob & Spoon Race, Knob Darts, Knob Painting as well as Knob Throwing.

10am-4pm, £4 (under 12s free). Cattistock football field.


1 comment on “Muddy Guide: Thurs 28 April-Weds 4 May”

  • Vintage Jane April 28, 2016

    Thank you!


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