The Muddy Guide: 26 May-1 June
Burnham-on-Sea Food & Drink Festival, Sat 28 May
Somerset biltong, squirrel pies and steamed bau are just some of the delicacies you’ll find among more than 100 stalls of local food and drink in the 8th Burnham-on-Sea Food & Drink Festival. As well as the plethora of edibles and quaffables, there are free cookery workshops, the Great Burnham Bake Off, chef’s demos, BBQ and rustic fine dining feasts, buskers and sideshows. Your mission: to take a taste or sip of everything, then vote for the best food or drink in the show.
Traces of nature printing workshop, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Fri 27 May
You’ll use Spring leaves and flowers collected from the countryside around the gallery to eco-print beautiful one-off abstract prints on natural fabrics, and learn different natural dyeing and experimental marbling techniques at this one-day workshop. Led by textile designer Emma D’Arcey, this is the first of a series of garden talks, demos and classes celebrating the gallery’s Spring/Summer season, so watch this space. The £90 ticket includes lunch at the Roth Bar and Grill.
Ilminster Literary Festival, various venues, Weds 1-Thurs 9 June
Children’s authors, sit-com writers, historians, travel and crime writers, journalists, poets – and Ann Widdicombe – in conversation at different venues around Ilminster during this very first Ilminster Literary Festival. Here’s a full list of events, many of which are free.
The Third Man, The David Hall, South Petherton, Fri 27 May
‘…in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.’ Just some of the famous lines from The Third Man, directed by Carol Reed, scripted by Graham Greene and starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton and post-War Vienna. The film’s one of the events celebrating the David Hall’s 30th anniversary. Watch it with a glass of wine or coffee and cake (possibly a sachertorte?).
HMS Pinafore, Theatre Royal, Bath, Tues 31 May- Sat 4 June
Sasha Regan’s thrilling all-male HMS Pinafore, a huge success at London’s Hackney Empire, is docking in Bath. In this version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera, the 16-strong cast play both burly sailors and their lady visitors in a frisky and innovative production set in the hold of a WW2 battleship.
The Great Somerset Colour Run, Hazelgrove School, nr Yeovil, Sun 29 May
Fancy running, walking, skipping or hopping around a 5 kilometre route around the beautiful grounds of Hazelgrove School, whilst being pelted with colourful powder paint? All in aid of a good cause of course: the very excellent St Margaret’s Hospice, who provide palliative care to people in Somerset with life-limiting conditions. Registration opens from 11am (£15 adults; £10 kids – you’ll need to pay with cash) and the race starts at 1pm. You can download a sponsorship form on the website.
Packhorse Fair, Bruton, Monday 30 May
Muddy Men: put on a dress and enter the Great Bruton Drag Race at the annual Packhorse Fair. Everyone else can take part in a duck race, learn circus skills or crafts or put Rover through his paces in the dog show. There’s live music and more food and drink stalls than you can shake a stick at.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 30-Sat 11 June
More drag but this time Down Under and up at the Bristol Hippodrome (many thanks for donating two free pairs of tickets to two lucky Muddy readers). Based on the hit movie of the same name, this is the story of three friends who jump aboard a battered bus searching for lurve and friendship and discover a whole lot more (not least what interesting tricks some people can do with a table tennis ball).
Bristol Old Vic 250th birthday, Bristol, Sat 28-30 May
The Bristol Old Vic is the UK’s oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. To mark its 250th birthday there are three days of entertainment: family-friendly workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, talks and stage fight demos; an open air screening of A Thousand Seasons Past in Millennium Square; loads of Open Stage showcase performances – and a giant street party. Full details here.
Royal Bath and West Show Shepton Mallet, Weds 1-Sat 4 June
As well as 1,000 horses, agricultural machinery parades and the British cheese and cider championships (natch), the four-day celebration of rural life has extreme off-roading, an ‘imagineering fair’ dedicated to technological and engineering activities for kids, a traditional fair – and masses of locally produced food and drink served up in a festival atmos (there’s live music every day).
James Veitch – Dot Con, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, nr Taunton, Fri 27 May
What do you do when you get a suspicious email – a friend marooned in a foreign country in need of instant cash, unclaimed insurance – press delete? Not James Veitch: he’s spent the last year responding to every slice of spam. This show, a mix of standup, interactive projections and music, investigates the nature of spamming and explores why he loves pushing cyber con artists to the limits.