Muddy Guide: Thurs 14-Weds 20 April
Bath in Fashion, various locations across Bath, Mon 18-Sun 24 April
Put that fleece back into the wardrobe, get out your glad rags and join the fashion pack descending on the city of Bath for a week-long celebration of fashion: it’s Bath in Fashion. There are SS16 catwalk shows, talks, in-store events, films, workshops and appearances by top names in British and international fashion. You can find a complete list of events here.
Rapunzel, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Sat 16 April
The UK premier of a tongue-in-cheek musical retelling of the classic tale, by the Emmy-award-winning team behind Friends, at the Tacchi-Morris. Possessive mother who just happens to be a witch and a strong-willed but naive girl with the longest hair you’ll ever see, meets a tentative young prince…
2.30pm. £10 adults/£8 children/£30 family of 4. Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, School Road, Taunton. TA2 8PD. Tel 01823 414141. tacchi-morris.com
Tap Factory, The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, Thurs 14 April, The Octagon, Yeovil, Fri 15 April
Tap Factory ‘aint Fred Astaire putting on his top hat and tails; it’s six macho men taking off their shirts and tapping their way fast and furiously through percussive break dance, hip hop and aerial acrobatics – with some Chaplinesque comedy thrown into the mix. Want to know more? You can see a review here.
7.30pm, £22. The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil, BA20 1UX. Tel 01935 422884. octagon-theatre.co.uk. 8pm, £24.50 adult/£16.50 child. The Playhouse, 126-130 High St, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1HP. 01934 645544. parkwoodtheatres.co.uk,
The Vintage Bazaar, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Sat 16 April
Somerset does this sort of thing really well. Check out the vast array of vintage wares – textiles, haberdashery, home wares, handmade, costumes and more – on sale at the Vintage Bazaar at the Cheese & Grain.
9am-3pm £2 adults. Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE. Tel 01371 455420. cheeseandgrain.com
Gone sketching drawing group, Leigh Woods, Bristol, from Tues 19 April
An eight-week drawing group Gone Sketching starts Tuesday 19 April at the National Trust’s Leigh Woods, located on the edge of Bristol. The views of the famous suspension bridge, spring flowers, bluebells, majestic trees and a small herd of North Devon cattle grazing the Iron Age ramparts of Stokeleigh Hill Fort should inspire. There are led activities and free drawing in different locations culminating in a pop-up exhibition on July 24.
2.15pm. You can attend all or just one session; it’s free but call 0844 249 1895 to book a place. Leigh Woods, Bristol. nationaltrust.org.uk/leighwoods
Richard Chappell Dance triple bill, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Tues 19 April
The triple bill at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre: IRIS analyses adolescent experiences of London’s club culture (might ring a few bells?) and nyctophobia (fear of the dark); The Vast Rocks moves from the city to the landscape of the south west; and Burnt Norton uses T.S Eliot’s poem of the same name to explore the idea of getting lost within oneself. By the way, did you know that the second of Eliot’s Four Quartets was called East Coker and that his ashes are interred at the church in the south Somerset village?
7.30pm. £12 /£10 concs/£7 students.Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, School Road, Taunton. TA2 8PD. Tel 01823 414141. tacchi-morris.com
Somerset Stages Rally, Minehead & Exmoor, Sat 16 April
130 of the UK’s best rally cars and crews in 1970s classics, army Landrovers and the latest modified rally cars will be racing across 40 miles of gravel trails on the Exmoor National Park and around the surrounding area in the Somerset Stages 2016 on Saturday. You can watch the action, with live commentary and refreshments, from the designated Kennisham Forest Stage.
First run at Kennisham 9.25am; second run 1.38pm. £10/car. somersetstagesrally.com
Stained glass workshops, Bishop’s Palace, Wells, from Weds 20 April
I’ve always fancied having a go at this. You can learn how to cut, solder, design and construct a panel of traditional stained glass at the Bishop’s Palace. The class is taught by the highly experienced (29 years, doncha know) Richard Pelham from Glastonbury Stained Glass. Check out the new steel sculpture by Fiona Campbell while you’re there – it was only unveiled last week.
10.30am-1.30pm. £80 incl materials. Course runs 20, 27 April, 4, 18 and 25 May and 1 June. Bishop’s Palace, Market Place, Wells BA5 2PD. tel 01749 988111. bishopspalace.org.uk
Children’s Day, Wincanton Racecourse, Sun 17 April
Come and meet the Gruffalo at Wincanton Racecourse this weekend. You can also watch the South West Mascot Grand National, where mascots representing various charities will run a special course incorporating three fences made from recycled birch taken from Aintree Crabbie’s Grand National course, a tug of war, Pony Club displays, a bouncy castle, animal petting and glitter tattoos….Oh, and there will be some proper horse racing, too.
Gates open 12.30am; first race 2.10pm. £18/£13 in advance. Free entry to under 17s accompanied by an adult. Wincanton Racecourse, Wincanton, BA9 8BJ. Tel 0344 579 3014. wincanton.thejockeyclub