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Muddy Guide: Thurs 18-Weds 24 August

The Smartest Giant in Town, Walled Gardens of Cannington, nr Bridgwater, Sat 20 August


Open air theatre in a beautiful walled garden: George updates his image and then discovers it’s not how you look but how you feel that’s important. Folksy Theatre’s version of Julia Donaldson’s famous book.

5pm. £13.50 adult; £10 concession; £8 child; £38 2 adults/2under 16s. On the day, £15 adults; £12 concessions; £19 child; no family tickets. The Walled Gardens of Cannington, Church Street, Cannington, Nr Bridgwater, Somerset TA5 2HA. Tel 01278 655042. canningtonwalledgardens

26th Annual Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street,  until Fri 19 August

Beth Davies-Hofbauer 'Apparition'

Beth Davies-Hofbauer ‘Apparition’

Did you know that Millfield School has a nationally recognised gallery which exhibits work by artists like Andy Warhol, Sir Antony Caro, Terry Frost and Dame Elisabeth Frink as well as up and coming new artists? They’re holding their 26th Annual Show at the mo with work to buy from national and local artists.

9.30-5pm. Free. Millfield School, Street, BA16 0YD. Tel 01458 444322.

David Bowie is, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sat 20 August


Did you get to see the V&A’s incredible David Bowie exhibition a couple of years ago? Me neither. Luckily they made a documentary about it so pop yourself over to The Brewhouse to take a tour through the exhibition. You’ll see Bowie’s original costumes, own instruments, handwritten lyrics, album artwork, fashion, film, music videos, set designs, fashions, and there are interviews with those who worked with him.

7.30pm. £10. The Brewhouse, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL. Tel 01823283244.

All roads lead to Frome, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Sat 2o August


Mr Baked Beans on Toast

All day music festival with two stages and 20 of the top touring acts from around the country. Beans on Toast (not a light supper in front of the TV but a drunk folk singer, barefoot troubadour and, apparently, cult legend) headlines – plus Chris T-T, Oxygen Thief, Montroze and more.

12pm. £10 in advance.  Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE. Tel 01371 455420.

Swallows and Amazons, cinemas across Somerset, from Fri 19 August


This week’s film release is Arthur Ransome’s classic tale set back in the days when kids had exciting adventures on lakes with no floation jackets and camped alone on remote islands. Find a cinema near you here.

Eugene Onegin, APEX park, Burnham-on-Sea, Sat 20 August

Eugene Onegin at Garsington Opera by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Eugene OneginRoderick Williams Tatyana Natalya Romaniw Lensky Oleksiy Palchykov Olga Jurgita Adamonyt? Larina Louise Winter Filippyevna Kathleen Wilkinson Prince Gremin Brindley Sherratt Triquet Mark Wilde Conductor Douglas Boyd Director Michael Boyd Designer Tom Piper Lighting Designer Giuseppe di Iorio Movement Director Liz Ranken Acrobatic Choreographer Lina Johansson

Photo: Mark Douet

Bring a picnic and some fizz to enjoy a live screening of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin by the famous Oxford-based Garsington Opera. Bookish country girl Tatyana falls for glamorous but selfish (oh dear, we know where this is heading) bachelor Onegin in the days before Naked Attraction and Tinder. If your Russian’s not up to scratch, there are subtitles.Interactive street theatre from The Natural Theatre Company comes with.

Event begins 4.30p, live performances from 5pm, opera starts 6pm. Free. APEX Park, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 3YY.

Meeting Mr Boom, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sat 20 August

Curious, powered by the Knowledge Quarter at King’s Cross, is a fusion of science, culture and art – a fantastic event for all the family.

Three grown ups get to bounce around on an inflatable set as they tell the story of a young girl’s journey through the magical land of Mr Boom.

12noon, 2pm, 4pm. Free but donations welcome.The Brewhouse, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL. Tel 01823283244.

The Dunster Show, Dunster Castle Lawns, nr Minehead, Fri 19 August

Croix_de_la_mortMaybe not one for the stilettos: come on over to the 170th Dunster Show and watch hundreds of the county’s prize horses, cattle and sheep strut their stuff and collect rosettes. Dog and birds of prey demos, circus entertainment, music, masses of stalls and the thrilling Devil’s Horseman stunt riders may while away the afternoon too. If you love this type of thing, check out the Mid-Somerset Show down in Shepton Mallet on Sun 21 August.

8am. £12 adult; children 4-14 £5. Dunster Castle Lawns, just off the A39 nr Minehead


Sense and Sensibility, Dunster Castle, Sat 20 August


Enjoy a picnic under the stars as the Dashwood sisters find their way and lose their hearts – and find the perfect balance of sense and sensibility – in this Chapterhouse Theatre production of the Shakespearean classic.

6.30pm. £14 adult; £10 child; £42 2 adults/2 children; £40 1 adult/3 children; £52 2 adults/3 children. Dunster Castle, Dunster, near Minehead, Somerset, TA24 6SL. Tel 01643 821314.

Jamaican Pulse, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, until Sun 11 September

rwa-jamaican-pulse-1453807646The first major exhibition of its kind in the UK and it’s just up the road. This exhibition showcases the extraordinary diversity of Jamaican art, both contemporary and historical, with photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, film and digital art. By the way, if you’re entering the RWA’s 164th Annual Open Exhibition (and obviously I am), then the closing date for submissions in Weds 24 August.

Tues-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm. £6.95 adults; £4.95 conc; under 16s free. Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1PX. Tel 0117 973 5129.

Cheddar Gorge Challenge,  Cheddar, Sun 21 August


Inspired by Mo and the gang? Then pull on those trainers and jog over to Cheddar. There are races of all lengths from 300m to a full marathon and everything in between in this most glorious of settings. Organised with the National Trust; for more info and prices, see relishrunningraces.

Cheddar Gorge Challenge, The Cliffs, Cheddar BS27 3QE.

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