The Muddy Guide: Thurs 21-Weds 27 July
Throughout the Summer don’t forget to check back into Muddy as I’ll regularly be updating and adding to the weekly Muddy Guides, and if you know of anything utterly amazing that you think I’ve omitted, feel free to let me know.
Right, gin and tonic at the ready? Then let the holiday Muddy Guides commence!
Summer Forest School Day Camps, Tyntesfield House, Wraxall, Weds 27 July (and next three Weds)
A Forest School leader and team will show your kids how to light a fire and cook on it, make a den, do some green wood-working and play in the wild of Tyntesfield’s beautiful woodland – and hand them back dirty, tired and happy.
10.30am-2.30. £20. Booking essential on 01275 461961.Tyntesfield, Wraxall, BS48 1NX. Tel 01275 461900. nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield
Terrific Tuesdays, Tues 26 July and every following Tues, Hestercombe House & Gardens, nr Taunton
There’s a different theme each Tuesday at Hestercombe throughout the summer holidays. This week’s theme is a traditional village fete. You can watch a sheepdog display, have your face painted, enter a cake or drawing competition, play games on the lawn and make a kite or some bunting to take home.
10am-3pm. Free with normal garden admission. Hestercombe House & Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, TA2 8LG. Tel 01823 413923.hestercombe.com
Brew Comedy Fest, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 22 -Sat 23 July
Part of Taunton Live 2016, this is two days of comedy with many of the acts making The Brewhouse their final stop before speeding up to the Edinburgh Fringe. Established names and newcomers like Danny Posthill, Stuart Goldsmith, Zoe Lyons, Cerys Nelmes, Doug Segal, Ellie Taylor and Robin Morgan will be in the Main House and the more intimate Studio. There’s a Saturday afternoon Comedy Club for kids – and they’re throwing in a free Silent Disco, too. Food, drink and booze all on tap.
For times and tickets, see thebrewhouse.net The Brewhouse, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL. Tel 01823 283244.
The BFG, cinemas across Somerset, from Fri 22 July
I think I may be more excited about seeing this film than my kids. Roald Dahl’s BFG is on general release from Friday, the story of the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children. Directed by Steven Spielberg, so bring your hankies.
Rocky Horror Show, Bristol Hippodrome, until Sat 23 July
Frothy, fun and naughty: sharpen those stilettos for the rockiest ride of your life in writer Richard O’Brien’s ’70s mash up of Sci-fi, horror B-movies and rock and roll. Squeaky-clean sweethearts Brad and Janet meet Frank’n’Furter, Rocky and Magenta and do the Time Warp (amongst other things). With X-Factor finalist Diana Vickers, S Club 7’s Paul Cattermole and Norman Pace (of Hale & Pace fame) as narrator.
Thurs 8.00pm, Fri & sat 8.30pm. Tickets from £16.50. Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ. atgtickets.com
Music in the Marquee, The Red Lion Inn, Babcary, Fri 22 July
Seven world class session musicians who’ve worked with the likes of Jools Holland, Paloma Faith, Joss Stone, Lionel Richie and Jamie Cullum are coming to play soul, funk, jazz and pop in a rather swanky marquee at a country pub just off the A303 near the Sparkford roundabout. You can eat in the pub restaurant or nosh on BBQ while you listen, and dance, too, if the mood takes you.
7pm. £15. The Red Lion Inn, Babcary, TA11 7ED. Tel 01458 223230. redlionbabcary.co.uk
Aliens Love Underpants, The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, Sat 23- Sun 24 July
The Muddies loved this book when they were younger and have been hiding their undercrackers inside cupboards, under the bed or wearing them on their heads to fool any Aliens coming to earth to steal their underpants ever since (or at least that’s what they tell me). This all-singing, all-dancing show based on the book had rave reviews in London and is now on tour. This is the only Somerset venue although it’s on at Camp Bestival in Dorset 29-31 July.
1.30pm & 3.30pm Sat; 11am & 2pm Sun; Tickets £14.50; £53 (family). The Playhouse, 126-130 High St, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1HP. Tel 01934 645544. parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/Playhouse-Theatre
Bogtastic 2016, in and around Simonsbath, Exmoor, Tues 26 July
This is possibly the most apt event to ever go into the Muddy Guide, it being a family-friendly celebration of the special qualities of Exmoor’s muddy bogs, river and wildlife an’ all (bring wellies). You’ll be able to discover the wildlife in and around Simonsbath and Blackpitts, where the river Barle flows past a historic water-powered saw mill, under an old stone bridge, by a meadow and along a moorland valley. Expect activities, walks, talks, displays and a bogstacle course.
10am-4pm, free. Simonsbath Sawmill and the Pound Field (TA24 7SH) and Blackpitts (TA24 7LB).
Clare Woods, Hestercombe House, Cheddon Fitzpaine, nr Taunton, until Sun 30 October
Clean Heart: a Landscape Retrospective is an exhibition of work by internationally acclaimed artist Clare Woods. Trained as a sculptor, she now creates paintings on a large scale, working flat on aluminium panels in oils and enamels. The exhibition includes paintings from different stages in her career including those inspired by Hestercombe’s own gardens and landscapes. Have a stroll round the gallery and the gardens.
10am-6pm every day. Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, TA2 8LG. Tel 01823 414197. hestercombe.com
Drone Show, Helicopter Museum, Sat 23 & Sun 24 July
Race a drone (with speeds of up to 60 mph), ‘fly’ the Red Arrows without leaving the ground or soar into the sky (really) in a real chopper at the Helicopter Museum, the world’s largest collection of helicopters. You don’t have to wear your anorak.
10am-5.30pm. Helicopter Museum, Locking Moor Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 8PP. Tel 01934 635227. helicoptermuseum.co.uk
’50 things to do before you’re eleven and three-quarters’ weekender, Tyntesfield, Sat 23-Sun 24 July
Head over to Tyntesfield and see how many off the list of the National Trust’s famous 50 activities you can tick off. There’s den building, map reading, holding a scary beast, making wild art or mud pies, finding and planting geocaches…
11am-3pm both days. Free with normal admission. Tyntesfield, Wraxall, BS48 1NX. Tel 01275 461900. nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield