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Muddy Guide: Thurs 3-Weds 9 November

Stick Man, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 4-Sat 5 Nov

stickman_0029_photo-by-steve-ullathorneYou wouldn’t think a show about a stick would be much cop but the story of the Stick Man who’s carried away from his family by a playful dog after going for a morning jog, and has all sorts of adventures on his way back home, is poignant and funny. The trio of actors from Scamp Theatre use everything from umbrellas to rubber beach rings to turn Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s famous book into a brilliant kids’ show. Suitable for aged 3+

You’ve been trumped, The Roxy, Axbridge, Thurs 4 Nov

youve-been-trumpedTake a seat in one of the UK’s smallest (and most unusual) cinemas a few days before the US votes for the next president and watch this cautionary tale about local homeowners fighting Trump’s Scottish golf course. To book call 07725 051523 or click here.

Family Saturday, Hauser &Wirth, Bruton, Sat 5 Novdywxmjkwo2gsnjawo3msdw5pzm9ybttxldk1o2ysahdzlziwmtyvmtavbm92zmftc2f0bwfpbi01ndg0odkuanbn

Arachnopobes, stop reading right now.  Hauser & Wirth’s November family workshop looks at how Louise Bourgeois used spiders *shudder* in her work. After looking at Bourgeois’ giant spider in the Threshing Barn, and exploring how spiders make us feel, everyone gets to make their own three-dimensional spider. This is a free event but booking is essential: call 01749 814060 or email [email protected]

Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, Bridgwater, Sat 5 Nov1024px-gremlinsghostship2006bridgwatercarnival-1

Wrap up warm (and consider taking ear plugs) – it’s Somerset illuminated carnival season and Bridgwater is the biggest, oldest and possibly the best. Unique to Bridgwater is ‘squibbing’, when around 150 ‘squibbers’ line the high street and fire off loads of fireworks or squibs.  The carnival of around 145 floats, each decorated with tens of thousands of light bulbs, starts at 7pm but the organisers recommend arriving about an hour beforehand to park and find a good place to stand. You can see the route here.

Frome Independent Market, Frome, Sun 6 Nov

portionsIt’s the first Sunday of the month, it must be the Frome Independent Market, when the streets will be filled with a sizzling array of stalls selling original stuff by designer makers, vintage wares, delicious food and drink from local producers, including the fabulous Bakemonger (above). The town’s independent shops will be open, too.  You could do all your Christmas shopping here in one day.

Bath Film Festival, venues across Bath, Thurs 3-Sun 13 Nov


Burn, Burn, Burn

Film buffs: wallow in the art house, feature docs, locally made features,  specialised and independent films as well as live events in this 26th festival programme. It’s an eclectic mix with family films, queer films, world cinema and ‘F-rated films’, directed or written by women or which have significant female characters (shockingly, last year in Hollywood only 5 per cent of films were directed by women and female stars took home 40 percent of their male co-stars paycheck). You can find the full schedule of films here. The 5th IMDb awards are being held in the Bath Assembly Rooms on Weds 9 Nov.

Steve Backshall’s Wild World, Cheese and Grain, Frome, Sat 5 Nov

penquinsI knew Steve Backshall was a wildlife expert, adventurer and TV presenter and fearless handler of creepy crawlies and dangerous beasties – I didn’t know he was a children’s author. Here he talks about the real life expeditions that have inspired his books The Falcon Chronicles and the latest novel in the series Shark Seas, with photos and films from the around the world. Suitable for all ages.

Ronnie Scott’s Allstars, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Thurs 3 Nov

ronniescott-700x460Narration, archive pix, video footage and, of course, a lot of music in celebration of the world famous jazz club, led by the club’s musical director. The story takes us from the club’s beginnings in a basement bar where local musicians would come to jam to its status as an international venue played by legendary jazz icons (I saw Nina Simone there once, arriving on stage with a mink coat and a plastic shopping bag).

Susie MacMurray, Atkinson Gallery, Street, now until Sat 10 Dec


Internationally acclaimed artist Susie MacMurray’s thought-provoking works made from reclaimed military barbed wire, plastic food wrapping, wine glasses and hairnets – on display at the Atkinson Gallery on the Millfield Senior School campus.

Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain, Theatre Royal, Bath, Tues 8-Sat 12 Nov

HORRIBLE HISTORIES - BARMY BRITAIN: Alison Fitzjohn (as various); Martin Atkinson (as various): Gary Wilson (as various); Ben Martin (as various); David Norris - Company Manager The Ashcroft Theatre; Fairifeld Halls, Croydon, Surrey, UK; 07 March 2014; Credit : Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL ;

Barmy Britain is a whistle stop tour through the last 2,000 years of history from the Romans to Queen Vic (so we don’t get to the current level of Brexit barminess), with fascinating characters and funny facts that teachers forget to tell. The show comes with 3D Bogglevision glasses that make skulls, gibbets and explosions come alive.

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