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Muddy Guide: Thurs 5-Weds 11 May

 Into the West, the egg, Bath, Sat 7 – Sun 8 May

Into-The-West-final-square-0021-940x470A mysterious magical white horse comes out the sea mist and into the lives of two traveller children living on the 14th floor of a tower block on the outskirts of Dublin.  They end up on a wild ride across Ireland to escape the police and their troubled pasts. Travelling Light’s production of the internationally acclaimed play will also be at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres 29 June-17 July.

Sat & Sun 11.30am & 3pm, £8.50 adult; £7.50 children, the egg, Theatre Royal, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET (entrance on St John’s Place). Tel 01225 448844.

Montacute House park run, Saturdays until 21 July

20948747056_d9280e6816_kJoin in the 5k run around the grounds of this beautiful National Trust House – run at your own pace and get your own time sent to you when you register on their website (don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode or you won’t get a time).

9am, free, Montacute House, Middle St, Montacute TA15 6XP.

Wild Food, Roth Bar and Grill, Bruton, Mon 9 May

wild-foodFancy a spot of foraging? Greg Power from Handmade in Blighty will take you into the woodland at Durslade Farm and introduce you to edible and medicinal plants that you’ll find there. Then it’s back to the restaurant for a late lunch including some of your foraged wild food.

10am-4pm, £95, Roth Bar and Grill, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton BA10 0NL. tel 01749 814700.

Gould Piano Trio, Dillington House, Ilminster, Sun 8 May

8 May Gould Piano TrioThis bunch are at the forefront of the chamber music scene after winning the first Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 24 years ago.  They perform at major festivals and venues in the UK and this weekend you can enjoy them at Dillington House. The programme is Mozart’s Piano Trio G Major K564, Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello in C Major and Beethoven’s Archduke Trio.

Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT. Tel 01460 258684.

The Truth, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 9-Sat 14 May

The Truth -Tayna Franks as Laurence and Alexander Hanson as Michel - Photo credit Marc BrennerIn this slick comedy, middle-aged businessman Michel has been having a six-month affair with Alice, who is the wife of his best friend, Paul – is it time to tell their partners the truth?  Written by French playwright Florian Zeller and translated by Christopher Hampton, it comes direct to Bath from a very successful run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.

Mon-Weds 7.30pm, Thurs-Sat 8pm, Weds& Sat 2.30pm. From £20. Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET. Tel 01225 448844.

Callout for artists – 1000 postcards exhibition, Black Swan Arts, Frome, until Tues 7 June

painting-911804_1280Join Bryan Adams, Pearl and Daisy Lowe and Kevin McCloud and paint an original postcard-sized artwork as part of the Black Swan Arts 30th anniversary. The postcards will be exhibited anonymously and sold for £30 to raise money to restore the historic Round Tower. You can use any medium but artworks must be on a standard A6 sized postcard (148 x 105mm) – you can get postcard packs from Black Swan Arts – and the closing date is Tues 7 June.

Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, BA11 1BB Tel 01373 473980.

New cygnets, Bishops Palace, Wells

Cygnet 52 compressedThe first cygnet was born to doting parents Wynn and Bryn last Sat 30 April and a further eight have hatched since then at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells. You can pop over and see them (bags of swan food are available at the shop), suggest names for the baby swans before 10 May or you can keep a virtual eye on them via their Swan Cam.

Bishop’s Palace, Market Place, Wells BA5 2PD. Tel 01749 988111.

Frome Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Sun 8 May

guitar-1218648_1280This is the fourth time festival has come to Frome and this year’s line-up includes Martin Turner from Wishbone Ash, with Canadian Corky Laing, Albany Down, Red Butler and the from Wales, the Luke Doherty band.

2pm-10pm, £24 in advance. Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE. Tel 01371 455420.

The Great Wells Brocante & Vintage Fair, Wells, Sun 8 May

flea-market-681684_1920I’ve always thought the Wells had a bit of French feel to it, especially the Market Place. Someone must have had the same idea as this Sunday there’s a brocante (the French for a junk, collectables, bric-a-brac, vintage – perhaps even some actual antiques – market) on the streets of Wells.

10am-4pm, Market Place, Wells.


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