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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 15-Weds 21 Sept

Somerset Open Studios, venues across Somerset, Sat 17 Sept- Sun 1 Oct


Candace Bahouth

I love this event which celebrates contemporary visual art throughout Somerset by letting the public into over 200 artists’ and makers’ studios – nosing around other people’s gaffs is on my CV under ‘Hobbies’. First I spend ages browsing the guide (you can download a digital copy here), then I chose a handful of studios in roughly the same area, jump into the car and I’m off. As well as seeing where and how the artists make their work, you can also buy their stuff. The event kicks off with a launch party at the Bruton Art Factory‘s Colony Room Club Somerset, a taster of the legendary Soho drinking den and the official Festival Club, 5pm-7pm Fri 16 September.

Miles Jupp, Theatre Royal Bath, Sun 18 Sept

miles-juppI know, I know, he’s the host of The News Quiz, starred in Rev and The Thick of It, been on Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week, and won a Perrier Award winner at the Fringe, etc., but for me, Miles Jupp will always be Balamory‘s Archie the Inventor. Archie, I mean Miles, is bringing his Songs of Freedom Tour (astronauts, regrets, poo, rage, the sexes, manners, identity and lots of other stuff) to Bath this weekend. If you can’t make it, no need to miss out, he’s coming back to Yeovil’s Octagon (21 Oct) and Taunton’s Brewhouse (20 Jan 2017).

Bridget Jones’s Baby, cinemas across Somerset, from Fri 16 Sept

2167Fifteen years (is it really?) after the movie of her best-selling Diary, Bridget is back: single, daft and as chaotic as ever.  Bridget (Renee Zellweger, looking pretty good, nip and tuck or no) has broken up with Darcy (Colin Firth looking a little like a turtle), has a one-night stand with American tech mogul Jack (Patrick Dempsey, looking dashing), then ditto with Darcy and discovers that she’s pregnant – but who’s the father? Watch and find out.

The Ex-Enduro Mountain Bike Event, Allerford, Exmoor, Fri 16-Sun 18 Sept

utah-95032_1280Come on you lot, off the sofa and onto your mountain bike (I would myself only I’ve got a bone in my leg). This is for experienced riders only: three days’ hard riding on a network of tracks and trails across north east Exmoor with vintage tea stop, beers, evening entertainment and camping – and yoga and massage classes to soothe sore muscles throw in.

Every Brilliant Thing, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Mon 19 Sept

hi-res-every-brilliant-thing-v3_webAn uplifting and thought-provoking one-man show in which a man tells how his seven-year-old self responded to his depressed mum’s suicide attempt by making a list for her of every brilliant thing that made life worth living. Muddy Sussex saw this in Worthing last week and she reckons it’s pretty good. Check out her review. Then buy your tickets.

We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, the egg, Bath, Weds 21-Sun 25 Sept


One of the world’s leading puppet companies, the Islington-based Little Angel Theatre (they’re good) brings Micheal Rosen’s classic tale to the egg. If you’ve not been to the Theatre Royal’s dedicated children’s theatre you’re missing a trick; it’s an intimate in-the-round space where kids can see the action up close. Two performances daily, suitable for aged 2+.

Priston Festival, Priston, Fri 16-Sun 18 Sept


(Mostly) free music festival on two outdoor stages in the village of Priston a few miles south of Bath – dozens of performers, from pop and funk-rock to flamenco, classical and sea shanties. Puppets, stories, songs and art for kids; workshops, stalls and that countryside staple, the Morris dancer. Oh yes. You can check out details here.

The Great Somerset Night Walk, Yeovil, Sat 17 Sept

maxresdefaultA nine-mile circular walk in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice, beginning and ending at the Yeovil Town football ground and taking in views from the top of Ham Hill (stopping off at the Prince of Wales pub if you wish). You can book a place and download a sponsor form here. Everyone gets a free t-shirt, medal and goody bag.  Starts at 7pm.

Bach cello suites by candlelight, Wells Cathedral, Sat 17 Sept

071121-172701-the-great-west-front-of-wells-cathedral-at-nightSome of the most beautiful music ever written for the cello, played in the candlit Quire of Wells Cathedral, by one of Europe’s leading baroque cellists Luise Buchberger. Includes the famous No 1 in G Major. This sounds very special.


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