The Muddy Guide Thurs 24-Weds 29 June
The Railway Children, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sun 26 June
Bring a blanket and a picnic (hopefully, not an umbrella) to the Bishop’s Palace this Sunday. The Chapterhouse Theatre Company are putting on an open air production of The Railway Children (city kids relocate to the countryside and wave a red petticoat to stop a train, etc). If you can’t be bothered bringing a picnic, there’s a BBQ and bar on site.
The Shed Party and Open Studios, The Maltings, Bruton, Tues 28 June
Check out ‘The Garden Rooms’, Alex Bank and Sam Causewell’s winning design from last Spring’s Hauser & Wirth’s young architect competition. The Maltings studios will also be open with work on show from current artists-in-residence, Paul Desborough and Djordje Ozbolt. Nosh on BBQ and other refreshments provided by the Roth Bar and Grill.
Mark Watson, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 25 June
Sit down and watch stand up. Multi-award winning comic Mark Watson (Road to Rio, We Need Answers, Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better) brings his new show to the county town.
Levels Best Farmers Market, Montacute House, Montacute, Sat 25 June
The Muddies love wandering around scoffing all the cheese and charcuterie samples at farmers’ markets. If you feed your kids beforehand, the green space playground alongside the Old Stables in Montacute House will keep them occupied while you browse the stalls.
Stubbs and the Wild, Holbourne Museum, Bath, Sat 25 June-Sun 2 October
Today George Stubbs (1724-1806) is famous for his paintings of horses but back in the 18th century he was known for his depictions of wild animals. This exhibition has paintings, prints and drawings of then exotic animals – moose, zebras, yaks and kangaroos – brought back from the newly expanding colonies.
Art from Elsewhere, Arnolfini, Bristol, until Sun 17 July
I popped into the Arnolfini earlier this week – what an exciting art gallery (shortlisted for the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2016 ) down on Bristol’s vibrant quayside. In the Art of Elsewhere, 37 significant artists from 22 countries address life, politics and identity – who is the insider and who is the outsider? – both here and in the Bristol Art Gallery & Museum. There’s video, installation, photography and painting – and two stonking good cafes.
My Pet Monster and Me, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Sat 25 June
One for the littl’uns: Sophie Bucket lives on a farm with her Dad and spends most of her time day-dreaming. Then one day she finds an egg, which hatches into a cuddly, burpy baby monster *aaaah*. With songs, music and puppets, it’s sure to warm the cockles (or at least keep small people happy for an hour).
The Proclaimers, The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, Sat 25 June
Craig and Charlie released their 10th studio album Let’s hear it for the dogs last year; expect to hear the classics Sunshine on Leith, (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles, Letter From America, I’m on My Way, Life With You, Lets Get Married at their gig up in Weston. Ben Maggs supports.
Dunster Castle Uncovered, Dunster, Sun 26 June
Nose around behind closed doors at the National Trust’s Dunster Castle (just voted the Best Family Attraction in the Somerset Muddy Stilettos Awards). One of just four days this year when you can have a look around areas of the Castle not usually open to the public.