Looking for things to do in August? Check out my list of what’s on in Somerset this month and 50 things to do over the Summer Holidays guide, too. Have fun, and if you think something’s missing, get in touch!
Sketch 2017, Black Swan Arts, Frome, until Sun 3 Sept
Have a nose inside 100 artists’ sketchbooks selected from 500 sketchbooks worldwide. Talented types might like to enter their own work into the upcoming Black Swan Open 2017 (local celeb Mariella Frostrup is one of the judges).
Peter Pan, The Regal Theatre, Minehead, Tues 1 August
Tick tock, tick tock. The croc, Peter Pan, Wendy, Hook and all, up on the north Somerset coast tonight.
Twelfth Night, Forde Abbey, Chard, Tues 1 August
If music be the food of love, play on! Cross-dressing, lurve and confusion in the open air in Folksy Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s comedy. Also on at the Ecos Amphitheater Theatre in Frome Weds 2 August.
Looking at Lucian, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Thurs 3 August- Sat 3 Sept
See something before your London mates – there’s a world premiere up in Bath this month. Double Olivier Award winner Henry Goodman stars as Lucian Freud in a fly-on-the-wall drama about the famous portraitist.
Valley Fest, Chew Valley, Fri 4-Sun 6 August
Organic food, eclectic music and all round good times in an idyllic location on the banks of the Chew Valley lake just south of Bristol.
Dirty Dancing, Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet, Sat 5 August
Not in amongst the designer clothes and homewares but outside in the 3.5 acres of perfectly groomed gardens with its impressive viaduct.
Glastonbury Extravaganza, Glastonbury Abbey, Sat 5 August
Good vibrations from The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Corrine Bailey Rae and the Black Dyke Band (a famous Yorkshire brass band in case you were wondering), followed by fireworks.
Frome-on-Sea at the Frome Independent, Sun 6 August
Somerset’s smallest urban beach, with real sand, deckchairs, buckets and spades and even a ride on a donkey – plus all the usual brilliant makers, designers, vintage stalls, food and drink at the famous monthly market.
Sister Act, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, Mon 7-Sat 12 August
Singing nuns and a non nun in a musical based on the hit movie. X-Factor‘s Alexandra Burke is disco diva on the run Deloris Van Cartier and Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood did the choreography. Watch this space for the Muddy lowdown.
Titus Andronicus, RSC Live, various venue across Somerset, Weds 9 August
Rape, cannibalism, mutilation and murder in Shakespeare’s bloodiest play with David Troughton in the title role. Choc ice anyone? Find a cinema near you.
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Ashton Court Estate, Bristol, Thurs 10-Sun 13 August
The awesome spectacle of over 150 hot air balloons from around the world rising into the sky, with live music, stalls and iconic nightglows and firework finale.
Wind in the Willows, Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Fri 11 August
Picnics at the ready: join Ratty, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad in this al fresco Boxtree Theatre production.
Summer of ’77: Rocky, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sat 12 August
Part of the retro film series celebrating the theatre’s 40th birthday. Put your platforms and hitch up your high waist trousers to watch this Sly Stallone classic. Close Encounters of the Third Kind follows on Sat 19 August and Saturday Night Fever on Sat 26 August.
Lady in the Van, Theatre Royal, Bath, Thurs 17 August – Sat 2 Sept
Big name Sara Kestleman is the woman living on Alan Bennett’s driveway in this production.
Rum Festival, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Sat 19 August
Next best thing if you’re not holidaying in South America or the Caribbean this summer? Over 40 rums, rum cocktails, Caribbean food and hot spicy music in the centre of Frome.
Ladies Day, Bath Racecourse, Sat 19 August
OTT hats and heels on and get ready to strut your stuff at Ladies Day. Food, drink, a Best Dressed competition (win £1000) – oh and a spot of horse racing too, including a female jockey only race.
Pride & Prejudice, Dunster Castle, Dunster, Sat 19 August
Commemorate 200 years since Jane Austen’s death (or not, if you’re Andrea Leadsom who thinks she’s one of our greatest living authors) with this performance in the spectacular setting of Dunster Castle.
Smoked and Uncut, The Pig near Bath, Sat 19-Sun 20 August
More glamour than grunge, set against the rolling Mendips with views across the Pig at Bath’s deer park, top chef Angela Hartnett’s Italian banquet and a cocktail or two – this isn’t yer average festival.
Open Source Salon with Matilda Temperley, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Weds 23 August
Fearless award-winning photographer talks about her collaboration with a lion tamer, wading though the floods in Somerset, and getting to know marginalised societies from Ethiopia to Las Vegas.
Great Dorset Steam Fair, nr Blandford Forum, Thurs 24- Mon 28 August
Massive 600 acres covered with vintage steam engines, fairs, hurdy gurdies, agricultural machinery, vintage vehicles, food, drink, six live music stages. Truly a sight to behold, hear and smell, esp the steam fair at night.
Grease, Walled Gardens, Cannington, Fri 25 August
Danny, Sandy and Rizzo outdoors as the sun sets. Mamma Mia’s on tomorrow.
Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sat 26 August
Based on the bestselling children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, this fab feel-good show for little ‘uns has music, songs, puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog. 11.30am & 2.30pm.
Bowlore Mediaeval Weekend, Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sat 26-Mon 28 August
Archery and sword fights galore in the Palace gardens – watch the pros then have a go yourselves. 10am-6pm.
The Giant Shepton flea market, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sun 27 August
Does what it says on the can: have a root around more than 250 stalls and see what you discover.
Yerma, NT Live, various venues across Somerset, Thurs 31 August
Billie Piper in her Evening Standard award-winning role as the woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate need to have a a child ( if she just asked I could have popped over one of mine). Watch near you.