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Stuff to do throughout the month. If you’ve got kids on holiday from school, we’ve got ideas to keep them busy on every single day of the Half Term.

Early Man and David Sproxton Q&A, Curzon Cinema & Arts, Clevedon, Thurs 1 Feb

aardman cave man Dug

Watch the new Aardman flick – plucky caveman Dug and sidekick Hognob unite their tribe against the mighty Bronze Age – then ask Aardman co-founder and producer David Sproxton a question or two.

Exmoor Food Fest, across Somerset and Devon, Thurs 1 – Weds 28 Feb

Eat your way across Exmoor, with lots of the region’s best restaurants and cafes taking part in this celebration of food and drink, with menus from £10 upwards. Find a restaurant and quote ExFF18 when you book.

Dear Esther, Colston Hall, Bristol, Thurs 1 Feb

video gamescape moon water

This sounds intriguing – a real time play through of of The Chinese Room’s ground-breaking game Dear Esther, which blurs the boundaries between video game, ghost story and film screening – with live music by BAFTA-winning composer Jessica Curry.

Fashion Re: Boot Somerset, Kimber’s Farm, Charlton Musgrove (nr Bruton), Fri 2 Feb

fake fur jacket shirts jumpers clothes rail coat hangers

Posh jumble sale where fashionable types sell pre-loved higher end clothes and accessories – with a DJ, bar, free gin for early birds and goodie bags for all. Part of the nationwide Fashion Re:Boot now trending all over the UK; the Somerset event is being hosted by fashion stylist/consultant Natasha Musson and party stylist Sara Kirby.

Night Walk, WWT Steart Marshes, nr Bridgwater, Fri 2 Feb

A walk around the wetlands after dark with a local expert on hand to tell you all about the night time sights and sounds – and to make sure you don’t fall in.  The walk begins at 7.30pm (meeting just before in the main car park) and lasts around two hours.

Royal Women, Fashion Museum, Bath, Sat 3 Feb – Sat 28 April

princess margaret queen mary dresses ballgowns

Worn by, L to R: Queen Alexandra, Princess Margaret, Queen Mary

If, like me, you’ve been bingeing on the The Crown, then this exhibition is a must. Gorgeous royal garb.

Watership Down, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, Sat 3 Feb

The powerful and poignant animated classic is being screened as part of the gallery’s The Land We Live in programme (it’s a tearjerker so take tissues or you’ll have to use your sleeve).

Snowdrop weekends, Forde Abbey, Sat 3 & Sun 4 Feb and each weekend through Feb

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30 acres of award-winning gardens carpeted with snowdrops, with masses of camellias (weather depending), hellebores and early spring bulbs too.

All Night Long,  Theatre Royal, Bath, Sun 4 Feb

Strictly ballroom couple dancing with flowing skirt

Photo Shane Finn

Strictly star…well, ex-Strictly now, it turns out… Brendan Cole and his company of dancers doing their thang accompanied by a live band and singers.

So Many Reasons, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Mon 5 Feb

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Innovative Fuel Theatre’s soulful and sassy new show about the influence of the women in our lives, from the perspective of Melissa, a first generation British Ghanaian woman.  Rachael Ofori plays Melissa – and everyone else in the show. Respect.

Richard Alston Dance Company 2018, The Octagon, Yeovil, Tues 6 Feb

The touring London-based contemporary dance company brings new and revived works to The Octagon.

Swan Lake & The Nutcracker, Theatre Royal, Bath, Tues 6 – Sun 11 Feb

St Petersburg Classic Ballet are on their toes in two opulent productions and with a full orchestra in the pit.

South West Vegan Festival, The Passenger Shed, Bristol, Sat 10 Feb

100 stalls, mainly food but food, beauty, clothes, charity and wellness too. Book advance tickets for a vegan goodie bag.

The Footman James Great Western Classic Car Show, Sat 10 & Sun 11 Feb

Haynes Motor Museum may have one of the best collections of classic cars in the world but here, you can get your hands on one of your own (or buy stuff to restore it).

The Play That Goes Wrong, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 12 – Sat 17 Feb

Photo Robert Day

Broadway’s longest running play and still wowing audiences in London’s West End, the hit cult comedy comes to Bath. We’ve seen it already – read our review – it’s a corker.

Twelfth Night, various venues around Somerset, Weds 14 Feb

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Photo Manuel Harlan

The RSC’s new production of Shakespeare’s romcom starring Ade Edmonson, is being live-screened on Valentine’s Day. Find a venue near you. Can’t decide whether to venture out to see it? Read the Muddy review. 

Rush, Porsche Bristol, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, Thurs 15 Feb

Gawp at the Porsches then watch the high adrenaline biopic about Formula One legends James Hunt and Nicki Lauda at Porsche Bristol. Part of the Bristol Film Festival.

Chinese Lunar New Year: Celebrate the Year of the Dog, Bath & Sat 17 &  Sun 18 Feb

The actual New Year is Fri 16 Feb (of course, you knew that didn’t you?) but there are celebrations on Sat 17 Feb at Wai Wai Yee Hong supermarket in Bristol (live firecrackers, lion dancing, kung fu and as much Chinese foodstuffs as you can carry away with you) and on Sun 18 Feb at at Bath’s Museum of East Asian Art (free storytelling, activities and museum trails).

Snowdrops & Steam, West Somerset Railway, from Bishops Lydeard, Sun 18 Feb

Super jaunt out: steam train to Dunster, coach across the moors to Wheddon Cross and then a walk (or bus) to the remote and beautiful Snowdrop Valley.

The MA and Other Postgraduates exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Street, Mon 19 Feb–Sat 17 March

crumpled pill packet painting

Pill-Painting-001-Paracetamol by Anastasia Wildig

Not from the bottom of my bag but one of the artworks showcased in the gallery’s annual exhibition of painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and multimedia from the cream of this year’s art students at universities around the UK.  You’re invited to the private view on Mon 19 Feb but if you can’t make that, you’ve got every day except Sundays in mid-March to have a mooch around.

Macbeth, Factory Theatre, Bristol, Thurs 22 Feb – Wed 7 April

Photo Joe Roberts

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, at odds with the natural world and haunted by three unearthly witches are inspired to commit terrible, unnatural acts. The Scottish play is the first production in the new Factory Company’s inaugural season. There are workshops too.

Ministry of Burlesque, Komedia, Bath, Fri 23 Feb

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A wild, weird and witty traditions of circus, cabaret and burlesque promises to deliver a frisky night out.

Paul Smith Sale Weekend, Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet, Fri 23 – Sun 25 Feb

Elbows out ready for a sale of stuff from one of my favourite designers. The Kilver Court ballroom will be stuffed to the gills with men and women’s clothes and accessories with up to a whacking 70 percent off.

Window Wanderland, Frome and Bristol, Fri 23 – Sun 25 Feb

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The cultural community event that turns the streets into an outdoor art gallery is taking place in North America, Europe – and closer to home, in Bristol and Frome. Over 900 displays in windows worldwide, you can take part or stroll the streets.

Bristol Homelessness Awareness Week, Sat 24 February–Sat 3 March – with the 11th annual Bristol Sleep Out on Fri 2 March

Big Issue fund raising women sleeping bags

Grab your sleeping bag and join hundreds of others spending a night on the street to raise awareness – and money – for the homeless. The Big Issue Foundation have teamed up with other homelessness organisations in Bristol for the annual Bristol Sleep Out for Bristol Homelessness Awareness Week. Register your interest here.

An evening with Levison Wood, The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, Tues 27 Feb

He trudged the length of the Nile, dodged Honduran gangsters and was almost arrested for vagrancy *erm* on a motorway in Champagne, but the burning question is… will explorer & TV presenter, Levison Wood, brave Weston-super Mare? Read our interview.

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