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We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses and there will be an Easter holiday guide too. Holler if we’ve missed out anything good…

The Cherry Orchard, Bristol Old Vic, previews from Thurs 1 March; Thurs 8 – Sat 31 March

A Russian landowner returns to the family estate (including a large cherry orchard) before it’s auctioned off.  This production of Chekhov’s final tragi-comic masterpiece tells the story of a family on the brink of ruin; a country on the verge of a revolution, ‘in the round’.   Read our review.

Award season films, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Thurs 1 – Sat 3 March

Missed out on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Post or Paddington 2? Catch six of of the best recent films over three days at The Brewhouse (and for just £21).

The Land We Live In, exhibition tour, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, Fr1 2 March

Where else will you find Carsten Höller, Mark Wallinger – and Beatrix Potter – in the same exhibition? H&W’s associate director Lucy MacDonald leads the tour around the exhibition.

Bristol Sleep Out, Bristol, Fri 2 March

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.

Crocus Week, Forde Abbey, near Chard, Sat 3–Sat 11 March

Crocuses are the new snowdrops. Jewel coloured flowers carpet the lawns around this beautiful Abbey and you can pick up a plant or two at the Plant & Gardening Fair on Sun 4 March.

The Bath Half, Bath, Sun 4 March

Not a glass of ale but the half marathon, duh.  Run the full 13.1 miles, join in the 3/4 mile Family Fun Run or just go and watch. Both start at Great Pulteney Street.

The Frome Independent Market, all over Frome,  Sun 4 March

Photo Joe Hulbert

Yay! The best market in the south west is back for the first time this year. Masses of stalls with stuff by designer makers, vintage with all sorts of food and drink to keep you going as you mooch.

The War of the Worlds, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Mon 5 March

Excellent touring theatre company The Pantaloons use just four actors with less than average intelligence in their version of HG Wells’ sci-fi classic.

ROH Live: Carmen, cinemas around Somerset, Tues 6 March

If you were watching this at the Royal Opera House you’d have to fork out £125+ a ticket. Find a cinema near you to watch the live screening for considerably less.

Hairspray, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 5–Sat 10 March

It’s Baltimore ’62 and chubby white chick Tracy Turnblad is on a mission to win Miss Teenage Hairspray, fighting racism along the way and ending up with the hunk.  Interestingly, loosely based on real events (without the same happy ending).

Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, The Pavilion, Bath, Fri 9 – Sun 11 March

Unusual stuff for you, your home and garden from an eclectic mix of dealers from around the UK. I’ve got my eye on the glam vintage handbags.

How (not) to live in Suburbia, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Sat 10 & Sun 11 March

Photo Claire Nolan

Woman moves from cramped inner city to leafy Twickenham and it doesn’t go well (but in a funny way).

Jimmy Osmond, Octagon, Yeovil, Sat 10 March

Yep, you read that right. The long haired lover from Liverpool comes to Yeovil with a band. Brothers and sister stay behind.

Rare Plant Fair, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sun 11 March

The sort of plants and flowers you don’t see every day on sale at The Bishop’s Palace.

Cilla – the musical, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 13 – Sat 17 March

Photo Matt Martin

World premiere no less (it’s all happening in the West Country) of the musical version of the hit ITV series about the rise and rise of Priscilla White.

Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival, various venues around Bristol, Thurs 15 – Sun 18 March

From swing to funk, bebop to blues, Gypsy jazz to gospel, soul to rock ‘n roll. Concerts, dancing, jam sessions and masterclasses.

A Lifetime in Stories, Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Sat 17 March – Sat 7 July

One of the UK’s greatest living children’s authors Micheal Morpurgo’s life and works (over 150 books and counting) in a new family exhibition.

Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition 2018, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, Sat 24 March–Sat 12 May 2018

Marazion Morning by Peter Davies

The prestigious Society opens its doors to non-members exhibiting their work – all of it’s for sale. (If you want to enter, you’ve got until Sat 17 March to submit.)

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella,  Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 20–Sat 24 March

Photo Johan Persson

Classic fairytale re-imagined by master choreographer as a thrilling love story set in London during the Second World War.

Beach clean, Bossington, Sat 24 March

Photo National Trust, by John Millar

Give the National Trust rangers a hand to clean up the pebble beach after the winter storms, with coffee and cake. Email bossington@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01643 862452 to let them know you’re coming.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Curzon Cinema & Arts, Clevedon Sun 25 March

Forget CGI, Wallace Worsley’s 1923 silent classic starring the man of a thousand faces Lon Chaney was filmed on a 19 acres set which included a fall scale facade of Notre Dame cathedral. To add to the atmos: live accompaniment on the 1931 Christie organ.

Elizabeth of Bohemia: The Winter Queen, Montacute House,  just opened and on throughout 2018

National Portrait Gallery

The Long Gallery across the top floor of this splendid Elizabethan house is devoted to an exceptional permanent exhibition of royal portraits on permanent loan from the National Portrait Gallery. The new 2018 addition focuses on the 17th century powerhouse that was Elizabeth of Bohemia. The rest of the house (built by the man who prosecuted Guy Fawkes) is worth a look too – and there’s a shop and cafe.

Messiah, live broadcast, Curzon Cinema & Arts, Clevedon, Weds 28 March

Handel’s masterpiece with celebrated Baroque orchestra The English Concert, beamed live from the Bristol Old Vic.

Antique and Vintage Textiles Fair, Ilminster Arts Centre, Ilminster, Sat 28 March

All sorts of fabrics and haberdashery stuff waiting for a good rummage.

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Sat 31 March– Sun 24 June

The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, copyright Grayson Perry

Six large tapestries by the Turner-prize winning artist, follow the socially mobile life of fictional character Tim Rackwell and explore the Brits’ fascination with taste and class.

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