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British Dal Festival, various venues around Bristol, Mon 19 – Sun 25 March

Yep, you read that right.  A free festival celebrating the humble yummy  pulse dish. Eat lots as you follow the Dal Trail around the city’s cafes and restaurants.  Grand Dal Finale on 25 March with cookery demos, street stalls and activities, etc.

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

Photo Johan Persson

Classic fairy tale re-imagined by master choreographer as a thrilling love story set in London during the Second World War. See our review.

Swan Lake, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Thurs 22–Sat 24 March

ballerina ballet dancer

The archetypal classical ballet performed by the Vienna Festival Ballet. Behind-the-scenes workshop on Fri 23 March.

Pigspurt’s Child, Ebenezer, Aller, nr Langport, Fri 23 March

Daisy Campbell’s homage/rip-off/piss-take/celebration of the work of her father, the eccentric, provocative (some say genius) Ken Campbell. Tickets:

Being Brunel: SS Great Britain, Bristol, from Fri 23 March

Photo Adam Gasson

Brand spanking new exhibition opens today on the life and legacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of engineering’s greatest minds. See where he lived, his work – even his school reports. Part of the SS Great Britain experience.

Two Top Tenors, Ilminster Arts Centre, Ilminster, Fri 23 March

Simon Spillett

Actually five nationally acclaimed jazz musicians: top tenor sax players Simon Spillett and Karen Sharpe, and the multi-award-winning pianist Dave Newton and his trio. Mainly jazz standards with a pre-show supper if you fancy.

Beach clean, Bossington, Sat 24 March

Photo National Trust, by John Millar

Hopefully no snow by the weekend. Give the National Trust rangers a hand to clean up the pebble beach after the winter storms, with coffee and cake. Email or call 01643 862452 to let them know you’re coming.

Sawdust and Sequins, Royal West of England Academy, Bath, Sat March 24 – Sun 3 June

Photo Peter Lavery

Roll up! Roll up! 250 years of circus with historic and contemporary art, inspired by the magic, thrills and spills of the Big Top. Acrobats, aeriel displays and all, on opening weekend.

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.

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.

Yeovil half marathon and fun run, around Yeovil, Sun 25 March

The half marathon’s sold out (drat, and I was going to enter) but you can watch others slog their guts out or join in the fun run.

Bath Vintage & Antiques Market, Green Park Station, Bath, Sun 25 March

Monthly retro, vintage and antiques market with food and drink in a former Victorian railway station with a stunning vaulted glass roof.

The Cherry Orchard, Bristol Old Vic, until Sat 31 March

Photo Jon Rowley

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.

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