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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.

The Winter’s Tale, Royal Ballet Live Screening, various venues around Somerset, Weds 28 Feb

©ROH, photo Johan Persson, 2014

Critically acclaimed modern ballet classic. Jealous King Leontes believes his pregnant wife Hermione to be having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes and it all goes wrong from there. Find a venue near you.

Winter Solstice, Ustinov Studio, Weds 28 Feb – Sat 3 March

Photo Stephen Cumminsky

When a seemingly kindly old man turns up for dinner, he gradual wins over his polite hosts. Black comedy about how the right wing rhetoric can ambush the most liberal minded by famous German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig.

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).

Suffragette and Lynne Franks, Westlands, Yeovil, Thurs 1 March

In the centenary year of women’s suffrage, see how it all began in the film starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham-Carter and then join in the discussion about where to next,  with the absolutely fabulous Lynne Franks, fashion PR supremo turned spokesperson on women’s issues and sustainability.

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 will take you on a 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.

Wicked, Bristol Hippodrome, until Sat 3 March

Photo: Matt Crockett

The untold story of the Witches of Oz – or how two sorcery students became the Wicked Witch of the West (boo, hiss) and Glinda the Good.

Exmoor Food Fest, until Weds 28 Feb

Last few days for this one too: 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.

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 MA and Other Postgraduates exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, until 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.

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