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Bath Folk Festival, venues around Bath, all this week until Sun 19 Aug

Don’t just watch – join in, with sessions, dances and workshops.


Vanessa, live screening from Glyndebourne, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Tues 14 Aug

Can’t get over to Glyndebourne this week? Never mind, see Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning operatic thriller beamed in live from the famous Sussex opera house to Taunton.  After her lover Anatol abandons her, Vanessa retreats from the world with only her mum and niece Erika for company. Fast forward 20 years and Anatol’s young son turns up…


Get Carter 35mmk, Curzon Cinema & Arts, Clevedon, Thurs 16 Aug

Part of Cinema Rediscovered, Maurice Micklewhite Jr (aka Michael Caine, not many people know that) plays a cold-blooded London gangster on the trail of his brother’s killer through Newcastle’s underbelly. Projected on 35mm as it would have been in 1971.


Arch House Deli Cheese & Wine Tasting, Avery Cellars, Bristol, Thu 16 Aug

wine cellars of Avery bristol

Cheese and wine, here we come! This evening in the atmospheric cellars of Averys Wine Merchant in Bristol will titillate your tastebuds with fine wines and knockout cheese . You’ll also learn about the history and process each wine has been through before reaching Averys storied wine cellars.


Alexander Calder ‘From the Stony River to the Sky’ exhibition tour, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, Fri 17 Aug

Alexander Calder, Sword Plant, 1947, Sheet metal, wire and paint. 97.8 x 78.7 x 72.4/38 1/2 x 31 x 28 1/2 © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / DACS London

No need to squint at all the labels,  just go on this free tour and listen to what the gallery’s Associate Director Lucy MacDonald has to say about the 100 works made by this pioneering artist.  You need to register.


Hamlet, Dunster Castle, Dunster, Sat 18 Aug

Alas poor Yorrick… and all that, from The Three Inch Fools theatre troupe in the grounds of a castle.



Bath on the Beach, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, until Sun 2 Sept

Hammocks, cabanas, palm trees, beach volleyball, boules and a beach bar – Bath’s version of the Caribbean.


Switzerland, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Weds 1 Aug – Sat 1 Sept

Downton Abbey’s Mrs Hughes aka Phyllis Logan, stars as real-life queen of the psychological thriller Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr Ripley, The Price of Salt, Strangers on a Train) in guess what? A psychological thriller.  Set in 1995, Highsmith is now an ageing, vitriolic, alcoholic, eccentric (she kept snails in her bra), living in the Swiss Alps. When a young man turns up to persuade her to write one more book about master manipulator Tom Ripley, it turns out, he’s on a more sinister mission.


The Price, Theatre Royal, Bath, Thurs 9–Sat 25 Aug

David Suchet stars in the Arthur Miller play about two estranged brothers, Victor and Walter Franz, who meet in their former childhood home after the death of their father.


The Arborealists and Guests featuring Paul Nash, Black Swan Arts, Frome, until Sun 2 Sept

Pond in the Fields, Paul Nash

More than just paintings of trees, even if one of them is by one of the UK’s most famous artists, Paul Nash. An art critic once described The Arborealists ‘as a tonic for calm, it works like a dream, the artistic equivalent of the Japanese practice of forest bathing’. So see you there?


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