FRI 12 – SUN 14 OCT 2018
KIDS: Madagascar The Musical, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 9 – Sat 13 Oct
Move it move it with Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and those plotting penguins. Matt Terry (Alex) won The X-Factor 2016, apparently.
DRAMA: Beautiful Thing, Tobacco Factory Bristol, Thurs 11 – Sat 27 Oct
Jonathan Harvey’s play about life and love on a south London council estate. Jamie’s being bullied at school and Ste’s being bullied at home. One evening when it all gets too much, Ste seeks refuge at Jamie’s and something frightening and beautiful begins.
MUSIC: The Two Moors Festival, around Exmoor and Dartmoor, Fri 12 – Sun 21 Oct
Someone described this festival like ‘going to the Wigmore Hall, with better views. And cows.’ Live music, workshops, master classes and more in arts centres, village halls, churches, country houses, railway stations and indoor markets across 1,200 square miles of Dartmoor and Exmoor.
MORE MUSIC: Mitsuko Uchida, St George’s Bristol, Fri 12 Oct
Schubert piano sonatas played by one of the world’s greatest pianists. And just up the road.
SAUCY CIRCUS: Cirque du Vulgar, Yeovil Showground, Sat 13 Oct
Circus for grown ups: risqué daredevil stunts, filthy comedy, nipple-tassels and naughty aerial acts, alluring hula-hoops and sexy strong men. Take your granny. Actually, why not?
FOOD:Wells Food Festival, in and around the Market Place, Sun 14 Oct
Eat your way around the world – from Moroccan nut butter to traditional Somerset cheddar – with over 150 producers and sellers. Plus a food photography workshop, farm animals, debates and info on food ethics and the environment, and the chance to help break a Guinness World Record by chopping 300 kilos of cabbages to create the world’s largest dish of sauerkraut.
MARKET: The Shepton Flea, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sun 14 Oct
Massive flea market, with over 250 stalls to rootle through and discover a bargain or two. Handily, there are onsite banking facilities in case you run out of dosh.
COMEDY: Nish Kumar: It’s in your nature to destroy yourselves, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Sun 14 Oct
The title of the show comes from Terminator 2, with jokes about politics, humankind’s capacity for destruction and the question: is the end actually nigh?