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Josephsohn/Märkli: a conjunction, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, until 1 Jan 2018

Have a wander around the gallery’s new show with works by late Swiss sculptor Josephsohn (1920 – 2012) and the architectural drawings of his long-time friend, Swiss architect Peter Märkli (born 1953). Rita Ackermann’s ‘Turning Air Blue’s in a separate exhibition. If this isn’t your cup of tea,  there’s always the very good coffee (and lunch) in the Roth Bar & Grill and a small shop with gorgeous cards and stuff.

Incognito, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Weds 4 Oct

Ryanair cancel your break to Sunny Spain?  Cheer up, Mi Flamenco will be clicking their castanets and tossing their skirts in Frome. Ole!

Moscow State Circus, Bristol, Weds 4–Sun 15 Oct

The world famous circus sets up the Big Top on Durdham Downs this month. Their latest show,  Gostinitsa, combines the best of the circus art forms – trapeze, tightrope, unicyclists, clowns, you name it – with the Art Deco glitz and glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Read our review.

Legally Blonde,  Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 2–Sat 7 Oct

When Elle Woods’ boyfriend Warner dumps her the night before going to Harvard Law School, she decides to get into Harvard too and be the ‘serious’ person her ambitious boyfriend thinks he needs to further his career. By the end of the show, she’s still resolutely blonde, but no longer judged on it *sob*. With Lucie Jones (Eurovision), Rita Simons (EastEnders), Bill Ward (Emmerdale) and Charlie Stubbs (Coronation Street).

Rob Brydon, I am Standing Up, Colston Hall, Bristol, Weds 4 Oct

Ubiquitous comic hits Bristol in his 87-date tour of the UK. Last few tickets remaining (if you miss out, don’t fret, they’ve put on an extra date Sat 4 Nov).

Blade Runner 2049, various venues across Somerset, Thurs 5 Oct

Where’s the biggest cinema screen near you? That’s where you’ll want to see this head-spinningly spectacular sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic. Set 30 year on, Ryan Gosling is LAPD officer K, a replicant tasked with tracking down and eliminating earlier replicants who were manufactured as slaves but turned rogue.  After discovering a long buried secret that could plunge what’s left of the world into chaos, he sets off on a quest to find former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). Can’t wait. Find a cinema near you.

Frogman, the egg, Bath, Sat 7–Weds 11 Oct

Ground-breaking theatre here: the audience wears virtual reality headsets for this supernatural, coming of age thriller set on the Great Barrier Reef. The action shifts from Meera, an adult marine biologist in the present day, back to a time when her frogman father helped look for one of her missing friends.  One of the hit at the Edinburgh Festival. For kids 12+.

Wells Food Festival, various venues around Wells, Sun 8 Oct


Nosh, nibbles, booze, etc to try and to buy from over 150 artisan producers in the Market place, along the Bishop’s Palace Moat, recreation ground and Town Hall. There’s a rolling cocktail bar too.

Somerset Arts Week Festival 2017, various venues across Somerset, until Sun 8 Oct

Malcolm Ashman at Andelli Art

350 artists showcasing their work – much around the theme ‘Prospect’ – in 120 venues as part of the county’s largest festival of visual arts. You’ll find art in some of Somerset’s most stunning gardens, bookshops, scrapyards, tithe barns, pubs … as well as galleries. Cavaliero Finn’s ‘Essence of Home’ in an uninhabited Georgian Manor House (venue 88) caught my eye.   The Colony Room Club Somerset at the Bruton Art Factory returns as the official Festival Club. Plan your arty trail around the county with the Festival programme.

Britain’s Got Talent, Bristol, Tues 10 Oct, Weston super mare, Fri 13 Oct, Bath, Sat 14 Oct

Have you got what it takes? Find out at one of these open auditions –just turn up. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

RSC Live: Coriolanus, various venues across Somerset, Weds 11 Oct

Power of the people, revenge, conflict.  Shakespeare’s tragedy about the rise and fall of legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus, big time war hero turned failed politician and utterer of some of Shakespeare’s worst insults (just consulted my Cole’s Notes). This production filmed live at Stratford on Avon stars Sope Dirisu and Haydn Gwyne (Drop the Dead Donkey). Find a cinema.

Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair, Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Fri 13–Sun 15 Oct

Dealers from all over the UK come to tempt us with their wares to decorate the home, garden and even your good self. Just in time for Christmas, goody. Click here for a free ticket that might just win you lunch for two at the Roth Bar & Grill.

Howard Hodgkin : India on Paper, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, Sat 14 Oct–Sun 7 Jan 2018

Hodgkin visited India almost every year from 1964 until his death earlier this year, producing a mass of work – gouache paintings, editioned prints and hand-coloured impressions – much  of it on show here.

NT Live: The Audience (encore), Westlands, Yeovil,  Mon 16 Oct

The smash hit show returns in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday (nts: get card), with Helen Mirren as her Maj, granting an audience to seven different PMs over 60 years of her reign.

War Horse, Bristol Hippodrome, Weds 18 Oct–Sat 11 Nov

After young Albert’s beloved horse Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped over to France during WW1, he sets off on a dangerous mission to find him and bring him home. Be prepared to shed a tear. We’ll be reviewing the show on opening night, so watch this space. Want to know how they created the horses? There’s a 2-hour family workshop on Sat 21 Oct

Exmoor Dark Skies Festival, around Exmoor National Park, Thurs 19-Sun 29 Oct

Exmoor’s one of the best places in the world to observe the night skies, becoming an International Dark Skies Reserve in 2011. Expect night walks (and swims and rides), astronomical talks, space/sci-fi films, astrophotography and lots of stargazing in their very first festival.  Explore the full programme.

Waiting For Godot, Tobacco Factory, Bristol, Thurs 19 Oct–Sat 4 Nov

The 20th century classic by Samuel Beckett, about a struggle for purpose, the power of friendship and the hunt for a pair of decent boots.

Last Man Standing, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 20 Oct

Orpheus, Eurydice – and Terry Pratchett – are the inspiration behind this performance by the James Wilton Dance company.

Tap Factory, The Playhouse, Weston super Mare Fri 20 Oct, The Octagon, Yeovil, Sat 21 Oct

Photo: Margot de Heide

Eight handsome hunks put on their tap shoes and run riot with dustbin lids, tools, cans, mallets and brooms: explosive urban tap dance, acrobatics and comedy and a helluva lot of noise.

Voodoo VaudEvil, The Circus of Horrors, Wookey Hole, nr Wells, Fri 20–Sat 21 Oct

Trashy, bizarre, steam punk horror circus mash up of wincingly gruesome acts, burlesque and live rock music. Bloody good fun for those that like that sort of thing (they won Simon’s heart on Britain’s Got Talent a few years back).  Me? I’ll take a cuppa and an episode of  The Archers. Not suitable for under 16s.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017, M Shed, Bristol, Sat 21 Oct–Sun 8 April 2018

For the first time, the Natural History Museum’s prestigious annual exhibition opens in Bristol and London at the same time. 100 stunning images depict frozen wastelands, tropical paradises, peculiar species and fascinating animal behaviour.

Lost & Found by Oliver Jeffers, McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater, Sun 22 Oct

The Muddies loved the story of the boy battling through storms and dark nights to take a lost penguin back to the South Pole.

Antique and Vintage Textile Fair, Ilminster Arts Centre, Weds 25 Oct

Come and have a rootle through stalls covered with British, European lace and linens, Oriental material fragments and treasures, English samplers, pretty decorative touches for the home, vintage buttons and haberdashery, and stuff like that.

Yeovil Literary Festival, venues around Yeovil, Thurs 26–Sun 29 Oct

You’ve read their books, seen them on the box, now see them live. Can’t list all the authors but just for starters: Lauren Child, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Portillo, Harry Hill, Polly Toynbee and Sarah Millican. See the whole programme here.

Halloween Potterthon, Curzon  Cinema and Arts, Clevedon, Sat 28 Oct


All eight Harry Potter films back to back, from The Philosopher’s Stone and Deathly Hallows Part 2 – how big do they make bags of pop corn?

Pumpkin Festival, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Sun 29 Oct


Get your artistic talent in front of the art world’s most powerful couple (Art Review 2016): Manuela and Iwan Wirth will choosing the Best Extreme Carved Pumpkin at the international art gallery’s massive pumpkin love-in.  Cooks can show off to Steve Horrell, head chef of the Roth Bar & Grill, who’s judging Best Bake. Expect squashes of all shapes and sizes, pumpkin carving, face painting, workshops, live music, a fancy dress pumpkin parade, seasonal nosh, as well as the Grand Pumpkin Competition (which you can enter here).

John Hegley, Love, Peace, Potatoes, Tobacco Factory, Bristol, Sun 29 Oct


His poems have been described as intellectually satisfying, sometimes didactic, and poignant, not just clever wordplays – they’re also quirky, surreal and very funny.

Nosferatu, Westlands, Yeovil, Tues 31 Oct

Dress to scare while you watch one of the best horror movies of all time. The 1922 German Expressionist silent film will be accompanied with live music from The Somerset Brides of Dracula.

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