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JUNE 2017

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, Contains Art, Watchet, Thurs 31 May-Sun 25 June

Matisse used massively oversized scissors to carve out shapes from sheets of paper hand-painted with gouache so bright that his doctors advised him to wear dark glasses. This exhibition of 35 lithographic reproductions of his famous cut outs includes The Snail and the Blue Nudes and is a Hayward Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre, London. Not to be missed. 11am-4pm Weds-Sat and daily during holidays.

Katy Brand: I was a Teenage Christian, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Fri 2 June

The hit Edinburgh Festival show about KB’s conversion and immersion in evangelical Christianity (age 16+). Tickets

Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury, opens Sat 3 June

The £2.4million refurb of the museum celebrating Somerset life from the 1800s onwards opens today. Come and peruse the new galleries in the farmhouse and former cowsheds, farmyards, orchard and awesome 14th century stone barn – and the first exhibition of paintings of work by local artist Kate Lynch, called….FARM, of course. Free admission on Sat 3 and Sun 4 June.

The Big Jump, Mill on the Brue, Bruton, Sun 4 June

Jump off the giant fan descender and raise cash for the Parkinson’s Society. From 1.30pm onwards. £10 per jump (or ask someone to sponsor you). Just turn up.

CSF Wrestling, Komedia, Bath, Sun 4 June

My 80 year old grandma loved wrestling (remember Giant Haystacks?) and so do the Muddies. The sport’s top stars, including WWE World Heavyweight Champ Jack Swagger (a shy, retiring chap), will be body slamming and bone crunching for your edification. Tickets.

Emma, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 5-Sat 10 June

Jane Austen’s Emma tries to match-make the dashing Mr Elton with her new girl pal Harriet Smith. Tickets.

Grease, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 5-Sat 10 June

Crikey, long haired lover from Liverpool, not-so-little-now Jimmy Osmond is in this new production as Teen Angel. Starring alongside The Wanted’s Tom Parker (Danny), Over the Rainbow winner Daniella Hope (Sandy) and EastEnder‘s Louisa Lytton (Rizzo). Tickets

Royal Ballet Ashton Triple-bill, BP Live Screens, Millennium Square, Bristol, Weds 7 June

Women en point and men in tights dance their way through the company’s founding choreographer Frederick Ashton’s The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite and Armand in the square in front of @Bristol. FREE

Home Farm Festival, Chilthorne Dormer, nr Yeovil, Fri 9-Sun 11 June

Three days, 100+ bands, 6 stages – this is the 12th annual music festival in aid of the School in a Bag charity set up by the Piers Simon Appeal. Friday night is posh wears and wellies in case you were wondering about the dress code. Tickets.

English Country Garden Festival, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Fri 9-Sun 11 June

Set in award-winning gardens, with talks from the likes of Anne Swinthinbank and Matthew Biggs, plant and crafts stalls, BBQ, live music from the Somerset Levellers – and you can swing your partner around at a ceilidh, if the mood takes. Tickets.

Shepton Flea, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sun 11 June

Have a rootle through the wares on around 250 stalls – or even take a stand yourself? Entrance is £4.5o.

Open Farm Sunday, farms across Somerset Sun 11 June

Every year, farms across the UK open their gates (don’t forget to close it behind you though) for one day – tractor rides, meet the animals, see how they grow the food we eat.  Find a farm near you.

Green Scythe Fair, Muchelney,  Sun 11 June

Any excuse to put a semi-naked man on the blog. Watch the country’s best scythesmen and women make hay in this one-day environmental festival. Green debates, organic local food, ales, ciders, live music, free bicycle MOTs. You can even learn to scythe. More info.

The Addams Family, Theatre Royal, Bath, Tues 13-Sat 17 June

Not the First Family of the US of A but the kooky clan created by cartoonist Charles Addams. Read the Muddy review and then  buy your tickets.

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 13-Sat 17 June

Innovative production of the award-winning book directed by the amazing Marianne Elliot (she did War Horse). Tickets.

An evening with the Reverend Richard Coles, The Brewhouse, Thurs 15 June

From pop star to celibate vicar, in his own words. Tickets

The Scummy Mummies, Clevedon Cinema & Arts, Clevedon, Sat 17 June

Less than perfect parents Helen Thorn  and Elli Gibson tell the scummy truth about pelvic floors, farting and fish fingers. Tickets.

A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Dunster Castle, Sat 17 June

Star-crossed lovers, fairies and a group of amateur actors putting on a play – it’s all happening that there enchanted forest, er, castle grounds. Tickets.

Pliosaurus! Bristol Art Gallery & Museum, Sat 17 June-7 Jan 2018

She’s the length of a bus, has sharp teeth the size of bananas, four huge flippers and a crushingly powerful jaw – meet Doris, a 150million year old pliosaur, now in residence in Bristol. Pay what you think.

Peter Pan, Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sun 18 June

Chapterhouse Theatre’s production about the boy who never grew up takes place outside in the atmospheric grounds of the Bishop’s Palace. Tickets.

Somerset Bugfest, Ham Wall, nr Glastonbury, Sun 18 June

It’s National Insect Week, so go find some creepy-crawlie things *shudder* over on the Avalon Marshes.  Booking essential.

Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 20-Sat 24 June

Photo: Darren Bell

Kansas girl wants to make it big in 1920s New York City.  With Strictly Come Ballroom Champ Joanne Clifton as flapper Millie Dillmount, the dancing, including a Fred and Ginger routine on a window sill, is sure to be breathtaking. Tickets.

Summer Solstice Festival, Stonehenge, Tues 20-21 June

Your only chance of the year to get right up close to those rocks  – at sunset and sunrise. This is on my bucket list. FREE.

Glastonbury, Weds 21-Sun 25 June

Can’t miss this baby out. If you’re going, enjoy. Everyone else stay well clear of the area at the beginning and the end unless you want to spend most of the day stuck in a traffic jam.

Atkinson Gallery Summer Show, Street, Mon 26 June – Fri 4 August

Fancy a little browse, wine glass in hand, around the Private View of this super gallery’s 27th Summer Show? Very civilised! The exhibition showcases work from artists from around the county and beyond – and it’s all for sale. Private view Mon 26 June from 7pm-9pm; the exhibition is then open 9.3am-5pm Mon-Sat until the beginning of August. Free admission.

The Brutalist Playground, The Edge, Bath, Weds 28 June-Sat 9 Sept

Part sculpture, part architecture, all play! Artist Simon Terrell and 2015 Turner Prize winners Assemble have worked with RIBA curators to recreate abstract concrete playgrounds that were found in post-war housing estates throughout the UK. Free admission but book here to guarantee you’ll have a go.

Dark Side of the Moon: the Fulldome Experience, At-Bristol’s Planetarium, Weds 28 June plus dates in July

Sounds like an out of body experience:  4k projectors (no idea but sounds better than 1k) project mesmerising abstract visuals across the full dome along to Pink Floyd’s 1973 album in 5:1 surround sound. There’s a bar too.  16+ Tickets.

An evening with Darcy Bussell, Westlands, Yeovil, Tues 27 June

Photo: Grant Sainsbury

One of the greatest English ballerinas (and Strictly Come Dancing judge) will be talking about her illustrious career at the official opening of the newly re-furbed Westlands venue. Tickets.

Racing Demon, Theatre Royal Bath, until Sat 8 July

Four clergymen in inner-city London trying to make send of their own demons (waivering faith, gay, boozer and irrrrresistable). Award-winning, gripping drama by David Hare (married to fashion designer Nichole Farhi, don’tcha know). Tickets.

Jess Glynne, Wincanton Racecourse, Sat 1 July

The woman with the big voice live at Wincanton Racecourse in celebration of the racecourse’s 150th birthday. With support from Radio 2 DJ Sara Cox and upcoming artists Kiko Bun and Mullally. Surely no place you’d rather be?  Tickets.

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