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Monday 17-Sunday 23 July

The Roman Baths by torchlight, Roman Baths, Mon 17 July- Thurs 31 August

Soak up the atmos of the torchlit Great Bath over the summer – the Roman Baths are open until 10pm. On the first night of the evening opening, you can  and try out various archaeologically themed activities if the mood takes you as part of the national Festival of Archaeology.

Melvyn Tan, Forde Abbey, Chard, Thurs 20 July

Renowned Singaporean born British pianist plays Scarlatti, Beethoven and Chopin and more in the Great Hall.  Part of the Abbey’s season of classical concerts throughout the summer.

Angels in America Pt 1, NT Live Screening, various venues across Somerset,Thurs 20 July

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.  Powerful stuff.

North by North West, Theatre Royal Bath, Fri 21 July-Sat 12 August

OK, this version doesn’t have Bristol boy Cary Grant in it but the show, premiering in the UK here in Bath has every twist, thrill and hairsbreadth escape from the Hitchcock classic. Suave ad man Roger O Thornhill is abducted by thugs who insist he’s George Kaplan. They don’t believe there’s been a mix up, try to kill him, pin a murder on him so it’s time to run. Intrigued how they’ll handle the killer crop sprayer  in the maize field scene.

Somerset Gin Festival, Westlands, Yeovil, Fri 21 & Sat 22 July

Over 100 different gins, including Newton House Gin, which you may be surprised to discover is distilled in the grounds of a Jacobean manor house on the outskirts of Yeovil, plus food, live music and gin masterclasses. See you there…

Here be Dragons, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, Sat 22 July-Sun 8 October

Chris Riddell (Ottaline and Goth Girl) and Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo) to Quentin Blake and Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon) are just some of the famous illustrators and writers whose magical creatures will be on display in this new exhibition. Eight virtual dragon’s eggs will be hidden around the city for you to find using the gallery’s free app.

Mister Maker & The Shapes Live, The Octagon, Yeovil, Sun 23 July

CBeebies Mr Maker brings his hit show and his Shapes to Yeovil where mini makers and adults too (if you really must) can sing, dance and get to join in a gigantic ‘make’.

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