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Get out your diaries and start planning your social life: check out our pick of the best things to do around Somerset this week.

Sketch 2017,  Black Swan Arts, Frome, until Sun 3 Sept

Painters sketchbooks Frome Somerset

Have a nose inside 100 artists’ sketchbooks selected from 500 sketchbooks worldwide. Talented types might like to enter their own work into the upcoming Black Swan Open 2017 (local celeb Mariella Frostrup is one of the judges).

Looking at Lucian, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Thurs 3 August- Sat 3 Sept

See something before your London mates – there’s a world premiere up in Bath this month. Double Olivier Award winner Henry Goodman stars as Lucian Freud in a fly-on-the-wall drama about the famous portraitist.

Sister Act, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, Mon 7-Sat 12 August

Line of singing nunsSinging nuns and a non nun in a musical based on the hit movie.  X-Factors Alexandra Burke is disco diva on the run Deloris Van Cartier and Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood did the choreography. Watch this space for the Muddy lowdown.

Titus Andronicus, RSC Live, various venue across Somerset, Weds 9 August

David TroughtonRape, cannibalism, mutilation and murder in Shakespeare’s bloodiest play with David Troughton in the title role.  Choc ice anyone? Find a cinema near you.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Ashton Court Estate, Bristol, Thurs 10-Sun 13 August

The awesome spectacle of over 150 hot air balloons from around the world rising into the sky, with live music, stalls and iconic nightglows and firework finale.

Wind in the Willows, Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Fri 11 August

Badger, Ratty and Mole in a carPicnics at the ready: join Ratty, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad in this al fresco Boxtree Theatre production.

Summer of ’77: Rocky, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sat 12 August

Part of the retro film series celebrating the theatre’s 40th birthday. Put your platforms and hitch up your high waist trousers to watch this Sly Stallone classic. Close Encounters of the Third Kind follows on Sat 19 August and Saturday Night Fever on Sat 26 August.

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