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Bristol Puppetry Festival, Tobacco Factory Theatres & Watershed, Bristol, Fri 1–Sun 10 Sept

Puppets against yellow backgroundTen days of puppetry and animation shows, workshops, films, talks – including lots of free stuff – and a carnival parade at the UK’s foremost international puppet festival. From traditional to experimental, from light-hearted silliness to the Dark Side, for everyone from kids up to professional puppeteers and animators.

Family Saturday, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Sat 2 Sept

Be inspired to get creative by the Oudolf Field and Radić Pavilion (the awesome 2014 Serpentine Summer pavilion that looks like a cross between a potato and spaceship). Free but booking essential: or call +44 1749 81 4060.

The Downs, Bristol, Clifton Downs, Sat 2 Sept

cool boot girlStill time to squeeze in one more teeensy, weensy festival before the end of the summer, no? Elbow’s the big name at the second Downs Festival, along with Seasick Steve, De La Soul and Soul II Soul.

Moonlighting, Westlands, Sat 2 Sept

This year’s Oscar for Best Film went to this coming of age drama about a young gay man growing up in a rough area of Miami. Mahershala Ali (above) won Best Supporting Actor, the first Muslim ever to win an Oscar. I’d already got him down as a star after admiring his handsome bod, I mean fine acting ability, as Remy Danton in House of Cards.

The Frome Independent market, around Frome, Sun 3 Sept

frome independent marketThe first Sunday of the month and it’s the splendiferous Frome Independent – surely one of the UK’s best street markets, with stuff for you and your homes by designer-makers, vintage plus food, drink, music and all.

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