This week

Monday 5-Sunday 11 June

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

Jane Austen’s Emma tries to matchmake the dashing Mr Elton with her new girl pal Miss Smith but he’s in love with Emma. Emma flirts with Mr Churchill in front of Miss Fairfax but tries to set him up with Miss Smith. Miss Smith loves Mr Knightly. So does Emma. A Regency version of Made in Chelsea then.  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.

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