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Dirty Dancing, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 3-Sat 8 July

At a holiday resort with ma and pa in the summer of ’63,  17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman stumbles across an all night staff dance party. Mesmerised by the raunchy moves  – and raunchy dance instructor Johnny Castle – she’s soon having the time of her life. Steamy dancing; let’s hope the theatre’s air con is working.

La Traviata, BP Big Screens/Royal Opera House, Bristol Millenium Square, Tues 4 July

Beautiful Parisien courtesan prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice for lurve. One of the live, free outdoor screenings from the ROH to the rest of us. Bring a picnic, bring a friend.  Arrive around 6.30pm for 7pm start.

NASS, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Thurs 6-Sun 9 July

Skateboarders, BMXers and ravers collide (not literally, hopefully) in this huge action sports music fest.

Samphire Festival, Exmoor, nr Minehead, Fri 7-Sun 9 July

An eclectic live and electronic line-up headlined by Crazy P, The Correspondants and Resonators, street food, giant human snakes and ladders,  films, yoga, immersive theatre – and samphire foraging, of course in this small but award-winning festival named after a salty seaside veg.

The Third Policeman, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Thurs 6 July; Wellow Recreation Ground, Fri 7 July

An Irish Alice in Wonderland? A trippy Father Ted? This bonkers comic adventure is not to be missed! See the Muddy review. 

Fly 4 Heroes, Henstridge Airfield, nr Templecombe, Sat 8 July

Be a magnificent (wo)man in a flying machine for half an hour.  30 minute flights over the Dorset countryside cost £40, in aid of Help for Heroes: Classic car display too.

The Empty Chair, The Cooper Hall, Frome, Sat 8 July

Two Persons find their world turned upside-down by the mysterious silence of an empty chair. The Troupe Collective developed this intriguing family musical adventure during a residency at The Cooper Hall last year and will be performing it at Snape Maltings in Suffolk and the Sptitfields Music Festival as well as here in Frome.

There and Back Again – An Odessey, the egg, Bath, Sat 8 & Sun 9 July

Ulysses and his mates go on a fantastic voyage and outwit the fates to find his way home. Homer’s epic adventure recreated using table-top props and puppets.

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