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WALK: Bathscape Walking Festival, around and about Bath, until Sun 23 Sept

Free guided walks around the city and surrounds, with local authors, historians and wildlife experts on hand with all the gen.


THEATRE: The Height of the Storm, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 18 – Sat 29 Sept

Photo: Hugo Glendinning

See this before your London chums. Two of the country’s best actors (IMO) Dame Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce lead the cast in the UK premiere production about lurve, family and the fragility of life. Transfers to the West End immediately after Bath.


CIRCUS: Circus Vegas, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, Thurs 20 – Sun 23 Sept

Dare devil stunts and tricks on vertiginous high wires and walls of death – with added glitz.


FAMILY DAY OUT: Dangerous Day for Dads, Mill on the Brue, Bruton, Sat 22 Sept

Fly across zip wires, wash down a water slide, go on an assault course, jump off a tower, light fires and cook grub. And Dad comes too.


ART: Masters of Japanese prints: Hokusai and Hiroshige landscapes, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, Sat 22 Sept 2018 – Sun 6 Jan 2019

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), The Great Wave off Kanagawa, 1831

Surely one of the most famous Japanese images ever?  The Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has around 500 of these ‘floating world’ pictures (ukiyo-e), one of the best collections in the UK, and this is just the first of three exhibitions.


FAMILY DAY OUT: Open Day at Sparkford Hall, Sparkford, nr Yeovil, Sat 22 Sept

Somerset’s super fab party house – subterranean nightclub, ballroom, 11 groovy bedrooms and 23 acres of parkland for yurts, tipis and dancing under the stars – is throwing open its doors this weekend. Circus skills, bouncy castles, graffiti workshops, mobile bars, wood fired pizzas, funky photo booths and all kinds of other party and wedding gubbins.  If you weren’t planning a party before, you will be after….

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ART: Somerset Art Weeks Open Studios, all over the shop, until Sun 30 Sept

Ilminster-based Heidi Warr was once a decorator at Dennis Chinaworks where her works sold for thousands of pounds at Bonham’s. Now she’s creating her own range.

Have a snoop around the studios of established, new and emerging artist makers and discover hidden corners of our gorgeous county. Use their catalogue to plan an art jaunt around two or three and maybe end up in a village pub or cafe….


THEATRE: Touching the Void,  Bristol Old Vic, until  Sat 6 Oct

Gruelling tale of life and near death on the mountainside. Based on the award-winning memoir by Joe Simpson, the play world premieres in Bristol before moving onto London’s The Lyceum via Northampton. Josh Williams and Edward Haytner star.


ART: Anthony Currell,  Atkinson Gallery, Street, until  Sat 13 Oct

Retrospective of a British artist who’s been making paintings and prints for around sixty years. His stuff’s in galleries like the V&A and MOMA.


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