The Play That Goes Wrong, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 16 – Sat 21 July
When the ‘Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ attempt to put on a 1920s’ murder mystery things don’t go to plan. This play has been a smash hit both sides of the pond. Read our review.
An Ideal Husband, Theatre Royal, Bath, Weds 18 July – Sat 4 August
Some well-known faces from TV and film, like Edward Fox (and son Freddie), Frances Barber, Susan Hampshire, Nathanial Parker and Sally Bretton, in Wilde’s drama about political corruption, blackmail, scandal-loving journalists and the pitfalls of holding public figures to higher standards than the rest of us.
Harbourside Festival, Bristol, Fri 20 – Sun 22 July
Huge festival stretching from the SS Great Britain into the heart of the city, with tall ships, music Jimmy Cliff and Grandmaster Flash), dance, food, water display teams and circus acts.
Gertrude Jekyll: An Artist’s Eve, Hestercombe House, near Taunton, Sat July 21 – Sun 2 Sept
She designed over 400 gardens around the UK, Europe and the US – including the formal gardens at Hestercombe near Taunton (her original plans for the garden were found in a potting shed in 1973). To mark her 175th anniversary, a room at the house has been given over to an exhibition about her with original drawings, artefacts and memorabilia, including her desk. Other events include a garden talk and supper with Hestercombe’s head gardener, a photography comp and family trail.
The Godney Gathering, Godney, Sat 21 July
Family friendly one-day festival with Feeder, The Correspondents and Tankus The Henge…
Bath on the Beach, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, from Sat 21 July
Hammocks, cabanas, palm trees, beach volleyball, boules and a beach bar – Bath’s version of the Caribbean.
Ferment Fortnight, Bristol Old Vic & Arnolfini, Bristol, until Fri 21 July
A peep into the rehearsal rooms at this work-in-progress festival, with scratch performances from new and emerging talent across the South West.
Adventures in Digital Art, Contains Art, Watchet, until Sun 12 August
The Lumen Prize, celebrating art created through technology, with interactive and immersive digital artworks by international artists – on show in an art gallery in a container on Watchet harbourside.
Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street, until Fri 3 August
Annual show with work by artists from around the UK to admire and to buy.