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Wonderland, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 8-Sat 13 May

Someone famous from a soap heads up the cast of West End stalwarts in the UK tour of the musical version of Alice in Wonderland. Wendi Peters (aka Cilla Battersby-Brown from Corrie) is The Queen of Hearts, with Dave Willetts as the White Rabbit and Kerry Ellis as Alice.

Classic motorbike auction, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Weds 10 May

Pick up a set of rather special wheels. Hands off this Lambretta, it’s mine.

Obsesssion, NT Live, various cinemas across Somerset, Thurs 11 May

Jude Law. Do you need to know more? Oh alright, he’s starring as down-at-heel, magnetically handsome (natch), drifter Gino in a new stage adaptation of the 1943 Visconti film. Gino meets a couple in a roadside cafe and falls in love with the woman,  you can guess it doesn’t end well. Screened live from The Barbican. Find a cinema near you.

Made in Somerset, The White Hart, Somerton,  Thurs 11 May

To coincide with Somerset Day (a celebration of the county and apparently the occasion in 878 when King Alfred the Great ousted some Vikings and got back to not looking after those cakes).  This is an artisan shopping event (pretty stuff, foods and drink) in aid of the Kenyan-focused Etatu charity. 10am-3pm.

Mitsuko Uchida, Cedars Hall, Wells, Fri 12 May

Legendary pianist plays Mozart’s Piano Sonata in C and Schumann’s Kreisleriana and Fantasie.


The Levelling, various cinemas across Somerset, Fri May 12

Aren’t many films set on the Somerset Levels. In this debut film by Hope Dickson Leach, Clover returns home to Somerset when her brother commits suicide after the 2014 floods. Said to be gripping if not a barrel of laughs.

The Sound of Silent, Celebrating 100 years of Music and the Movies, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, Fri 12 May-Sun 14 May

A weekend festival of film screenings (including Battleship Potemkin, Charlie Chaplin’s Circus, Singin’ in the Rain and Harold Lloyd shorts), live music, talks, workshops and other stuff for all ages – all part of a collaboration between acclaimed musicians Matthew Trusler,  Ashley Wass & H&W.  Dress up for a Gatsby-themed cocktail party on the Fri evening.

The Girl and the Giraffe, the egg, Bath, Fri 12-Sun 14 May

Girl meets Giraffe. Girl and Giraffe become friends but Giraffe is sad…puppets help tell the tale about wellbeing and friendship in this show suitable for 3 years+. Sure to be eggsellent (everything I’ve seen at this dedicated children’s theatre has been).

Simon King: Nature Watch,  Strode Theatre,  Street, Sat 13 May

The face of Springwatch and Big Cat Diary, naturalist and broadcaster Simon King shares his knowledge about animal tracks and sign, mimicry and observation skills  – plus stories of his wild encounters (of the animal kind).

The Mendip Tour, Wells Cathedral, Sun 14 May

160 vintage and classic vehicles motor 85 miles around Somerset and park up on the Cathedral Green from 1-5pm for everyone to admire.

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