Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 July
Farmfest, Gilcombe Farm, nr Bruton, Fri 28-Sat 29 July
Now in its 12th year, this pocket-sized festival in a few fields just outside Bruton, showcases emerging and established genre-defying artists in seven venues, along with comedy, kids’ discos, chill time workshops and theatrical wig-outs.
Loudon Wainright III, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Fri 28 July
The veteran troubadour (and father to Rufus and Martha) comes to Frome with Chaim Tannenbaum and David Mansfield in his only non-festival UK show.
Music in the Marquee, The Red Lion Inn, Babcary, Sat 29 July
Soul, funk, jazz and pop from seven world class session musicians led by Pete Long, musical director of Ronnie Scott’s, in the gorgeous marquee in the grounds of the Red Lion pub in Babcary. These guys (and gal) have played with Lionel Ritchie, Jools Holland, Paloma Faith, Jamie Cullum, Stereophonics and more. Scoff a BBQ beforehand and dance to a DJ till the clocks strike 12.
Upfest 2017, venues around Bristol, Sat 29-Mon 31 July
Europe’s largest, free, street art and graffiti festival takes place this weekend. Over 300 artists from 30 countries will paint on 30,000 sq ft of surfaces in 35 venues throughout Bedminster & Southville. Plus live entertainment, children’s workshops including Morph making sessions in association with Aardman and an affordable art fair area.
The Little Mix Experience, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sat 29 July
Possibly the nearest your teen will get to the real thing, the X-Factor four sing and strut through all the hits.
The Lost World, ECOS Amphitheatre, Frome, Sun 30 July
One of the UK’s very best alfresco theatre companies, Illyria, puts on Arthur Conan Doyle’s tale of four intrepid explorers who travel to South America and discover a lost world of prehistoric humans, ape men and terrifying dinosaurs.
Twelfth Night, Hestercombe House, nr Taunton, Sun 30 July
Spread your picnic blanket out on the Orangery Lawns to enjoy a spot of gender bending Shakespearean style from the Folksy Theatre.