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Sketch 2017,  Black Swan Arts, Frome, until Sun 3 Sept

Painters sketchbooks Frome Somerset

Have a nose inside 100 artists’ sketchbooks selected from 500 sketchbooks worldwide. Talented types might like to enter their own work into the upcoming Black Swan Open 2017 (local celeb Mariella Frostrup is one of the judges).

Looking at Lucian, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Thurs 3 August- Sat 3 Sept

See something before your London mates – there’s a world premiere up in Bath this month. Double Olivier Award winner Henry Goodman stars as Lucian Freud in a fly-on-the-wall drama about the famous portraitist.

Valley Fest, Chew Valley, Fri 4-Sun 6 August

Sunset Valley Fest sign

Organic food, eclectic music and all round good times in an idyllic location on the banks of the Chew Valley lake just south of Bristol.

Dirty Dancing, Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet, Sat 5 August

Not in amongst the designer clothes and homewares but outside in the 3.5 acres of perfectly groomed gardens with its impressive viaduct.

Glastonbury Extravaganza, Glastonbury Abbey, Sat 5 August

Good vibrations from The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Corrine Bailey Rae and the Black Dyke Band (a famous Yorkshire brass band in case you were wondering),  followed by fireworks.

Frome-on-Sea at the Frome Independent, Sun 6 August

Somerset’s smallest urban beach, with real sand, deckchairs, buckets and spades and even a ride on a donkey – plus all the usual brilliant makers, designers, vintage stalls, food and drink at the famous monthly market.

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