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Tango Moderno, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, Tues 12–Sat 16 Sept

The temperature’s rising, it isn’t surprising: Latin, ballroom and Argentine tango from Strictly stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace this week at the ‘drome.

Borderlands with Kate Adie, The Seed Factory, Aller nr Langport, Fri 15 Sept

Veteran war reporter ventures down to the edge of the Somerset Levels to talk about how journalists go about their business in some of the world’s most dangerous places.  But will she be wearing her flak jacket?  Tickets include soup and wine: contact

Sky Safari, Longleat, Warminster, Fri 15-Sun 17 Sept

Over 100 balloons of all shapes and sizes will be going up, up and away – with a spectacular nightglow on Fri and Sat. The event is included in the day ticket to the safari park.

Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival, Forde Abbey, Chard, Sat 16 & Sun 17 Sept

Other TV gardeners Charlie Dimmock and Christine Walkden will be there too. Demos, talks, shopping, food, drink and live music in the rooms and gardens of Forde Abbey, which will be starting to look gorgeously Autumnal I shouldn’t wonder.

Great Somerset Night Walk, starts in Yeovil, Sat 16 Sept

Light up the night with head torches, fluorescent bangles and stickers – 80s style – on a nine-mile circular walk from Yeovil Football Club, up and around Ham Hill and back again. All in the aid of St Margaret’s Hospice.

Bathscape Walking Festival, around Bath, Sat 16–Sun 24 Sept

From a short stroll to a 20-miler: 27 walks – all free and all with leaders – around Bath and surrounding countryside, focusing on history, wildlife, creative stuff, well-being… As well as discovering interesting stuff about the city and its environs, you could find yourself coming over all poetic and scribbling down a line or two.


Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday, the egg, Bath, until Sun 17 Sept

Photo: Pamela Raith

The musical adventures of a seven-year-old girl and her best friend who just happens to be mallard. If you’ve got young kids you’ll probably know I’m talking about the BAFTA award-winning CBeebies pair. The animated characters have been transformed into puppets for their nationwide tour.

Jane Austen Festival, various venues around Bath, until Sun 17 Sept


On the 200th anniversary of her death, the annual Jane Austen Festival kicks (every delicately) off with the Grand Regency Costumed Parade, ‘the largest gathering of people dressed in Regency costume’, according to the Guinness World Records.  The 10 days of  Austen-related fun and frolics include walks and talks, performances, workshops (dance or write a letter just like Jane) and a masked ball.  Don’t forget to sup some  the Earl Grey Red Ale beer brewed in her honour (you didn’t know she liked a pint?).

The Caretaker, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, until Sat 30 Sept

Photo: Idil Sukan

Patrice Naiambana, Jonathan Livingstone and David Judge in Pinter’s classic drama about what happens when a homeless man is taken in by two brothers.

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