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Black Swan Arts Open 2017, Frome, Weds 1–Weds 29 Nov

Browse and buy contemporary original art selected from over 900 entries by judges including writer and broadcaster Mariella Frostrup and Dea Vanagan, director of Hauser & Wirth Somerset. This is the fifteenth year of the annual competition. Everything’s for sale, priced from £90 to £12,000. Go Weds for the preview night and enjoy live music and DJs.

FilmBath Festival,  venues around Bath, Thurs 2–Sun 12 Nov

Eleven days, 43 flicks by famous and up and coming film-makers around the world, over half of them women. For the 27th year running, the former Bath Film Festival screens previews, family films, shorts, documentary, queer cinema and all.  See the full schedule here.

Ghost Dances and other works, Theatre Royal, Bath, Thurs 2–Sat 4 Nov

World famous Rambert contemporary dance company comes to Bath with a triple bill: Christopher Bruce’s masterpiece and the company’s most famous work Ghost Dances, along with new work Goat and The days run away like wild horses.

Icescape@The Tropicana, The Tropicana, Weston super Mare, Fri 3 Nov–Sun 7 Jan

Get your skates on!  Slip slide your way over to what they say will be the largest covered Winter ice rink in the country (up to 500 skaters at one time). As well as the slippery stuff there’s a giant snow slide, a couple of fair ground rides and, oooh, an Igloo Bar.

Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, Bridgwater, Sat 4 Nov

Earplugs in for the 1.7 mile parade of brash illuminated carnival floats, carts and 100 squibbers letting off fireworks by the roadside – this is the biggest and the best of the famous Somerset carnivals. Festivities start at 10.30am with street music, marching bands and samba; the main procession at 7pm and whizz bang flash fireworks at 10.45pm. Parking could be fun (they expect a 150k crowd).

Bath Vintage & Antiques Market and the Frome Independent, Sun 5 Nov

You pays your money and you takes your pick. Will it be vintage and antiques in Bath or some of the above plus designer/makers and a lot of food and drink in Frome?

Living History Day, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury, Sun 5 Nov

Not been to this beautifully refurbed museum yet? You really should after they spent all that dosh (£2.4million). Aside from the fascinating exhibitions of everyday objects from ye olde Somerset, poignant vintage film footage, the impressive Tithe Barn – and the best museum shop in Somerset – this Sunday you get the chance to try see some of the old skills and crafts in action.

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