This weekend

FRACKED! Or Please Don’t Use the F-Word, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 15-Sat 20 May

Big names James Bolam and Anne Reid star in a black comedy about guess what?

theatreroyal.org.uk

Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain, Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-mare, Fri 19-Sat 20 May

Boudicca, King John and the Magna Carta, Henry VIII, Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin and more – a whistlestop tour of Britain’s history with all the bogies and burps left in.

parkhousetheatres.co.uk

The Bath Festival, various venues across Bath, Fri 19-Sun 28 May

A 10-day celebration of music and literature :  talks, performances, workshops, readings by the likes of  Mary Berry, Salman Rushdie, Victoria Hislop, Stephen Isserlis, India Knight, Simon Callow, John Simpson, Madeleine Peyroux (above)…. I could go on but why don’t you check out the festival brochure and see for yourself?

bathfestivals.org.uk

Curzon Music Festival, Curzon Cinema Arts, Clevedon, Sat 20-Sun 21 May

The awesome Songs from the Shed are putting on the second Curzon Music Festival, with back-to-back live bands, local and global street food, a cocktail bar and local ales and ciders. Headliners: Reef frontman Gary Stringer on Sat and Show of Hands on Sunday.

curzon.org.uk

My First Ballet, Bristol Hippodrome, Sat 20 & Sun 21 May

With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened version of Prokofiev’s score, My First Ballet is the perfect introduction for little ballet lovers.

Tickets

Great Somerset Colour Run, Wincanton Racecourse, Wincanton, Sun 21 May

Whizz, walk or dawdle around a 5k course while a load of people throw coloured powder paint at you – all in the aid of St Margaret’s Hospice. Registration at 11am; race at 1pm.

somerset-hospice.org.uk

The Independent Bath Market,  Bath, Sun 21 May

Specially selected independent family businesses, makers, growers, artisans and producers from Bath and Somerset gather together on Abbey Green for your edification and delight. The brainchild of Silvana Soissons from the funtabulous Foodie Bugle is sure to be something special. 10am-4pm.

independentbathmarket.com

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