This weekend

Saturday 10-Sunday 11 June

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, Contains Art, Watchet, Thurs 31 May-Sun 25 June

Matisse used massively oversized scissors to carve out shapes from sheets of paper hand-painted with gouache so bright that his doctors advised him to wear dark glasses. This exhibition of 35 lithographic reproductions of his famous cut outs includes The Snail and the Blue Nudes and is a Hayward Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre, London. Not to be missed. 11am-4pm Weds-Sat and daily during holidays.

Emma, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 5-Sat 10 June

Jane Austen’s Emma tries to matchmake the dashing Mr Elton with her new girl pal Miss Smith but he’s in love with Emma. Emma flirts with Mr Churchill in front of Miss Fairfax but tries to set him up with Miss Smith. Miss Smith loves Mr Knightly. So does Emma. A Regency version of Made in Chelsea then.  Tickets.

Grease, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 5-Sat 10 June

Crikey, long haired lover from Liverpool, not-so-little-now Jimmy Osmond is in this new production as Teen Angel. Starring alongside The Wanted’s Tom Parker (Danny), Over the Rainbow winner Daniella Hope (Sandy) and EastEnder‘s Louisa Lytton (Rizzo). Tickets

Home Farm Festival, Chilthorne Dormer, nr Yeovil, Fri 9-Sun 11 June

Three days, 100+ bands, 6 stages – this is the 12th annual music festival in aid of the School in a Bag charity set up by the Piers Simon Appeal. Friday night is posh wears and wellies in case you were wondering about the dress code. Tickets.

English Country Garden Festival, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Fri 9-Sun 11 June

Set in award-winning gardens, with talks from the likes of Anne Swinthinbank and Matthew Biggs, plant and crafts stalls, BBQ, live music from the Somerset Levellers – and you can swing your partner around at a ceilidh, if the mood takes. Tickets.

Shepton Flea, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sun 11 June

Have a rootle through the wares on around 250 stalls – or even take a stand yourself? Entrance is £4.5o.

Open Farm Sunday, farms across Somerset Sun 11 June

Every year, farms across the UK open their gates (don’t forget to close it behind you though) for one day – tractor rides, meet the animals, see how they grow the food we eat.  Find a farm near you.

Green Scythe Fair, Muchelney,  Sun 11 June

Any excuse to put a semi-naked man on the blog. Watch the country’s best scythesmen and women make hay in this one-day environmental festival. Green debates, organic local food, ales, ciders, live music, free bicycle MOTs. You can even learn to scythe. More info.

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