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This weekend

Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 July

Atkinson Gallery Summer Show, Street, Mon 26 June – Fri 4 August

Fancy a little browse, wine glass in hand, around the Private View of this super gallery’s 27th Summer Show? Very civilised! The exhibition showcases work from artists from around the county and beyond – and it’s all for sale. Private view Mon 26 June from 7pm-9pm; the exhibition is then open 9.3am-5pm Mon-Sat until the beginning of August. Free admission.

The Brutalist Playground, The Edge, Bath, Weds 28 June-Sat 9 Sept

Part sculpture, part architecture, all play! Artist Simon Terrell and 2015 Turner Prize winners Assemble have worked with RIBA curators to recreate abstract concrete playgrounds that were found in post-war housing estates throughout the UK. Free admission but book here to guarantee you’ll have a go.

Racing Demon, Theatre Royal Bath, until Sat 8 July

Photo: Nobby Clark

Four clergymen in inner-city London trying to make send of their own demons (waivering faith, gay, boozer and irrrrresistable). Award-winning, gripping drama by David Hare (married to fashion designer Nichole Farhi, don’tcha know). Tickets.

Jess Glynne, Wincanton Racecourse, Sat 1 July

The woman with the big voice live at Wincanton Racecourse in celebration of the racecourse’s 150th birthday. With support from Radio 2 DJ Sara Cox and upcoming artists Kiko Bun and Mullally. Surely no place you’d rather be?  Tickets.

The Frome Independent Market, the streets of Frome, Sun 2 July

Much, much more than a market – the Frome Independent’s just been voted the Best Family Attraction in Somerset in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2o17.  Designer-maker and vintage stalls, seasonal local produce, musicians,  street food, creative workshops, the vintage mobile disco and this month a world record attempt!  Go see what all the fuss is about!

David Walliams’ First Hippo On the Moon, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sun 2 July

Based on the best-selling book and its original illustrations, this space adventure for kids aged 3 and over has two big hippos sharing one enormous dream:  to make it first to the moon. Worth a pop? Read the Muddy review and decide. Tickets.

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