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THEATRE: Stones in his Pocket, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 11 – Sat 16 March

Hollywood film studio descends on a rural Irish village to make a historical blockbuster on location. Winner of Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Comedy.


FASHION: The Somerset Stylists: Fashion House Party, Sparkford Hall, nr Yeovil, Fri 15 March

Vintage, pre-loved and bespoke fashion brands dotted around the main hall, library and upstairs in the glorious bedrooms and bathrooms of this Somerset mansion. DJ, bar and food with room to party after you’ve shopped.  Come to buy or to sell.



MUSIC: Sara, Deborah and Friends, Fri 15 March at the Ilminster Arts Centre &  Sat 16 March, at CICCC Taunton

Part of the classical music Concerts in the West 2019 series, violinist Sara Deborah Timossi, cellist Lucy Scotchmer and Johan Löfving on theorbo (that whopping great big lute) play chamber music by the likes of Paganini and Mozart.

Ilminster  and Taunton


OUTDOORS: West of England Game Fair, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sat 16 & Sun 17 March

Huntin’, shootin’, fishin’ stuff all weekend. Buy, try, watch, eat, drink.


ART: A Life in Colour: the Art of Doris Hatt, Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Sat 16 March – Sat 29 June

Doris Hatt Watchet 1960

Somerset feminist, socialist and pioneer of British modernism, Doris Hatt’s landscapes – including Clevedon, Watchet, East Quantoxhead and Wedmore – portraits and still lifes from the 1920s to 1970s. Entry: pay what you think.


EXHIBITION: British Tattoo Art Revealed, MShed, Bristol, Sat 16 March – Sun 16 June

100 Hands, Luke Hayes, courtesy of National Maritime Museum Cornwall

To tattoo or not to tattoo isn’t really the question, with one in five of Brits now inked. I mean, even David Dimbleby’s got one.  With over 400 original artworks, photos and historic artefacts, this is the UK’s biggest exhibition showcasing the heritage of tattooing as an art form.


OUTDOORS: The Bath Half, around the city, Sun 17 March

The two lap, 13.1 mile run is the largest charity fundraiser in the South West.


PLANTS: Rare plant fair, The Bishop’s Palace, Sun 17 March

Make your neighbours green with envy with unusual stuff they won’t have.


MUSIC: 10 CC, Bristol Hippodrome, Sun 17 March

Relive your teens?



OUTDOORS: Stock car and banger racing, Smeathorpe, Sun 17 March

Cover your ears as old bangers screech, smash and lose their wheels around a racetrack on a disused aerodrome – then watch them hammered back into shape ready for the next race. A strangely exhilarating day out. Kids go free if you print off a voucher beforehand.


COMEDY: The Showing Off Must Go On: Ardal O’Hanlon, Komedia, Bath, Sun 17 March

O’Hanlon (Father Ted, Death in Paradise) saddles up his high horse and rides into the culture wars in his brand new stand up show.




THEATRE: Richard III, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, until Sat 13 April

Tom Mothersdale (Peaky Blinders, The Glass Menagerie) as Shakespeare’s iconic villan in a production from the Royal & Derngate, Northampton and the Oxford Playhouse. Read our review.


ART: Figures and Faces, Andelli Art, South Horrington, nr Wells,  until  Sat 30 March

Alistair Little ‘Low’ oil on panel

Contemporary and 20th century artists’ fascination with the human form using a wide range of styles, mediums and techniques. From the powerful, troubling beauty in the paintings of Justin Mortimer and Phil Hale, the realism of Daniel Sequeira, to the symbolic and devotional imagery of Leslie Glenn Dahmus. And it’s all for sale. Tues to Sat, 10am – 6pm.


THEATRE: A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, until Sun 6 April

Photo Joe Roberts

Hidden agendas, flawed relationships, wild self-abandonment– the course of true love never runs smooth. Mad, bad romance in a new and dynamic interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy. Read our review.


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