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Thoroughly Modern Millie, Theatre Royal, Tue 29 May – Sat 2 June

Photo: Alistair Muir

Musicals might be your idea of hell but if you like them, this looks to a be a corker.  Soap star Hayley Tamaddon plays the throughly modern miss who comes to 1920s New York to seek her fortune and falls in love with a penniless charmer.


Royal Bath & West Show, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Weds 30 May–Sat 2 June

All sorts of farming and agriculture-related stuff, including super speedy sheep shearing, showjumping, the British Cheese and British Cider comps, live music, 4x4s and more farm animals in their prime than you can shake a stick at.  It’s not all bucolic: there’s a BMX bike battle.


The Frome Independent and the Clevedon Sunday market, Sun 3 June

First Sunday of the month? Take your pick from two indy markets with designer-maker stuff, vintage, artisan food and drink up in north Somerset or down in the east.


Annual International Exhibition and Sale of Miniature Art, The Hilliard Society of Miniaturists, The Town Hall, Wells, Sat 2 – Sat 9 June (closed Sun 3)

Very fitting: the smallest city in England is where you’ll find one of the largest exhibitions of miniature paintings and sculptures in the UK.



Alexander Calder, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, until Sun 9 Sept

Alexander Calder, Sword Plant, 1947, Sheet metal, wire and paint. 97.8 x 78.7 x 72.4/38 1/2 x 31 x 28 1/2 © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / DACS London

Famously known for inventing the mobile, Calder also made a whole load of other stuff from wire sculptures, paintings,  jewellery, furniture, domestic objects, and monumental public commissions across the world – 80 of which (not the monumental ones) are on display in the new exhibition ‘From the Stoney River to the Sky’.


Bath Fringe Festival, venues across the city, until Sun 10 June

Over 200 events from the absurd to the profound, the politically current to the historical, the salacious, the scary and the sexy, from hidden lives to everything laid bare. Full listings.


Got kids? See also our 10 things to do over half term guide.

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