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FRI 13 –SUN 15 JULY 2018

Birdsong, Bristol Old Vic, Tues 10 – Sat 14 July

Can the First World War tearjerker’s stage offensive pack the same emotional punch as Sebastian Faulk’s knockout novel? Read our review to find out.

WW1 world war soldiers


King Lear in Promenade, Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Thurs 12, Fri 13 & Sun 15 July

Join the actors from the Wells Theatre Company as they perform the play walking from scene to scene through the rooms and grounds of the Palace.  There’s a BBQ on offer too.


Adventures in Digital Art, Contains Art, Watchet, Fri 13 July – Sun 12 August

The Lumen Prize, celebrating art created through technology, with interactive and immersive digital artworks by international artists – on show in an art gallery in a container on Watchet harbourside.


Run away with the circus, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton Sat 14 & Sun 15 July

Circus-inspired performances, family activities, vintage fairground, arts & crafts, face painting, firework, live music, booze and grub. All proceeds go to Carymoor Environmental Trust.


Viv Goskrop: Vivalicious, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Sat 14 July

Viv’s latest work-in-progress is about being the best version of yourself you can be. In Viv’s case her most Vivalicious self.



Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, until Sun 2 Sept

A collaboration between the V&A and Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour (70 years old this year), showcasing the most innovative and exciting crafts in the UK.

LYC Haeckel I (detail), 2014, Vellum, Supernatural vellum, hair sheep leather, armature. Courtesy of Perrier-Jouet


Frome Festival, venues around the town, until Sun 15 July

Around 200 events  – opera, pop, choral, jazz and folk music; theatre, workshops, exhibitions, films, walks and talks – with the full programme here. Names to conjour with include Aston Merrygold, Badly Drawn Boy, Tom Allen, George Egg and Leo Sayer (yes, he’s still alive and feeling like dancin’). With the Frome Food Festival on Sat 7 July.


Ferment Fortnight, Bristol Old Vic & Arnolfini, Bristol, until Fri 21 July

A peep into the rehearsal rooms at this work-in-progress festival, with scratch performances from new and emerging talent across the South West.


Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street, Mon June 25–Fri 3 August

Annual show with work by artists from around the UK to admire and to buy.

Cubiform 9 by Pennie Elfick

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