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Cinema Rediscovered,  venues around Bristol and Clevedon,  Thurs 26 – Sun 29 July

Digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities back where they belong – on the big screen.


The Spirit of the Horse, Taunton Racecourse, Thurs 26–Sun 29 July

20 horses prancing around to a specially arranged score in their very own 2,000-seat touring arena.


Audience with Helen Sharman, We The Curious, Bristol, Sat 28 July

Who was the first British astronaut?  Hint: it wasn’t Tim Peake, despite all the media coverage to the contrary. Helen Sharman zoomed off into space in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft back in 1991 and spent eight days orbiting the earth in the MIR Space Station. Hear her story, as part of the museum’s Festival of What If (Weds 26 – Tues 31 July).

Photo: National Waterfront Museum Swansea


Evolver Art Prize, ACEarts, Somerton, Sat 28 July–Sat 25 August

View the winner and the 49 runners up in the prize awarded by the West Country arts mag.


The Tempest, Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sun 29 July

Photo: Jack Offord

Prospero and daughter Miranda are living in exile on a mystical island with a sprite called Ariel and a wildman called Caliban.  Prospero whips up a storm to shipwreck the men responsible for putting them there. There’s a plot to kill the King of Naples, a drunken scheme to kill Prospero and a romance between Miranda and the King’s daughter. Enjoy it all while chomping on a  BBQ.


Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hestercombe House & Gardens, nr Taunton, Sun 29 July

The King of Navarre and his lords swear off food, women, and sleep in order to study for three years. Then a princess and her ladies in waiting arrive. Ooh-er.



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


In relation: nine couples who transformed British modern art, Royal West of England Academy, until Sun 9 Sept

When love and art collide. The nine couples include Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth; Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.


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