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Sat 3 - Sun 4 June

Fantastic Mr Fox, Theatre Royal, Bath, Tues 30 May–Sat 3 June

Join Mr F as he outwits stinky, mean Boggis, Bunce and Bean in this juicy tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship – a brand new production in celebration of Roald Dahl’s centenary. Tickets

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, Contains Art, Watchet, Thurs 31 May-Sun 25 June

Matisse used massively oversized scissors to carve out shapes from sheets of paper hand-painted with gouache so bright that his doctors advised him to wear dark glasses. This exhibition of 35 lithographic reproductions of his famous cut outs includes The Snail and the Blue Nudes and is a Hayward Touring exhibition from the Southbank Centre, London. 11am-4pm Weds-Sat and daily during holidays.

Royal Bath & West Show, Shepton Mallet,  Thurs 31 May-Sat 3 June

Forget the ‘urban’ guide to the countryside – this is the countryside guide to the countryside, celebrating British farming and rural life.  So go see the best in show, whether that’s horses, cows, sheep, cheese or cider (where Kevin McCloud will be one of the judges) – and where the daredevil stunt riders aren’t on motor bikes or souped up cars but revving up the JCB Diggers (of course). Tickets.

Bedlam Fair, central Bath, Sat 3–Sun 4 June

Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band

Bath Fringe Festival’s aptly named street performance weekend is an eclectic mix of international outdoor circus, music, acrobatics, theatre and downright bonkersliness (is that a word?) in the city centre – and it’s absolutely free.   Click here for the Bedlam programme. The Bath Fringe is on from now until Sun 11 June.

Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury, opens Sat 3 June

The £2.4million refurb of the museum celebrating Somerset life from the 1800s onwards opens today. Come and peruse the new galleries in the farmhouse and former cowsheds, farmyards, orchard and awesome 14th century stone barn – and the first exhibition of paintings of work by local artist Kate Lynch, called….FARM, of course. Free admission on Sat 3 and Sun 4 June.

The Big Jump, Mill on the Brue, Bruton, Sun 4 June

Jump off the giant fan descender and raise cash for the Parkinson’s Society. From 1.30pm onwards. £10 per jump (or ask someone to sponsor you). Just turn up.

CSF Wrestling, Komedia, Bath, Sun 4 June

My 80 year old grandma loved wrestling (remember Giant Haystacks?) and so do the Muddies. The sport’s top stars, including WWE World Heavyweight Champ Jack Swagger (a shy, retiring chap), will be body slamming and bone crunching for your edification. Tickets.

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