Great Dorset Steam Fair, nr Blandford Forum, Thurs 24- Mon 28 August
Massive 600 acres covered with vintage steam engines, fairs, hurdy gurdies, agricultural machinery, vintage vehicles, food, drink, six live music stages. Truly a sight to behold, hear and smell, esp the steam fair at night.
Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sat 26 August
Based on the bestselling children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, this fab feel-good show for little ‘uns has music, songs, puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog. 11.30am & 2.30pm.
Bowlore Mediaeval Weekend, Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sat 26-Mon 28 August
Archery and sword fights galore in the Palace gardens – watch the pros then have a go yourselves. 10am-6pm.
The Giant Shepton flea market, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sun 27 August
Does what it says on the can: have a root around more than 250 stalls and see what you discover.
STILL ON THIS WEEKEND
Looking at Lucian, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Thurs 3 August- Sat 3 Sept
See something before your London mates – there’s a world premiere up in Bath this month. Double Olivier Award winner Henry Goodman stars as Lucian Freud in a fly-on-the-wall drama about the famous portraitist.
Lady in the Van, Theatre Royal, Bath, Thurs 17 August – Sat 2 Sept
Big name Sara Kestleman is the woman living on Alan Bennett’s driveway in this production.
Sketch 2017, Black Swan Arts, Frome, until Sun 3 Sept
Have a nose inside 100 artists’ sketchbooks selected from 500 sketchbooks worldwide. Talented types might like to enter their own work into the upcoming Black Swan Open 2017 (local celeb Mariella Frostrup is one of the judges).