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What’s on in June in Somerset

JUNE 2018

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

Most apt: one of the largest exhibitions of miniature paintings and sculptures in the UK in the the smallest city in England.


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 where you can also try out some swing dancing on the Village Green. and


Great Expectations, Theatre Royal, Bath Mon 4–Sat 9 June

Photo: Matt Austin

Nichola McAuliffe as the jilted at the altar Miss Havisham in a new stage adaptation of Dicken’s masterpiece.


Bristol Comedy Garden, Queen Square, Bristol, Weds 6–Sun 10 June

The line-up at this Big Top comedy fest in leafy Queen Square is an (A)lan Davies to (Z)oe Lyons of British stand up. Some shows sold out but lots with tix still up for grabs.

Bristol Comedy Garden


Showtime 2018, Knight’s Barn, Wellow, nr Bath, Thurs 7–Sat 9 June

A summer exhibition and sale of artworks and artisan crafts presented by award-winning artist Emma Rose. Expect paintings, limited ed giclee prints, jewellery, porcelain ceramics, garden sculpture, cards, block print shirts for men, ethical clothes, designer fabrics and accessories for women and more.

Hibiscus by Emma Rose


Home Farm Fest, Chilthorne Domer, Fri 8–Sun 10 June

Three days, 8 stages, over 160 bands, silent disco, fun fair, crafts and more at the 13th annual music festival run in aid of the UK charity the Piers Simon Appeal. Its main initiative is School in a Bag (rucksacks with school kit sent to children in need around the world). Posh wear and wellies Friday,


Andy Hamilton: Change Management,  Komedia, Bath, Sun 10 June

Award-winning comedy writer (Outnumbered, Power Monkeys) and regular funny man on QI, The News Quiz and HIGNFY brings his new show to Bath.

Photo: Steve Ullathorne


Live screening of The Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake, at a cinema near you, Tues 12 June, 7.15 on the dot

Man meets swan story. The archetypal classical ballet with luscious Tchaikovsky score with principal dancers Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov.

Photo: Bill Cooper


David Baddiel, My family: Not the Sitcom, The Octagon, Yeovil, Tues 12 June

Hear him on Desert Island Discs the other day? See his one-man show celebrating the lives of his late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin.


Three Sisters, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, Tues 12–Sat 16 June

RashDash rip up Anton Chekhov’s revered 1900 play and reimagine it with electric guitars. Taking on the roles of Olga, Masha and Irina,  Abbi Greenland, Helen Goalen and Becky Wilkie ask why men have all the lines and take turn-of-the-century crinolines into 2018.


Twelfth Night by The HandleBards, Kilver Court Gardens, Shepton Mallet, Tues 12 June

The world’s first (and possibly only?) cycling theatre company with a bicycle-powered, cross-dressing production in the gloroius gardens of Kilver Court.


Thrill Me: the Leopold & Loeb Story, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Sat 16 June

Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit and shocking true life story. Two aspiring lawyers in 1924 Chicago kidnap and murder a 14-year-old boy in their quest to commit the perfect crime.


Henry V, Ustinov Studio, Bath,  Thurs 21 June – Sat 1 July

Once more unto the breach, dear friends – take your seat at the Battle of Agincourt, as Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory comes to Bath.


Top of the Gorge Festival,  Cheddar, Fri 22–Sun 24 June

Every kind of outdoor pursuit on top of Britain’s largest gorge, from trail-running and rock climbing to caving and foraging.  Plus a once-a-year chance to camp out under the stars above the iconic Blackrock, looking down through the gorge.  Weekend and day tickets.

Photo: James Dobson


The English Country Garden Festival,  Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Fri 22–Sun 24 June

Garden lovers and garden experts get together with crafts, BBQ, live music and loads of stalls selling unusual and popular plants – plus the RHS’s own Gardener’s Question Time.


Longleat Food & Drink Festival, Warminster,  Sat 23 & Sun 24 June

Cooking classes with celeb chefs The Hairy Bikers and James Martin, food and drink stalls, vintage cars and fairground rides – oh, more hairy men: The Wurzels.


The Importance of Being Earnest, Montacute House, Montacute Fri 22 June and Greenway Farm Hall, Taunton Sat 23 June

Blankets and picnic baskets at the ready for The Pantaloon’s open-air production of Wilde’s famous play. Always great fun, even in the rain. Not that it will rain, oh no.


St Catherine’s Summer Pop up, around St Catherine Hill, Frome, Sat 23 June

It’s all happening on mid-summer’s eve on the hill. Shops and biz opening their doors until 9pm, with music, pop-up events, workshops galore. Pottery demos and summer cocktails at SEED, Best Gift Shop in the Muddy Awards; Pearl Lowe garden party at Lark Vintage; Cruxland Gin Tasting at Six, Hong Kong bubble waffles at Resident and free dog-safe ice creams at Winston James Woof.


Luxury Summer Wine Tasting with Novel Wines at Harington’s Hotel, Bath, Sun 24 June

Six great wines for sipping in the sun, as selected by the experts at Best Wine Merchant in Somerset Novel Wines. Bath’s oldest cheesemonger, Nibbles, will be supplying the yellow stuff. All taking place at the boutique Harington’s Hotel in the centre of Bath. Just one of Novel Wine’s regular wine events, suitable for wine buffs or novices.


Dusty, Theatre Royal, Bath, Sat 23 June – Sat 7 July

World premiere of a new musical about the iconic singer written by Jonathan Harvey, directed by Maria Friedman and starring Katherine Kingsley and Rufus Hound.

Photo: Dominic Nicholls

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. Go along to the private view on Mon 25 and you’ll get a glass of wine too.

Cubiform 9 by Pennie Elfick


Flashdance, Bristol Hippodrome,  Mon 25–Sat 30 June

Oooh what a feeling. Strictly, World and European ballroom dance champ Joanne Clifton as Alex Owens takes a shower.


Minerva’s Owls of Bath, around the city, Mon 25 June–Mon 10 Sept

Go on the owl trail around the city – a giant flock of owls, individually decorated by artists, celebs and Why owls? The Roman Baths temple, built in 1AD, was dedicated to the Roman goddess of wisdom, whose animal symbol was an owl.


Kiefer Sutherland, Komedia, Bath, Tues 26 June

You’ve seen him in 24, Stand By Me and The Lost Boys, now hear him sing and play the gee-tar.  The action star in his incarnation as a gravelly voiced country-rock singer is back on the road with his band.


The Elephant Man, Bristol Old Vic, Tues 26 June–Sat 7 July

Disabled actor and co-artistic director of Diverse City, Jamie Beddard,  plays the severely disfigured Joseph Merrick, aka ‘The Elephant Man’ in a new production of Bernard Pomerance’s play, inspired by a true story. When the Victorian travelling freak show starring Merrick reaches London, he meets surgeon Frederick Treves. Treves is then faced with a moral dilemma – to help Merrick or to use him to advance his own scientific career?  With signed, relaxed, audio described and captioned performances.



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.

The Chemistry of Bronze, Black Swan Arts, Frome, until Sun 15 July

Five sculptors who work in bronze on display at the Best Art Gallery in the Muddy Awards – plus a behind-the-scenes look at how bronze sculptures are cast, finished and patinated by local bronze foundry Art of a Fine Nature in Shepton Mallet.

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