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What’s On September 2018


FESTIVAL : The Downs, Clifton, Bristol, Sat 1 Sept

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Paul Weller, Goldie, Orbital and more. Not just about the music; get a bit serious with discussions of issues affecting UK society in The Information Area too.


FILM: Anim18: a day of British animation, Curzon Cinema & Arts, Clevedon, Sat 1 Sept

Scratch ‘n’ sniff Wallace & Gromit, The Iron Giant and Yellow Submarine Singalong. Part of Anim18, a national celebration of British animation running across the UK until Nov, see here for what else is on and where.


PARTY: Cheese & Grain’s 20th birthday party with the Cuban Brothers, Frome, Sat 1 Sept

Happy Birthday or should that be feliz cumpleaños? Come and party for free, amigos but you must book 01373 455420.


FOOD: eat: Wellington, around town, Sat 1 Sept

Take a shopping bag: there will be almost a hundred stalls selling local produce on the streets of Wellington plus chefs showing how to cook it.  Street food and street entertainment too.


MUSIC: Simple Minds, The Pretenders & KT Tunstell, Taunton Racecourse, Sun 2 Sept

New stuff and old classics performed by very famous people. Some tickets still available.


ART: Anthony Currell,  Atkinson Gallery, Street, Mon Sept 3 – Sat 13 Oct

Retrospective of a British artist who’s been making paintings and prints for around sixty years. His stuff’s in galleries like the V&A and MOMA. Come to the private view on Monday 3 from 7pm – 9pm and you get free wine (just saying).


 FILM: Ocean Film Festival, Komedia, Bath,  Thurs 6 Sept

Photo Eusebio Saenz de Santamaria

Spectacular short films celebrating divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers by the people behind the Banff Film Festival.


VISIT: Heritage Open Days, somewhere near you, Thurs 6 – Sun 9 &  Thurs 13 – Sun 16 Sept

Go behind (normally) closed doors to see hidden places. Part of a national celebration of history, architecture and culture. Type in your postcode to see what’s open near you.


KIDS: Tom Thumb, the egg, Bath, Fri 7 – Mon 10 Sept

Patrick Lynch, one of CBeebies longest serving presenters, adapts the classic fairytale and performs it all on and under a kitchen table. On at the inimitable egg theatre, it’s bound to be fab.


FASHION: Paul Smith warehouse sale, Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet, Fri 7 – Sun 9 Sept

You’ve got the weekend to buy men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, all with up to 70% off.


ART: Making Art Matter 1931–85: Clifford & Rosemary Ellis, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, Sat 8 Sept – Sun 25 Nov

Bath-based artists who designed iconic posters for London Transport and Shell then moved to Bath where Clifford headed up the pioneering Bath Academy of Art. The exhibition also includes work by artists who studied or taught at the Academy, including Gillian Ayres, Howard Hodgkin and John Eaves.


FILM: Jaws, Salthouse Fields, Clevedon, Sat 8 Sept

It may not have the The Meg’s CGI but Spielberg’s mechanical shark still serves up plenty of jump scares. Come see the original summer blockbuster at an open air screening right next to Marine Lake and the sea (gulp), courtesy of Curzon Cinema & Arts and Sunset Cinema.


THEATRE: Touching the Void,  Bristol Old Vic, Sat 8 Sept – Sat 6 Oct

Gruelling tale of life and near death on the mountainside. Based on the award-winning memoir by Joe Simpson, the play world premieres in Bristol before moving onto London’s The Lyceum via Northampton. Josh Williams and Edward Haytner star.


FILM: Jurassic Park in Concert, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol,  Mon 10 Sept

Scary dinos in HD with a full symphony orchestra playing the famous John Williams score. I’m a Muddy editor, get me outta here.


BOOZE: The Gin Garden at the Holburne Museum, Bath, Thurs 13 Sept

Nod sagely as you slurp a wide variety of artisan and batch gins from around the UK and feel a teensy bit smug in the knowledge that the proceeds of the event are being donated to the museum.


FASHION: Fashion re:boot, Bruton, Fri 14 Sept

fake fur jacket shirts jumpers clothes rail coat hangers

Like a high end fashion car boot sale without the cars. Bloggers, stylists, boutique owners and journos selling re-loved and brand new clothes at knock down prices.



FESTIVAL: Longleat Sky Safari, Longleat, nr Warminster, Fri 14 – Sun 16 Sept

They’ll be attempting to create a UK record for the most hot air balloons in the sky during this three-day balloon fest. The flying menagerie of animals and night glows sound good too.


ART: Somerset Art Weeks Open Studios, all over the shop, Sat 15 – Sun 30 Sept

Ilminster-based Heidi Warr was once a decorator at Dennis Chinaworks where her works sold for thousands of pounds at Bonham’s. Now she’s creating her own range.

Have a snoop around the studios of established, new and emerging artist makers and discover hidden corners of our gorgeous county. Use their catalogue to plan an art jaunt around two or three and maybe end up in a village pub or cafe….


WELLBEING: Meet the creator: Chloe Luxton, Another Little World, Corton Denham, Sat 15 Sept

A chance to meet the woman behind Bramley, Somerset’s gorgeous natural beauty and skincare products – and have a nose around the brand new space at cool beauty salon Another Little World. 10am–12pm.


MUSIC: James Blunt, Bath Racecourse, Bath,  Sat 15 Sept

Photo Shamil Tanna

A day at the races, a night, not at the opera but with music from multi-million album selling James Blunt on his Afterlove tour, support from Tom Grennan. And the horses? They’re racing for the Bath Cup.


GARDENS: American Museum in Britain, Claverton, Sat 15 Sept onwards

They’ve spent two million quid on the new gardens showcasing the flora and fauna of the United States and they’ve got Alan Titchmarsh over to cut the tape on opening day, so someone really should go. Both the museum (the only one outside the US dedicated to American culture) and gardens will be free to visit on Sat 15 as part of Heritage Open Days.


FESTIVAL: Toby’s Garden & Harvest Festival, Forde Abbey, Chard, Sat 15 & Sun 16 Sept

TV gardener Toby Buckland celebrates the harvest,  with celebrity garden talks (Guardian writer Alys Fowler, Gardener’s Question Time’s Matt Biggs, Blue Peter gardener Lee Connelly and actor (and gardener it turns out) John Challis from Only Fools and Horses;  themed workshops in the Demo Tipi, loads of plant, craft and food stalls, circus skills and apple pressing (bring along your windfalls).


WALK: Bathscape Walking Festival, around and about Bath, Sat 15 – Sun 23 Sept

Free guided walks around the city and surrounds, with local authors, historians and wildlife experts on hand with all the gen.


THEATRE: The Height of the Storm, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 18 – Sat 29 Sept

Photo: Hugo Glendinning

See this before your London chums. Two of the country’s best actors (IMO) Dame Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce lead the cast in the UK premiere production about lurve, family and the fragility of life. Transfers to the West End immediately after Bath.


CIRCUS: Circus Vegas, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, Thurs 20 – Sun 23 Sept

Dare devil stunts and tricks on vertiginous high wires and walls of death with added glitz.


FAMILY DAY OUT: Dangerous Day for Dads, Mill on the Brue, Bruton, Sat 22 Sept

Fly across zip wires, wash down a water slide, go on an assault course, jump off a tower, light fires and cook grub. And Dad comes too.


ART: Masters of Japanese prints: Hokusai and Hiroshige landscapes, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, Sat 22 Sept 2018 – Sun 6 Jan 2019

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), The Great Wave off Kanagawa, 1831

Surely one of the most famous Japanese images ever?  The Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has around 500 of these ‘floating world’ pictures (ukiyo-e), one of the best collections in the UK, and this is just the first of three exhibitions.


FAMILY DAY OUT: Open Day at Sparkford Hall, Sparkford, nr Yeovil, Sat 22 Sept

Somerset’s super fab party house – subterranean nightclub, ballroom, 11 groovy bedrooms and 23 acres of parkland for yurts, tipis and dancing under the stars – is throwing open its doors this weekend. Circus skills, bouncy castles, graffiti workshops, mobile bars, wood fired pizzas, funky photo booths and all kinds of other party and wedding gubbins.  If you weren’t planning a party before, you will be after….

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FASHION: Boden sale, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Weds 26 & Thurs 27 Sept

Elbows out and at the ready … 70 per cent off the yummy mummy brand.


MUSIC: Stephen Isserlis in Recital, Cedars Hall, Wells, Weds 27

One the world’s top cellists is performing music by Franck, Schumann and Martinu in the stunning concert hall of Wells Cathedral School.


BOOKS: How to be famous with Caitlin Moran, The Forum, Bath, Fri 28 Sept

Caitlin will be talking books, Britpop, fame and fortune with Emma Gannon (writer/podcaster CTRL, ALT DELETE). You get a free copy of Caitlin’s new book with your ticket.


OPERA: Dido and Aeneas, Shatwell Farm, between Castle Cary and Wincanton, Sat 29 Sept

Cows, sheep, tractors, buildings by contemporary architects housing thousands of architectural drawings and models from the 16th to 21st century – and just for one night, an opera and a feast. Shatwell Opera’s inaugural event presented in conjunction with Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Drawing Matter and the Architecture Foundation.


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