What’s on this month
Here’s your fun for November, Muddies! I’ll be adding to this regularly and, if you think there’s something I’ve missed, do drop me a line: email@example.com x
NT Stourhead Gardens, Stourton, every day
These National Trust gardens are at their absolute best in Autumn. I mean, just look at this stunning pic taken by ace photographer Judith White. Take the circular walk around the huge lake and spot the mini Parthenon, Greek temple, grotto and this Gothic cottage which is open – weather permitting – at weekends, with a roaring fire, hot drinks and cakes and in December, mulled cider and wine. At the entrance to the gardens, there’s an ice cream parlour and The Spread Eagle pub.
The Hunting of the Snark, the egg, Bath, Weds 1 & Thurs 2 Nov
Musical comedy adventure for kids in this ultra-modern adaptation inspired by Lewis Carroll’s famous nonsense poem. The impossible voyage of an improbable crew to hunt an imaginary creature…
Black Swan Arts Open 2017, Frome, Weds 1–Weds 29 Nov
Browse and buy contemporary original art selected from over 900 entries by judges including writer and broadcaster Mariella Frostrup and Dea Vanagan, director of Hauser & Wirth Somerset. This is the fifteenth year of the annual competition. Everything’s for sale, priced from £90 to £12,000. Go Weds for the preview night and enjoy live music and DJs.
FilmBath Festival, venues around Bath, Thurs 2–Sun 12 Nov
Eleven days, 43 flicks by both famous and up and coming film-makers around the world – over half of them women. For the 27th year running, the former Bath Film Festival screens previews, family films, shorts, documentary, queer cinema and all. See the full schedule here.
Ghost Dances and other works, Theatre Royal, Bath, Thurs 2–Sat 4 Nov
World famous Rambert contemporary dance company comes to Bath with a triple bill: Christopher Bruce’s masterpiece and the company’s most famous work Ghost Dances, along with new work Goat and The days run away like wild horses.
Icescape@The Tropicana, The Tropicana, Weston super Mare, Fri 3 Nov–Sun 7 Jan
Get your skates on! Slip slide your way over to what they say will be the largest covered Winter ice rink in the country (up to 500 skaters at one time). As well as the slippery stuff there’s a giant snow slide, a couple of fair ground rides and, oooh, an Igloo Bar.
Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, Bridgwater, Sat 4 Nov
Earplugs in for the 1.7 mile parade of brash illuminated carnival floats, carts and 100 squibbers letting off fireworks by the roadside – this is the biggest and the best of the famous Somerset carnivals.
You pays your money and you takes your pick. Will it be vintage and antiques in Bath or some of the above plus designer/makers and a lot of food and drink in Frome?
Living History Day, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury, Sun 5 Nov
Not been to this beautifully refurbed museum yet? You really should after they spent all that dosh (£2.4million). Aside from the fascinating exhibitions of everyday objects from ye olde Somerset, poignant vintage film footage, the impressive Tithe Barn – and the best museum shop in Somerset – this Sunday you get the chance to try see some of the old skills and crafts in action.
The Kite Runner, the egg, Bath, Mon 6–Sat 11 Nov
Loved the book? Now see the show, on a major UK tour after two seasons in the West End. A faithful adaptation of the story of two Afghan boys in a divided country on the verge of war – with live Afghan tabla drumming.
The Tin Drum, Bristol Old Vic, Tues 7–Sat 18 Nov
On Oskar’s third birthday, he rails against the adult world and decides to remain a child forever. Based on Günter Grass’ surreal post-war masterpiece, this Kneehigh production tells the story of love, war and fizz powder in Germany as startling musical satire: part Baroque opera, part psychedelic white-out and part epic poem. Wow.
Simon Amstell: What it this? Komedia, Bath, Weds 8 Nov
Well, he’s changed a bit since Popworld, hasn’t he?! Following a bunch of sold-out international tours, this is the fifth stand-up show in the UK for the mischievous host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. If you’re not familiar with his work, ‘What is This?’ promises to be a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love.
In conversation … Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet, Thurs 9 Nov
This is where Monty Saul of Kilver Court Designer Village and an ex-Dior model, doncha know, has a chin wag with a top name from the fashion world. You get to listen in – and everyone has a coffee and light breakfast (I’m thinking croissants?). This month Monty meets Chloe Lonsdale, Creative Director of of M.i.h Jeans, the London girl’s denim brand. 10am–11am, free but you’ll need to RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stylistics: Greatest Hits in Concert, Westlands, Yeovil, Thurs 9 Nov
You make me feel brand new: blast from the past Philadephia soul group The Stylistics swing into town.
Vintage, artisan and designer-maker Christmas shopping, various locations, Fri 10 – Sun 12 Nov
Browse handmade stuff and soak up some Mediaeval festive spirit (and nosh) at the Christmas Artisan Market, Bishop’s Palace, Wells Fri 10–12 Nov; vintage stuff at Vintage Somerset’s Vintage and Retro Fair, also in Wells, Sat 11 Nov; and designer-maker stuff at the Somerset Collective’s Christmas pop-up At the Chapel in Bruton on Fri 10 Nov.
Goodbye Christopher Robin, Westlands, Sun 12–Mon 13 Nov
The story of AA Milne’s famous book and the effect it had on the son who inspired it – and it wasn’t all skipping through 100 acre wood without a care in the world.
Desert Island Discs Live: Michael Eavis, McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater, Weds 15 Nov
Could be interesting: the man behind Somerset’s – nay, the world’s – most iconic music festival reveals his favourite songs and talks about how they link to his life and the festival. With a live interpretation of each track by members of the Somerset Rural Youth project’s Rural Music Network.
Welsh National Opera, Bristol Hippodrome, Weds 15 – Sat 18 Nov
A couple of Russian-themed operas to celebrate the centenary of the Russian Revolution (how else will you be marking the occasion?) – Eugene Onegin and From the House of the Dead. They’re throwing in a bit of old Vienna, Die Fledermaus, too.
Shazia Mirza: With Love from St Tropez, Curzon Cinema & Arts, Clevedon, Fri 17 Nov
Award-winning stand up’s latest tour takes in Ankara, Zurich, San Francisco …and Clevedon (well impressed, you guys at the Curzon!). Her new show deals with lies, lies and more lies – the truth is so 1980s, right?
Bath on Ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, Fri 17 Nov – Tues 2 Jan
Outdoor ice skating – and glow in the dark mini golf – in the centre of Bath. Take the weight off your skates in the Moguls Alpine bar and cafe and scoff pizzas and fries (not chips, you notice).
A Judgement in Stone, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 20–Sat 25 Nov
Ruth Rendell’s classic whodunnit is in town, with a cast from TV, film – and a boy band. Read our review to find out who.
Romeo and Juliet, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 21–Sat 25 Nov
The English National Ballet won Outstanding Company at the 2016 National Dance Award, so we’re expecting great things from their version of their world’s greatest love story. Read our review.
Bronze Splendour with The Bakemonger, Frome Independent’s Night School, Frome Thurs 23 Nov
One-off course from Frome’s fabuloso cake artist Helen Bakunowicz, aka The Bakemonger. You’ll be making creating a ‘Bronze Splendour’ Christmas Cake (not the one above) and take it home all gift boxed and ready for your celebrations.
Bath Christmas Market, Thurs 23 Nov – Sun 10 Dec
If you like those continental Christmas markets, you’ll love the Bath version – 200 little chalets selling Christmassy stuff, with mulled wine to see you on your way.
NT Live: Follies (encore), The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 24 Nov
On the eve of the demolition of the crumbling Weismann Theatre, veteran Follies girls (including Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee) gather to drink, sing and lie about themselves, haunted by their ostrich-feathered younger incarnations. Stephen Sondheim’s witty, poignant musical comes to the stage at the National Theatre in London.
Hansel & Gretel, the egg, Bath, Sat 25 & Sun 26 Nov
CBeebies’ Patrick Lynch has adapted and performs in this brother and sister magical musical adventure.
Slava’s Snow Show, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 28 Nov–Sat 2 Dec
Saw this in London a few years back and several people around me were moved to tears by the poignant combination of mime, circus and sheer spectacle (I kept a stiff upper lip). The show, performed by a company of clowns led by Slava Polunin, Artistic Director of the St Petersburg Circus, has won more awards than there are stripes on Marcel Marceau’s t-shirt.