THEATRE: A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, until Sun 6 April
Hidden agendas, flawed relationships, wild self-abandonment– the course of true love never runs smooth. Mad, bad romance in a new and dynamic interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy. Read our review.
EXHIBITION: Sharmanka Travelling Circus, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, until Tues 7 May
Artist and inventor Eduard Bersudsky turns old furniture, metal scrap and grotesque carved figures into performing mechanical theatre (Sharmanka is Russian for barrel organ); a humorous and slightly macabre experience.
PARTY: The Litton, nr Wells, Fri 1 March
Pull on your flares and platforms! You can dance, you can jive and have the time of your life at a 70s themed party to celebrate the 2nd birthday of the Best Destination Pub in the Muddy Awards 2018. ABBA tribute band, LED dance floor, retro cocktails, canapes and disco-themed metre-high birthday cake.
THEATRE: Crimes on the Nile, Tacch-Morris Centre, Taunton, Fri 1 & Sat 2 March
Agatha Christie-inspired comedy whodunnit with lascivious lawyers, fastidious physicians, feuding femme fatales and, bien sûr, a Belgian detective.
FASHION: Anthropologie warehouse sale, Kilver Court, Fri 1 – Sun 3 March
The quirky American brand – homewares, fashion and accessories – all with up to 70% off. Race you!
TALK: War Doctor: David Nott, Toppings Books, Bath, Fri 1 March
The surgeon who’s spent much of the past 25 years carrying out life saving ops in war zones is totally awesome. Get yourself over to Toppings pronto.
THEATRE: Richard III, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Fri 1 March – Sat 13 April
Tom Mothersdale (Peaky Blinders, The Glass Menagerie) as Shakespeare’s iconic villain in a production from the Royal & Derngate, Northampton and the Oxford Playhouse. Read our review.
MUSIC: S Club and 5ive, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Sat 2 March
Still love ’90s bubblegum pop? 5ive and S Club (formally S Club 7) will bring it all back – and more of their top 20 hits – over in Frome.
TALK: Satire, Politics and Cartoons with The Guardian’s Martin Rowson, The Ebenezer, The Seed Factory, Aller, Sat 2 March
The well-known cartoonist talks about caricature, satire and cartooning across 35,000 years of history from cave art to Hogarth and Gillray. Soup supper and wine £15. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
VINTAGE: Vintage Somerset Fair Town Hall, Market Place, Wells, Sat 2 March
Old stuff – vintage clothes, vinyl, gifts, accessories, jewellery, toys, books, collectables, kitchenalia and more – and new stuff that looks good next to old stuff from artisan designer-makers-producers.
MARKET: The Frome Independent, Frome, Sun 3 March
The massive street market – craftspeople, designers, makers, food producers and vintage traders – makes its first appearance of the year.
THEATRE: Rebus: Long Shadows, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 4 – Sat 9 March
Ian Rankin’s famous detective on stage for the first time. When the daughter of a murder victim appears outside his flat, the now retired ‘tec is back on the case. With Ron Donachie (Rebus in the BBC radio dramatisations and Deputy Chief Inspector Gunner in the TV Rebus), Cathy Tyson and John Stahl.
COMEDY: Alan Carr: work in progress show, Merlin Theatre, Weds 6 March
The chatty man tries out his new material, with support from Angela Barnes.
DANCE: Richard Alston Dance Company, The Octagon, Yeovil, Thurs 7 March
New works from one of the UK’s most influential choreographer Sir Richard Alston (he was awarded a knighthood in the 2019 Honours List). The company’s closing in 2020, so don’t miss out.
WORKSHOP: Hats and headdresses workshop, VV Rouleaux, Bath, Fri 8 March
Two-hour workshop showing how to make a stunning hat or fascinator using couture flowers, swooning feathers, and gorgeous trims in 100 colours.
KIDS: Little Gift, the egg, Bath, Fri 8 – Mon 11 March
An old soul is happy living alone but one day a surprise visitor plants a little seed of hope. A story about friendship and loneliness, told with puppets, original music and song. Suitable 3–7.
VINTAGE: Bath Decorative Arts Fair, Bath Pavilion, Fri 8 – Sun 10 March
Dozens of dealers from the UK and Europe will be filling the Bath Pavilion with their gorgeous furniture, artworks, household objets, jewellery – and more – for the 30th year running.
ART: Figures and Faces, Andelli Art, South Horrington, nr Wells, Sat 9 – Fri 5 April
Contemporary and 20th century artists’ fascination with the human form using a wide range of styles, mediums and techniques. From the powerful, troubling beauty in the paintings of Justin Mortimer and Phil Hale, the realism of Daniel Sequeira, to the symbolic and devotional imagery of Leslie Glenn Dahmus. And it’s all for sale. Tues to Sat, 10am – 6pm.
VINTAGE: The Giant Flea, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sun 10 March
A couple of hundred stalls or more selling antiques, vintage and junk.
THEATRE: Stones in his Pocket, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 11 – Sat 16 March
Hollywood film studio descends on a rural Irish village to make a historical blockbuster on location. Winner of Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Comedy.
THEATRE: Falling, Tacci-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Tues 12 March
Alice pops out to fetch some apples from the shed and disappears down a hole that’s suddenly appeared on the lawn. A mother and daughter relationship, life’s frailty and our sense of security. Eek. From the Exeter-based Theate Alibi.
FILM: Bohemian Rhapsody, The Queens Arms, Corton Denham, Tues 12 March
Enjoy an Oscar winning performance, a meal and a pint of local ale or glass of wine at one of Somerset’s best pubs. Booking essential: 01963 220317
DANCE: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 12 March
Must-see iconic ballet with male swans all round: thrilling, audacious, witty, heart-wrenching. Read our interview with the show’s star Max Westall.
FASHION: Spring Sale, Waller & Wood, Bath, Thurs March 14
Wearable art: unique dresses, jackets, scarves from a textile designer inspired by the city of Bath. Go see ‘Grit’, Carole Waller’s new Spring collection. Send Carole an email via her website (below) and she’ll send you an invite to the launch party.
MUSIC: Beth Orton, Cheese & Grain Frome, Thurs 14 March
The clubbing scene’s ‘comedown queen’, Brit Award winner (Best British Female Artist) Beth Orton bridges the gap between folk and electronica.
FASHION: The Somerset Stylists: Fashion House Party, Sparkford Hall, nr Yeovil, Fri 15 March
Vintage, pre-loved and bespoke fashion brands dotted around the main hall, library and upstairs in the glorious bedrooms and bathrooms of this Somerset mansion. DJ, bar and food with room to party after you’ve shopped. Come to buy or to sell.
MUSIC: Sara, Deborah and Friends, Fri 15 March at the Ilminster Arts Centre & Sat 16 March, at CICCC Taunton
Part of the classical music Concerts in the West 2019 series, violinist Sara Deborah Timossi, cellist Lucy Scotchmer and Johan Löfving on theorbo (that whopping great big lute) play chamber music by the likes of Paganini and Mozart.
OUTDOORS: West of England Game Fair, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sat 16 & Sun 17 March
Huntin’, shootin’, fishin’ stuff all weekend. Buy, try, watch, eat, drink.
ART: A Life in Colour: the Art of Doris Hatt, Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Sat 16 March – Sat 29 June
Somerset feminist, socialist and pioneer of British modernism, Doris Hatt’s landscapes – including Clevedon, Watchet, East Quantoxhead and Wedmore – portraits and still lifes from the 1920s to 1970s. Entry: pay what you think.
EXHIBITION: British Tattoo Art Revealed, MShed, Bristol, Sat 16 March – Sun 16 June
To tattoo or not to tattoo isn’t really the question, with one in five of Brits now inked. I mean, even David Dimbleby’s got one. With over 400 original artworks, photos and historic artefacts, this is the UK’s biggest exhibition showcasing the heritage of tattooing as an art form.
OUTDOORS: The Bath Half, around the city, Sun 17 March
The two lap, 13.1 mile run is the largest charity fundraiser in the South West.
PLANTS: Rare plant fair, The Bishop’s Palace, Sun 17 March
Make your neighbours green with envy with unusual stuff they won’t have.
MUSIC: 10 CC, Bristol Hippodrome, Sun 17 March
Relive your teens?
OUTDOORS: Stock car and banger racing, Smeathorpe, Sun 17 March
Cover your ears as old bangers screech, smash and lose their wheels around a racetrack on a disused aerodrome – then watch them hammered back into shape ready for the next race. A strangely exhilarating day out. Kids go free if you print off a voucher beforehand.
COMEDY: The Showing Off Must Go On: Ardal O’Hanlon, Komedia, Bath, Sun 17 March
O’Hanlon (Father Ted, Death in Paradise) saddles up his high horse and rides into the culture wars in his brand new stand up show.
THEATRE: Glengarry Glen Ross, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 18 – Sat 23 March
David Mamet’s modern classic about what four Chicago salesmen will do – legal or otherwise – to sell the most real estate.
THEATRE: Annie, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 19 – Sat 23 March
The sun’ll come out tomorrow when ‘Enders star Anita Dobson stars as Miss Hannigan in the UK tour of the smash hit.
MUSIC: Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Tues 19 March
Award-winning West Country husband and wife folk duo introduce their fifth album Personae.
WALK: Step into Spring, Newton St Loe, nr Bath, Tues 19 March
Meet at noon at the Newton Farm Shop for a seven-mile guided walk, taking in rolling hills, hidden valleys, streams and beautiful old stone cottages and villages, then back for tea and cake. £15. Not suitable for kids. Book in the shop, email email@example.com or call 01225 873707.
THEATRE: Touching the Void, Bristol Old Vic, Tues 19 – Sat 23 March
Gruelling tale of life and near death on the mountainside. Based on the award-winning memoir by Joe Simpson.
MUSIC: Miranda Sykes – Behind the Wall 2019, Chapel Arts Centre, Bath, Thurs 21 March
Acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ with her one woman, one bass, one guitar show asking what it means to be human today and where will our actions take us?
MUSIC: Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival, Fri 22 – Sun 24 March
Free and ticketed concerts, dancing, jam sessions and masterclasses. See the full programme.
JEWELLERY: Eleanor Christine Jewellery Spring Studio Sale, The Coach House, Frome, Fri 22 – Sat 23 March
Your chance to nab a piece of beautiful jewellery handmade by Ellie Swinhoe, Best Jeweller in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2018, at a reduced price. Work by other artisan designer-makers too: Hirsch & Kirsch leather bags and accessories, Tin City recycled alters, diorama and jewellery and Nicky Knowles’ insect illustrations.
OUTDOORS: 10k run, Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Sun 24 March
Up and down and roundabout the tracks and trails of Tyntesfield, with views across the valley that will take your breath away even if the two 5k loops don’t.
THEATRE: The Bodyguard, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 26 March – Sat 6 April
Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Based on the flick of the same name. Read our review.
COMEDY: Bath Comedy Festival, various venues around Bath, Tues 26 March – Sun 14 April
Giggle your way around the city. 150 shows including Rory Bremner, Julian Clary, Henning Wehn. See full programme here.
WINE: Taste wines of Hungary, The Square Club, Clifton, Bristol, Thurs 28 March
Sip six undiscovered Hungarian wines and chomp on cheese to go with. With award-winning wine writer Ben Franks.
MUSIC: The Stranglers, O2 Academy, Bristol, Thurs 28 March
The punks are back on the tracks.
KIDS: The Tiger Who Came to Tea, The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, Thurs 28 – Fri 29 March
From the West End to Weston-s-M. Sophie and her mum have a surprise visitor. Suitable 3+
FASHION: Paul Smith warehouse sale, Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet, Fri 29 – Sun 31 March
Get yourself togged up with PS clobber, up to 70% off.
MUSIC: The Levellers, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Sat 30 March
Once the most popular indie band in the land, the folk rockers rock on.
VINTAGE: Antiques & Collectors Fair, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sat 30 & Sun 31 March
Haven’t got enough junk already? Head over to this massive antiques and collectables fair, with 600+ stands.
THEATRE: Spies Like Us –Woyzeck, The Loco Klub, Bristol, Sat 30 & Sun 31 March
A new underground arts venue beneath the passenger shed at Temple Meads is the venue for this innovative physical theatre company’s production about a young soldier – Franz Woyzeck – grappling with a fragmented mind and sinking deeper and deeper below the surface of reality. Based on Büchner’s drama, the show collected Voice Magazine‘s Pick of the Fringe and Theatre Weekly‘s Best Physical Theatre at Edinburgh last year.
OUTDOORS: Yeovil Half marathon, Yeovil, Sun 31 March
Starts and ends in the town centre with the countryside sandwiched inbetween.
COMEDY: Nish Kumar: It’s in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves, Westlands, Yeovil, Sun 31 March
No stranger to TV The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo, HIGNFY – and more, now you can see him on your doorstep somehow drawing laughs out of the theme of mankind’s propensity for self-destruction (the title is taken from Terminator).