EXHIBITION: Extremely textiles, Black Swan Arts, Sat 1 – Sat 22 Dec
Nine local designer-makers creating textiles to hang on the wall, to sit on, to wear.
BOOZE: The Great British Gin Festival, Bath Pavilion, Bath, Sat 1 Dec
Over 100 different gins. Nuff said.
XMAS MARKET: Langport Christmas Fair & Fireworks, around the town, Sat 1 Dec
The small town with the big independent spirit decks itself out with fairy lights for its splendid Christmas Fair. From 2pm – 6pm, then a hog roast and fireworks besides the River Parrett.
XMAS FAIR: Etsy Made Local, Centrespace, Wells, Sat 1 Dec
Handmade, vintage Christmas shopping from Etsy’s online makers, designers and collectors.
XMAS: Curate your Christmas, Andelli Art, South Horrington, nr Wells, Sat 1 – Sat 22 Dec
No need to curate your Christmas, the people at Andelli Art have done it for you. 20th century and contemporary art, jewellery and homewares, including jewellery by Mags Maxwell and Penny Price, studio pottery by Jessie Alcaraz, throws by Howe farm blankets and bespoke Andelli Art candles (in cahoots with Cahn Aromatherapy). Prices from £25 to £1,500. Tues – Sat, 10am – 5pm.
EXHIBITION: On Paper: from the Arts Council Collection, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, Sat 1 Dec – Sun 17 Feb 2019
Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres and Eduardo Paolozzi are just some of the artists making artworks out of paper.
CINEMA: Fahrenheit 11/9, Curzon Cinema & Arts, Sun 2 Dec
As far removed from the John Lewis Christmas schmaltz as you can get: Michael Moore’s latest film on the state of US politics (Trump, gun violence…).
BALLET: Royal Ballet Live screening The Nutcracker, The Brewhouse, Taunton, and around Somerset, Mon 3 Dec
The next best thing to a seat in the ROH – a live screening. The official Christmas ballet is on at The Brewhouse in Taunton and various other venues around the county.
BOOKS: Jeanette Winterson’s Christmas Days, Christ Church, Bath, Weds 5 Dec
She’s reading from her new collection of yuletide yarns.
EXHIBITION: Deck the Halls – a winter flower festival, Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Fri 7 – Sun 10 Dec
Feast your eyes on the festive florals and demos by experts.
KIDS: The Tin Soldier, Bampfylde Hall, Hestercombe Gardens, nr Taunton, Sat 8 – Sun 9 Dec
Folksy Theatre’s take – actors, puppets and live music – on Hans Christian Anderson’s tale of the one-legged tin soldier who falls in love with a paper ballerina.
MARKET: Bath Christmas flea market, Green Park Station Bath, Sat 9 Dec
DJs spin the decks with retro music as you browse the retro stuff on the stalls – no matter if its raining; it’s a covered market.
XMAS: Luxury gift wrapping, Milsom Place, Bath, Mon 10 – Mon 24 Dec
Let the experts do your Christmas wrapping – in aid of Bath homeless charity, Julian House.
POP UP RESTAURANT: Christmas Supperclub Party, Sparkford Hall, nr Yeovil, Fri 14 Dec
With Christmas sharing plates (guinea fowl, gammon, wild mushroom Wellington), stacks of Christmas sticky chocolate Christmas brownies and brandy toffee sauce. £55 per head with discounts of 10% for tables of 10.
XMAS: St Catherine’s and Cheap Street Christmas pop ups, Frome, Sat 15 Dec
Independent shopping, workshops, music, food and drink until 7pm.
CABARET: Rosie’s No 1 Cabaret Show, Tithe Barn, Mells, Sat 15 Dec
The last time Rosie’s cabaret came to town (well, village), it caused cultural turmoil with posters being torn down or defaced. Eeek. Undeterred, the irrepressible Rosie returns, along with a pole dancer, a contortionist, tango dancers, ladies of Xanadu, comedians, a pair of monks, a sort of magician, a DJ and an opera singer. £25 includes glass of Champagne, canapes and minced pies. Proceeds to Frome charity ‘We Hear You’ cancer counselling.
CINEMA: Mary Poppins Returns, cinemas around Somerset, Fri 21 Dec
Forget Nanny McPhee – the original Supernanny is back. Julie Andrews couldn’t make it but the bloke with the worse Cockney accent ever, is – alongside Emily Blunt as the practically perfect MP.
DRAMA: Macbeth, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 27 Nov– Sat 8 Dec
Betrayal, corruption and abuse of power in a stonking National Theatre production of the Scottish play.
Christmas shows and pantos in Somerset Pantos, musicals, puppetry and adults only (yes!) – it’s the Muddy guide to Xmas shows on in Somerset and nearby. Oh not it isn’t… Oh yes it is…
Top 10 Christmas fairs and markets Get into the Crimbo spirit with mulled wine, minced pies and Muddy’s pick of the best festive markets and fairs in Somerset
Get your skates on! A slide around the best pop-up ice rinks in Somerset and beyond – and we’ve family skate tickets to give away to the biggest one of them all!
7 Autumn walks, jaunts (and pubs) Wrap up warm and get outside while the days are still crispy bright. Here are seven walks and jaunts with a cosy pub nearby