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JULY 2019

THEATRE: Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Mon 1 & Tues 2 July

A unique chance to see the Touring Ensemble from Shakespeare’s Globe, the reconstruction of Shakespeare’s original Globe Theatre on the banks of the River Thames in London, in Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors and Pericles. Just wow.

thebrewhouse.net

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INTERIORS: Myakka sale, Wincanton & online, Mon 1 – Sun 28 July

Clockwise from top left: Samba Embroidered Round Pouffe was £119 now £59; Vatika Garden Bench was £339 now £239; monkey pod wood Surin Spiral Table was £139 now £69; Savari Drinks Cabinet was £399 now £239.

The handcrafted, fair trade furniture and deco store are having their summer sale, with up to 50 percent on stuff for the home and garden. We’ve got our eye on their gorgeous cotton canvas pouffes handmade in Jaipur.

myakka.co.uk

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ART: Summer Exhibition, Emma Rose Artworks, Bath, Tues July 2 – Tues 30 July

Summer Spray, 60xm x 60cm

Abstract and impressionist paintings, limited edition Giclée prints and cards – all embracing the summer. Emma uses Indian inks, acrylics and occasionally gold/copper/silver leaf in her joyful artworks. This will be her last exhibition at 78 Walcot Street. From now on she’ll be working – and taking commissions – from Knight’s Studio in Wellow, six miles south of Bath and continuing to exhibit all over the West Country and London.

emmaroseartworks.com

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THEATRE: Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love stories), Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Tues 2 – Sat 13 July

The phenomenal Kneehigh’s witty, wonderful and weird reworking of John Gay’s musical satire The Beggar’s Opera. Read our review.

bristololdvic.org.uk

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OUTDOORS: Pizza and Music Night, Hestercombe Gardens, Weds 3 & 10 July

Wood-fired pizza, the gardens after hours and live music emanating from within the trees they say.

hestercombe.com

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MUSIC: Edward Leaker Trio, The Swan, Wedmore, Thur 4 July

Scoff to the sound of the sax. Edward Leaker’s played The Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, The Royal Albert Hall in London, The 100 Club in London and twice for The Queen. Now it’s your turn at the Swan’s Jazz Night Dinner.

theswanwedmore.com

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COMEDY: Dr Phil Hammond, Komedia, Bath, Thurs 4 July

NHS specialist, Private Eye journo, campaigner and comedian Dr Phil Hammond with his two Edinburgh Fringe shows.

komediabath.co.uk

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FOOD: Supper nights, Kitchen at Jordans Courtyard, Fri 5 July

The popular Kitchen is opening Friday eves from now on – eat out on their terrace if it’s warm.

jordanscourtyard.co.uk

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FESTIVAL: Frome Festival, venues around Frome, Fri 5 July – Sun 14 July

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of JW Singer (iconic statue maker, Justice on top of the Old Bailey is one of his), the festival of arts includes the Food Feast, the Hidden Gardens, Open Studios, Scouting for Girls, DJ superstar Judge Jules, The Coral, Jethro, the Miracle Theatre and The Drifters in a post-festival encore.  Full programme here.

fromefestival.co.uk

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FOOD: Indian Supper, Newton Farm, Newton St Loe, Fri 5 July

Three course feast, with sharing starters, then Karahi Gosht (a lamb dish),  Tandoori spiced monkfish or spinach & lentil dahl and Indian puds. From 7pm. £35 p/p. To book, pop into the farm shop cafe, call Rachel on 01225 873707 option 1 or email cafe@newtonfarmfoods.co.uk

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FESTIVAL: The Newt Beer & Music, North Newton nr Bridgwater,  Fri 5 – Sun 7 July

Boney M and as much cider, beer and grub as you can manage.

newtfest.com

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WEDDINGS: Sale at Sassi Holford, Taunton, Sat 6 – Sat 13 July

L to R: Aria, Allegra, Gwen, Astrid

British Bridalwear Designer of the Year 2018, Sassi Holford, is holding a one-week sale at the shop at 6 The Bridge, Taunton TA1 1UG.  With up to 70% off gorgeous wedding dresses by Sassi, Pronovias, Eliza Jane Howell, Maggie Sottero and Romantica of Devon. By appointment only, call 01823 256308 or email taunton@sassiholdford.com.

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ADULT CIRCUS: Cirque du Vulgar, Salthouse Fields, Clevedon, Sat 6 July

Circus for grown-ups, with strip-tease routines, electrifying daredevil stunts, filthy comedy, nipple-tassels and naughty aerial acts, alluring hula-hoops and sexy strong men. Oh er missus.

cirquevulgar.com

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PARTY: Charity Ball, Haselbury Mill, nr Crewkerne, Sat 6 July

Dance your socks off, scoff and quaff and raise money for a good cause: Children’s Hospice & Baby Basics South Somerset.

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MARKET: The Frome Independent, Frome, Sun 7 July

The massive street market – craftspeople, designers, makers, food producers and vintage traders – spread around the streets of Frome.

thefromeindependent.org.uk

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FOOD:  Social Sunday at The Olive Tree, Bath,  Sun 7 July

Bath’s only Michelin restaurant will be offering a three-course Sunday lunch with a glass of champagne, paired wines with each course and coffee and petit fours to finish, as part of Social Sunday, a national initiative started by Michelin chef Jason Atherton to raise funds for charity Hospitality Action. No charge for the meal but £50pp donation to the charity please. To book, call 01225 447928 or email reservations@thequeensberry.co.uk

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THEATRE: Ferment Fortnight, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Mon 8 – Sat 20 July

The bi-annual work-in-progress fest showcasing some of the most exciting artists and companies across the South West.

bristololdvoc.org.uk

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FASHION: Frome Festival Fashion Show, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Tues 9 July

Photo Chris Bailey

Clobber from local shops and designers on the catwalk, in aid of charity Dorothy House, Frome Festival and the Cheese & Grain.

cheeseandgrain.com

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THEATRE: Calendar Girls – the Musical, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 9 – Sat 20 July

The WI get their kit off.  Based on a true story, the real calendar girls have raised £5millon for the Bloodwise cancer charity.

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FESTIVAL: NASS, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Thurs 11 – Sun 14 July

Skateboards, BMX, street art and music come together. Your teens will love it.

nassfestival.com

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FESTIVAL: Wells Theatre Festival, Thurs 11 – Sun 14 July

Something for everyone – drama, comedy, spoken word, family – and big names like Imogen Stubbs and Susannah Harker at the city’s second theatre fest.

wellstheatrefestival.org

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OPERA: Welsh National Opera’s Don Pasquale, The Octagon, Yeovil, Thurs 11 July

Andrew Shore, Don-Pasquale. Photo Robert Workman

An old bachelor is outwitted by young lovers in Donizetti’s comic opera, set in and around a doner kebab van.

octagon-theatre.co.uk

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MUSIC: Live in Somerset, Vivary Park, Taunton, Fri 12 – Sun 14 July

Fab line up over three days: Sir Tom Jones, Madness, Bananarama, Aswad, Jason Donovan, Doctor and the Medics and Hazell Dean.

lcclive.co.uk

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FOOD: Dorset Street Food Festival, Lyme Regis, Fri 12 – Sat 14 July

From Thai to toasties – street food and drink from around the world for meat eaters to vegans and everyone in between. Free but register to enter the draw to win an hot pepper sauce Encona Taste Explorer pack and street food meal plus cocktails for four.

streetfoodwarehouse.co.uk

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THEATRE: Pride and Prejudice, Montacute House,  Montacute, Fri 12 July

The critically acclaimed open air touring theatre company, The Pantaloons, bring Jane Austen’s tale of scandals, scoundrels and severely sprained ankles to Somerset.

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FESTIVAL: Wonder Fields, Great Fulford Estate, Dunsford, nr Exeter, Fri 12 – Mon 15 July

Fat party vibes, family fun, outdoorsy japes and all sorts of escapades. Music spans folk, reggae, electro, swing and more, with DJ Yoda and Too Many Zoos.

wonderfields.co.uk

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FESTIVAL: Priddy Folk Festival, Priddy, nr Wells, Fri 12 – Sun 14 July

The friendly folk fest reaches its 28th year, with concerts, ceilidh and clog dancers in  village of Priddy, up on the Mendip Hills.

priddyfolk.org

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FESTIVAL: Somerstock, Somerton, Sat July 13

Cripes, Toploader coming to headline at a new music fest on Somerton Rec. Part of the week-long Somerton Arts Festival, with three stages, kids corner, food, bar and food etc, all in support of St Margaret’s Hospice, with Mr Eavis opening the event.

somerstock.com

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FAMILY: Hauser & Wirth Somerset’s Summer Party, Bruton, Sat 13 & Sun 14 July

Photo Vincent Evans

Live music, a vintage fairground, all sorts of activities and workshops for the whole family, plus a wood-fired feast from the Roth Bar & Grill’s Outdoor Kitchen and a plethora of local produce. Yum. £5, under 12s free and all proceeds to Bruton Primary School PSA.

hauserandwirth.com

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FAMILY: Kids’ Comedy Weekender, HUBnub, Frome, Sat 13 & Sun 14 July

Does what it says on the tin. Award-winning shows for kids and their grown-ups involving moon baboons, oversized veg, beat boxes and kids taking over the world.

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FAMILY: Family Morning, Hidden Woods, Farleigh Woods,  nr Frome, Sun 14 July

Rope swings, mud kitchens, bushcraft, campfire cooking, singing and free range play for families with younger kids (toddlers up to around 10) in an 80-acre woodland activity centre. 10am– 12.30pm. It’s great fun – review to follow.

hiddenwoods.co.uk

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FASHION: A day of colour, Waller & Wood, Bath, Mon 15 July

Learn how colour works with your personality and skin tone with experienced colour consultant Annabel Czyba.  Call Carole Waller on 07803 033629 to book a 30-min personal appointment or to join them at 6pm for a glass of prosecco.

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THEATRE: Amélie The Musical, Bristol Old Vic, Tues 16 – Sat 20 July

Pamela Raith Photography

The first musical adaption of the five-time Oscar nominated film about the imaginative and shy girl with a gift for helping others.

bristololdvic.org.uk

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WELLBEING: Buddhafield Festival, Blackdown Hills, Weds 17 – Sun 21 July

Song, dance, arts and crafts, yoga, live music, meditation, Buddhist teaching, workshops and ritual, under sun and stars – but no booze.

buddhafield.com

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COMEDY: The Laughter Tree, The Wheatsheaf, Combe Hay, nr Bath, Thurs 18 July

Comedian Jared Christmas hosts an al fresco night of stand-up with names from the international comedy circuit.

popupcomedy.org

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THEATRE: Uncle Vanya, Theatre Royal Bath, Thurs 18 July – Sat 3 August

Photo William Baker

Rupert Everett directs and stars in David Hare’s new version of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya: a hat trick I’d say.

theatreroyal.org.uk

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FESTIVAL: Larmer Tree Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, Wed 18 July – Sat 21 July

A bigger line up than ever with The Cat Empire, KT Tunstall, Kate Tempest and Jack Savoretti. Activities, family fun and live events.

Larmertreefestival.co.uk

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THEATRE: Frankenstein, Fyne Court, Fri 19 July

Viktor Frankenstein creates his monster in the open air in the fabulous Illyria theatre company’s musical version of Mary Shelley’s novel. Also on at Glastonbury Abbey Sat 28 July.

illyria.co.uk

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FAMILY: School’s Out Adventure Camp, Westermill Farm, Exford, Fri 19 – Sun 21 July

Come for the day or the weekend (tents provided). Archery, axe throwing, tree climbing, mountain boarding and a Bogsticle course on Saturday. Explore the area on Sunday (bikes for hire). Day £35/pp; weekend camping for 5 from £75.

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FESTIVAL: Godney Gathering, Garslade Farm, Glastonbury,  Sat 20 July

One-day micro fest with The Feeling, Dreadzone, The Bottom Live and Buster Shuffle, silent disco, comedy/cabaret and stuff for kids.

thegodneygathering.com

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ART: A Summer of Sound, Black Swan Arts and other venues around Frome, Sat 20 July – Sat 1 Sept

Beautiful,  intriguing art inspired by and using sound with exhibitions, installations, workshops, performances, sound walks and talks.

listensound.art.org.uk

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SCIENCE: In the Steps of Apollo 3D, We the Curious, Bristol, Sat 20 July onwards

On the 5oth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a new musical show about the big cheese and the legacy of the lunar landing, with a talk by Debbie Ireland, Curator of the Royal Photographic Society exhibition Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond. 16+

wethecurious.org

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EXHIBITION: Wild Hares and Hummingbirds, Museum of Somerset, Sat 20 July – Sat 26 Oct

Discover the county’s animals, plants and birds in this family-friendly exhibition based on the book of the same name by Stephen Moss, one of Britain’s leading natural history writers, broadcasters and wildlife television producers, and illustrator Stephanie Cole.

swheritage.org.uk

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ART: Wells Art Contemporary 2019, Wells Cathedral, Sat 2o July – Sun 11 August

Heron by Olivia Sanders

1,800 entries have been whittled down to just 96 in the international open art competition.

wellsartcontemporary.co.uk

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FAMILY: Stone Age Summer, Cheddar Gorge & Caves, Sat 20 July – Sat 1 Sept

Relive the Stone Age in Somerset’s pre-historic caves. Learn about Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest most complete skeleton discovered in Gough’s Cave. Discover the story of early man via the Dreamhunters multimedia experience. Dress up as Stone Age person, make thumb clay pots and brass rubbings of a woolly mammoth. See original artefacts and meet a hunter-gatherer.

cheddargorge.co.uk

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ART: RE-FORMATION, Heritage Courtyard Gallery & Studios and The Bishop’s Palace, Wells,  Mon 22 July – Sun 6 October

Clockwise from top left: Georgina glass sculptures by Carole Waller; Plastic Angel by Heather Wallace; The Negligible Things Beneath your Feet by Martin Cody; Jazz Garden by Rod Walker

The acclaimed art gallery is showcasing 25 of Somerset and the West Country’s finest contemporary artists and makers in ‘Re-formation’, an exhibition of painting, drawing, ceramics, moving image, collage, textiles, installation, print making, glass, mosaic and more.  Also on the bill, a talk by renowned print maker and mural artist Philippa Threlfall, a panel-led discussion hosted by sculptor Martin Cody, an evening reception and a concert by Jenny Bliss and Yair Avidor with The Amphion Consort. Should keep everyone busy.

heritagecourtyardstudio.com

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FOOD: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Eastfield, Tintinhull, Tues 23 July

Splendiferous afternoon tea: sarnies (smoked salmon and cucumber, caramelised pear, curried egg mayo, cheese & ham, walnut & blue cheese in rosemary brioche), herby sausage rolls, choc and vanilla scones, mini meringue pies, triple choc brownies, apple tarts and more. You can stop drooling now. A Steve James pop up.  £2o adults; £13 kids.

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CINEMA: Cinema Rediscovered, Watershed, Bristol, Thurs 25 – Sun 28 July

Film buffs: over 4o events including digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities from around the world, like Notorious and Une Femme Douce and guests Terrence Davis, Mike Hodges and more.

See the full programme.

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FESTIVAL: Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Lulworth, Thurs 25 – Sun 28 July

The super child-friendly alternative to Bestival, this one has loads to keep little people happy while you empty that box of wine. Human League, Chic, Jess Glynne are playing, with Sara Cox, Annie Mac and Spice Girl Mel C on DJ duties.

campbestivalnet

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FESTIVAL: Farmfest, Gilcombe Farm, nr Bruton, Thurs 25 – Sat 27 July

Pocket-sized festival showcasing emerging and established genre-defying artists, with comedy, kids’ discos, chill time workshops and theatrical wig-outs. Morcheeba, Craig Charels, James Holden & The Animal Spirits, Portico Quartet and over 100 more.

farmfest.co.uk

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FESTIVAL: Womad, Charlton Park, Malmesbury,  Thurs 25 – Sun 28 July

Founded by Peter Gabriel in 1980 this fest still stands out.  Acts include Ziggy Marley, Orbital and Anna Calvi – there’s always a feel-good offering of global culture with large side dish of happy vibes.

womad.co.uk

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FOOD: Somerset Street Food Festival 2019, The Italian Gardens, Weston-super-Mare, Fri 26 – Sun 28 July

The touring collective Street Food Warehouse are coming to Somerset.  Super sushi, beautiful bao buns, creamy mac and cheese, more-ish Morrocan, Mexican and Malaysian, crunchy churros – all washed down with ice cold beer, mojitos and more.  Grub for carnivores, pescatarians, vegans, veggies and gluten-free.

streetfoodwarehouse.co.uk

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PARTY: The Shatwell Summer Party,  Shatwell Farmyard, Yarlington, Sat 27 July

This sounds intriguing. Belgian architects and self-proclaimed militant faction Traumnovelle will transform the farmyard into a fictional landscape bringing together the day-to-day life of the farm and Drawing Matter’s collection of architectural drawings. Food by Lucas Hollweg and live music from Three Cane Whale.

drawingmatter.org

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