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Frome Independent, around Frome, Sun 1 Sept

The massive street market – craftspeople, designers, makers, food producers and vintage traders – is one of the best in the UK.


Trying It On, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Tues 3 – Sat 7 Sept

Playwright David Edgar confronts his 20-year self in 1968, the year of the Paris student revolt, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Enoch Powell’s “rivers of blood” speech, and the ongoing war in Vietnam.


Unicorns, Almost, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Tues 3 – Sat 7 Sept

The poignant story of tormented and largely forgotten war poet and soldier Keith Douglas, who died at the age of 24,  just three days after the D-Day Normandy landings.


Gin Tasting, Trading Post Farm Shop, Lopenhead, nr South Petherton, Thurs 5 Sept

Over 30 (yes, I’m impressed, too) different locally distilled gins with 10% off all bottles purchased on the night (hic). 6.30–8.30pm.

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Edward Leaker Trio, The Swan, Wedmore, Thurs 5 Sept

Scoff nice nosh to the sound of a sax at the gastro pub’s Jazz Night Dinner. 7.30pm.


Pick your own apples, West Bradley Orchards, West Bradley, nr Glastonbury, Fri 6 – Sun 8 Sept

The first of three pick your own weekends in September: fill your boots (or bags) with 15 varieties of eating and cooking apples. Bring a picnic and make a day of it.


The Man in the White Suit, Theatre Royal Bath, Fri 6 – Sat 21 Sept

When Sidney Stratton develops a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out, manufacturers and trades unions are terrified by the threat it poses to their industry and their jobs until the mill owner’s daughter Daphne falls in love with Sid and has an idea.  Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Green Wing), Kara Tointon (Mr Selfridge, EastEnders) and Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Brookside) in world premiere stage adaptation of the classic Ealing Studios comedy.


Yesterday, Salthouse Fields, Clevedon, Fri 6 Sept

Open air screening of the feelgood hit of the summer where the only person in the world who remembers The Beatles and their songs, passes them off as his own. In aid of the Curzon’s leaky roof.


Pride and Prejudice* (* sort of), Bristol Old Vic, Sat 7 – Sat 28 Sept

Rip-roaring and irreverent. Not words usually associated with Jane Austen. This all women-adaptation sounds brilliant. Watch this space for our review.


BODY:art, Black Swan Guild, Round Tower (Black Swan Arts), Frome, Sat 7 Sept – Sun 6 Oct

Fascinating exhibition curated by jewellery designer-maker Ellie Swinhoe with work by members of the Black Swan Guild and guests. The show explores themes around the body and body adornment and use of the body in art – like Ellie’s own pieces (above) which were inspired by the 17th century ‘lover’s eyes’, miniatures depicting a loved one’s eyes, worn as pendants, rings, broaches and bracelets.


Disney’s The Lion King, Bristol Hippodrome, Sat 7 Sept – Sat 23 Nov

The first Disney animation with an original story (and more than a few passing resemblances to Hamlet) on stage with a cast from around the world.



Rare Plant Fair, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sun 8 Sept

Gardening one-upmanship: stock up on unusual plants from over 20 of the South West’s specialist nurseries.


Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas, venues around Somerset, Tues 10 Sept

As The Testaments – sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale – is released, see author Margaret Atwood in conversation and readings from the new book by special guests broadcast live to a host of participating cinemas.

Find a cinema near you


Fleabag: NT Live, venues around Somerset, Thurs 12 Sept

Tickets for the West End run of Fleabag were hotter than Andrew Scott’s priest and sold out in minutes but you can still catch Phoebe Waller-Bridge doing her monologue of the dysfunctional 30-something beamed live from Soho Theatre on 12 Sept. Find your local screening on the link below but be quick, they’re selling out fast. Some cinemas are doing encore screenings.

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Sky Safari, Longleat, nr Warminster, Fri 13 – Sun 15 Sept

Over 150 hot air balloons – including Simbaloo the lion and Adelaide the koala – soar into the sky in one of Europe’s biggest balloon fests, by day and by night. Included in a day ticket to Longleat.


Crimes on the Coast, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Fri 13 & Sat 14 Sept

Frome’s first professional touring company starts its inaugural tour on its home patch with a comedy thriller inspired by Agatha Christie, Noel Coward and PG Wodehouse. When a femme fatale comes to a sticky end at a secluded island hotel, all the guests are suspects.


Jason Rebello, Strode Theatre, Street, Sun 15 Sept

Thrilling improv and beautiful tunes from a superb jazz pianist who won most of the major jazz awards in his 2os, toured with Sting and Jeff Beck and won best new CD in 2016 British Jazz Awards.


International Garden Photographer of the Year 2019, Hestercombe Gardens, Weds 18 Sept – Weds 20 Nov

Photo Jonathan Need

Around 20,000 entries from around the world whittled down to 40 winning images in the International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition on display near the orchards of Hestercombe’s Grade 1 landscape and gardens. In association with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.


The Barber of Seville, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, Weds 18 Sept – Sat 5 Oct

Rossini’s famous comic opera, a prequel to The Marriage of Figaro,  with recognisable tunes sung in English by Opera Project –and a stonking set of wigs.


Jack Dee: Off the Telly, Westlands, Yeovil, Thurs 19 Sept

Last few tix available to see Mr Grumpy.


Boyzlife, Komedia, Bath, Thurs 19 Sept

A sort of musical BOGOF: Brian McFadden (Westlife) and Keith Duffy (Boyzone) and their multiple hits – over 55 million record sales between them – come together in Boyzlife.


Frisky and Mannish: Poplab, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset, Fri 20 Sept

In this feel-good comedy music show Frisky and Mannish perform ‘scientific’ pop-song mash-ups, not least intersecting Ed Sheeran with multiple other musical genres. It’s the sort of thing that’s been done often before but never as well – these guys can seriously sing. Muddy Sussex caught the show at Edinburgh Fringe where it got a standing ovation. £17 for adults, £10 for under 25s.


The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah, Strode Theatre, Street, Sat 21 Sept

The life and works of the Rastafarian poet on his first tour in eight years.


Pop-up dining, Kimber’s Farm Shop, nr Wincanton, Sat 21 Sept

Glass of fizz and canapes in the brand new Pickers Wine Shop in the Trading Barn followed by a delish three-course dinner in the Kitchen. £35/pp. Booking essential: or call 07516 990075.


Family Fun Open Day, Balance, The Countryside Gym, Timsbury, nr Bath, Sat 21 Sept

The small (but getting bigger) and perfectly formed gym is holding an open day to celebrate the launch of their new yoga studio. Yoga demos, Thai yoga massage, sports clothes fashion show, food, drink, stalls and a kids’ area. 2pm – 6pm.

More info


Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2019, around Somerset, Sat 21 Sept – Sun 6 Oct

Exhibitions – including Back to the Future IV at Andelli Art (above) – workshops, talks, films and installations involving over 300 artists in some 135 different locations, including Shepton Mallet Prison.


Doug Allan: Wild Images, Wild Life, The Octagon, Yeovil, Sat 21 Sept

Multi award-winning wildlife cameraman who’s filmed in the world’s most remote and extreme environments reveals the answer to that nagging question ‘do your eyeballs freeze at minus 50?’ and shows some darned good pix.


Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ+ Histories, Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester, Dorset,  Sat 21 Sept – Sun 17 Nov

The British Museum’s touring exhibition comes to the West Country via the Ashmolean.


Richard Twose: Experiments with Flying, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, Sat 21 Sept – Sun 24 Nov

The famous artist living near Bath puts acrobats from the CircoMedia Bristol to the test in this selling show.


Family Morning, Hidden Woods, between Frome and Bath, Sun 22 Sept

Woodland fun for families with young kids: natural crafts, games, camp fire cooking, mud kitchen, singing, free-range play or maybe just relaxing by the fire.


Posh, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 23 – Sat 28 Sept

Photo Photographic Techniques

Oh how very timely: a revival of Laura Wade’s critically acclaimed drama about the inner workings of Oxford’s prestigious, private, gentleman’s dining society The Riot Club, inspired by the infamous Bullingdon Club. Outnumbered/Cuckoo‘s Tyger Drew-Honey is one of the toffs.


TRIBE: Still I Rise, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Tues 24 Sept

Visceral and raw contemporary dance inspired by the poem by Maya Angelou.


An Evening with Sir Bradley Wiggins, Bath Forum, Bath, Wed 25 Sept

Britain’s most decorated Olympian Sir Bradley Wiggins is stopping into Bath as he tours the country sharing his insider tales, prized memorabilia and career highlights. Regular tickets are from £32.50 and there’s a pricier Meet and Greet package available.


The Tiger Who Came to Tea, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 27 – Sun 29 Sept

The tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this musical play, based on the well-loved book by Judith Kerr. It’s packed with sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. He drinks all the water in the taps you know… Tickets are from £14 and it’s aimed at ages 3+ See a trailer on the link. It will also be in Yeovil on Oct 29 and 30.


Market @ Godminster, Godminster Shop, Bruton, Fri 27 Sept

Artisan food and drink and live music.

More info


Bath Children’s Literature Festival, around Bath, Fri 27 Sept – Sun 6 Oct

Some of the biggest names in children’s books and TV like Cressida Cowell, Harry Hill, Malorie Blackman, Jacqueline Wilson, Greg James of Radio1, David Baddiel, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo, who have a new book and Konnie Huq.


Harvest Festival, Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sat 28 & Sun 29 Sept

Brand new Autumnal festival with stalls, talks, music, crafts, all celebrating the fruits of the season.


Self-Service: a Resurrection Story,  Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, Sun 29 & Mon 30 Sept

A story of self-love, lunacy and transformationalisationic behaviour, come and be touched by drag king Miss-iah reincarnation Shesus & the Sisters.



RE-FORMATION, Heritage Courtyard Gallery & Studios and The Bishop’s Palace, Wells,  until 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.


May Contain Seeds Two, East Lambrook Manor Gardens, nr South Petherton,  until Sat 14 Sept

Wild Teasels and sky

Super Somerset garden sculptor Chris Kamp’s work, inspired by the humble hedgerow – cow parsleys, teasels, grasses, wild roses and ferns – as well as flowers like rudbeckia and allium, in amongst the real thing. Simply stunning.



Billionaire Boy, Theatre Royal, Bath, Thurs 3 – Sat 5 Oct  


The team who brought Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie brilliantly to the stage are back with another Walliams classic – Billionaire Boy. 12-year-old Joe Spud may get £10,000 a week pocket money and have two pet crocodiles thanks to his dad’s special toilet paper invention but he doesn’t have any friends and he sets out to try and change that with adventures along the way.  It’s aimed at aged 5+ and there are two shows a day with various prices.

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1 comment on “What’s On”

  • Kizzy Harris September 7, 2019

    Thank you. Only recently found you but so glad I have. Love this selection of amazing things I can do and take our visitors to all in Somerset.


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