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FRI 26 – SUN 28 JULY

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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.





INTERIORS: Myakka sale, Wincanton & online, until 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.


ART: Summer Exhibition, Emma Rose Artworks, Bath, until 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.


ART: Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street, until Fri 2 Aug

Clockwise from top left: Field map 12 by Amanda Wallwork RWA; Valerie by Chris Reed; It’s full of Stars by Chris Dunseath

The annual show giving outstanding local artists to chance to exhibit – and sell – their work.


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.


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+


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

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


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.


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.


EXHIBITION: Wild Hares and Hummingbirds, Museum of Somerset, until 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.




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