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FRI 23 – MON 26 MAY

DRAMA: My Mother Said I Never Should, Theatre Royal Bath, Weds 22 – Sat 25 May

Charlotte Keatley’s play about mother-daughter relationships, told through four generations of the same family, is the most widely performed play ever written by a woman (translated or produced in 31 countries from Japan to Peru).


FESTIVAL: Shindig Festival, Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Thurs 23 – Sun 26 May

man on high wire tightrope at festival

Photo Sarah Koury

Four days with a line-up including hip hop queen Estelle, LA 6-piece, Ozomatli ft Chali 2na; Benjamin Zephaniah; family stuff; and comedy. Wanna dress up? The theme is ‘Get Fruit’. Discounts for locals and NHS staff.


KIDS: Tottington Hall comes to Montacute House, Montacute, Thurs 23 – Sat 26 May

Come and have a gander at Tottington Hall,  from Wallace and Gromit’s The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, in the house that inspired it. Various activities all week.


COMEDY: Wells Comedy Fest, venues around Wells, Fri 24 – Sat 26 May

comedian on stage with bunting and audience

Stonking stand ups like Nish Kumar, Josie Long, Lost Voice Guy, Nick Helm, Mark Watson, Shappi Khorsandi, Hal Cruttenden, Phil Wang, Jan Ravens, Ed Gamble ( I could go on).


FOOD & DRINK: Beer Festival, Candlelight Inn, nr Chard, Sat 25 May

BBQ and DJ, live 80s music, guest ales and ciders, fizz and gin bar (did someone say gin?!). In aid of local charity St Margaret’s Hospice.


FAIR: Packhorse Fair, around Bruton, Mon 26 May

Loyd Grossman as a punk? See the Through the Keyhole foodie playing with his punk band the New Forbidden at the Packhorse Fair, the culmination of the Bruton Festival of Arts. As well as a musical line-up, there’ll be stalls selling vintage, craft, bric-a-brac  food and drink and the town’s famous drag race.




MUSIC & LIT: Bath Festival, around Bath, until Sun 26 May

Over 120 events around the city. Download full programme here.


CRAFT: Introducing the Black Swan Guild, Black Swan Arts Centre, Frome, until Sat 25 May

ring with yellow stone

Ring by Eleanor Christine Jewellery

Newly founded Guild’s first show – painting, sculpture, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, print-making and etching.  Preview Fri 3 May 6pm–8pm, all welcome.

Black Swan Guild


ART: Bath Society of Artists, 114th Annual Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, until sun 29 June

They had two days head start, Ben Hughes, 2019

Some of the best of the region’s artistic talent on sale.


OUTDOORS: Bristol WalkFest, around Bristol and beyond, until Fri 31 May

Photo: Friends of Trooper’s Hill

Are you a trooper? You might want to go up this hill. Just one of more than 250 walks in the city and surrounding countryside as part of the UK’s largest celebration of putting one foot in front of the other.


KIDS: Matilda the Musical, Bristol Hippodrome, until Sat 8 June

children on swings on stage

The story of the girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Read our review.



WELLBEING: Yoga for Teens, Balance, the Countryside Gym, Tisbury, Tues 14 May – Tues 18 June

girl doing yoga


A six-week yoga course especially designed for teenagers. It increase flexibility and strength, improve concentration, focus and posture but above all – help to relax.

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