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FRI 18 – SUN 21 JULY

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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



EVENT: Museum of the Moon,  Moonbury Rings, Dorchester, Fri 19 – Sun 21 July

In Sherborne Abbey

Another chance to see Luke Jerram’s gigantic spherical sculpture, this weekend at Maumbury Rings in Dorchester as part of Moonbury Rings, alongside a lantern parade, Apollo – One Giant Leap, Wallace & Gromit’s A Grand Day Out, Wall-E and Apollo 13 and a Learn to be an Astronaut Day. We saw the vast 7m moon, created with 120dpi detailed NASA photos of the lunar surface (1 cm = 5km), hanging in Sherborne Abbey last weekend (above), together with surround-sound audio – go if you get the chance, it’s totally awesome.


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.


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.


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+


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.


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.




THEATRE: Ferment Fortnight, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, until Sat 20 July

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


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

Photo John Swannell

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



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.




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