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Cilla – the musical, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 13 – Sat 17 March

Photo Matt Martin

World premiere no less (it’s all happening in the West Country) of the musical version of the hit ITV series about the rise and rise of Priscilla White. Read the Muddy review.

British Science Week, various venues in Somerset, Bath and Bristol, until Sun 18 March

A celebration of science, technology, engineering and math, esp for kids, with events around the place. Find out what’s on near you.

Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival, various venues around Bristol, Thurs 15 – Sun 18 March


From swing to funk, bebop to blues, Gypsy jazz to gospel, soul to rock ‘n roll. Concerts, dancing, jam sessions and masterclasses.

Agnes Colander, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Thurs 15 March – Sat 14 April

Lost play by Victorian master is world premiered in Bath. Sir Trevor Nunn directs this comedy about love, sexual attraction and independence written by Harley Granville Barker.

An evening with Maddy Prior… Halsway Manor, nr Crowcombe, Taunton, Thurs 15 March

From jazz to folk. Legend of English folk music and founding member of Steeleye Span Maddy Prior’s doing a gig with daughter Rose-Ellen Kemp and Christina Sewell at the National Centre for the Folk Arts.

Exmoor Family Stargazing weekend, Simonsbath, Exmoor,  Fri 16 – Sun 18 March

stars exmoor dark skies reserve astronomy

Telescopes at the ready (you don’t have to have your own) as you explore the night skies in Europe’s first International Dark Skies Reserve with astronomer Seb Jay – no light pollution on Exmoor.  You’ll be bunking up at the Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning.

A Lifetime in Stories, Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Sat 17 March – Sat 7 July

One of the UK’s greatest living children’s authors Micheal Morpurgo’s life and works (over 150 books and counting) in a new family exhibition.

The West of England Game Fair, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sat 17 & Sun 18 March

For huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’ types. All sorts of field sports activities and demos and the opportunity to buy a new deerstalker.

The Cherry Orchard, Bristol Old Vic, until Sat 31 March

Photo Jon Rowley

A Russian landowner returns to the family estate (including a large cherry orchard) before it’s auctioned off.  This production of Chekhov’s final tragi-comic masterpiece tells the story of a family on the brink of ruin; a country on the verge of a revolution, ‘in the round’.   Read the Muddy review.

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