Muddy guide: Thurs 10-Weds 16 November
Wildlife Photographer of the Year, M Shed, Bristol, Sat 12 Nov-Sun 5 March
From balletic whales to lizard-chasing parakeets: one hundred awe-inspiring images of animals and landscapes in the most prestigious photography event of its kind. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum in London. This year, judges whittled down almost 50,000 entries from 96 countries to showcase the very best in wildlife photography.
The Rocky Horror Show, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 14-Sat 19 Nov
It’s time to do the time warp again: the Richard O’Brien (The Crystal Maze) cult classic is back in Bath. When squeaky clean sweethearts Brad and Janet’s car breaks down in a storm, they seek shelter in a Gothic mansion with some interesting residents. Stars Paul Cattermole (S Club 7), Liam Tamne (The Voice) and Philip Franks (loads of things including Patsy’s dad in AbFab). Dress code: dress up.
Alfie White: Space Explorer, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Friday 11 Nov
It’s 1967 and Alfie White is crazy about space. After all, his dad is training to be the first man on the moon (or that’s what he tells his mates, anyway). The truth is, his dad has disappeared without trace, so Alfie sets off with his best friend Meg on a cosmic tale of adventure and discovery to find him. This Tall Stories production was a hit on the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe and is suitable for 5 years up.
Antiques and collectors fair, Shepton Mallet Showground, Fri 11-Sun 13 Nov
A mooch around the 600 stalls selling everything from paintings and furniture to leather suitcases and restoration projects should keep you busy for a few hours over the weekend.
Trouble in Mind, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Thurs 10 Nov-Sat 17 Dec
Wiletta Mayer is a African-American actress who’s spent her life building a career in the theatre. Now she’s on Broadway rehearsing an anti-lynching play with a white director and finds it increasingly hard to continue. A scathing satire about the white-dominated theatre scene in 1950s New York. It stars Tanya Moodie (she’s played some of the theatre’s greatest roles classics and you might recognise her as Watson’s therapist on Sherlock) and Joseph Marcell (King Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe and the butler in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air).
Festival of Light, Longleat, Fri 11- Mon 2 Jan 2017
Artists from Zigong in China’s Sichuan province have helped to create Europe’s largest Chinese lantern festival at this year’s Festival of Light. There will be spectacular displays of giant illuminated animals, a dragon safari boat, a huge birthday cake (it’s the safari park’s 50th) and Beatrix Potter characters (it’s her 150th). There’s a safari scene with life-size elephants made from thousands of pieces of Chinese crockery (who came up with that one?), an exhibition of costumes from the Royal Ballet’s Tales of Beatrix Potter, plus lots of Christmassy things – musical Christmas tree, Father Christmas, etc – too.
Ross Noble, The Octagon, Yeovil, Fri 11 Nov
Forget what’s happening out there in the real world. Instead, lose yourself in the surreal flights of fantasy and ‘beautifully twisted thoughts’ of randomist Ross Noble on his Brain Dump tour.
Magnificent 7 Jazz Band, Ilminster Arts Centre, Ilminster, Fri 11 Nov
The seven include musicians from the Chris Barber, Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball bands and they will be playing homage to the great masters on the early jazz period and to the 1950s revival (Fats, Louis, Benny and co). If this is your type of thing, you can have a pre-show supper at the Meeting House before you cats start swinging.
The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016, The Edge, University of Bath, until Sat 17 Dec
The largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK is showing in Somerset – in Bath – for the first time. And it was a video wot wunnit. The prize is a joint initiative led by Prof Anita Taylor at Bath Spa University and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the show features 61 works from 55 artists.
Kokedama workshop, Frome, Fri 2 Dec
What’s kokedama? I hear you ask. Or am I the only one who didn’t know? Turns out it’s a form of Japanese bonsai where the plant’s root system is wrapped in moss then bound with string to create a living plant sculpture. Very cool. Learn how to do it – all tools and materials provided – at a kokedama workshop with floral designer Jessica Smith.