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Muddy Guide Thurs 11-Weds 17 August

Scratch ! 35mm animation workshop, Curzon Cinema, Clevedon, Sun 14 August


Budding animators: learn how to tint, scratch, cut and paste together 35mm film to create individual animations frame by frame, with the resulting animations joined together and screened to parents after the workshop.  This is part of the month-long series of events for children and adults called August loves Archives showcasing celluloid film and artefacts from the cinema’s collection. This workshop is for children aged 6-11 years, 2pm, £3. There’s a free editing workshop using a 1950s Steenbeck editing suite (looks like it’s for adults) on Sun 21 August and another animation workshop for kids on Tues 23 August. See their website for more info.

Curzon Cinema, 46 Old Church Road, Clevedon, North Somerset, BS21 6NN. Tel 01275 871000.

Pete’s Dragon, cinemas across Somerset, from Fri 12 August

petes-dragon-movie-disney-2016 2For years Mr Meacham (Robert Redford) has told stories about a fierce dragon living in the woods. His daughter Grace thinks that’s all they are – until she meets a mysterious boy called Pete who lives in the woods with his best friend Elliot,  who is – you’ve guessed – a dragon. A warm and wonderful remake of the 1977 Disney musical most people have forgotten. Find out where it’s on near you here.

The Canterbury Tales, Montacute House, nr Yeovil, Sat 13 August

The-Canterbury-TalesA cast of just five actors take on all 70 parts in every single one of Chaucer’s 24 timeless tales in The Pantaloon’s fast-paced production. Expect puppets, music, magic, mayhem, belly laughs, talking chickens and burnt bottoms (hopefully not yours). I went to see this a few years’ ago and it was excellent.

7.30pm. £15 adult; £7 child; £11 group. Montacute House, Middle Street, TA15 6XP. Tel 01935 823289.

Little Big Top Circus, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Thurs 11 August

diaboloThe Muddies were completely absorbed for ages learning some circus skills at the Lowland Games recently so this event, run by Fuse Performance, should be a real winner. The whole family can try their hand at juggling, diabolo, poi (weighted strings), stilts, plate spinning, hula hooping and you can take away your juggling balls or poi to practice at home.

11am-3pm. Free but donations welcome.The Brewhouse, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL. Tel 01823 283244.

Circus Wonderland, Bridgwater, until Sun 14 August

-1Now watch the professionals: Circus Wonderland, no animals, just sequined circus spectacle and The Popolinis:  Mr Popol, a ‘whiteface’ clown, and his partner ‘Kakehole’, a typical ‘auguste’ clown with red nose and big boots (and holders of the Best Circus Comedy Act).

3pm & 7pm weekdays; 2pm & 5pm Sat; 2pm Sun. From £12 adults; from £10 children/seniors; under 2s free on lap. St Matthews Field, West Street, Bridgwater, TA67EU.

Around the World in Eighty Days, Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Fri 12 August

ar78Racing against the clock, Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout travel around the world by any means necessary to see if they can make it back to London in 80 days (about the same time it takes to get through the Stonehenge bottleneck on a Friday evening).  This Boxtree production is on at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells on Fri 12 August.

Gates open 6pm; show starts 6.30pm. £14 adult; £9 under 16s; £30 2 adults/2 under 16s. Bishop’s Palace, Market Place, Wells BA5 2PD. Tel 01749 988111.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Ashton Court, Bristol, Thurs 11- Sun1 14 August

hot-air-balloons-439331_1280150 colourful hot air balloons from around the world fill the skies over four days in the world’s largest annual balloon get together. You can watch the balloons – the mass ascents at 6am *gulp* on Thurs, Sat and Sun, and evening Night Glows at 9pm on Thurs 11 and Sat 13 are said to be spectacular – or take a ride. There’s a funfair and lots of stalls too.

Free, apart from parking charges.  Ashton Court Estate, The Woodyard, BS3 2JT

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