Muddy Guide: Thurs 8-Weds 14 Dec
Strange Worlds: the Vision of Angela Carter, RWA, Bristol, Sat 10 Dec- Sun 19 March 2017
Fans of Angela Carter (The Magic Toyshop, Nights at the Circus etc) will want to see this major new exhibition celebrating her life, work and influences. There are works from the likes of Paula Rego, Marc Chagall and William Holman Hunt plus major contemporary artists who’ve been influenced by her work as well as photos and personal mementos from her life. A local link: she went to Bristol University.
The Nutcracker, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sun 11-Weds 14 Dec
It’s Christmas Eve and a gadget for cracking nuts turns into a handsome prince who fights rats and confectionery dances around in its own magical kingdom. This Christmas classic is an encore recording from last week’s live broadcast of the Royal Ballet’s performance at the Royal Opera House, presented by Darcy Bussell.
Stargazing at Wimbleball Lake, Dulverton, Tues 13 Dec
Clear big sky views and no light pollution make Wimbleball Lake in the Exmoor National Park one of the best places to stargaze. The Lake is a Dark Sky Discovery Site and the entire park itself is the first place in Europe to be designated an International Dark Sky Reserve. This week Seb Jay, author of Exmoor Dark Skies, and his telescope will be on hand to explain what’s up there.
Jason Rebello, Cooper Hall, Frome, Sun 11 Dec
The teen prodigy who was one of the forerunners of the modern jazz resurgence in the early 90s and has worked with many of the biggest names in music (including Sting and Jeff Beck), has made seven albums but Held is his first solo piano recording. Hear him play it at Cooper Hall.
Father Christmas, all over Somerset, Sat 10 & Sun 11 Dec
Whether you want to track him down or steer well clear, here are some of the places rotund bearded men in red and white suits can be found in Somerset this weekend: in a grotto at Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet, arriving by helicopter at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare, by train at the Yeovil Railway Centre and the West Somerset Railway in Bishop’s Lydeard, in another grotto at Puxton Park in Hewish nr W-s-M, at the Ferne Animal Sanctuary, in Chard (they’re putting on a special carol service for pets – so bring Rover if you want), at Taunton’s Museum of Somerset (maybe take the reindeer trail too?) and in his study at Barrington Court (the location for the new BBC1 series Six Wives with Lucy Worsley). Let me know of any good ones that I’ve missed out!
Club Paradis – Burlesque and Cabaret, Chapel Arts Centre, Bath, Sat 10 Dec
Dust off your nipple tassels, the girls are back in town: Havana Hurricane, The BelleFleurs, Miss Betty Blue Eyes, Lily Laudanum, Starla Bright and Krystal Rouge will be strutting their stuff.
A Very Victorian Christmas, Tyntesfield, Wraxall, from now until Sun 2 Jan 2017
Some of the super talented performers from touring theatre company The Pantaloons will be singing and dancing you through the house this Victorian Christmas.
Santa Dash, Yeovil Country Park, Sun 11 Dec
The hills will be alive with the sound of running Santas on this 4k fun run in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice.