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Severn Sea, Contains Art, Watchet, until Mon 1 May

Installation artist-in-residence Richard Broomhill and aptly named animator Mark Fish combine sculpture, drone shots and computer game animation as they go swimming in the Seven and bring sharks to the shipping container art gallery on Watchet quayside.

containsart.co.uk

Nell Gwynn, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 25-Sat 29 April

Photo: Tristram Kenton

Orange-seller turned king’s mistress, the bawdy story of Nell Gwynn comes to Bath in this critically acclaimed production. Debbie, over at Muddy Sussex, gives you the heads up.

theatreroyal.org.uk

History of Fashion in 100 Objects – Behind the Scenes tours, 25 and Fri 28 April, Fashion Museum, Bath

Fascinating exhibition showcasing era-defining outfits and headline pieces from the 1600s to the present day,  with special ‘behind the scenes’ tours led by the museum curator in April and in May (you must book).  The exhibition itself is on display until 1 January 2019.

fashionmuseum.co.uk

Alan Barnes & Julian Stringle, Ilminster Arts Centre, Ilminster, Fri 29 April

Two of the UK’s top jazz musicians – clarinettist Julian Stringle (a child prodigy who played with Acker Bilk at just 14) and saxophonist Alan Barnes (over 25 British Jazz Awards and two-time BBC Jazz Musician of the Year) – come together to hit some cool notes.

themeetinghouse.org.uk

NGS Open Gardens, Walled Gardens of Cannington, Nr Bridgwater,  Sat 29-Sun 30 April

The beautiful gardens in the grounds of a mediaeval priory are open as part of the National Gardens Scheme with entrance fee donated to charity.  Lots to enjoy, including herbaceous borders, a sub-tropical walk, a blue garden, Victorian fernery and botanical glasshouse. Teashop and nursery, too.

canningtonwalledgardens.co.uk

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sun 30 April

Master puppeteers and 75 puppets bring to glorious technicolour life,  four of Eric Carle’s famous books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (one of the top best-selling children’s books of all time),  The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly.

thebrewhouse.net

Eat Dirt on Exmoor! Dulverton, Sun 30 April

On yer (mountain) bike! This off-road endurance cycling event starts and ends in pretty-as-a-postcard Dulverton and travels across bridle paths and forest tracks, many of which are not usually open to the public. The course is 23 miles long but there’s a short cut after 15 if you feel the need.

britishcycling.org.uk

Nzingabeth, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Sun 30 April

A fictitious, musical meeting between Elizabeth I of England and the proud African Queen Ana Nzinga – thought-provoking stuff about race, gender and politics,  involving the swapping of wigs.

merlintheatre.co.uk

Bath Vintage & Antiques Market, Green Park Station, Bath, Sun 30 April

Around 50 traders selling their stuff – retro, vintage, mid-century, decorative antiques – under the vaulted, curved glass roof of the historic Green Park Station in the centre of the city. A DJ spins original vinyl and there’s food and drink all day.

vintageandantiques.co.uk

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games,  Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, until Sun 30 April

No, I’ve not cocked up on the pix – Micheal Flatley’s Lords have exchanged their lace-up pumps and billowing sleeves for some sci-fi gear in at least one of the numbers in their UK tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of the original Lord of the Dance show.

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British Wildlife Photography Awards, Red Brick Building, Glastonbury, until Mon 1 May

Over 70 stunning images – from dancing jellyfish to preening puffins – from the 2016 Awards now on its UK tour (the 2017 Awards are now open for entries – there’s a £5,000 prize).

redbrickbuilding.co.uk

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