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Top Gun on the Top Deck, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, nr Ilchester, Sat 29 April

Watch a Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis get it on – I mean, watch how a daring young pilot at the US Navy’s elite fighter weapons school learns a few things from a civilian instructor  – from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.  It’ll take your breath away…


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.

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.

The Art of Wellbeing, Backwell House, nr Bristol, Sun 30 April

Anyone needing revitalising towards the end of the Bank Holiday (after a large, exhausting, dose of the Muddies I know I do), should slip away over to the gorgeous Georgian Backwell House for some holistic treatments, classes and some healthy local food and drink – put together by the lovely ladies from luxe beauty salon, The Barn. 12pm-4pm.

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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.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games,  Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, Tues 25-Sun 30

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.


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.

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.

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