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The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare The Freak,  Tobacco Factory, Bristol, Weds 25-Sat 28 Jan

On the menu: some corks, followed by fresh snake and a side order of cat. Tickle your tastebuds? The extraordinary, true, story of an 18th century Frenchman whose insatiable hunger and unusual diet led to him becoming a spy  and a medical experiment, has been made into a chamber opera for puppets by acclaimed Bristol Puppetry company Wattle & Daub.

Exmoor Food Fest, Thurs 1 Feb-Tues 28 Feb

Put on your elasticated trousers to scoff and quaff your way across Exmoor on a shoestring: it’s £10 for two courses and £15 for three throughout February at a number of restaurants across Exmoor, including Clavelshay Barn (see my review here), Luttrell Arms and the Cafe at Porlock Weir. There are other events too. All part of this annual festival celebrating local produce and culinary talent. Check out the list of participating restaurants on their website – new places are being added all the time.

Portrait painting workshop, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Tues 31 Jan

Draw or paint a portrait: artist Joanna Commings is tutoring a full day session with a professional model in the theatre’s studio. No posing pouches or full frontals; the model’s kit will be on.

T2 Trainspotting, cinemas across Somerset, from Fri 27 Jan 

‘Choose life’ now continues on in 2017 with ‘….choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere cares’. Based on the Irving Welsh novel Porno, the sequel to the 1996 film reunites Renton and all the original characters – Mark Renton, Spud, Sick Boy, Begbie – 20 years later. Apparently they waited until all the actors had aged enough to make the sequel.,

Snowdrop Valley, nr Wheddon Cross, Cutcombe, Exmoor, Sun 28 Jan-Sun 28 Feb

Tip toe through the snowdrops! For years this remote valley filled with the little white flowers was only been known to locals, now you can park at Wheddon Cross (next to the Rest and Thankful Inn) and take a bus to the valley (or walk down and get the bus back up). The website has short, medium and long routes. Get out your walking boots and camera. Sounds idyllic.


Jenny Eclair, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 3 March

Middle aged, grumpy old woman and Splash! survivor explores issues around getting older by wondering whether swearing is better than crying, HRT or boxercise (amongst other things) in her one woman show. I’m going with swearing at the mo.

Jess Glynne, Wincanton Racecourse, Wincanton, Sat 1 July

The racecourse’s first ever music event is a corker: a pop sensation even I’ve heard of.  The concert by Jess Glynne (vocalist on Clean Bandit’s Grammy Award winning ‘Rather be’,  5 solo number 1 singles and a triple platinum debut album ‘I cry when I laugh’) is part of the racecourse’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Germaine Greer, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, 23 February

The Aussie academic, broadcaster, journo talks about artist Elisabeth Frink as part of the gallery’s current Transformation exhibition.

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