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10 things to do this weekend

From Friday night out with a celebrity spinner to a super cool city Sunday market: here's your weekend sorted!

PARTY: Martin Kemp’s 80s throwback DJ set, Canvas, Bournemouth, Fri 25 – Sat 26 March

Start the weekend as you mean to go on, with a wild all-nighter with the celebrity spinner.


WILDLIFE: Abbotsbury Swannery, Abbotsury, near Weymouth

The swans are laying at the world’s only managed colony of nesting mute swans. Watch the swans feeding, get lost in a giant swan-shaped maze, ride go karts, have lunch in the cafe and the Abbotsbury Tropical Garden is right next door (you can get combined tickets). The website says it’s closed – but ignore that, they’ve been open since 19 March.


DANCE: Richard Chappell: Infinite Ways Home, Taunton Brewhouse, Fri 25 March

A combo of ballet, contemporary dance and improvisation ‘exploring ritual, rave and human connection’ along to an electronic soundtrack and live violin from an internationally renowned dance company (and a short performance by local peeps to open the show).


WORKSHOP: Make a terrarium, Hestercombe, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Fri 25 & Sat 26 March

A step-by-step guide to creating a self sustaining ecosystem AKA a little garden in a jar. The £40 includes everything needed, refreshments and admission to the gardens.


KIDS: Josephine, the egg, Bath, Sat 26 March

Photo ©Paul Blakemore

The story of iconic entertainer and civil rights activist Josephine Baker, from the St Louis slums to gay Paree, with a Harlem Renaissance-inspired score and Charleston dancing. Suitable 8+


OUTDOORS: Stargazing, Durlston Country Park, Swanage, Sat 26 March

Look up to the stars and not down at your feet, with the experts and telescopes of the Wessex Astronomical Society.


ART: Craft – Somerset Portraits and Voices, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury, Sat 26 March – Sun 5 June

The Night Shift, Mark firing the kiln, Muchelney Pottery

Somerset artist Kate Lynch’s paintings and charcoal drawings of people and traditional crafts and trades from across the county.


MARKET: Sunday Market, Tobacco Factory, Bristol, Sun 27 March

Eco-friendly, fair-trade and organic produce, from hand-made clothes and jewellery to patisserie and kombucha on around 40 stalls. From 10am – 2.30pm – with brunch in the theatre cafe/bar after?


MUSIC: Frome Record Fair, Cheese & Grain, Sun 27 March

A man and a child browsing vinyl records from vintage boxes. Original public domain image from Wikimedia Commons

Vinyl lovers: original, rare, new and re-issues from dealers from throughout the South of England. Free.


EXPERIENCE: Museum of the Moon, St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton, until Fri 31 March

In Sherborne Abbey

The ubiquitous Luke Jerram’s huge installation of the moon, created using 120dpi detailed NASA imagery, with an approximate scale of 1:500,000 and each centimetre representing 5km of the moon’s surface.


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