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What’s on this week

Cool things to do this week in Somerset and Dorset, from Native American wearable art to wearable designer clothes for you

THEATRE: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Theatre Royal Bath, Thurs 17 _ to Sat 26 March

Photo Ellie Kurttz

I Feel The Earth Move! The new stage show detailing Carole King’s rise to fame, from singer/songwriter to chart-topping music legend, is on a nationwide tour and stopping in Bath. With Molly-Grace Cutler (The Worst Witch, Girls Don’t Play Guitars, We’ll Live And Die In These Towns) as Carole King and Tom Milner (Holby City, Waterloo Road) as Gerry Goffin, her ex-husband and collaborator.


COMEDY: Shaparak Khorsandi: It was the 90s! Electric Palace, Bridport Thurs 17 March; Komedia Bath, Sun 20 March

The self-proclaimed ‘spit and sawdust’ comic takes a trip down memory lane.


EXHIBITION: Dress to Redress, American Museum & Gardens, Sat 19 March – Sun 3 July

Contemporary Anishinabe artist Celeste Pedri-Spade’s incredible wearable-art pieces, personal artefacts and photos alongside Native American stuff from the museum’s collection. Once you’ve done the exhibition, there are the gorgeous gardens to dawdle around.


PEOPLE: Ray Mears: We are Nature, Westlands, Yeovil, Sat 19 March

Be prepared to reconnect with nature and explore the ‘true depths of your sensory capacity’ (eek), with the guy you’d want by your side if you ever, erm, got lost in the wilderness.


FASHION: Temperley London sample sale, Phoenix Studios, Ilminster, Weds 16 – Sat 19 March

The chance to snap up high end clobber at lower end prices at the fashion brand’s Somerset flagship store. From £50, sizes 6–18.


COMEDY: Joe Lycett: More, More, More! Bournemouth International Centre, Thurs 17 & Fri 18 March

The artist formerly known as Hugo Boss and Sewing Bee comic relief takes to to the stage in his usual droll fashion.


THEATRE: Circus of Horrors: The Witch, Bath Pavilion, Thurs 17 March; Weymouth Pavilion, Sun 20 March

Bad hair day, love? Quentin Tarantino meets Cirque Du Soleil in a show combining bizarre and brilliant circus acts, an original rock score and witchcraft.


FOOD & DRINK: Seahore foraging, Studland, Fri 18 March

Forage for coastal plants and seaweed and hunt out razor clams on Fore Adventure’s half day foraging courses. You’ll learn what’s edible, how to harvest, medicinal properties and how to prepare for eating. Other dates and courses throughout the year if you can’t make this one.


MUSIC: Status Quo, Bath Forum, Fri 18 March

Air guitars at the ready. Rockin’ all over the world turns out to be in Bath.


ART: Museum of the Moon, St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton, Fri 18 – 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 centimetre representing 5km of the moon’s surface.


WEDDINGS: East Dorset Wedding Fair, Lighthouse Poole, Sun 20 March

Takmeomeo for Pixabay

They say the biggest one-day wedding show in the county with 75 wedding biz waiting to show brides-to-be everything needed for their big day.



ART: Between Land and Sea, Heart of the Tribe Gallery, Glastonbury, until Mon 4 April

Lino cut prints and original water colours with botanical, nautical and architectural themes by Polish artist and Somerset resident Aga Kubish.


ART: From Hogarth to Hodgkin, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, until Weds 4 May

Prints spanning 700 years from old masters like Cranach and Durer up to Grayson Perry.


THEATRE: Wonder Boy, Bristol Old Vic, until Sat 26 March

Powerful coming of age story about a young boy finding his voice and his power in a world where he doesn’t belong.


ART: Spring Show, Moorwood Art Gallery, Redlynch, near Bruton, until Fri 25 March

Promising Spring by Jemima Murphy

Interested in buying some original art? Check out the contemporary gallery’s spring show of paintings, sculpture and objets.


EXHIBITION: In Xanadu: Coleridge and the West Country, The Museum of Somerset, Taunton, until Sat 25 June

L: Manuscript of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan’: Add MS 50847 © British Library Board. R: Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Peter Vandyke oil on canvas, 1795 NPG 192 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Have a gander at the earliest manuscript of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Kubla Khan, written near the Quantocks, with info on his time in Somerset, relationship with William and Dorothy Wordsworth and the legacy he left behind.


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