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What’s on in May

Wondering what to do with yourself this month in Dorset, Somerset and beyond? Get your chops around this lot: big name comedy, open air cinema, theatre and a flurry of festivals.

MARKET: The Frome Independent & Clevedon Sunday Market, Sun 1 May

First Sunday of the month? It”s market time! Designer-makers, food and drink producers, sustainable products, contemporary designers, vintage fashion, collectibles and lots of other cool stuff in Frome and Clevedon.

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THEATRE: Elizabeth I: Virgin On The Ridiculous, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Tues 3 & Weds 4 May

Howard and Stu of Living Spit tell the story of the Virgin Queen with live original music, silly songs, smutty shenanigans, perfunctory props and hysterically historical horseplay.

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MUSIC: Alistair McGowan – The Piano Show, Lighthouse Poole, Thurs 5 May

Turns out the brilliant impressionist can tinkle the ivories too.

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OPEN DAY: Jekka’s Herbetum, Alveston, near Bristol, Fri 6 & Sat 7 May

Jekka’s Herb Farm, Thymus Porlock

Explore around over 400 varieties of herbs – the largest collection of culinary herbs in the UK – with talks, plants and seeds to buy and a herb-inspired cafe at the famous family-run farm. Did you know Jekka McVicar was once in a prog rock band that played the very first Glastonbury festival?

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PARTY: We Rise, Marston Park, near Frome, Fri 6 – Sun 8 May

Lakeside weekender – electronic music, wood-fired eats, wellness, luxe bell tents with double beds and woodburners – hosted by music producer and DJ Carly Wilford. Let’s party!

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COMEDY: Sandi Toksvig, Lighthouse Poole, Fri 7 May

The comedian, broadcaster, writer, campaigner and all-round good egg with her new show, Next Slide Please … but no impressions of Chris Whitty.

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COMEDY: Nish Kumar: Your Power, Your Control, Bristol Old Vic, Sat 8 May

The new show from the host of the Mash Report and the man booed off the stage at the Lord’s Taverners annual charity cricket lunch for making a Brexit joke.

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MUSIC: Gregory Porter, Bournemouth International Centre, Tues 10 May

The international, Grammy award winning jazz/soul singing sensation brings his mellifluous pipes to Nashville, Chicago, New Orleans – and Bournemouth.

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CELEBRATE: Somerset Day, around the county, Weds 11 May

Marking Alfred the Great’s call to arms for the people of Somerset to march against the invading Viking army and celebrating Somerset as a place to live. Follow a trail around the county, take pix and win prizes.

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TALKS: The King’s Arms, Dorchester, Thurs 12, Thurs 19 & Thurs 26 May

Sink a pint or slurp a G&T whilst fascinating women talk about their work: Susan Masters, wild swimmer and author of Wild Water on Thurs 12 May; Alice Smellie, journalist and co-author of Cracking the Menopause on Thurs 19 May; and Lucy Jago and her book A Net for Small Fishes on Thurs 26 May. From 7pm-8pm, £10.

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FESTIVAL: Crime Fest, Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, Bristol, Thurs 12 – Sun 15 May

Top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world meet up at one of the biggest crime conventions in Europe. Authors include Andrew Child ( (Jack Reacher), Ann Cleeves (Vera and Shetland), Robert Goddard and Sarah Pinborough (Netflix’s Behind Her Eyes).

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OPEN AIR CINEMA: Adventure Cinema, Yeovil Showground, Fri 13 – Sun 15 May

Something’s Coming: three classic musicals – West Side Story, Mamma Mia (of course) and A Star is Born – in the open air. But not Somewhere Over the Rainbow, the screenings are taking place at the 40-acre Yeovil Showground (bring a picnic). Gimme, gimme gimme!

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FESTIVAL: The Bath Festival, around Bath, Fri 13 – Sat 21 May

Around 150 events over nine days celebrating books, music and Bath with talks, walks, music, comedy, workshops and more. Names to conjour with include Ali Smith, PJ Harvey, Marian Keyes, Lucy Mangan, Phil Wang, David Olusoga, PJ Harvey, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Issy Suttie, Mark Haddon, Marcus Brigstocke, Monica Ali, John Crace and George Monbiot. It all kicks of with the Party in the City on Fri 13 May, with masses of free live music events around th city. See the full Festival programme.

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FESTIVAL: Mayfest, Bristol, Fri 13 – Sun 29 May

The biennial international festival of innovative contemporary theatre with performance from artists all over the world.

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ART: Dorset Art Weeks, Sat 14 – Sun 29 May

Now in its 30th year, Dorset Art Week showcases the work of around 500 artists in some 250 venues around the county making it one of the largest Open Studio events in the UK. Get your guide here.

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DANCE: The BalletBoyz: Deluxe, Lighthouse Poole, Sat 14 May, Octagon Yeovil, Thurs 19 May

Innovative contemporary dance from eight bold, boisterous, beautiful men. If you insist.

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COMEDY: Russell Brand: 33, Ashton Gate Bristol, Mon 16 May; The Bath Forum, 17 May

The comedian and actor ponders what we’ve learned over the last 18 months, and wonders how to get back to normal (if you’ve never been normal).

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THEATRE: Catch Me If You Can, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 16 – Sat 12 May

Bobby Ewing comes out of his Dallas shower again to star in this classic Broadway thriller (woman goes missing in the Catskills, woman turns up, husband perplexed, plot thickens). With Patrick Duffy, Gray O’ Brien (Peak Practice; Coronation Street) and Linda Purl.

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THEATRE: Singing in the Rain, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 16 – Sat 21 May

Jonathan Church’s critically acclaimed production, set around the time of the birth of the Hollywood talkies, makes a splash in Bristol.

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COMEDY: Alan Carr: Regional Trinkets, Bournemouth Pavilion Thurs 19–Sun 22 May

The chatty man takes time off from Design Masters to find happiness and joy in the small things and ask why be a national treasure when you can be a Regional Trinket?

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FOOD: Cookery classes for Ukraine, Papadeli Cookery School, Bristol, Weds 18 May

Papadeli chef Marcin Lawrentowicz and Simon MacDonnell take you on a culinary journey through Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine, with profits going to Hope & Aid Direct. £110 covers ingredients, instruction, wine, sit down meal and a goodie bag..

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FESTIVAL: Foodies Festival, The Downs, Bristol, Fri 20 – Sun 22 May

The touring gourmet food fest aka Glasto-Gastro hits town with celebrities and award-winning chefs. On the menu: BBC presenter and author, Kate Humble, Great British Menu 2021 finalist, Hywel Griffith, MasterChef 2020 champ, Thomas Frake, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Lee Ryan & Simon Webbe from boy band Blue, Five, Liberty X and Rozalla.

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GARDENS: Dorset Garden Festival & Fired & Food, Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallingtonn, near Dorchester, Weds 25 – Sun 29 May

Possibly the biggest BBQ in Dorset? The Dorset Garden Fest joins forces with Fire & Food for all things for outdoor including plants, BBQs, fire pits and alfresco dining gubbins, plus Fire & Food BBQ nosh, drink and chef demos.

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MUSIC: The Killers, Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, Thurs 26 May

The show, with support from the Manic Street Preachers, sold out when it was first announced back in 2019 (and then the pandemic intervened) but there are still some hospitality packages available for £149 and £249, if you’ve got the dosh.

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FESTIVAL: Shindig Festival, Dillington Estate, near Ilminster, Thurs 26 – Sun 29 May

The seventh edition of the best boutique festival in the UK (according to The Guardian back in in 2019, when we last had festivals), in the grounds of 16th century Dillington House. Line up includes New York’s Grammy winning hip-hop trio De La Soul, Goldie and 70s/80s chart toppers Odyssey. Circus, spoken word and workshops galore. Kids aged 12 and under go free. Dress up theme: Mardi Gras.

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COMEDY: Wells Comedy Festival, venues around Wells, Fri 27 – Sun 29 May

Mammoth comedy in England’s smallest city, with over 40 shows including Lou Sanders, Mark Watson, Isy Suttie, Rhys James and Kiri Pritchard-McLean.

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THE ARTS: Bath Fringe, venues around Bath, Fri 27 May – Sun 12 June

The Many Lives of Nellie Bly

New music, theatre, comedy, dance, film and visual art to challenge and delight. See the programme.

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DANCE: Diversity- Connected, Bournemouth International Centre, Sat 28 May

Thrilling dance from Britain’s Got Talent winners created by the super talented Ashley Banjo.

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ART: Henry Moore: Sharing Form, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, Sat 28 May – Sun 4 Sept

Six decades of work across all five gallery spaces and outside, with around 100 artworks and objects from Moore’s studio and home curated by his daughter Mary Moore. Fascinating stuff.

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ART: Upfest, around Bristol, Sat 28 & Sun 29 May

Globally renowned urban paint fest, with artists painting murals around the city in the weeks leading up to the festival weekend, 250 artists painting live over the two days, live music, local food, crafts and clothing stalls. Greville Smyth Park, Tobacco Factory and Ashton Gate Stadium are all festival hubs.

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