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What’s on in November

What's still open in Somerset and Dorset – and stuff to do from home – during Lockdown 2.0

FILM: AMPLIFY! FilmBath’s Virtual Film Festival, Fri 6 – Sun 22 Nov

Film buff alert: four of the UK”s top film fests rolled into one, this collaboration between FilmBath, CINECITY (Brighton), Cambridge and Cornwall Film Festivals blasts brilliant new feature films (including Asia, starring Unorthodox actress Shira Haas), shorts and more from around the world into your own home. F-rated films are written or directed by women. See the full programme here.

THEATRE: Sherlock in Homes, Bristol Old Vic, Fri 6 – Sat 28 Nov

Tune in to this online murder mystery to play detective and unmask a murderer, in this Victorian case of dastardly behaviour and deadly death at The Bearded Lady’s Circus of Wonders.

OUTDOORS: Hauser & Wirth, Bruton

Oudolf Field, Hauser & Wirth

The galleries are closed for November but you can still wander around the lovely Oudolf Fields, designed by the internationally-renowned Piet Oudolf, nosh on a takeaway from The Roth Bar and Grill and browse and buy the locally produced foodstuffs in the brand new Durslade Farm Shop.

LIVE-SCREENED THEATRE: Hedda Gabler, Bristol Old Vic Weds 18 – Fri 20 Nov

The ultimate lockdown tale? Based on Ibsen’s masterpiece transported to a doer-upper in 21st-century Notting Hill, Hedda is trapped in a marriage and a house that she doesn’t want. A Bristol Old Vic Theatre School production in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic Theatre.

MARKET: Bath Christmas Market, until 1 Jan 2021

bath market
Paper Star Lights

Browse the myriad of local makers and producers that usually set up shop in little wooden chalets at the famous Christmas market from your sofa. You’ll have to provide your own mulled wine this yeqr though.

OUTDOORS: Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne

Autumn colour with the acers in the Japanese Garden, peeling bark on the paperbark maples in the Nursery Wood, yellowing leaves on Lime Avenue, and possibly the smell of candyfloss as the Katsura Tree (Toffee Apple Tree) releases a burnt sugar smell. If that makes you feel peckish, head to the takeaway cafe.

COOKERY: Malaysian Satay Masterclass, Sat 21 Nov

Masterchef winner Ping Coombes’ famous Masak Cookery Club goes virtual. Learn how to cook the Malaysian classic chicken satay – charred succulent chicken in proper, made-from-scratch peanut sauce – with Ping in her kitchen and you in yours. Veggie, vegan or gluten-free options if you let Ping know when you book. Two-hour lessons cost £25. To book:

OUTDOORS: The Newt in Somerset, near Castle Cary

parabola garden at the newt

Parklands, a plethora of gardens, an aerial tree-top walk, cyder and possibly the prettiest food shop in Somerset are all open for business. Buy an advance ticket to the gardens and convert it to a 12-month Garden Membership free of charge within 30 days.

VIRTUAL GYM: Balance the Countryside Gym, throughout Nov

Over 30 classes each week via Zoom, from 30-minute cardio, legs, bums and tums, through pilates to every kind of yoga.

ART: Bath Society of Artists: Virtual Open Exhibition 2020, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, until Sun 3 Jan

Rooftop, Rodden, Frome by Amanda Bee

The annual Bath Society of Artists exhibition goes online – and all the stuff’s for sale. Up for some arty Chrimbo shopping?

TRY THIS: Barre Corre and Cardio

Take your place at the barre (or a kitchen chair) for a barrecorre or cardiobarre session with Somerset-based Anna Bucknall’s online video classes. Barrecorre – and its high energy sister cardio corre – is a dance-inspired fitness discipline which strengthens, tones and sculpts your body, boosts energy levels and promotes the lean physique of a dancer. Er, yes please. Subscribe for £20 a month with a special 25% discount for Muddy readers. Just enter the code Muddy25 when you sign up.

OUTDOORS: Hestercombe, near Taunton

Hestercombe Gardens by Chris White

A stroll around beautiful landscapes and gardens created in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries might help take your mind off the 21st. The Stables Cafe and plant centre are open too.


Get 25% off world cinema films streamed from YourScreen – with a proportion of the ticket sale going to your local venue – via the Curzon Cinema & Arts in Clevedon and The Regent in Christchurch. See the programme.

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