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The Muddy round up of some of the more interesting things to do in and around Somerset, Bath and Bristol in December.  See also Cracking Christmas markets and fairs and our Pick of the pantos and Christmas shows.


BUMP roller disco, Millennium Square, Bristol, from now until Sun 5 Jan 2020

roller skates december

Who needs an ice rink when you’ve got your own wheels? Lace up your roller skates at the Christmas pop-up Bump roller disco, with a Disco Ball Bar, Pepe Nero pizzas, bratwursts, Yorkshire pud wraps and crepes and more.


Waller & Wood, Bath, until Mon 23 Dec

waller and wood december showAs well Carole Waller’s hand-painted silk scarves and clothes, all sorts of original goodies – lavender bags, handbound books and boxes – made with silk offcuts (they throw nothing away), candle bowls by Gary Wood, jewellery by Annie Beardsley, organic candles and soaps, reed diffusers and much more. Christmas gifts sorted.


Figuring It Out, Heritage Courtyard Gallery & Studios, Wells, Mon 2 – Tues 24 Dec

paintings december Satirical pieces, compelling portraits, interior scenes and work infused with psychological tension (ooh-er),  inspired by people, for people, about people, created by super talented West Country artists. Ceramics, paintings, lino cuts, textiles, jewellery and more to view and to buy in the Heritage Courtyard Gallery & Studio’s winter exhibition.


Ten Times Table, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 2 – Sat 7 Dec

Photo Pamela Raith

If farce is your fing:  Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy follows the increasingly raucous attempts of a village committee to organise the first Pendon Folk Festival.


The Winter’s Tale, Branagh Theatre Live screening, venues around Somerset, Weds 4 Dec

Shakespeare’s tragicomedy of obsession and redemption. King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences. Cripes. Find your nearest screening.


Settlers Stores pop-up, Gray M.C.A. gallery, 5 St Margaret’s Buildings, Bath, Weds 4 – Tues 10 Dec

settlers stores items december

Catch the Frome-based fashion and accessories brand that mixes contemporary British tweed with African-inspired Dutch wax batik at their Christmas pop-up in Bath. 10am – 6pm, with shopping and drinks until 8pm on Thurs 5 and Fri 6 Dec.


Bad Manners, The Cheese and Grain, Frome, Fri 6 Dec

The legendary ska band are still going strong.


Dunster by Candlelight, around Dunster, Fri 6 – Sat 7 Dec

Fantastically dressed stilt walkers light up lanterns around the place on the Fri night, 17th century soldiers with flaming torches parade on the Sat, with people playing with fire, a flea circus, live music and more.


CheeseFest, Royal Bath & West, Shepton Mallet, Sat 7 Dec

Photo: Rawpixel/Jakub Kapusnak

Stock up for Christmas at the world’s only touring cheese festival. They’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of cheese lovers Wallace & Gromit, so expect film screenings, model making and even a meeting with W&G themselves.


Festive Family Saturday, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Sat 7 Dec

The international art gallery’s regular family event on the first Sat of each month. In December, they’ll be making Christmas decorations inspired by their current exhibitions ‘David Smith. Field Work’ and Bharti Kher. A Wonderful Anarchy’.


Crafts and Carols in the Corner Yard, Newton Farm Foods, Newton St Loe, nr Bath, Sun 8 Dec

Arts & crafts stalls aplenty, festive tunes from a brass band and hot snacks, hot drinks, mince pies and mulled cider to keep you going. Santa will have seasonal treats for the young ‘uns, with rides around the village on Chuffy the Train. Toot toot! From 11am – 3.3pm, free admission.


Coppelia, The Royal Ballet live screening, venues around Somerset, Tues 10 Dec, encore screening Sun 15 Dec

coppelia ballet december

Photo Bill Cooper

Young man falls in love with bit of a doll. Choreography by Ninette de Valois.   Find a screening near you.


Christmas at Kitchen, Jordans Courtyard, Horton Cross, nr Ilminster, Weds 11 Dec

kitchen at jordans courtyard december

Say hello to reindeers Dasher and Alaska at Jordans Courtyard’s Christmas Fair,  shop West Country products, enjoy some carols and thn tuck into a scrummy supper afterwards at the fab cafe/restaurant Kitchen. 4pm – 6pm.


Rob Delaney, Phil Wang, Ed Gamble & Rose Matafeo, The Forum, Bath,  Sat 14 Dec

Channel 4s Catastrophe star Rob Delaney, HIGNFY’s Phil Wang, Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Rose Matafeo and Mock The Week’s resident plucky-scamp Ed Gamble. Pretty cool line up.


Old Skool Xmas Party with Boney M, Royal Bath & West, Shepton Mallet, Sat 14 Dec

boney m december

The disco blockbusters strut their stuff. With DJ Steve Adams of YouTube fame.


Carols under the stars, National Trust’s Fyne Court, nr Bridgwater, Sat 14 Dec

Fyne Court’s garden lit up with torches with carols, mince pies and mulled wine. Free.


Eat: Portishead, Portishead Quays Marina, Portishead,  Sat 14 Dec

Stuff yourselves at this locally-focused food and drink fest.


Slade: The Rockin’ Home for Christmas tour, O2 Academy, Bristol, Sun 15 Dec


Say Gudbuy t’Jane, then Skweeze Me Pleeze Me and let’s Cum on Feel the Noize. I could go on but I won’t, Coz I Luv You (sorry). Line up includes originals Dave Hill on lead guitar and Don Powell on drums.


Back to Terror, Shepton Mallet Prison, Shepton Mallet, Thurs 19 – Sat 21 Dec

A break from Christmassy stuff, this is is an immersive walk through show based around classic horror films from the 70s and 80s.


Candlelight Christmas concerts at Wells Cathedral, Wells, Thurs 19, Fri 20 and Sat 21 Dec

The Wells Cathedral Choir, lit only by thousands of candles, sing seasonal stuff in the UK’s finest cathedral.


The Snowman and Rupert & The Frog Song, with the Bath Philharmonia, Bath Forum, Sat 21 Dec

A live orchestra will add a truly magical dimension to these animated classics.


The Elves & the Shoemaker, Hestercombe House & Gardens, Sat 21 Dec

The fantastic Folksy Theatre bring the tale to life with actors, puppets, music and fun.


Boxing Day at the Races, Wincanton Racecourse, Thurs 26 Dec

Watch the horses run off their Christmas excesses.




Andrew Hardwick, Atkinson Gallery, Street, until Sat 7 Dec

The Bristol-based artist and Royal West of England Academician has a studio a farm where the River Severn turns into the sea surrounded by industry and new housing estates, reflected in works using board, canvas, netting, wire and various paints. Read more.


Christmas at Stourhead, nr Warminster, until Mon 30 Dec

The famous gardens all lit up on a one-mile trail, including a Tunnel of Light with 100,000 pea-lights, Singing Trees, a fibre optic Lawn, with toasted marshmallows and mulled wine. We’ve been and it is spectacular.


Wild Goose Dreams, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Thurs 21 Nov – Sat 21 Dec

UK-premiere of a thrilling love story by South Korean playwright Hansol Jung. Two people meet on a dating site: Guk, a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to the US in search of a better life and Yoo, a young defector from North Korea, who’s haunted by memories of the father she left behind.


Christmas at Cheddar Gorge & Caves, Cheddar, until Tues 24 Dec

Father Christmas’ secret subterranean outpost deep in the Mendip Hills – plus all the stalagtites and stalactites you can handle.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019, M Shed, Bristol, until Mon 4 May 2020

The Natural History Museum’s world-renowned exhibition is back with 100 spectacular images showcasing the beauty and fragility of life on earth at a time of environmental crisis.


Small & Mighty, Black Swan Arts, Frome, until Tues 24 Dec

This is the designer-maker collective Black Swan Guild’s Christmas show. The pieces may be small in size but they’re big on fabulousness. We love Eleanor Christine Jewellery’s Monstera necklace and earrings, part of a range inspired by house plants.


ArtBar Unwrapped, Abbey Hotel, Bath, until Mon 6 Jan 2020

Small affordable works of art by Emma Taylor, James Nunn, Lucy Sanders and the glorious Emma Rose.  Glass of prosecco or two while you’re there? Open 8am–11pm every day.


The Festival of Light, Longleat, nr Warminster, until Sun 5 Jan

A thrilling odyssey as myths and legends from across the world are brought to life in giant light sculptures.



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