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TALK: Mark Kermode, St George’s Bristol,  Mon 1 Oct

Photo Julie Edwards Photography

The film critic talks about his musical misadventures, from spotty North London kid building his own electric guitar to performing live at the Albert Hall.


COMEDY: Phill Jupitus Juplicity, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Weds 3 Oct

Funny man in Frome. Can you believe Never Mind the Buzzcocks ran for 19 years ? Gulp.


FILM: A Star is Born, cinemas around Somerset, Weds 3 Oct

The third remake of the 1937 classic movie, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. You should know the plot by now: on-the-way-down star with probs falls in love with on-the-way-up newbie with talent. It doesn’t end well.

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DRAMA: In Praise of Love, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Weds 3 Oct – Sat 3 Nov

Moving stuff by the master of the stiff upper lip, Terrence Rattigan. The relationship between cantankerous critic Sebastian Crutwell (Robert Lindsay) and his wife Lydia (Tara Fitzgerald), an Estonian refugee, changes forever with the revelation that’s she’s seriously ill.


COMEDY: Kathy Lette: Girls’ Night Out,  Cheese and Grain, Frome, Thurs 4 Oct

Photo Neil Cooper

Australian feminist and funny woman Lette says  ‘Women are each other’s human wonder bras – uplifting, supportive and making each other look bigger and better’.  Go gather your gal pals for wit, warmth and extreme frankness.


FOOD: Simply Persian, Newton Farm, St Loe, near Bath, Thurs 4 Oct

Simi Rezai-Ghassemi of Simi’s Kitchen will be demonstrating how to cook four traditional Iranian dishes. Watch, then nosh, with a glass of wine. To book, call 01225 873707, ext 3.


FASHION: Lingerie warehouse sale, Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet, Fri 5 – Sun 7 Oct

Time to throw away all those grey, holey undies. Get yourself kitted out with designer lingerie by the likes of Stella McCartney and Heidi Klum – with up to 80 per cent off.


WELLBEING: Celebrate, Inspire,  Empower, at Hurd’s Hill, Langport, Sat 6 Oct

Join Muddy Stilettos Award winner Natasha Howells (she’s the Best Fitness Instructor in Somerset, doncha know) and yoga teacher Sorrel de la Hey at their Women’s Wellness Day. Workshops and talks on fitness, meditation, natural skincare, pelvic floor, power of positive thought, self care and menopause – and a jolly nice lunch.



ART: Wells Art Contemporary, Bishop’s Palace & Gardens, Wells, Sat 6 Oct – Sun 21 Oct

Mosaic Mirrored Converse ankle-high sneaker’ from Somerset artist, Candace Bahouth

Check out the finalists in the well-respected Wells Art Contemporary competition, with painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation and video made by artists from around the UK and beyond.


MARKET: The Frome Independent, all over Frome, Sun 7 Oct

First Sunday of the month, it must be the biggest and best market in Somerset: designer-makers, vintage, food, drink, live music and more. Also on today: Clevedon Sunday Market, Bath Flea Market.


KIDS: Madagascar The Musical, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 9 – Sat 13 Oct

Move it move it with Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and those plotting penguins. Matt Terry (Alex) won The X-Factor 2016, apparently.


LIVE SCREENING: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Tues 9 Oct

The witty play beamed in live from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End.


DRAMA: Beautiful Thing, Tobacco Factory Bristol, Thurs 11 – Sat 27 Oct

Jonathan Harvey’s play about life and love on a south London council estate. Jamie’s being bullied at school and Ste’s being bullied at home. One evening when it all gets too much, Ste seeks refuge at Jamie’s and something frightening and beautiful begins.


MUSIC: The Two Moors Festival, around Exmoor and Dartmoor, Fri 12 – Sun 21 Oct

Someone described this festival like ‘going to the Wigmore Hall, with better views. And cows.’ Live music, workshops, master classes and more in arts centres, village halls, churches, country houses, railway stations and indoor markets across 1,200 square miles of Dartmoor and Exmoor.


MORE MUSIC: Mitsuko Uchida, St George’s Bristol, Fri 12 Oct

Photo ©DeccaJustin Pumfrey

Schubert piano sonatas played by one of the world’s greatest pianists. And just up the road.


SAUCY CIRCUS: Cirque du Vulgar, Yeovil Showground, Sat 13 Oct

Circus for grown ups: risqué daredevil stunts, filthy comedy, nipple-tassels and naughty aerial acts, alluring hula-hoops and sexy strong men. Take your granny. Actually, why not?


FOOD:Wells Food Festival, in and around the Market Place, Sun 14 Oct

Eat your way around the world – from Moroccan nut butter to traditional Somerset cheddar – with over 150 producers and sellers. Plus a food photography workshop, farm animals, debates and info on food ethics and the environment, and the chance to help break a Guinness World Record by chopping 300 kilos of cabbages to create the world’s largest dish of sauerkraut.


MARKET: The Shepton Flea, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sun 14 Oct

Massive flea market, with over 250 stalls to rootle through and discover a bargain or two. Handily, there are onsite banking facilities in case you run out of dosh.


COMEDY: Nish Kumar: It’s in your nature to destroy yourselves,  Cheese & Grain, Frome, Sun 14 Oct

The title of the show comes from Terminator 2, with jokes about politics, humankind’s capacity for destruction and the question: is the end actually nigh?


COMEDY DRAMA: Vulcan 7, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 15 – Sat 20 Oct

Photo Nobby Clark

Gary Savage and Hugh Delavois, old friends from RADA, find themselves working together on a fantasy film. Gary’s a Hollywood A-lister fallen on hard times with just one line in the film; Hugh’s never made it big but has a small but regular role in the franchise. Old wounds are opened and sparks fly. Written and performed by Ade Edmondson and Nigel Planer.


DANCE: Rosie Kay Dance Company’s MK ULTRA, Strode Theatre, Street, Tues 16 Oct

The conspiracy of mind control hidden in plain sight. What ugly secrets lie between the media mask? Dazzling dance, music vids and costumes by Lady Gaga’s designer. The title? MK Ultra was a CIA project that tested drugs like LSD for interrogation purposes.


COMEDY: Ross Noble: El Hablador,  Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 16 Oct

Wacky, whimisical Geordie extemporising schtich and general streams of nonsense – that’s ma boy.


FILM: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Wells Cathedral, Weds 17 Oct

The bells, the bells! What better place to see the 1923 Gothic silent movie than in what is thought to be the first truly Gothic cathedral in the world ? With scary organ music played live by Dr David Bednell, one of Europe’s finest organ improvisers.


BIZZARE: Circus of Horrors: Psycho Asylum, Wookey Hole, Thurs 18 & Fri 19 Oct

Schlock horror circus acts with heavy rock soundtrack, ‘strong’ language and nudity (eek).  Great Aunt Mildred will love it.


MUSIC: RSVP – Bhangra, Ilminster Arts Centre, Fri 19 Oct

They’re regulars at Glasto and other festivals – see them here minus the mud and your wellies.


VINTAGE : Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair, Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, Fri 19 – Sun 21 Oct

Mooch around over 50 stalls stuffed with antique and mid-century furniture and stuff to decorate your home and wow your mates. BBC Antiques Roadshow’s Mark Hill be there on Saturday. Get a free ticket here.


PHOTOGRAPHY: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018, M Shed, Bristol,  Sat 20 – Sun 24 Feb 2019

Glass-house guard by Wayne Jones, Australia. Highly commended 2018, Underwater

Cripes. 50,000 images from all over the world were submitted for this competition. The 100 best are showcased here. It’s not just about nature as an art form but also challenges us to consider our own place in the natural world and what we can do to protect it. This image shows a yellow pygmy goby guarding its home – a discarded glass bottle.


ART: Daniel Sequeira, Christmas Steps Gallery, Bristol, Tues 23 – Sun 28 Oct (private view, all welcome,  Mon 22, 6–8pm)

Wells-based gallery Andelli Art present new oil paintings and studies by Daniel Sequeira in a six-day pop up in the heart of Bristol’s Art Quarter. With references to past masters as well as contemporary culture – he borrows from comic books, Caravaggio, the movies, Chiaroscruro and street art – his work combines incredible realism with great theatricality. Fab-u-lous.


DRAMA: The History Boys, Rondo Theatre, Bath, Weds 24 – Sat 27 Oct

Alan Bennett’s modern classic about the group of 6th formers in pursuit of sex, sport and a place an university.



CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS: No Show, Tobacco Factory Theatres,  Bristol, Weds 24 – Sat 27 Oct

What lies behind the glitzy smiles, sequins and showmanship of the circus? The award-winning, all female contemporary circus shows the wobbles, the pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection.


OPERA: La Traviata, Welsh National Opera, Bristol Hippodrome, Thurs 25 Oct

Photo Roger Donovan

Parisien courtesan Violetta finds true love with Alfredo before they’re separated by society, sickness and destiny. Hankies out, then.


BOOKS: Yeovil Literary Festival, Octagon Theatre and other venues around Yeovil, Thurs 25 – Mon 29 Oct

Jo Brand, Craig Revel Horwood, Gregg Wallace, Fay Weldon, Michael Parkinson, Giles and Mary from Gogglebox. Just some of the names you might recognise who are rocking up to Yeovil to talk about books and other stuff.


DRAMA: Henry V, Wells Cathedral, Wells, Fri 26 & Sat 27 Oct

Antic Disposition’s critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s epic play, with French and English actors, is touring some of the UK’s most beautiful and significant cathedrals. So of course, it’s coming to Wells. With original songs inspired by the poetry of AE Houseman.  Sounds awesome.



MARKET: Bath Vintage & Antiques Market, Green Park Station, Sun 28 Oct

All sorts of vintage, retro, mid century collectables, fashion, jewellery, kitchenalia, home wares, vinyl, etc under the vaulted glass roof of a disused Victorian railway station in the centre of Bath. Always last Sunday of the month.


MUSICAL: The Jersey Boys, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 30 Oct – Sat 17 Nov

Photo Brinkhoff & Mögenbur

How four blokes from the wrong side of the tracks sang their their way to become Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, selling 175 million records worldwide before they turned 30.  The smash hit show on tour. Oh what a night.


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