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Doing anything special at the weekend, sir? Check out what’s on in Somerset, Bath and Bristol.


The Christmas Collection, Ilminster Arts Centre, Ilminster, Mon 25 Nov – Sat 21 Dec

Sitting robin, Kate Michelle

Locally made handcrafted stuff to buy for Christmas.


Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 26 Nov – Sun 1 Dec

Photo Alastair Muir

From the Play That Goes Wrong’s Mischief Theatre, the Olivier Award nominated West End hit about the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s disastrous attempts to put on J.M.Barrie’s famous tale. Read our review.


Al Swainger Quartet ‘Biophosmos’, Ilminster Arts Centre, Ilminster, Fri 29 Nov

The foursome with special guest, guitarist Ant Law, play their interpretation of the music of Chick Corea.   A ‘melodic soundscape of Latin, fusion and ambience designed to surprise and delight’, apparently.


Ben Elton Live, The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, Fri 29 Nov

The godfather of modern stand-up returns.


Christmas at Stourhead, nr Warminster, Fri 29 Nov – 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. See you there?


Small & Mighty, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Sat 30 Nov – 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. Anyone up for spot of Crimbo shopping?


Klezwest! London Klezmer Quartet, Halsway Manor, nr Taunton, Sat 30 Nov

Welcome to the world of freylekhs, bulgars, zhoks, khosidls and terkishers – the dance music repertoire of Eastern European Jews.


Frome Independent Christmas Market, around Frome, Sun 1 Dec

The Christmas version of the famed monthly market. Designers, makers, craftspeople and artists of all kinds. Vintage clothing and collectibles. Delicious food. Live music. Santa. Not to be missed.

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Clevedon Sunday Market, around Clevedon, Sun 1 Dec

Christmas edition of the monthly food, drinks and designer-maker market on the hill and by the sea in Clevedon, between the seafront, Hill Road and Alexandra Road.  10am – 2pm.




Corinna Sargood’s Pictures & Diorama, Black Swan Arts, Frome, until Sat 21 Dec

Artist Corinna Sargood explores her life in Mexico, Peru and the dark world of fairy tales (she was a friend of Angela Carter) with brilliantly coloured painted wooden dioramas, embroideries, prints and artist’s books.


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.


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.


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.

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