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This weekend

FRI 1 – SUN 3 OCT 2019

Check out our pick of what’s on this weekend in and around Somerset.

A Taste of Honey, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 28 Oct – Sat 2 Nov

See Shelagh Delaney’s taboo-breaking play about the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in post-war working class Salford before it transfers to the West End. Jodie Prenger (Years and Years, Citizen Khan) stars as Helen in this National Theatre production.



Yeovil Literary Festival, various venues, Thurs 31 Oct – Mon 4 Nov

Mr Glastonbury

Yeovil’s annual book fest goes from strength to strength with John Suchet, Prue Leith, Deborah Moggach, Katy Brand, Clare Balding, Konnie Huq, Adam Kay, Micheal Eavis ….


Badger’s Velvet Christmas Pop-up, Jubilee Hall, Batcombe, Fri 1 & Sat 2 Nov

30 designer makers – fashion, homewares, beauty, jewellery and more – curated by Badger’s Velvet (Sarah O’Keefe, from Notting Hill’s super cool The Cross and Ros Badger) with a pop-up supper club from award-winning Brassica of Beaminster. Fri 1 Nov 1pm–5pm 2 & Sat 2 Nov 10am–5pm, supper Sat evening.


Frome Independent, around Frome, Sun 3 Nov

The massive street market – craftspeople, designers, makers, food producers and vintage traders – is one of the best in the UK.




The Great British Autumn, Longleat, nr Warminster, until Sun 3 Nov

Giant pumpkins, a parliament of owls, Autumn-themed sand art, a chilling ghost walk through the dark corridors of Longleat House and a fireworks finale.


Cyrano, Bristol Old Vic,  until Sat 6 Nov

Man with a schnozzle enlists the help of a handsome fool to win the heart of his lady love. The epic love story returns in verse form at the ever innovative Bristol Old Vic. Tristan Sturrock (Zacky Martin in Poldark) stars.


International Garden Photographer of the Year 2019, Hestercombe Gardens, until Weds 20 Nov

Photo Jonathan Need

Around 20,000 entries from around the world whittled down to 40 winning images in the International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition on display near the orchards of Hestercombe’s Grade 1 landscape and gardens. In association with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.


Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ+ Histories, Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester, Dorset,  until Sun 17 Nov

The British Museum’s touring exhibition comes to the West Country via the Ashmolean.


Richard Twose: Experiments with Flying, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, until Sun 24 Nov

The famous artist living near Bath puts acrobats from the CircoMedia Bristol to the test in this selling show.


Disney’s The Lion King, Bristol Hippodrome, to Sat 23 Nov

The first Disney animation with an original story (and more than a few passing resemblances to Hamlet) on stage with a cast from around the world.




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