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APRIL 2019

ART: Black Swan Young Open, Black Swan Arts, Frome, until Sat 27 April

Layla Lamonde

See what the younger generation are getting up to. 166 pieces of art made by artists aged 8–19.


FOOD & DRINK: Only Fools The (Cushty) Dining Experience), The Abbey Hotel, Bath, Mon 1 & Tues 2 April

You’re transported to The Nag’s Head in Peckham for this interactive evening of  comedy and food (3 courses and a cocktail). Part of the Bath Comedy Festival. Lubberly jubberly.



DRAMA: Equus, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 2 – Sat 6 April

Ira Mandela Siobhan as Nugget and Ethan Kai as Alan Strang. Photo The Other Richard

Peter Shaffer’s famous psychological thriller re-imagined. The story of a psychiatrist (Zubin Varla, currently shortlisted in the 2019 Olivier Award noms for Best Actor in a Musical) and a young man (Ethan Kai, Emmerdale) with a pathological religious fascination with horses. Inspired by a true story and gripping stuff.


FOOD & DRINK: Supper, cheese & wine tasting, The Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton St George, Tues 2 April

Six artisan British cheeses perfectly paired with wines. Sarah Longman from Longman’s Cheese handling the cheese; Travis from The Beckford Bottle Shop, Bath on wine. Supper by The Lord P.  Booking essential: 01460 73149 or


MUSIC: Live Cinema, Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, cinemas around Somerset, Tues 2 April

Photo Monika Rittershaus

Shenanigans involving nobleman forbidding daughter to marry beloved, beloved killing nobleman, nobleman’s son seeking revenge.

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DANCE: Rosie Kay Dance Company, 5 Soldiers, Strode Theatre, Street, Weds 3 April

Choreographer Rosie Kay spent time with the 4th Battalion The Rifles and a military rehabilitation centre, resulting in this multi award-winning work about what we expect of soldiers and their bodies in the 21st century.


CRAFT: Intro to Chalk Paint Furniture,  Newton Farm Shop, Newton St Loe, nr Bath, Thurs 4 April

Nicky Turner of Nicky Turner Creations will tell you all need to know about using chalk paint at this workshop. Includes refreshments, equipment and a pot to take home. 10am-1pm. £55. Book or 01225 873707, option 3.


PHOTOGRAPHY: Mandy Barker’s Altered Ocean, Royal Photographic Society House, Bristol, Thurs 4 April – Sun 23 June

Penalty – The World, by Mandy Barker

International award-winning photographer Mandy Barker created this stunning photo from the 992 balls recovered by the public from the world’s oceans in just four months. Just one of her many thought-provoking photos about the effects of plastic pollution in the oceans on show in this exhibition.


MUSIC: Ronnie Jones Trio with Simon Spillett, Iminster Arts Centre, Ilminster, Fri 5 April

Modern jazz from one of the UK’s most acclaimed saxophonists Simon Spillett, playing with the Ronnie Jones Trio. Pre-show supper available.


FOOD & DRINK: Tapas & Cocktails, Kitchen at the Wharf, Langport, Fri 5 April

Sip a Mojito or a Porn Star Martini and nibble on tapas on their west-facing riverside terrace and watch the sun go down. Sigh. Book: 01458 254354.


MUSIC: Sarah Griffiths Trio, The Swan, Wedmore, Fri 5 April

More jazz from a Glastonbury gal, in a regular Friday night music slot at the pub.  Someone different each month.


DANCE: Swan Lake, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Sat 6 April

Touring company Ballet Theatre UK’s swans alight in Taunton.


FOOD & DRINK: Gin & Gelato, Trading Post Farm Shop, nr South Petherton, Sat 6 April

Kate and co will be doling out Baboo Gelato and their latest Viper gin (they stock lots). While you’re there, enter their comp to win an enormous choc Easter egg. Ice cream. Gin. Choc. All bases covered.


MARKET: The Frome Independent, Frome, Sun 7 April

The massive street market – craftspeople, designers, makers, food producers and vintage traders – makes its first appearance of the year.


DRAMA: The Girl on the Train, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 8 – Sat 13 April

Samantha Womack (Eastenders) is the girl peering out of the train window at the seemingly perfect lives of Megan and Scott (Oliver Farnworth, (Corrie).  But all is not as it seems.


COMEDY: Mark Steel, The Octagon, Yeovil, Thurs 11 April

Might not seem like it now but according to the award-winning comedian, Everything Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright. Phew.


DRAMA: NT Live Screening: All About Eve, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Thurs 11 April

Fasten your seat belts it’s going to be a bumpy night. Gillian Anderson (X Files, Sex Education) is theatre legend Margo Channing and Lily James (Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again) her ‘biggest fan’ Eve Harrington, in the National Theatre’s version of the classic 1950 film.

Find a screening near you


ART: Nicholas Poussin’s The Triumph of Pan, The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, Thurs 11 April – Sun 7 July

Famous painting, commissioned by the notorious Cardinal Richelieu, stopping off here on the National Gallery’s Masterpiece Tour.


FOOD & DRINK: Market@Godminster, Bruton, Fri 12 April

Artisan food and drink, Easter-themed activities for kids and wine tasting for the grown-ups.


MUSIC: The Magic Flute, Bristol Hippodrome, Thurs 11 & Sat 13 April

Magritte-inspired production from the Welsh National Opera involving an angry lobster, a newspaper-reading lion and a fish turned into a bike.



OUTDOORS: Family Morning, Hidden Woods, Farleigh Woods,  nr Frome, Sun 14 April

Rope swings, mud kitchens, bushcraft, campfire cooking, singing and free range play for families with younger kids (toddlers up to around 10) in an 80-acre woodland activity centre. 10am– 12.30pm.


DRAMA:  Metamorphosis, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, Sun 14 April

Photo Joe Samuels

Kafka’s tale about the man who wakes up to find himself turned into  beetle – with hyper-realistic make up. Eeek.


DRAMA: Rain Man, The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, Mon 15 – Sat 20 April
Paul Nicholls and Chris Fountain play the Babbit brothers in Bill Kenright’s The Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company production of the Oscar-winning film.

FOOD & DRINK: Chablis and oysters, Beckford Bottle Shop, Bath, Weds 17 April

Month got an R in it ? Start shucking open those oysters and how about an ice cold Chablis to go with? Turn up and pay as you go.


FILM: The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Queens Arms, Corton Denham, Weds 17 April

Soft-reboot and sequel to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Watch the flick and enjoy a meal (and a glass (alcoholic or soft) at this foodie pub. Book 01963 220317.


COMEDY: Tony Law, A Lost Show, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Thurs 18 April

From TV and Radio 4. The King of post-modern nonsense, they say.


CRAFT: Living wreath workshop, Newton Farm Shop, Newton St Loe, nr Bath, Thurs 18 April
Working from a base of fresh moss, Sarah Wilson of Compton Garden Flowers demonstrates how to create a wreath from seasonal fresh flowers and bulbs. Workshop 10 am – 12 noon, £45 and includes refreshments, equipment and your wreath to take home. Book or 01225 873707, option 3.


FOOD & DRINK: Dining Evening, Kitchen at Jordans Courtyard, Fri 19 April
Did you know that once a month, this very nice cafe opens its doors for dinner? Choice of three starters, mains and desserts. Butternut squash and thyme arancini, seafood linguine and chocolate zabaglioni are tickling our tastebuds this month. 2 courses £25; 3 courses £30. Book: 01460 298608


ART: Otherworldly, Atkinson Gallery, Street, Tues 23 April –Sat 29 June

Otherworldly transport, defence systems and alien landscapes in 100 acres of parkland at Millfield School: part of the Millfield Sculpture Trail.


HOME: Clutter Club, Hanham, Weds 24 April
Learn how to declutter and organise in your own home using the KonMari method – and with certified KonMari consultant Jenny Dudfield from Spark Serenity.  Six fortnightly sessions over 12 weeks, with a private a Facebook group for between session support. £72 for 12 weeks. Book: or call Jenny on 07977 303334. We’ll be running a competition to win a free place on the course, so watch this space!


FILM: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: In Concert, Colston Hall, Bristol, Sat 27 April

Small boy meets lost alien. The original with live music from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. This sounds awesome.


ART: Stuart Geddes, Andelli Art, South Horrington, nr Wells, Sat 27 April – Weds 15 May

Solo exhibition by Bristol-based artist Stewart Geddes, President of the Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Honorary RA and RSA.


FOOD & DRINK: #BuffFoodFest, Higher Oakley Farm, Chilthorne Dormer, nr Yeovil, Sun 28 April

Mini food fest with the farm’s own buffalo meat, ice cream, mozzerella and milk plus a load of other super local producers. Pizzas and other grub to scoff while you’re there.

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COMEDY: Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Komedia, Bath, Sun 28 April

Stand up talks gaslighting, lies and cheating in her new show Victim, Complex.

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