What’s on in August – UPDATED
From an evening with stars of RuPaul's Drag Race UK to a new sculpture by Antony Gormley on Wells Cathedral – we have all bases covered.
Pop up theatre, The Theatre on the Downs, Bristol, until Sat 18 Sept
New pop up space on the edge of the city, showcasing West Country theatre, family stuff, circus and poetry. The Wardrobe Ensemble’s programme includes a fantastical look at manipulation, monopoly and money Winners; a bicycle-powered eco-musical Bicycle Boy and a play for babies and toddlers Beach Baby.
Drive in movies, Old Holmsley Aerodrome, Bransgore, near Christchurch Weds 18 – Sun 22 Aug
Pick a picture, any picture. From Disney’s Moana to The Exorcist, there’s sure to be something to tempt amongst the 15 classic movies on the bill. Text for milkshakes, pizza, burgers and more to be delivered to your car while you watch.
The Vivienne and Baga Chipz Show, Komedia, Bath, Thurs 19 Aug
Winner of the first RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, The Vivienne and audience fave Baga Chipz join forces for an evening of dressed down, subtle, low key comedy. Not.
Inside Out, Heritage Courtyard Gallery & Studios, Wells, Sat 20 Aug – mid Sept
Renowned Somerset artists Heather Wallace and Rebecca Barnard, making art in adjoining studios for the past five years, have long inspired and influenced each other’s work. See the results of their collaborations and conversations in their new exhibition, with ceramics by Kate Wilson.
Groan Ups, Theatre Royal Bath, until Sat 21 Aug
The brand new comedy from the people behind the famous The play that goes wrong, following a class of six-year-olds as they grow into anarchic teenagers and on into their thirties.
Eat: festivals, Portishead, Honiton Sat 21 Aug, Chipping Sodbury Sat 28 Aug
Three bites at the cherry/cheese/pie. This August, the roving, free, Eat:festivals – showcasing some of the best West Country food and drink producers – are landing in Portishead marina, Honiton and Chipping Sodbury. Come to browse, buy, eat, drink and be entertained.
Wind in the Willows The Holbourne Museum, Bath, Sat 21 Aug
Join Mole, Ratty and Badger as they save Toad and his shiny new motorcar from deep trouble in a live music, open air production.
Circus of Horrors, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, Sat 21 Aug
From Britain’s Got Talent to West End and worldwide hit, the bizarre circus combining circus acts, horror, black comedy and rock ‘n’ roll, comes to shake (over 16s) up.
Carter’s Steam Fair, Royal Victoria Park, until Sun 22 Aug
All the fun of the traditional fair, where everything’s powered by steam, from the rides to the organ.
The Great Gatsby, Athelhampton House, Puddletown, near Dorchester, Weds 25 Aug
Cocktails and Charleston dancing shoes at the ready. Live Prohibition era jazz and open air theatre from Heartbreak Production’as bandleader Nick finds he lives next door to a mysterious millionaire with a prediction for extravagant parties.
Doubt by Antony Gormley, Wells Cathedral, from Thurs 26 Aug
Being installed today on the West Front of Wells Cathedral and on loan for the next 18 months, the only new sculpture by Antony Gormley in the UK this year. Gormley says ‘Doubt’, positioned literally on edge and teetering uneasily out of its niche, one foot perilously off the ledge and one shoulder jutting forward, attempts to invoke feelings of isolation, standing exposed on the corner of a Gothic masterpiece.
Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf , Walled Gardens, Cannington, near Bridgwater, Sat 28 Aug
Little Red Riding Hood joins forces with the Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks to outwit the Big Bad Wolf in this Folksy Theatre open air production.
The Oak Fair, Sturminster Newton, Sat 28 & Sun 29 Aug
Good ol’ rural entertainment. Not just oak – a celebration of timber, woodland and conservation in the Dorset countryside plus country activities, food and drink.
Medieval Weekend, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sat 28 – Mon 30 Aug
Bowlore’s re-enactments of battles, medieval life and more weapons than you can shake a metal studded club at.
Horrible Histories: Gorgeous Georgians & Vile Victorians, The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, Tues 31 Aug
A whistle stop tour of British history with all the hilariously yucky bits left in.