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What’s On in February

FEBRUARY 2020

Fifty – yes, 50 – splendiferous things to do around Somerset and Dorset in February 2020.

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Festival of Snowdrops, East Lambrook Manor Gardens, nr South Petherton, Sat 1 Feb and then Tues – Sun throughout the month

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Snowdrops spectacular at the Grade 1 listed garden created by Margery Fish: swathes of snowdrops, unusual cultivars, snowdrop sculptures, an exhibition of snowdrop photography by top garden photographer, Jason Ingram, snowdrops to buy…

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Beginners’ Yoga Course, Balance the Countryside Gym, Timsbury, nr Bath,  Mon 3 Feb onwards

New 5-week beginners’ yoga course at the small but perfectly formed gym in the countryside. 6.45pm – 7.45pm. £55. Sign up & book through the website.

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Blithe Spirit, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 4 – Sat 8 Feb

Photo: Nobby Clark

Jennifer Saunders is ab fab in this latest revival of Noel Coward’s well-loved comedy Blithe Spirit. Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium (played by Saunders) accidentally conjures up the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, at a séance.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Lighthouse, Centre for the Arts, Poole, Weds 5 Feb

Photo Ben Tibbetts

Watch other people push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe from the comfort of your cinema seat, chomping popcorn.  Also on at the Weymouth Pavilion on Thurs 6 Feb.

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Boyzlife,  Bath Forum, Thurs 6 Feb

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It’s an Irish mash-up (apologies for the potato pun) but fans of boybands Westlife and Boyzone are in for a treat as the two become one, with a full-band production show featuring Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy.

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Horses! Horses! around Somerset and beyond, from Thurs 6 Feb – Sun 29 March

Darkly comic tale of a stolen horse, wild west country soul and the mess we make of relationships, performed in local boozers around Somerset by the Wassail Theatre Company, with pub games, pints, crisps, country music – and karaoke.

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Circus of Horrors,  Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, Thurs 6, Lighthouse, Centre for the Arts, Poole, Fri 7 February

Unbelievable, bizarre and beautiful acts set within a rock ‘n’ roll soundscape. Eek.

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Fifty Bees 4, Lydia Needle, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Sat 8 Feb – Sat 14 March

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The Somerset artist has sculpted 50 life-size British bees in wool and stitch (representing 50 of the 275 bee species  – wow – in the UK), with responses to each bee made by 50 other artists. Part of Lydia Needle’s larger project aiming to create every single bee species in the country.

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Steve James’ pop up Italian, Eastfield Farm, Tintinhull, nr Yeovil, Sat 8 Feb

The private chef cooks up a bellissimo selection of Italian sharing dishes, you bring the vino at his first supper club of the month, with more to come (Japanese, Korean, Indian, Mezze, Just Desserts….)

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Teen Yoga Workshop, Balance the Countryside Gym, Timsbury, Sat 8 Feb

Different forms of yoga, practicing relaxation and breathing techniques – and lunch. 11am – 2pm.

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Nordic Walking on the Jurassic Coast, Studland Bay, Sat 8 Feb & Sat 22 Feb

A Nordic walk out to Old Harry Rocks, with historical titbits on the way, then back for a warming casserole at the Discovery Centre. Booking essential.

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Art, homewares and curios sale, Easel Cottage, South Horrington, nr Wells,  Sat 8 & 9 Feb

Mooch around this arty cottage – the Andelli Art Gallery holiday let – where the stuff on the walls, shelves and tables is for sale. 10am –5pm both days.

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The Dodge Brothers and City Girl, Regent Centre, Christchurch, Sun 9 Feb

The band, including international film critic Mark Kermode, accompany F.W. Murnau’s silent classic City Girl, a romantic drama about the clash between city and urban life (don’t we know it?!). Q & A at the end. The show then goes on a UK tour.

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Sing-a-long Bohemian Rhapsody and The Greatest Showman, Theatre Royal Bath, Sun 9 Feb

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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Nope, it’s the real deal: dress up and sing along to The Greatest Showman (suitable 5+) at and Bohemian Rhapsody (15+) at 7pm.

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Rambert2: Triple Bill, Bristol Old Vic, Tues 11 – Thurs 13 Feb

Formed each year from a worldwide search for new contemporary dance talent, Rambert2’s dancers combine technical virtuosity with raw energy and work with top international choreographers to create thrilling and innovative pieces.

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Dial M for Murder, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 11 Feb – Sat 15 Feb

Photo Manuel Harlan

Stage version of Hitchcock’s iconic 1954 film. When charismatic and manipulative Tony Wendice, a jaded ex-tennis pro, discovers his wife Margot has been unfaithful, his mind turns to revenge and the pursuit of the ‘perfect crime’. With Tom Chambers (Holby City, Casualty, Strictly Come Dancing etc) and Sally Bretton (Not Going Out, Death in Paradise).

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Nordic Walking in a Vineyard, Furleigh Wine Estate, Salway Ash, nr Bridport, Weds 12 Feb

Freshly roasted coffee – Nordic walking through the vines – glass of their award-winning fizz. Nice combo.

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Return to Heaven, Mark Bruce Company, Lighthouse, Centre for the Arts, Poole, Weds 12 Feb

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Contemporary dance theatre drawing on the mythology of Ancient Egypt, William Burroughs, old horror films and Victorian chillers.  Two intrepid explorers set off on a journey towards a mythical land where the demons and gods they disturb unleash something within themselves. Cripes.

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Mindfulness and Art at the Museum, Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Thurs 13 Feb

Reconnect with your body and the sensations you experience, become aware of your thoughts and feelings as they happen. Meditation practice in the museum with mindfulness expert Bev Aderson and a contemplative walking meditation around Tristram Hillier’s Landscape of the Mind exhibition.  6pm –7pm. £10.

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Grow your own flower cutting patch, Newton Farm, Newton St Loe, nr Bath, Thurs 13 Feb

Everything you need to know from planning, selecting flowers, getting started, growing, maintenance and trouble shooting so that you can have a good supply of carbon-free flowers. 10am –1pm, £60. Booking essential, call 01225 873707 option 3 or email roz@newtonfarmfoods.co.uk 

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Open Source Salon – Bill Amberg, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Thurs 13 Feb

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The famous designer and craftsman shares his knowledge on the history, chemistry and sustainability of leather he uses to create his bespoke leather bags, interiors and furniture.

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The Art of Rest with Claudia Hammond, The Grosvenor Arms, Shaftesbury, Thurs 13 Feb

All in the Mind‘s Claudia Hammond is the first guest speaker in The Grosvenor’s Spring Talks series. The award-winning broadcaster and psychology lecturer will be examining the science behind our struggles to rest and relax and discussing her new book The Art of Rest.

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Knot, Strode Theatre, Street, Thurs 13 Feb

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Photo Fabio Affuso

An exhilarating acrobatic duet about the knots we tie ourselves in – the story of a very modern affair.

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Midge Ure – The 1980 Tour, Lighthouse, Centre for the Arts, Poole, Fri 14 February

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Oooooh Vienna! The whole album in its entirety, for the first time since it was made by Ultravox over 40 years ago plus songs from Visage’s debut album heard live for the first time.

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Toulouse-Lautrec and the Masters of Montmartre, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, Sat 15 Feb – Sun 26 May

Ambassadeurs by Aristide Bruant

Over 80 iconic posters from 19th century Paris – they revolutionised the world of graphic design, as well as boosting sales at Athena poster shop (remember that?).

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Clare Teal and her BIG Mini BIG BAND, Theatre Royal Bath, Sun 16 Feb

Photo Chris Christodoulou

100 years of pop music from award-winning jazzer and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal.

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The Giant Shepton Flea market, Royal Bath & West, Shepton Mallet, Sun 16 Feb

Large white dog surrounded by junk

Does what it says on the (vintage) tin. The biggest junk and antiques market in the South West.

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Kodo: One Earth Tour 2020 – Legacy, Bournemouth International Centre, Sun 16 Feb

Japanese drumming troupe Kodo have been described as balancing deadly aggression with utter tranquility.

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Six, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 18 – Sun 23 Feb

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From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the award-winning Six sees the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their own personal tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power.

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Light up Poole, Poole High Street, Quay & Old Town, Poole, Thurs 20 – Sat 22 Feb

Digital light art fest, with 15 installations, created by media production students from Bournemouth University, scattered across the Dolphin Centre.

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Josie Long: Tender, Komedia Bath, Thurs 20 Feb

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Photo Giles Smith

She’s been around a while but this is her first new show in five years. It’s a tale of new motherhood that in the wrong hands could be a self-indulgent yawn-fest, as she’s well aware (“I believe I may be the only woman this has ever happened to…”) but she does a cracking set which veers through trying to urgently get an expensive chicken cooked while in labour to her concerns about climate change. Read our interview.

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NT Live: Cyrano de Bergerac, venues around Somerset & Dorset, Thurs 20 Feb

James McAvoy is the man with the schnozzer in this National Theatre production, live-screened around the UK. Find a venue near you.

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Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy,

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth, Fri 21 Feb – Sat 21 June

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Auburn haired beauties and more by the Pre-Raphaelite masters, with works from Tate Britain, the V&A, Royal Academy, Southampton City Art Gallery and The Russell-Cotes collection as well as contemporary artists and fantasy imagery from the Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.

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Henning Wehn: Get On With It, Weymouth Pavilion, Sat 22 Feb

German Comedy Ambassador to the UK, on a mission: ‘Die entgueltige Teilung Europas – das ist mein Auftrag’.

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Geoff Norcott: Taking Liberties, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, Sat 22 Feb

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The provocative Right leaning comic, as seen on The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and The Last Leg, comes to the Dorset coast.

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Bath Vintage & Antiques Market, Green Park Station, Bath, Sun 23 Feb

Rummage for bargains at this large and popular junk market under the impressive vaulted glass roof of a former rail station. On every last Sunday of the month, from 8am – 4pm.

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MA & Other Postgraduates Exhibition 2020, Atkinson Gallery, Street, Mon 24 Feb – Sat 21 March

Spot future Bridget Riley and Damien Hursts in this annual exhibition of painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and multimedia made by the cream of the post grad creative arts students in the UK.

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 25 – Sat 29 Feb

Photo by Helen Maybanks

The Olivier award-winning West End show is now on tour and stopping off in the West Country.  Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s rise to stardom, with classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend and Up on the Roof.

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Yoga and Art at the Museum, Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Wed 26 Feb

Bev Alderson will help you find your zen with an hour-long hatha yoga session in the medieval Great Hall of Taunton Castle. You don’t have to know your downward dog from a cow stretch but if you do, that’s OK too, as the session is suitable for all levels of experience and everything’s provided. 8.30am – 10am. £10.

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Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us, Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, Weds 26 Feb

The comic picks through the myths, facts and figures of our national identities to ask who do we think we are?

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Taste of India, The Marlborough Tavern, Bath, Weds 26 Feb

Five courses with dishes like tandoori roast quail, Keralan monkfish korma and saffron & mango donut with coconut lassi on the menu. £40 per person. See the full menu here. Book 01225 423731 or reservations@marlborough-tavern.com

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Friendsical, Lighthouse, Centre for the Arts, Poole, Thurs 27 – Sat 29 Feb

Photo Dale Wightman

Not to be confused with the Warner Brothers TV show, Friends, this is the 2019 Edinburgh Festival smash hit parody about the New York gang.

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Ping’s Makan Club, Bath, Thurs 27 Feb

Masterchef champion Ping Coombe’s Malaysian Supper Club in Bath. Four courses, everyone sitting at long tables  – very convivial – at the Good Bear Cafe in Bear Flat.

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Bristol Light Festival,  around Bristol, Thurs 27 Feb – Sun 1 March

Pink Enchantment by Tine Bech Studio

International light artists alongside Bristol talent create a trail in six locations through the city centre.

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Hashmet Sultana, Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport, Fri 28 Feb

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The ‘Sufi sisters’ were one of the highlights of WOMAD 2018, became a YouTube sensation when their song Rang racked up over 25 million views and are now on their first UK tour. Catch ’em here.

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The Canterbury Tales, Ilminster Arts Centre, Ilminster, Fri 28 Feb

The GreenMatthews Players retell six of Chaucer’s iconic stories in a show that’s fast, furious, funny – and filthy. You can book a pre-show supper too.

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Mark Beaumont – Around the World in 80 Days, Regent Centre, Christchurch, Sat 29 Feb

The TV presenter, broadcaster, record breaking round the world cyclist and ultra-endurance adventurer tells us how it’s done (18,000 miles in 78 days, 14 hours, 40 mins – that’s 240 miles a day – piece of cake).

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Lego Walk, Highcliffe Castle, Highcliffe, Sat 29 Feb

Could you walk barefoot over thousands of Lego pieces (ouch!)? All in aid of the charity Relate.

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Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny, Bournemouth International Centre, Sat 29 Feb

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King of the not very PC one-liners and one of the hardest working comics in the industry, apparently.

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