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What’s on in July

Here's a taster: eat your way around Somerset, polo and parties on the beach in Dorset and Peppa Pig meets Mozart In Bristol.

The Muddy pick of the fun stuff to do this month in Somerset, Dorset and Bristol.

MUSIC

Smoked & Uncut at The Pig-near Bath

The legendary Diana Ross hot foots it from Glasto over to Longleat House on Fri 1 July; Tears for Fears are gigging on Sat 2 July.

Another blast from the past, Adam Ant, once voted sexiest man alive by MTV and with 22 hit singles, is making Antmusic at the Bath Forum, Sat 2 July.

The South, featuring Alison Wheeler and Gaz Birtles of Beautiful South, are a Perfect 10 (well, nine) at Westlands in Yeovil on Fri 8 July.

Jools Holland and Sister Sledge are headlining boutique music festilval Smoked & Uncut at The Pig-near Bath, Sat 9 July.

Dance, Dance, Dance with Nile Rogers and CHIC on Weds 13 and Thurs 14 July; indie band Belle & Sebastian on Wed 13 July, the amphitheatre at Bristol’s Harbourside.

Proving the son-we-never-had isn’t just for Christmas, Michael Bublé performs against the iconic backdrop of 30 Grade I Listed terrace houses in Bath’s Royal Crescent on Fri 15 & Sat 16 July.

Raynor Winn (The Salt Path) has written new words to traditional songs celebrating the South West Coast Path, performed by the folk collective, The Gigspanner Big Band in Saltlines at Lighthouse Poole, Sun 17 July.

Multi-award-winning jazz vocalist Claire Martin OBE has curated a brand new jazz festival at Iford Manor on the Somerset/Wilts borders. Running from Fri 22–Sun 24 July, the festival include sets from Joe Stilgoe an Ray Gelato & The Giants, plus a Champagne bar, street food cooked over an Argentian asado and a jazz lunch.

Peppa Pig meets Mozart. In this interactive show, Peppa and the gang introduce kids to the orchestra, with fave songs from the TV series and music by classical composers. Peppa Pig: My First Concert is at St George’s in Bristol, Mon 25 & Tues 26 July.

The super-duper Camp Bestival may be focused on the kids but adults will be happy too, with a line up that includes Rag ‘N’ Bone Man and Kool & The Gang. Lulworth Castle from Thurs 28–Sun 31 July.

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THEATRE

Bugsy Malone. Photo © Tristram Kenton

Acclaimed Shakespearean director Deborah Warner kicks off her inaugural season at Bath’s Ustinov Studio with tragicomedy The Tempest, from Fri 1 July–Sat 6 Aug.

Shakespeare’s Globe touring company leaves the South Bank to perform Julius Caesar on top of a multi-storey car park in Boscombe, near Bournemouth. Sovereign Shopping Centre, Sat 2 & Sun 3 July.

Splurge guns and custard pies at the ready: the first ever professional tour of Bugsy Malone is hitting town at the Theatre Royal Bath, Sat 2–Sat 23 July.

Perennial fave, the funny play within a play The Play That Goes Wrong returns to the Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 4– Sat 9 July.

This year’s Wells Theatre Festival, aiming to bring world class theatre to rural communities, has an eclectic programme including aerial circus, musicals, Shakespeare, comedy, staged readings and a play about the Chinese heroine who inspired Mulan. Assorted venues, from Tues 7–Sun 12 July.

Go behind the glitter ball with Strictly Presents: Keeep Dancing. Stars from the show reveal all, so so speak, at Bath Forum Fri 8 July and Lighthouse Poole, Tues 19 July.

Aye aye me hearties! Dastardly pirates, tropical islands and an unforgettable mermaid in a swashbucklingly funny production of Treasure Island at the Bristol Old Vic, Tues 19 – Sat 30 July.

Some of the classics on stage: The Tiger Who Came To Tea, The Playhouse Weston-super-Mare, Tues 12 & Weds July; The Gruffalo, Redgrave Theatre Bristol, Fri 22–Sun 24 July.

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COMEDY

Edinburgh Festival without the travel: 34 comics, including satirical Twitteroo Rosie Holt (above), perform works in progress at Komedia Bath before heading up to Edinburgh. Cheap as chips at £10/ticket or 3 shows for £20. Throughout July.

Stand ups in the ‘hood this month include: Jason Manford, Bath Forum, Fri 1 July; Omid Djalili, Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, Thurs 7–Sat 9 July; Rob Rydon, Bath Forum Sat 9 & Weds 13 July; Jayde Adams Bristol Hen & Chicken Sat 9 July; and Suzi Ruffell, Bristol Wardrobe Theatre and Old Market Assembly, Sat 22 July.

David Sedaris shares his sardonic observations on life at Lighthouse Poole on Fri 22 July and at the Bath Forum on Sat 23 July.

ART & EXHIBITIONS

Ai Weiwei Palace, 2019 Cast iron © Ai Weiwei, courtesy Lisson Gallery and Neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Artists writers, film makers and composers from around the world – including Ai Weiwei (above) – celebrate what lies above and below the forest floor at Forest: Wake this Ground, the summer show at Bristol’s Arnolfini. Sat 9 July–Sun 2 Oct.

Over 70 artworks by 17 famous children’s book illustrators including Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo, Zog and the Flying Doctors, Pip and Posy) and Chris Mould (The Iron Man) at the Myths & Monsters exhibition at The Museum of Somerset in Taunton. There are trails and craft sessions throughout July and August. The exhibition itself runs from Tues 12 July– Sat 29 Oct.

The Black Swan Open in Frome showcases over 100 cutting edge artworks – drawings, paintings, prints, textiles, photographs, sculpture, ceramics and video – made by established artists as well as young graduates. Everything is for sale. Fri 15 July–Sun 1 Sept.

Some of the world’s finest contemporary art set within the magnificent medieval surrounds of Wells Cathedral. Mooch around a gallery of 123 works of art selected by the Wells Art Contemporary‘s international open art competition in the Cathedral cloisters and 29 site-specific installations dotted around the Cathedral and grounds. From Sat 30 July– Sun 28 Aug.

Still on at Hauser & Wirth Somerset in Bruton: the majorHenry Moore Sharing Form exhibition, curated by the Henry Moore Foundation in collaboration with the artist’s daughter Mary Moore, inside the gallery and outside in the beautiful grounds. Until Sun 4 Sept.

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WHAT ELSE?

Paul McCartney leaves the stage for British-Nigerian historian, author and TV presenter David Olusoga talking about A House Through Time. Cheese & Grain in Frome, Mon 4 July.

With 200 events in 40 venues celebrating the arts in the vibrant market town, there’s something for everyone at this year’s Frome Festival, Fri 1 – Sun 10 July.

Internationally acclaimed textile artist Carole Waller’s hand painted one-off silk clothing and Chanii B’s unique, colourful shoes are the perfect combo. On the catwalk in Milsom Place in Bath on Thurs 7 Jul , with discounts, goodies and a free drink (Tickets £20). Proceeds to We Get It charity. Carole’s pop-up shop Fri 8 & Sat 9 July, from 11am-4pm.

Chukka, mucker? Sandpolo at Sandbanks. Not just the British Beach Polo Championships but pitch-side bars, food and beach parties with Craig Charles, The Real Thing and assorted DJs. Fri 8 & Sat 9 July

One of the UK’s largest Pride events, Bristol Pride, starts with a Pride Parade leaving at Castle Park at 10am and walking across the city. Festivities continue on The Downs and include Carly Rae Jepsen on the main stage, cabaret, circus, dance and more. Sat 9 July. Bourne Free, the Bournemouth Pride celebrations, are on Fri 8 & Sat 9 July.

Anyone for (tea and) tennis? The Shire Hall Museum in Dorchester invite you to watch the Wimbledon finals on their big screen whilst tucking into a cream tea with strawberries & cream and Pimms. Sat 9 & Sun 10 July.

The Bristol Harbour Festival celebrates 50 years with family activities, circus performers, food stalls, visiting vessels and some mega live music across all the stages on Bristol’s waterfront. Thurs 15–Sat 17 July.

Visit biodynamic vineyards, food forests, aquaponic market gardens, milk-based vodka distillers, fermenters, foragers, goat herders, smokeries, bakeries, farms, cafes and more during the 10-day Somerset Food Trail Festival. Yum! See all 190 venues. Fri 15–Sun 24 July. 

Abseil down a quarry and raise money for the Somerset Wildlife Trust, Uphill Quarry near Weston-super-Mare on Sat 17 July.

Over 250 stalls selling retro-furniture, vintage clothing, garden statuary, crafts, art, jewellery, books, toys and masses more. It can only be the Giant Shepton Flea at the Bath & West Showground, Sat 17 July.

Watch chef masterclasses and stuff yourselves silly at the Fantastic Food Festival in Bath’s Royal Victoria Park, Fri 29–Sun 31 July.

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