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What’s on in November

30+ things to do around Somerset and Dorset, from moon landings and funny girls to an other worldly field of lights

Museum of the Moon, Bath Abbey, until Sun 26 Dec

Check out the latest moon landing – Luke Jerram’s vast art installation, that is – at Bath Abbey.

eat:Festivals, Taunton Sat 27 Nov

Christmasssy versions of the roving West Country food and drink markets hit the town(s). Read more.

Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell, Theatre Royal Bath, until Sat 27 Nov

Photo Johan Persson

The brilliant Bourne is back! New Adventures dance company’s latest work is set amongst the London underbelly of the 1930s, with the action centering around the lovelorn affairs of a lonely hearts club at The Midnight Bell tavern.

Christmas Light Trail at Stourhead, Stourton, Fri 26 Nov – Sat 20 Jan 2022

Neon Strings by Culture Creative, My Christmas Trails 2020. Photo by Richard Haughton © Sony Music.

Over a million lights and lasers to light up the trees and lake, seasonal sounds (courtesy of Sony Music) to fill the air; food and drink to fill up you.

Illuminate at Abbotsbury, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury Fri 26 Nov – Thurs 23 Dec

Paths around the subtropical garden’s Long Walk’, the Pavilion and the lily ponds and more – all lit up!

Mo Gilligan: There’s Mo To Life, Bournemouth International Centre, Sat 27 Nov

Comedy

Mo Gilligan has been occupying hours of TV time over the past year. He’s a judge on ITV’s The Masked Singer, appeared on the The Cube reboot and Celebrity Gogglebox, hosts his own show on Channel 4 and wants you in his eye line. Go see one of the hottest new comedy talents on tour.

Steam and Lights, Swanage Station, Swanage, assorted dates between Sat 27 Nov – Fri 31 Dec

Take an evening trip on an illuminated steam train around the Purbek countryside, passing Corfe Castle.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021, M Shed, Bristol, Sat 27 Nov – Sun 5 June 2022

Over 50,000 entries from all over the world were whittled down to 100 powerful photographs telling the story of a planet under pressure, in the most prestigious photography event of its kind.

Rachel Parris: All Change Please, Komedia Bath, Sat 27 Nov

The classy, clever viral sensation and star of The Mash Report shares her venomously witty observations and a song or two. Part of the Bath Festivals programme.

Tim Minchin: BACK Encore, Bournemouth International Pavilion, Sun 28 Nov

The award-winning comedian, actor and composer (Matilda the Musical, Groundhog Day) on his UK tour.

SIX: Divorced, Beheaded Live, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 29 Nov – Sat 11 Dec

Photo Johan Persson

From the electric opening song to the wild standing ovation, the high octane show proves there ain’t no party like a dead queens’ party! Read our review.

STILL ON

The Art of Brian Rice: Sixty Years of Painting and Prints, Museum of Somerset, Taunton, until Sat 26 Feb 2022

Red Assembly 1964

Thirty works by this Somerset abstract artist, who made an international name for himself during the 60s pop art movement, and has work in Tate Britain.

Light at Marston Park, Frome, until Sun 17 April 2022

Bruce Munro’s immersive, light-based and world famous ‘Field of Light’ – currently illuminating Uluru in Australia and the Paso Robles wine country in California – comes to super cool Marston Park. Stroll around the lakeside and woodland installation from dusk, with seasonal food and drink. Next year you’ll be able to sleep amongst the spheres (watch this space!).

JUST MISSED

Quant, assorted cinemas, dates throughout Nov

The first official feature doc celebrating the life story of the trailblazing fashion designer Dame Mary Quant. The likes of Jasper Conran, Kate Moss, Charlotte Tilbury and Vivienne Westwood add their two pennies worth. Find a cinema near you.

The New Scummy Mummies Show, Komedia, Bath Tues 2 & Weds 3 Nov

Scummy-Mummies shiny pink unitards and feather boas

Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson are bringing bonkers comedy show to the Komedia in Bath. Based on the UK’s number one kids and family podcast, the Scummy Mummies celebrate everything from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA (standard Muddy behaviour).

Water Climate Festival, Lighthouse Poole, Weds 3 Nov – Sat 4 Dec

While Boris & Co gather at COP26, Lighthouse’s climate/arts festival shines a light on the climate challenge case in the South West, with artworks, film, spoken word, music, poetry and debate.

Paul Zerdin: Hands Free, Frome (Thurs 4 Nov), Bridgwater (Fri 5 Nov); Christchurch (Sat 6 Nov) and Yeovil (Sun 7 Nov)

‘Gottle of gear!’ is all I can manage. See how the America’s Got Talent winning ventriloquist does it on the West Country leg of his tour. Read our interview with him.

Jenny Eclair: 60 (FFS!) The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Sat 6 Nov

comedy

The 60s babe contemplates another decade of decrepitude and asks: is it a legal requirement to buy Nordic walking poles at this age?

Christmas Artisan Market, Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sat 6 & Sun 7 Nov

The medieval rooms of the Palace will be stuffed with Christmassy stuff sourced from around the West Country.

Bridport Literary Festival, venues around Bridport, Sun 7 – Sat 13 Nov

An eclectic mix of around 40 authors, including A.C. Grayling, Colin Thubron, Polly Toynbee, Hugo Vickers and two Marinas (Wheeler and Warner), at the 17th edition of BridLit.

The Frome Independent, around Frome, Sun 7 Nov

The best street market in the West, showcasing: fledgling and established contemporary designers and makers; sustainable products, contemporary design products and vintage fashion, collectibles and furniture; independent local, seasonal and regional food and drink producers. All bases covered then.

Afrika Eye Festival, Watershed & other various venues around Bristol, incl Clevedon, Mon 8 – Tues 16 Nov

Film, arts, music and culture from, or with roots in, Africa.

Heathers The Musical, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 9 – Sat 13 Nov

L-R Rebecca Wickes, Maddison Firth, Merryl Ansah & Lizzy Parker. Photos by Pamela Raith

The high octane, black comedy rock musical based on the 1988 film of the same name.

Show of Hands, Lighthouse Poole, Weds 10 Nov

Award-winning hits and festival faves from acoustic roots/folk duo Phil Beer and Steve Knightley.

Somerset Collective Christmas Pop Up Sale, Jordans Courtyard, near Ilminster, Sun 14 & Mon 15 Nov

Do all your Christmas shopping in one place – and help support a local charity. The Somerset Collective‘s 30 fab indie businesses from around the South West are at Jordans Courtyard, in support of local charity, The Rosie Crane Trust. Book a table at The Calf Shed cafe for lunch. 10am-4pm.

Global Rainbow, Lighthouse Poole, Fri 18 – Sun 20 Nov

A monumental outdoor laser installation by American artist Yvette Mattern, with rainbow lasers beaming 35 miles from the rooftop of Lighthouse over to Hengistbury Head and beyond, signalling our resilience and re-emergence from the dark days of 2020.

Micheal Spicer: The Room Next Door, Komedia Bath, Thurs 18 Nov

The man behind the 2020 viral sensation – over 60 million views online – finally leaves his room behind and walk out onto the live stage.

Mexican Night, Keyneston Mill, Tarrant Keyneston, near Blandford Forum, Thurs 18 Nov

The botanical garden, home to Parterre Fragrance, has an fab programme of events – workshops, classes, film evenings with themed suppers – throughout the year. We love the sound of this Mexican evening which combines a menu with a chilli kick and a screening of Frida, a film about the country’s most famous artistic couple.

Katherine Ryan: Missus, Lighthouse Poole, Sat 20 Nov

comedy

The funny girl takes time off the box (The Duchess, HIGNFY, Taskmaster, Glitter Room, In Trouble…) to go on tour.

Magic Goes Wrong, Theatre Royal Bath, until Sun 21 Nov

Chloe Tannenbaum as Bär and Jocelyn Prah as Spitzmaus. Pamela Raith Photography

A hapless gang of magicians stage an evening of grand illusion to raise cash for charity – what could possibly go wrong? Magic turns to mayhem on Mischief’s hit show’s first UK tour.

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