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Badger’s Velvet Christmas Pop-up, Jubilee Hall, Batcombe, Sat 1 & Sun 2 Nov

30 designer makers – fashion (including Frome favourite, Settlers Stores), homewares, beauty, jewellery and more – curated by Badger’s Velvet (Sarah O’Keefe, from Notting Hill’s super cool The Cross and Ros Badger). Plus a pop-up supper club cooked up by award-winning Brassica of Beaminster. Sat 1st 1pm–5pm 2 & Sun 2 Nov 10am–5pm, supper Sat evening.


Frome Independent, around Frome, Sun 3 Nov

The massive street market – craftspeople, designers, makers, food producers and vintage traders – is one of the best in the UK.


Andrew Hardwick, Atkinson Gallery, Street, Mon 4 Nov – Sat 7 Dec

Old workings, moor, summer clouds 2019

The Bristol-based artist and Royal West of England Academician has a studio a farm where the River Severn turns into the sea surrounded by industry and new housing estates, reflected in works using board, canvas, netting, wire and various paints. Read more.


Yeovil Literary Festival, various venues around Yeovil, until Mon 4 Nov

Yeovil’s annual book fest goes from strength to strength with John Suchet, Prue Leith, Deborah Moggach, Katy Brand, Clare Balding, Konnie Huq, Adam Kay, Micheal Eavis ….


Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III, Royal Ballet Live screening, venues around Somerset, Tues 5 Nov

ballet dancers red yellow tunics

Artists of the Royal Ballet in Concerto. Photo Johan Persson

A different kind of fireworks on bonfire night: three works by Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan and Rudolf Nureyev.

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Minyoung Choi, Andelli Art, South Horrington, nr Wells, Weds 6 – Weds 20 Nov

painting of volcano with fish on table


Magical, surreal show by Wells Art Contemporary ‘Next Generation prize’ winner Minyoung Choi. Anthropomorphic animals inhabit fairy-tale landscapes, interacting with objects symbolising memories from her Seoul childhood, this is an artist to watch.


Calendar Girls, The Musical, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 5 – Sat 9 Nov

Photo John Swannell

The WI get their kit off.


Queens of Sheba, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, Weds 6 – Sat 9 Nov

four cool black women dancing

Based on a real incident at London’s DSTRKT Nightclub in 2015 when a group of women were turned away for ‘being too dark’,  four women take to the stage with their explosive true stories.


Contemporary Art pop-up, Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel, Bath, Fri 8, Sat 9 & Sun 10 Nov

James Jean by Maria Rivans

Curated show of prints, original paintings and sculptures with new works from both local and national artists, including this limited edition print by collage artist Maria Rivans.


Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers: Tribe 25, Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, Sun 10 Nov

japanese drumming

High energy synchronised drumming and dramatic choreography from Europe’s leading taiko drum group.


The Lady Vanishes,The Octagon, Yeovil, Mon 11 – Sat 16 Nov

cast of a lady vanishes

The Classic Thriller Theatre Company’s production based on the Hitchcock classic, starring Gwen Taylor and Andrew Lancel (from Corrie amongst other things) and a host of other faces from TV.


ArtBar Unwrapped, Abbey Hotel, Bath, Tues 12 Nov – 6 Jan 2020

Christmas is Coming by Emma Rose

Small affordable works of art by Emma Taylor, James Nunn, Lucy Sanders and the glorious Emma Rose.  Glass of prosecco or two while you’re there? Open 8am–11pm every day.


My Cousin Rachel, Theatre Royal Bath, Weds 13 – Sat 23 Nov

Photo Bob King Creative

A young man in Cornwall suspects his cousin’s widow of murdering him and then falls in love with her. Ooh er. Helen George from Call the Midwife plays the mysterious and alluring Countess/Cousin Rachel.


All Wrapped Up, Milsom Place, Bath, Thurs 14 Nov

stylish womn in pink top and black trousers on a stool

Fashion show in the centre of Bath. On the catwalk: Carole Waller’s hand-painted silk clothing, Chantal Pilon’s luxury handmade shoes plus clothes from Hobbs and OSKA. Nibbles: Indian fusion food from Bandook. In support of Bath cancer charity We Get It.  On the lower level of Milsom Place, access from Broad Street. 7pm.



Russell Kane: The Fast and the Curious, Westlands, Yeovil, Thurs 14 Nov

Shy retiring man comes to Yeovil on UK tour.


Reedbeds and Waterways, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury, Sat 16 Nov – Sat 18 Jan 2020

Cranes and Lapwings Jackie Curtis

Cranes and Lapwings Jackie Curtis

We’ve got a lot of them round these parts! Local print maker Jackie Curtis celebrates the wildlife and landscapes of the Somerset Levels.


Clare Teal & her Trio, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sat 16 Nov

Jazz infused swing toons from award-winning jazz vocalist and Radio 2 presenter.


The Lost Voice Guy: I’m Only In It For The Parking,  Komedia Bath, Mon 18 Nov

Photo Steve Ullathorne

Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy), the first comedian ever to win Britain’s Got Talent, comes to a disabled parking space in Bath.


Rosie Kay’s Fantasia, Strode Theatre, Mon 18 Nov

Photo Brian Slater

Rosie Kay (5 Soldiers) worked with neuroscientists in the UK and Denmark to explore how dance can trigger sensations of pleasure and fulfilment. The result? This work.


Wild Goose Dreams, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Thurs 21 Nov – Sat 21 Dec

Bristol may have The Wave but it’s the Korean Wave that’s reached Bath. In the UK-premiere of a thrilling love story by South Korean playwright Hansol Jung, two people meet on a dating site: Guk, a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to the US in search of a better life and Yoo, a young defector from North Korea, who’s haunted by memories of the father she left behind.


Corinna Sargood’s Pictures & Diorama, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Sat 23 Nov – Sat 21 Dec

Artist Corinna Sargood explores her life in Mexico, Peru and the dark world of fairy tales (she was a friend of Angela Carter) with brilliantly coloured painted wooden dioramas, embroideries, prints and artist’s books.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019, M Shed, Sat 23 Nov – Mon 4 May 2020

© Ralf Schneider

The Natural History Museum’s world-renowned exhibition is back with 100 spectacular images showcasing the beauty and fragility of life on earth at a time of environmental crisis.


The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Theatre Royal Bath, Sun 24 Nov

Photo Allison Burke

The all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele ensemble play Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks. Plucking brilliant.


Christmas Collection, Ilminster Arts Centre, Ilminster, Mon 25 Nov –  Sat 21 Dec

Sitting robin, Kate Michelle

Locally made handcrafted stuff to buy for Christmas.


Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 26 Nov – Sun 1 Dec

Photo Alastair Muir

From the Play That Goes Wrong’s Mischief Theatre, the Olivier Award nominated West End hit about the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s disastrous attempts to put on J.M.Barrie’s famous tale.


Snow White, Vienna Festival Ballet, Strode Theatre, Street, Thurs 28 Nov

snow white ballet dwarves

Classical ballet with a young girl, evil step-mother, magic mirror, poisoned apple, a prince – and hip-hopping dwarves.


Al Swainger Quartet ‘Biophosmos’, Ilminster Arts Centre, Ilminster, Fri 29 Nov

The foursome with special guest, guitarist Ant Law, play their interpretation of the music of Chick Corea.   A ‘melodic soundscape of Latin, fusion and ambience designed to surprise and delight’, apparently.


Small & Mighty, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Sat 30 Nov – Tues 24 Dec

This is the designer-maker collective Black Swan Guild’s Christmas show. The pieces may be small in size but they’re big on fabulousness. We love Eleanor Christine Jewellery’s Monstera necklace and earrings, part of a range inspired by house plants. Anyone up for spot of Crimbo shopping?


Klezwest! London Klezmer Quartet, Halsway Manor, nr Taunton, Sat 30 Nov

Welcome to the world of freylekhs, bulgars, zhoks, khosidls and terkishers – the dance music repertoire of Eastern European Jews.


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