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What’s on in June

JUNE 2019

MUSIC: Bath Festival Finale Weekend, Bath Recreation Ground, Bath, Sat 1 & Sun 2 June

Headliners Clean Bandit and Van Morrison end the 10-day Bath Festival. Two music stages, one spoken word and a family fun zone.


ART: Displaced, Waller & Wood, Bath, until Thurs 20 June

Unusual placement of objects and utensils associated with the ritual of food and dining and a new collaboration between feltmaker Liz Clay, and Carole Waller. Weds to Sat 11am – 5pm; Sun 12pm –4pm.


FOOD & DRINK: Gin, Fizz and Food Festival 2019, Woodlands Castle, Taunton, Sun 2 June

Over 40 gins, fizz, cocktails, mocktails and more, with live music, food stalls, demos, talks and a whole raft of family entertainment to keep the little ones happy. Chin chin!


MARKET: The Frome Independent, Frome, Sun 2 June

The massive street market – craftspeople, designers, makers, food producers and vintage traders – makes its first appearance of the year.


OUTDOORS: Shapwick Heath Sweet Track Trail, Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve, Sun 2 June

Follow the ancient Sweet Track, a Neolithic pathway across the marshes, the second oldest timber track way in Britain (named after Ray Sweet, the bloke who discovered it in the 1970s). One of  the Somerset Festival of Nature events. Download the full programme here.


WELLBEING: Yin Yoga classes at Balance, the Countryside Gym, Timsbury, Mon 3 June & Thurs 6 June onwards

Have you tried Yin Yoga?  Passive postures are held for 3-5 minutes whilst sitting or lying, allowing for introspection and mindfulness as you slow down and take stock. Classes every Mon and Thurs.


OPERA: La Bohème, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Mon 3 & Tues 4 June

Marcin Kopec (Schaunard), Gareth Morris (Rodolfo), Dickon Gough (Colline), Michael Davis (Marcello)

It’s opera Jim, but not as we know it. OperaUpClose brings Puccini’s opera into the 21st century with their Olivier-Award winning English language production, where idealistic undergraduate and aspiring novelist Rodolfo discovers a harsher reality when he falls for immigrant cleaner Mimi.


THEATRE: Educating Rita, Theatre Royal Bath, Mon 3 – Sat 8 June

Photo Robert Day

Stephen Tompkinson (Drop the Dead Donkey, DCI Banks etc) as university tutor Frank and Jessica Johnson (Cuckoo and Corrie) as the hairdresser who wants to expand her horizons in Willy Russell’s comedy. Originally commissioned by the RSC. Well I never.


ART:  Reflections – a fresh look, Malthouse Gallery, East Lambrook Manor Gardens, East Lambrook, Tues 4 June – Sun 21 July

Local watercolourist Moish Sokal has been travelling the world, painting and exhibiting his work for 25 years at this Grade 1-listed south Somerset manor house, famed for its gardens. In this exhibition he revisits some of the locations with new works.


WORKSHOP: Chocolate making with Gilbert & Swayne, nr Glastonbury, Weds 5 June and other dates

selection of 6 chocolates

Award-winning chocolatier Jane Swayne will teach you how to make moulded chocs – tempering, making ganaches and decorating – and you’ll leave with 70+ chocolates you’ve made yourself. The is where the pros (like the head chef at THE PIG-near Bath) come but it’s suitable for all ages/abilities. The day-long course costs £125 and includes everything you need plus light lunch, wine and gift packaging for the chocs. Weds 5, Sat 15, Weds 19 and Sat 29 June.  To book: 01458 851253/07786952617 or


KIDS: Emil and the Detectives, the egg, Bath, Weds 5 – Sun 9 June

Erich Kästner ‘s 1929 classic tale of a boy who outwits a thief – with theatrical magic, miniature worlds and a cinematic score. Watch the trailer!


FOOD: Just Desserts, Steve James’ pop-up,  Eastfield, Tintinhull,  Thurs 6 June

No starters, no mains, just canapes and then seven – yes, seven – delectable desserts on the menu at award-winning chef’s latest pop-up restaurant. Are you up for it?


FESTIVAL: Party at the Castle, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Thurs 6 June to Sat 8 June

Get ready for a serious celebration at Sudeley Castle this summer, with amongst others, tenor Alfie Boe, Will Young, All Saints and Sara Cox’s full on party show – Just Can’t Get Enough 80s.


BALLET: Rambert2 Triple Bill, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Thurs 6 – Sat 8 June

Killer Pig. Meshach Henry, Imogen Alvares, Conor Kerrigan, Antonello Sangirardi, Darlyn Perez © Foteini Christofilopoulou

Rambert’s new ensemble of 13 of the world’s best young dancers showcasing the most exhilarating and fierce choreography around, including the new Grey Matter by Rambert’s Guest Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer.


FESTIVAL: Home Farm Festival, Chilthorne Dormer, Fri 7 – Sun 9 June

Charity music fest with proceeds going to the Piers Simon Appeal’s School in a Bag initiative. Three days, eight stages, with headliner Reef. Posh Wears & Wellies on the Fri eve.


WORKSHOP: Interior styling and curtains, Melissa Hill Home Styling, Wedmore, Sat 8 & Sun 9 June

Pull yourself together! Interiors expert Melissa hill is running a 2-day course ‘The Principles of Interior Styling Part 1 & Basic Curtains’ over in Wedmore. 10am – 4pm, £195, includes light lunch on both days.


BALLET: Live screening of Royal Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet, across Somerset, Tues 11 June

Matthew Ball as Romeo, Yasmine Naghdi as Juliet. (c) ROH, 2015. Photo Alice Pennefather

Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan’s 20th-century ballet masterpiece.

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COMEDY: Reginald D Hunter: Facing the Beast, The Octagon, Thurs 13 June

man in blue checked shirt

Photo Kash Yusuf

The funny man in Somerset – again.


OUTDOORS: Top of the Gorge Festival,  Cheddar, Fri 14 – Sun 16 June

Live music comes with trail running, mountain biking, rock climbing, caving, walking, foraging, campfire cooking and stargazing on a spectacular site overlooking the Cheddar Gorge.

Top of the Gorge


THEATRE: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, Part 1 Fri 14 – Sat 22 June,  Part II Weds 19 –Sat 22 June

Spot the stars of the future. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s graduating year perform together in David Edgar’s Olivier and Tony Award-winning play based on Dicken’s comic masterpiece. Spot the stars of the future?

Part 1 and Part 2


MUSIC: Li’l Jimmy Reed, Ilminster Arts Centre, Fri 14 June

The last of the original Louisiana bluesmen, Reed taught himself to play on a cigar box guitar when he was six and went onto perform with many of the legendary blues stars of the 60s. With Britain’s finest blues and boogie pianist Bob Hall and vocalist Hilary Blythe. Pre-show supper if you fancy.


THEATRE: Pride and Prejudice, Walled Gardens of Cannington, Bridgwater Fri 14;  Midelney Manor, Langport, Sat 15: Churchinford Cricket Ground, nr Taunton, Sun 16 June

The critically acclaimed open air touring theatre company, The Pantaloons, bring Jane Austen’s tale of scandals, scoundrels and severely sprained ankles to Somerset.



FESTIVAL: Smoked and Uncut, THE PIG-near Bath, Sat 15 June

More glamour than grunge, set against the rolling Mendips with views across THE PIG-near Bath’s deer park, top chef Angela Hartnett’s Italian banquet and Mark Hix Ruby Curry House – this isn’t yer average festival. Music supplied by Kaiser Chiefs, Imelda May and more.



ART: Perfectly Formed, Andelli Art, South Horrington, nr Wells, Sat 15 June – Fri 15 July

Small scale work creating big impressions. Over 50 pieces by 27 artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, from those making art right now – and all for sale.


FESTIVAL: Sidcot Festival of Peace, Sidcot School, Winscombe, Sat Jun 15

Live music from a cappella group Sons of Pitches, inspirational speakers polar explorer Alez Hibbert and para-Olympian John Willis, ethically sourced food, local craft stalls, games, workshops and more. Free.


MUSIC: Dodo Street Band, Strode Theatre, Street, Sat 15 June

From the shores of the Hebrides to the mountains of Eastern Europe: a musical mash up of European folk traditions they call Celtic Gypsy Klezmer.


COMEDY: Funny Bones, Nish Kumar & Friends, Bristol Hippodrome, Sun 16 June

One nighter in aid of Above & Beyond, the official charity for Bristol city centre hospitals. On the bill with Nish: Laura Lexx, Kiri Prichard-McLean, Jake Lambert, Mark Olver and more.



WINE: Summer Wine Tasting, Harington’s Hotel, Bath, Sun 16 June

Award-winning wine writer Ben Franks will be cracking open a selection of summery wine,  all paired with artisan cheese,  from 3pm – 5pm. What a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.


THEATRE: The Rocky Horror Show, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 17 – Sat 22 June

Joanne Clifton (Janet), Ben Adams (Brad), Duncan James (Frank). Photo Richard Davenport

A genuine Time Warp, the show’s been wowing audiences for over 40 years *gulp*. In this production Strictly‘s Joanne Clifton plays squeaky clean Janet, Blue’s Duncan James wears the fishnets with comedian Dom Joly narrating.



OUTDOORS: Fire and Feast Night, Hestercombe Gardens, nr Taunton, Weds 19 June

Toasted marshmallows, an al fresco BBQ and salad, with the fabulous Hestercombe Gardens all yours to explore until 8pm: follies and waterfalls around the lake in the 18th century landscape gardens; a Victorian terrace with tree roses straight from pages of Alice in Wonderland; and a gorgeous Edwardian formal garden. 5pm – 8pm. £6.25


MUSIC: Martin Kemp DJ set, Komedia, Bath,  Fri 21 June

Spandau Ballet turned EastEnders/The Krays actor takes to the decks to spin 80s club hits.


FESTIVAL: Pub in the Park, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, Fri 21 – Sat 23 June

Tom Kerridge’s popular gourmet scran meets live music fandango,  with Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), Texas, Will Young, Gabrielle, Soul II Soul Sound System and cookery demos and talks from Michelin-starred chefs like Angela Hartnett, Chris Cleghorn and Josh Eggleton and First Dates Fred Sirieix.  Read our interview with Tom here.


THEATRE: The Lady Boys of Bangkok, The Octagon, Yeovil, Sat 22 June; The Brewhouse, Taunton, Mon 24 June

Expect to come away with feel-good songs on the brain, a smile on your face and some serious envy of those lady boys’ long fishnet-clad legs. Read our review.


FOOD: Food & Drink Festival, Longleat, nr Warminster,  Sat 22 & Sun 23 June

Demos from Masterchef’s John Torode, Tim Maddams from the River Cottage TV series and more, street stalls selling everything from Japanese to Mexican, cakes and ices, booze a plenty, a fairground with a big wheel and swing boats – and live music all the while. Included in a day ticket to the safari park.


OUTDOORS: Family Morning, Hidden Woods, Farleigh Woods,  nr Frome, Sun 23 June

Rope swings, mud kitchens, bushcraft, campfire cooking, singing and free range play for families with younger kids (toddlers up to around 10) in an 80-acre woodland activity centre. 10am– 12.30pm.


THEATRE: Cry of my roots/SOLD, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, nr Taunton, Mon 24 June

Unique double bill from Sheba Soul Ensemble. Cry of my Roots is a visual poem combining dance, video and theatre dedicated to Haiti; SOLD is one woman’s first hand account of slavery at the height of the slave trade. Sounds like powerful stuff.


ART: Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street, Mon 24 June – Fri 2 Aug

Clockwise from top left: Field map 12 by Amanda Wallwork RWA; Valerie by Chris Reed; It’s full of Stars by Chris Dunseath

The annual show giving outstanding local artists to chance to exhibit – and sell – their work.


FAMILY: Chalke Valley History Festival, nr Salisbury, Mon 24 – Thurs 30 June

See, hear and feel history at this vast festival dedicated entirely to – you guessed it – history. Through-the-ages encampments; interactive events; Victoria Hislop, Mariella Frostrup and Niall Ferguson; SOE Commando training and Secret Agent Training, archaeology, vintage vehicles…


FESTIVAL: Glastonbury, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Weds 26 – Sun 30 June

The biggie. The cream of the music world on over 100 stages.


OUTDOORS: Punting on the Pear Pond, Hestercombe Gardens, Weds 26 June

Photo: Skeeze, Pixabay

Worth a punt? Take a leisurely paddle around the lake, just like the Edwardians would have done, and soak up the peace and tranquility of Hestercombe’s beautiful Landscape Gardens after hours. Food and drink available, with the gardens open until 8pm. 5pm – 8pm, £6.25.


ART: Emma Rose’s Open Studio/Summer Sale, Knight’s Barn, Wellow, nr Bath, Fri 28 – Sun 30 June

Award-winning artist Emma Rose opens up her studio, with sumptuously coloured paintings for sale. Fri 28 11am – 6pm; Sat 28 6pm – 8pm drinks; Sat 29, 11am –5pm.


FOOD: A Taste of Persia, Steve James’ pop-up restaurant, Eastfield, Tintinhull,  Fri 28 June

The versatile chef’s looking to the Middle East with a plethora of sharing dishes including pistachio and feta dip, Persian koofteh, fennel salad with yoghurt cacik and sumac bread  – and that’s just for starters (literally). Mains include lamb neck walnut and barberry stew, Ras el hanout’ and rosemary chicken, sweet and spicy fish stew. Desserts: pineapple carpaccio with cardamom sugar and rosewater cream and poached apricot with baklava cigars and honeyed yoghurt dressing. £38 p/p. BYOB.


THEATRE: The Tempest, Ecos Amphitheatre, Frome, Sun 30 June

The incomparable Illyria touring al fresco theatre company perform Shakespeare’s play as the bard wrote it, using the uncut First Folio edition, and in an authentic Elizabethan style.  Bring cushions and rugs and picnics to the stone amphitheatre, the performance will start as the sun sets.




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