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What’s on in September

Drive-in movies, live comedy, live theatre – inside and out – art, wild swimming and markets galore. It's all happening this month.

What’s occurring this month around Somerset and Dorset? This little lot. Remember to check the venue website beforehand as you may have to pre-book at some places. We’ll be adding in more events in as we hear about them, so keep watching this space.

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FILM: Adventure Drive In, Taunton Racecourse, Taunton, Tues 1 – Thurs 3 Sept

Park up and watch Walk the Line, The Blues Brothers, Back to the Future, Joker, Dirty Dancing, The Greatest Showman, Grease and The Lion King. Book tickets.

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ART: Chantal Joffe: For Esme – with Love and Squalor, Arnolfini, Bristol, Thurs 3 Sept – Sun 22 Nov

Esme at the Kitchen Table, 2020

Taking its name from J.D. Salinger’s short story For Esmé – with Love and Squalor (1950), this exhibition by one of Britain’s foremost painters and renowned for her intimate portrayals of women, captures the changing faces across the years of herself and her daughter Esme.

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DAY OUT: Hestercombe House & Gardens, near Taunton, Fri 4 Sept onwards

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Stack by Philippa Lawrence, part of Open Up

The house re-opens from Wednesday to Sunday each week, 11am – 3pm. As well as the gorgeous gardens, there are three art exhibitions ‘Coplestone Warre Bampfylde – A Gentleman of Taste’, ‘Most Admirably Improved by Art’ and ‘Open-Up’, a brand new series of outdoor artworks commissioned by Hestercombe Gallery in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and including work by famous Bristol-based artist Richard Long.

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FILM: Adventure Drive In, Yeovil Showground, Two Tower Lane, Yeovil, Fri 4 – Sun 6 Sept

Photo Markus Distelrath for Pixabay

Steam engines and car boot sales make way for a big screen drive-in. Bring your own food and drink. Films: Groundhog Day, Pretty Woman, Back to the Future, Joker, Dirty Dancing, Labyrinth, The Lion King and Pulp Fiction. Book tickets.

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MARKET: Eat: Wellington, Wellington, Sat 5 Sept

The award-winning locally focused food and drink festivals come to Wellington. Spread out for safety, the festival is set out in the heart of the town, with spaces around stalls, queuing and a one-way system for pedestrians at the main junction. 10am–4pm.

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THEATRE: Romeo and Juliet, Bristol Old Vic, Sat 5 & Sun 6 Sept and Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, Thurs 20 Sept

Shakespeare’s tragic love story isn’t known for its laughs – until it’s in the hands of the ecentric and internationally-renowned Handlebards theatre company, that is. Unhinged, bonkers, hilarious and live on the Bristol Old Vic’s brand new Garden Stage. Tickets are sold by table (seating 2 to 6 people) and with an inclusive flexible pricing scheme.

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MARKET: South Coast Makers Market, The Loading Dock, Avenue Lane, Bournemouth, Sat 5 Sept

Makers, artists and foodies showcasing craft, art, coffee, street food and bakery.Timed admission; £1 tickets here.

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DESIGN & ART: MadeMakers, online, Sat 5 & Sun 6 Sept

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One hundred 100 designers and artists from around the UK – jewellery, ceramics, furniture, textiles, glass, paper/print, leather, sculpture – online to peruse and buy, with live Instagram talks and events over the weekend. Get a preview of the designer/artists on the Made portal now; the event goes live from 9am on Sat 5 Sept.

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FILM: At the Drive In , Bristol Airport, Bristol, Weds 9 – Sun 13 Sept

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Drive in movies with car karoke and a silent disco – plus a food delivery app that lets you order hot and cold treats (we’re talking Fridays aka TGI fridays and Ben & Jerrys) to your car via rollerskating waiters. Films:. A Star is Born, Back to the Future, Cars, Grease (and the sing-along version), Jaws, Joker, Toy Story and The Lion King. Book tickets

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OUTDOORS: Dorset Neon Run, Poole Park, Poole, Sat 12 Sept

Dig out your head torch for a 5k night time fun run around Poole Park in aid of Dorset charity Diverse Abilities.

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ART: Margaret Lovell’s Undulating Planes, Andelli Art, South Horrington, nr Wells Sat 12 Sept

How nature, abstraction and texture underpin Margaret’s work. Over 35 sculptures alongside drawings, etchings and monoprints spanning 60 years. Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm.

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DAY OUT: Pick your own, West Bradley’s Orchards, Glastonbury, Sat 12 Sept

Bring a picnic and spend the day at the farm. Take a walk through the orchards and pick 15 varieties of eating and cooking apples and three types of pears.

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COMEDY: Lou Sanders, Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth, Sun 13 Sept

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One of the UK’s best stand-ups is actually performing live, on stage, here in Weymouth. Way to go, Lou!

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FILM: Summerland, Lighthouse Poole, Poole, Thurs 17 – Thurs 24 Sept

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When young evacuee Frank, is dumped on the fiercely independent Alice (Gemma Arterton), his innocence and wonder unlock deeply buried and painful secrets in Alice’s past. Ooh-er. From Olivier Award winning breakthrough writer/director Jessica Swale.

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FILM: Encounters Film Festival, Bristol online, Fri 18 – Sun 11 Oct

The UK’s leading short film, animation and virtual reality festival based in Bristol but this year it’s online. Get a taster here.

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MARKETS: Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Fri 18 – Sun 20 Sept

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Photo Clem Onojeghuo, Unsplash

This market is a whopper, with around 600 stalls selling paintings, antique furniture, restoration products, luxury leather luggage and also sorts of other stuff.

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OPEN AIR THEATRE: The Tempest, The Windmill Inn, Portishead, Fri 18 Sept

Despite the world turning upside down the show must go on! Open Bar present Willy’ Wagglesword’s tale of betrayal, love, forgiveness and magic in a pub garden while you knock back a glass or two. Buy tickets.

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DAYS OUT: Tiger Day, Tank Museum, Wareham, Sat 19 Sept

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Tanks your ting? See a WWII tank display and explore Dorset’s famous Tank Museum on a day dedicated to the world’s most infamous tank.

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ART: Somerset Open Studios, online, Sat 19 Sept – Sun 4 Oct

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Silver jewellery by Sarah Fox

Over 200 artists and makers around Somerset are taking part in the digial version of the biannual Open Studios. See into artists’ studios and discover what goes on behind the scenes.  Get hands on and interact through a programme of inspired talks, workshops, demos and films. Oh and you can buy art, ceramics, textiles, sculptures and more, too.

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THEATRE: Live screening of Romantics Anonymous, various venues, including Bristol Old Vic and Lighthouse Poole, Thurs 24 Sept

When gifted chocolate maker and painfully shy Angélique takes a job at equally socially anxious Jean-René’s struggling factory, a fragile love affair unfolds. Wise Children’s fully staged, live streamed musical directed by Emma Rice (former artistic director of the Kneehigh Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe, where the show was first seen) is beamed in direct from the Bristol Old Vic. Read our review.

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DANCE: Live screening of Rambert’s Draw From Within, Theatre Royal Bath, Thurs 24 & Fri 25 Sept

Photo Wim Vandekeybus

Rambert’s London South Bank studios will be transformed into a series of contrasting, vivid theatrical worlds, some dream worlds, some nightmares, some turned upside down for their first real-time, live-stream performance with leading choreographer and film-maker, Wim Vandekeybus. Tickets £10 per household.

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FESTIVAL: Arts by the Sea, around Bournemouth, Fri 25 Sept – Fri 2 Oct

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The festival includes a fire garden, a sea of light, dance, poetry and more around Bournemouth, including Luke Jerram’s new work, In Memoriam on Sandbanks beach, from Sat 24 Sept. The sea of giant flags made of 100 bedsheets remembers those who’ve died from Covid and the NHS workers and volunteers who continue to risk their lives to help others with the virus. Poignant stuff. See the full programme here.

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OUTDOORS: Wild Water Swim, Wimbleball Lake, Exmoor, Sun 27 Sept

Swim for wildlife at the most beautiful lake in the heart of Exmoor. Wimbleball Lake isn’t usually open for wild swimming so this is a great opportunity, wth 2km, 4km and 6km (eek) distances and medals for those who come in the top three for their age groups. All in aid of the Somerset Wildlife Trust.

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DAYS OUT: Vintage Wheels Car Rally, The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare, Sun 27 Sept

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Photo Jill Wellington for Pixabay

Jensen Healeys, Cadillacs, MG Midgets and more vintage motors from the 1940s to the 1990s on display around the museum’s airfield control tower.

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