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What’s On in December

It's not all pantos and gingerbread men in the run up to Christmas. Get your teeth into stand up, music, markets, an evening with an astronaut, a Santa fun run and sunrise yoga ....

The Muddy pick of things to do in Somerset and Dorset this month.

The Lawrence Chaney Show, Bath Forum, Weds 1 Dec

The winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 2 (and a BAFTA Scotland Award) is in the building with her Purple Reign show.

Wish List, Andelli Art, South Horrington, near Wells, Thurs 2 – Thurs 23 Dec

Oranges, by Honor Joliffe

Unique, inspiring and unexpected gift ideas – from 20th century and contemporary art, to studio pottery and collectibles – curated by the gallery with terrific taste. Prices start at £15.

The Twelve Days of Jessmass: Jess Robinson, Widcombe Social Club, Bath Fri 3 Dec

Multi award-winning impressionist, singer and podcaster (Spitting Image, Britain’s Got Talent, The Last Leg, Little Voice, The Guilty Feminist and more), Jess Robinson’s show is bound to be anything but a silent night.

Christmas candles & canape workshops, The Kitchen Garden, Curry Rivel, Fri 3 & Sat 4 Dec

Candle maker Henri from Babel Candles shows how to pour your own candle to take home. Chefs Miranda and Carol from The Kitchen Garden will be demonstrating how to make canapés and nibbles to wow your guests at Christmas – and tickle your taste buds on the day. Mulled cider, too. Booking essential.

An evening with Tim Peake, Lighthouse Poole, Sat 4 Dec

The first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station to conduct a spacewalk (and run a marathon, as you do) whilst orbiting the Earth, reveals all.

Festive Big Draw, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Sat 4 Dec

Make drawings inspired by the work of Eduardo Chillida (the gallery’s current exhibition) and transform them into sculptural Christmas decorations. Carols, food from the Roth Bar & Grill’s fires and mulled cider will keep everyone in fine fettle. In collaboration with The Big Draw Festival 2021 and Roth Bar & Grill’s Festive Fair.

eat:Festivals, Nailsea Sat 4 Dec, Yeovil Sat 11, Weston-super- Mare Sun 12 Dec

The last three outings for the popular West Country food and drink markets, with Christmas treats and essentials, street food, cocktails, entertainment and Father Christmas. Read more.

The Frome Independent Market, around Frome, Sun 5 Dec

The last Frome Independent market of the year – local, seasonal and regional food/drink producers, sustainable products, contemporary design, vintage fashion, collectibles and furniture – is sure to be a corker! 10am – 3pm.

The Clevedon Sunday market, around Clevedon, Sun 5 Dec

The Christmas edition of the monthly artisan market, with stalls around Alexandria and Hill roads and in the Princes Hall Community Centre. 10am – 2pm.

Living Spit’s Nativity, The Exchange in Sturminster Newton, Weds 8 Dec; Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, Fri 10 Dec; Dorchester Arts, Sat 11 Dec; and The Theatre Shop in Clevedon, Tues 14 – Thurs 30 Dec

Silly songs, pitiful puppetry and Biblical befuddlement from the Clevedon comedy duo Howard and Stu of Living Spit on a mini tour.

Humbugged, The Regal Theatre, Minehead, Weds 8 Dec

Part seasonal sequel and part supernatural time-travel heist, The Pantaloon’s new show finds a reformed Ebenezer Scrooge, having given away too much to charity caught between nasty loan shark Mr Hardplace and the evil orphanage mistress Mrs Rock who plans to force kids into deadly dangerous factory work on Christmas day….

Graceland, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Thurs 9 Dec

The London African Gospel Choir perform Paul Simon’s most commercially successful album.

The Giant Shepton Flea Market, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sun 12 Dec

Large white dog surrounded by junk

Does what it says on the tin with over 250 stalls inside and out, plus licensed restaurant, café, food court and – very handily – on-site banking.

Santa at the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare, Sun 12 Dec

Santa flies in on a chopper for a Christmas family day. Sit in his sleigh and test your pilot skills on a winter weather themed flight simulator. Charity stalls, games, Christmas magic, open cockpits, helicopter flights and seasonal grub.

Henning Wehn: It’ll all Come Out in the Wash, Lighthouse Poole, Sun 12 Dec

The German Comedy Ambassador is never off the box – Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You, Live At The Apollo, Question Time, 8 Out Of Cats Does Countdown etc etc – but somehow he’s squeezed in a UK tour.

Dorchester Christmas Cracker, Sun 12 Dec

Stalls in the Corn Exchange and High West Street, children’s fancy dress, Christmas market at the Shire Hall, live music and a visit from Elmer, Paddington and a famous Polar Bear. 11am-4pm.

A Christmas Getaway, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Mon 13 Dec – Sat 8 Jan

A fast-paced, festive farce inspired by P.G. Wodehouse, Noël Coward and classic British comedy from award-winning Bath-based company New Old Friends.

Bill Bailey: En Route to Normal, Bournemouth International Centre, Tues 14 & Thurs 16 Dec

Wit, musician and now dancer Bill Bailey asks How did we get here? How do we find our way through this? And exactly who are we again?

Live at Christmas!, Bath Forum, Tues 15 Dec

Four comics on one bill: Phil Wang, Lou Sanders, David O’Doherty and John Robins.

Cinderella, Midelney Manor, Langport, Weds 15 & Thurs 16 Dec

Who knows what will happen to Cinders and Co in the inventive hands of travelling theatre company The Pantaloons but it’s sure to be highly entertaining.

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Bath Forum, Fri 17 Dec

Blast from the distant past. Makes me smile.

Adam Kay: T’was the Nightshift before Christmas, Lighthouse Poole, Fri 17 Dec

The former doc and author of This Is Going To Hurt, delves back into his diaries for an amusing peek behind the blue curtain at Christmas time. 

Chase the Pudding fun run, Weymouth beach, Sun 19 Dec

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Put on a Santa suit and run after a couple of Christmas puds for charity. The 5k race, in aid of the Will Mackaness Trust, starts at 11am from the Pavilion end of the beach to the groyne at Greenhill and back again. Youngsters can Chase the Elf 2k race.

Winter Solstice Yoga, Corfe Castle

You’ll need a torch as well as a mat for this yoga session in the ruins of the castle. Arrive for 7.30am for the class to start in the Gloriette at 7.45 am, facing towards the east for a beautiful winter sunrise.

Annual Christmas Day Fancy Dress Swim Charmouth beach, Sat 25 Dec

Take the plunge or watch the other hardier souls braving the waves in aid of the RNLI. Arrive at 10.30 for an 11am icy, I mean sharp, start.

Martin Kemp: The Ultimate Twixmas 80s DJ set, Electric Palace, Bridport, Weds 29 Dec

The man spins the decks with everything from Duran Duran to Chaka Khan, George Michael to Michael Jackson and, of course, a bit of Spandau Ballet. True.

STILL ON

SIX: Divorced, Beheaded Live, Theatre Royal Bath, until Sat 11 Dec

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.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021, M Shed, Bristol, until 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.

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