Primary Times Somerset May 2022

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Family What’s On Guide

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Here we are again, doesn’t time fly? Hope you are looking forward to your extra Bank Holiday, there are plenty of events and activities planned to help you enjoy it - and all the weeks before and after, some are free.

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The idea of outdoor theatre has certainly taken off. You can see everything from Shakespeare to Peter Pan, War of the Worlds and even Dracula whilst enjoying a picnic. Let’s hope the weather is kind. If you prefer an inside show (and who is to say you can’t have both?) theatres seem to be buzzing again, see our Theatre pages for details.

Great new reads.

Schools, don’t forget we love to hear of any achievements or special activities and let us know if there is anything you would like us to mention in our free listings.

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JUBILEE EVENTS

Some interesting information about the season of rebirth.

12 easter holidays Check out what’s going on over the break.

Summer will soon be here, see you again in July for our Summer issue.

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Bridgwater Quayside Festival is a fantastic fun day for all the family taking place around Bridgwater on Saturday 9 July from 11am - 5pm. See bridgwaterquaysidefestival.uk and page 8 of this issue for more details.

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We take great care to ensure all this information is correct at the time of going to press. However things can change at short notice so it is important you check details before going anywhere.

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Somerset Portraits and Voices Somerset artist Kate Lynch documents the people practising old crafts and trades in Somerset at Somerset Rural Life Museum , Glastonbury. There are 30 traditional craftspeople featured in the exhibition of work including basketmakers, weavers, blacksmiths, farriers, potters and hedgelayers. Kate’s charcoal drawings and paintings pay tribute to their knowledge and time-honoured skills.

Until June 8

Wind in the Willows Sculpture Trail In conjunction with the Brewhouse Theatre, Coates English Willow

have created 12 willowy Wind in the Willow Sculptures to find. At Stoke Road, Stoke St Gregory. From 10am to 3pm, £4.50, tickets can be bought at the door.

Until June 25

In Xanadu: Coleridge and the West Country An exhibition at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton in partnership with the British Library to showcase the earliest manuscript of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s extraordinary poem Kubla Khan. The exhibition celebrates the manuscript’s return to the county where it was written. It tells the story of Coleridge’s time spent living in and near the Quantock Hills, his relationship with William and Dorothy Wordsworth and the legacy of his writing.

Until July 3

Dress for Redress: Exploring Native American Material Culture An exhibition of the work of contemporary Anishinabe artist Celeste Pedri-Spade in The American Museum and Gardens in Bath. Featuring a series of spectacular wearable-art pieces, personal artefacts and photography, alongside historical items from the Museum’s collection, the exhibition will

Wind in the Willows Sculpture Trail until June 8.

demonstrate the continuing legacy and profound importance of visual and material culture.

Until July 26

Trail of Tales Outside School Holidays. Take a trip around Dunster and hear stories from the past 1000 years. The trail will take you around the gardens and up to the castle. Along the way you will hear tales of different characters who have visited, worked or lived in the castle over the last 1000 years and complete activities and answer questions.

Until October 1

Beyond Beastly: Creatures Natural and Imagined Meet some familiar fantastical creatures (and quite a few natural ones) extracted from the pages of the historic books and boxes of specimens in Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution Collections now appearing there in a new exhibition. Discover the myths and realities of these intruiging creatures.

Until October 31

‘Wed in the Westcountry’ Wedding Dress exhibition in the

Fun for all at the Royal Bath and West Show Thursday 2 - Saturday 4 June A celebration of Great British Entertainment, Countryside, food and drink at the Bath and West Showground with additional features to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of its patron, HM The Queen. These include a display to link in with the Queen’s Green Canopy; themed classes for floral artists; a ‘Jubilee Award’ in the Cattle section and a Platinum Jubilee Grand Prix for horses, as well as Jubilee Mugs for all competitors in the Pony Club Games. ‘Jubilee’ classes are planned in both the ‘Orchards and Cider’ and ‘Bees and Honey’ sections and around the Showground there will be images of the Queen visiting the show, which she has done three times. Other activities, demonstrations and entertainment include fast pace excitement in the Main Ring with the Paul Hannam Stunt Show and Pawsability Dog Agility and a much-enhanced food hall experience. Visit the Lakeside Farm; Woodland and Countryside Arena, Sports Village, Safety Zone, Poultry and Vintage Fairground. Don’t miss the Bath and West train and the roaming performers, including the Magical Musical Bike and Ziggy the Monkey. Details and booking online.

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house at Forde Abbey from 1940’s through to the present day. The exhibition explores how gown styles and materials have changed over the decades, including those borrowed and adapted in wartime. Each dress has a story to tell about the bride, time and place. From 12 to 3.30pm, closed Mondays and Saturdays,

May Friday 20 - Sunday 22

Foodies Festival A star studded line up of celebrity chefs and chart-topping music stars at The Downs, Stoke Road, Bristol. Visitors can enjoy the Chefs’ Cake & Bake and Drinks Theatres, Shopping Village with award winning artisan producers, Street Food Avenue, Feasting Tent, Cook Book Shop, Kids’ Cookery School, fairground, live music stage and family-friendly areas with activities for children. From 12 to 9pm, adult day ticket £25 (£19 in advance); weekend ticket £47 (£38 in advance); accompanied children free.

Saturday 21

Entertain for Ukraine! An evening of dance, music song and entertainment for the people of Ukraine in the Town Hall, Wells. £10, details on 07450 367805. Beer and Cheese Festival Festival at Westcombe Dairy, Lower Westcombe Farm, Shepton Mallet. Family friendly with tours, technical talks, tastings for the adults, face painting, a sand pit and a bouncy castle. Two music stages will also host DJs and bands throughout the day and into the evening.

Wednesday 25

In Xanadu: Coleridge and the West Country Exhibition Tours Find out more about the artworks and objects on display in this short gallery tour at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. At 2.30pm, suggested donation £3.

Thursday 26 - Sunday 29 Shindig Festival Festival on the Dillington Estate near Ilminster. As well as a stellar


music line up there will be a Kids Kingdom catering for children and teens with a range of workshops and activities. Plus art installations and a wellbeing area. There is a discount for locals living in Ilminster and Chard and under 12s are free. Details and bookings on the website.

Friday 27 - Sunday 29

Wells Comedy Festival Comedians from all over the country appearing in Wells. Go to twww.wellscomfest.com/ for details.

Friday 27 - June 12

Bath Fringe Festival A festival of all the arts at venues around Bath. Go to www.bathfringe.co.uk/whatson/ for details.

Saturday 28

Yeovil Summer Fete Fete in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice Care packed with fun activities for the whole family to enjoy including a barbecue and a variety of stalls along with a tombola, raffle, and entertainment throughout the day. There will also be a children’s play area and tearoom. From 11am to 3pm in the grounds of St Margaret’s Hospice Care, Little Tarrat Lane, Yeovil, Adults £2.50, children free. Summer Open Day

Enjoy a range of have a go activities at Glastonbury Abbey including axe throwing. There will also be a market, food stalls and a stage featuring live music. From 12 to 9.30pm.

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29

Living History Weekend Go back in time at Field 725, Redwood Rare Breeds, Station Road Wanstrow and meet the Wardour Garrison demonstrating how both military and domestic life used to be in the 17th century. Adults and children will be able to join in a range of activities including sword school, writing with a quill, herb walks, wildcraft activities, walks and expeditions and a history tent.

Sunday 29

Porlock Duck Race Go to Sparkhayes Camp Site, Sparkhayes Lane and have a quacking good time. Lots of fun for everyone with 10 races, 600 ducks including the Grand Finale. If your duck comes in the top three win a prize. From 2 to 5pm, free entry. May Mayhem “Not just a Market” in Shepton Mallet Market Place with free live music, DJ’s, street performances, themed attractions, fun competitions and over 35 stalls. Plus fancy dress, a May King and Queen and Prince and Princess. From 10am to 3pm.

Wedding Dress exhibition at Forde Abbey until 31 October.

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Falconry Marvel at majestic birds of prey as they swoop across the south lawn of Barrington Court. In-between the flying displays, the falconers are on hand for questions and close-ups of the birds. Displays at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

June Friday 3

Whispering Willows Wassail Theatre Company with a Take Art presentation for children and parents. It’s 1929. Morris has been planting, harvesting, basket making and drinking tea on his Somerset Willow farm since before he can remember. One day he pulls up a particularly large piece of Willow with a girl clinging to the

end of it! At 4pm in Porlock Village Hall, tickets £3, £6 go to www. wassailtheatre.co.uk/about-us to book.

Saturday 4 & Sunday 5

Matchstick Fleet Exhibition in Fleet Air Arm Museum of Matchstick Scale Model Ships, the culmination of a lifetime’s work by Phillip Warren. This exhibition will include many of the iconic aircraft carriers used by the royal Navy from all eras. From 10am to 3pm.

Sunday 5

Magpie Market A market for vintage and contemporary gifts, jewellery and homemade crafts and produce.

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d n u o R ut Abo Elephant Parade at Noah’s Ark Zoo 1 July -31 August. Free from 10am to 3pm in the Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome.

a number of extremely important charities.

Friday 10 - Sunday 12

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Activity Afternoon Get up close to the ponies at the Exmoor Pony Centre. With pony rides, pony grooming, crafts, games and refreshments. From 12 to 3pm.

Antique & Collectors Fair Unique finds, retro collectables and a vast variety of vintage items at the Bath and West Showground. From 12 to 5pm Friday (£10); 9am to 5pm Saturday; 10am to 4pm Sunday (£5).

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National Garden Scheme Open Day Visit Hestercombe Gardens to help support the National Garden Scheme. A proportion of all admissions will be donated to the NGS as they in turn provide funding to

Open Air Theatre Productions Take a picnic, blanket or seat and enjoy an al fresco production.

May Peter Pan Wendy flies away to Neverland with Peter Pan, but is it as perfect as it seems? Performed by Illyria on ECOS at the Merlin Theatre, Frome. For 5 year olds and above at 2pm, tickets £15, children £8. Twelfth Night The Three Inch Fools are dusting down their musical instruments and hitting the road with Shakespeare’s riotous comedy. Prepare for an evening of mischief and hilarity, as five actors present an inventive take on comedy, fit for all the family. From 7 ro 10pm at Dunster Castle. Adults £18, children £10.

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As You Like It Shakespeare’s comedy performed by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men all male cast at Glastonbury Abbey. Rustic romp packed with music, laughs, cross-dressing confusion and a dash of wrestling. From 7 to 10pm.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Five couples – three human, one fairy, and one mythical – find their relationships sorely tested, inti-

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mately probed and indecently exposed when a troupe of amateur theatricals bumble into the forest to rehearse a play. Performed by Illyria on ECOS at the Merlin Theatre, Frome. For 10 year olds and above at 7pm, tickets £15, children £8.

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Home Farm Music Festival Family festival includes 8 stages of different music, talks and workshops, plus a large Children’s Area, Market Area, world food, a Wild Play and Wellness Area, silent

Twelfth Night Join the Handlebards for a riotous interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy performed on bicycles. Lot of misunderstandings with drunkenness, frivolity and cross-dressing a plenty. For 5 year olds and above at 6pm in Castle Gardens, Taunton. Tickets £10 £18.

discos, children’s discos, children’s cinema and a new HFF Run. On Friday you are encouraged to go dressed in ‘Posh Wears & Wellies’ to dance the night away. At Home Farm, Chilthorne Domer, Yeovil in aid of the School in a Bag charity. Go to homefarmfest.co.uk to book.

Saturday 11& Sunday 12

Blossoming and Blooming New event organised by Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance (DSAA) at the Walled Gardens of Cannington. Spend the day exploring the gardens or treat yourself to a cream tea in the Tea rooms. All entry fees will be donated to DSAA to support

July Friday 1

Much Ado about Nothing The boys are back from war and it’s time for celebration, but devious Don John plans to spoil everyone’s fun with his perilous plots. Classic Shakespeare presented by the Pantaloons at Montacute. Gates open at 6pm, performance at 7pm. Adults £14, children £8.50.

Sunday 3 Dracula

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As You Like It As June 8 but at Yeovil Country Park, behind the Octagon Theatre. At 7pm, adults £18 (£16 in advance), children £11 (£10 in advance).

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Open Cockpit Day Visitors to the Helicopter Museum have a rare opportunity to access the cockpits of selected helicopters and have the controls explained by an experienced guide. Fun for all the family. Plus: Helicopter Air Experience Flight Learn how a helicopter works as the pilot explains the controls whilst you look down on Weston-super-Mare from a thousand feet in the air. From 2pm at the Helicopter Museum, Locking Moor Road.

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Kids Week Tickets Tickets go on sale today for this years Kids Week, the scheme that gives children free tickets for London shows throughout August. Go to officiallondontheatre.comkidsweek/ for details.

Tuesday 14 - Saturday 18

Seeing Through Touch An Exhibition of beautiful and inspiring sculptures which invite and welcome touch, together with paintings, photography and other art works. Some work is by artists who, despite lack of sight, produce work that is interesting and intriguing. Other work is by artists who welcome people to enjoy what they make either by sight or touch. Fund raising event in Wells and Mendip Museum for Somerset Sight.

Wednesday 15 - July 25

Twelfth Night As June 23 but on the Croquet Lawn at Tyntesfield. From 7 to 9pm, tickets £18, under 10s free. War of the Worlds The Pantaloons use musical instruments, puppetry and enthusiasm to recreate deadly heat-rays, giant fighting-machines, squidgy tentacled Martians and interplanetary warfare on an epic scale. Suitable for 5 year olds and above. At Montacute, gates open at 6pm, performance at 7pm. Adults £14, children £8.50.

the wonderful work they do.

Pick Your Own Pick your own strawberries, gooseberries and raspberries at Forde Abbey Fruit Gardens, Thorncombe, Chard, TA20 4NA. Professor Abraham Van Helsing, an expert in the supernatural, presents his most terrifying case as he is called in to help a young woman who becomes mysteriously ill during a trip to Whitby. Presented by British Touring Shakespeare at Fyne Court from 7.30pm. This play contains adult themes which some younger children may find scary so parental discretion is advised.

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War of the Worlds As June 25 but at the Bishop’s Place Wells. Doors open at 5.45pm, show starts 6.30pm, adults £16, children £10, family £45.

Friday 17

Giant Flea Market Over 250 inside and outside stalls at the Bath and West Showground selling a plethora of items. From 9.30am, adults £5 accompanied children free.

Friday 17 - Sunday 19

Garden Festival Celebrating the Great British Garden, the 14 acre grounds of the Bishop’s Palace will feature guided tours, live music, expert speakers, delicious food, ‘have a go’ skills and crafts and a number of stalls, including nurseries selling unusual and popular plants. Adults £13.50,


children £6.50, under 5s free.

Saturday 18

Petherton Folk Festival The day starts at 10am with a procession into the Market Square where the proceedings will open with the Ceremony of the Glove Events will take place in The Market Square, The Brewers Arms, St Peters and St Paul’s Church, The David Hall and The Blake Hall throughout the day. The free entertainment includes Children’s activities and workshops.

Sunday 19

Happy Father’s Day! Fathernoon Tea A delicious afternoon tea to say thank you to all those people who are Daddys, Grandads and take the role of Daddy. At Haselbury Mill, Haselbury Plucknett, Crewkerne. Adults £17, children £8.50. There will also be a carvery in the Tithe Barn. Must be booked on 01460 77095.

Friday 24 - Sunday 26

Marstonbury Glastonbury inspired good times at Marston Park, Tuckmarsh Lane, Frome. The ultimate festival tunes plus art, family and wellness activities. Go to www.marstonpark. co.uk for details.

Saturday 25

Country Fair & Open Day Lots to enjoy at Brymore Academy, Cannington with main ring entertainment; children’s entertainment; stock showing, duck racing; tractor ride; classic cars; 0pen farm; face painting; blacksmith demonstration; stationary engines and much more. From 10.30am to 5pm, free entry.

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26

Weston Air Festival and Armed Forces Day See a huge number of flights over Weston’s vast bay. There will be plenty of time between the flights for you to enjoy everything from trampolines on the beach to building your own sandcastles. The

Armed Forces Day on Saturday includes a procession along the Promenade, culminating in assembly on the beach lawns, where there are stalls and displays from a variety of divisions of the armed forces.

Sunday 26

Historic Military Vehicle Gathering Seventy to eighty historic military vehicles are expected at Haselbury Mill, Haselbury Plucknett, Crewkerne from around the West Country, many of which have been featured in films and TV production. With an opportunity to talk to the owners and outside catering stands. From 10.30am to 4pm, free admission, book on 01460 77095. Whispering Willows As June 3 but in the Courtyards, East Quay, Watchet. At 11am and 3pm, free, suggested donation £5. Shepton Party “Not just a Market” in Shepton Mallet Market Place with free live music, DJ’s, street performances, themed attractions, fun competitions and over 35 stalls. From 10am to 3pm.

Monday 27 - September 3 Our World, Your Choices Our environment is changing. Crewkerne Museum reflects on how people lived in the past and whether this could inform choices today. The younger generation will be invited to contribute their ideas.

July Friday 1 - Sunday 10

Frome Festival Showcasing up-and-coming local and national talent in music, art, well-being, food and drink. At Marston Park, Tuckmarsh Lane, Frome,

Friday 1 - August 31

Elephant Parade Noah’s Ark Zoo will be hosting a

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Saturday 9 July Enjoy the free festival with street theatre including walkabout acts; mobile musicians and street bands; live music; outdoor performances; stalls; circus; dance; family activities and craft fair. Visit Bridgwater Arts Centre, Blake Museum, Library, Engine Room, Brick and Tile Museum. From 11am to 5pm, book your free tickets at Bridgwater Arts Centre. Go to www.bridgwaterquaysidefestival.uk for details.

herd of 26 hand painted unique Elephant Sculptures. It will form a trail over the 100 acres of North Somerset countryside combining art, conservation, education and lots of fun. Free with normal admission from 10.30 to 5pm.

Friday 1 - Sunday 3

American Fest A summer festival of music, comedy, food and family fun throughout the grounds of the American Museum in Bath. Featuring a top line-up of all-American comedy, headlined by Reginald D. Hunter, and some of the biggest names in the Americana music scene. There will be four stages – main stage, amphitheatre stage, stone circle, and homegrown stage which will showcase local, emerging musicians. Family activities, include a scavenger hunt through the grounds, games, workshops, vintage cars, and American food trucks and bars.

Friday 1 - Sunday 10 Somerton Music & Arts Festival Entertainment for all the family with lots of events taking place throughout the town, music nights at local hostelries, crafts, art and photography exhibitions, talks and walks. From 9am to 11pm, go to somertonartsfestival.co.uk for details and bookings.

Saturday 2

St Dubricius Church Fete Summer Fete for all the family in the Rectory Garden, off Parsons Street, Porlock. From 2 to 4.30pm, 50p entry, refreshments available. Somerset Armed Forces Day A free community event in Vivary Park, Taunton to show your support for, and celebrate, the men and women who make up the Armed Forces and Emergency Services communities: from those still serving, their families, veterans and cadets. Fun for all the family with lots of displays and stands. Free from 10am to 5pm.

Thursday 7 - Sunday 10

NASS Festival 2022 The UK’s only professional action sport and music festival at the Bath and West Showground. Featuring world class action sports competitions in Skate, BMX, Inline and FMX, and music performances. Areas include Southbank, the Warehouse, the Hangar, Backwoods and Sika Studios. Tickets from £160, go to www.nassfestival for details.

Friday 8 - Sunday 10

The Sound of the Streets Festival Five street bands take to Castle Green and Taunton’s streets in an outpouring of musical joy. It is based around ideas of participation and communal celebration and this year has a focus on educational and young people. On Saturday the festival will open with a parade. As well as performing groups there will be short films and podcasts about street music; the Creation of a Somerset Youth Street Band for 12 – 18-year-olds based in Taunton working with Castle school; the creation of a new drum group working with young drummers and a new music competition for under 18-year-olds to write a piece of music to be performed at the festival.

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10

Woodspring 22 Model Air Show Show features all-day model flying displays by some of the country’s top pilots, trade stands and food. From 10am to 5pm in Claverham Drove, Yatton.

Sunday 10

North Somerset Model Show See the amazing detail in a wide selection of models and dioramas on display at the Helicopter Museum, Locking Moor Road, Weston-super-Mare. With over 120 exhibitors; charity stalls; Model workshops; competitions and Open Cockpits. Take to the skies with helicopter flights over Weston-super-Mare from 2pm, advanced booking recommended. Summer Art Car Boot Fair Black Swan Arts will be hosting a showcase for local artists, your chance to buy direct from makers and support the creative talent in Frome. From 10am to 4pm in Cattle Market Car Park, Bridge Street, Frome. Frome’s art centre will be open all day as well.

Circus with Pirates of the Carabina

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Magpie Market As June 5.

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Bath Carnival A free party celebrating Carnival arts in the centre of Bath. Includes a free arts festival in Sydney Gardens and a carnival procession through the city centre. With live Bands, DJs, Food and Drink, Licensed Bars, Walkabout Acts, Super Pirates Play Area & Community Village. From 10am to 10pm with a ticketed after party at the Komedia from 10pm to 3am.

Somerstock Music Festival Family friendly festival with rock and pop legends The Hoosiers headlining a full day of live music, with silent disco, stalls, food, bars and family fun. In Somerton Town Centre, Market Place from 10.30am to 11.59pm. Go to somerstock.co.uk for details and bookings.

Sunday 3

Open Gardens Open Gardens at Doverhay Lodge, 12 Hawkcombe View, Porlock in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice. From 12 to 6pm, Entry £3.

Vale Farm, Burrow Hill, Kingsbury Episcopi.

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Godney Gathering Celebrate 10 years of Godney. With 4 stages and a Silent Disco. Fun for all the family at Garside Farm, Godney with the Playground, a designated children’s area, where children of all ages can have fun throughout the day. Activities include Circus Skills and Craft Workshops, a games tent and disco. From 6pm to 12am Friday; 12pm to 12am Saturday.

Children go free. Go to www. thegodneygthering.com for details and booking.

Friday 15 - Sunday 17

Somerset Steam and Country Show Fair at Netherham Farm, Low Ham, Langport. Features classic cars, commercial and military vehicles; miniature steam; motorbikes; organs, stationary engines, tractors, fairground and steam and tractor rallies. Bristol Harbour Festival Free dance, music and arts extravaganza in Bristol Harbourside, a weekend of family activities, music, circus, food markets and visiting vessels. Entertainment across seven stages from spoken word to the latest Bristol musical talent, local dance performers, world class circus and on-water activity.

Saturday 16

Repair Cafe Take your items to St Benedict’s Church, Glastonbury to be fixed and learn how to. From 10am to 12pm. Porlock Horticultural and Crafts Society Summer Show Annual Summer Flower and Craft Show at Porlock Village Hall with plant and book stalls, raffle and refreshments. From 2 to 4.30pm, £1 admission. Summer Spectacular From 10am to 4pm in Wells Town Hall, Market Place includes unique gifts for you and your home, beauty and spa products and foodie goods.

Sunday 17

Giant Flea Market Over 250 inside and outside stalls at the Bath and West Showground selling a plethora of items. From 9.30am, adults £5 accompanied children free.

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I like reading a variety of styles of books. Sometimes I just want to sit back and enjoy a story, other times I like to get more involved, There are some very funny stories here mixed with some more thought provoking ones and a couple that could put your problem solving skills to the test. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Otters vs Badgers - Anya Glazer (Oxford, £6.99)

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The Otters and Badgers live on either side of the river, but they don’t like each other. They can’t even share the river, so they decided it was best they each kept to their own side and never cross over. Unintentionally an Otter called Francie was about to change all that. She was an excellent baker and spent all her time dreaming up new recipes and searching for new ingredients. One day, without her realising, S All around she picked Bustletown: berries from Nightime the badgers side of the river. Angrily the Routraut Susanne Berner badgers chased her back to her side and an argument ensued, but while it did, one (Prestel Hb, £9.99) badger had tasted one of Francie’s muffins Bustletown is a very and wanted more. Soon both Otters and busy place, even Badgers were enjoying her new berry when it gets dark. As Cara and John go cookies, but that just caused another row, for a stroll we follow them through the which she certainly didn’t want. Is the way town and see what everyone is getting to an animals’ heart through their stomach? up to as they pass by, indoors and out. Can meek and mild Francie unite everyone? Noisy neighbour, cats meeting, a library Find out in this charming picture book with sleepover and even a burglary, or two. lovely illustrations and a cookie recipe. There is so much to see and stories to

One World: 24 Hours on Planet Earth - Nicola Davies / Jenni Desmond (Walker Hb, £12.99)

This is an absolutely fascinating book. We know that the time changes as you go round the world, when it is midnight in Britain it will be other times on other continents. If you’ve ever wondered what time it is in another country this book shows how that works. Two girls lying in bed in Greenwich in London at one minute to midnight travel round the world to see what time it is at the same moment and what is happening. Starting watching polar bears in the Arctic Circle where it is 1am encountering other wonderful animals as they go through Zambia, India, China, Philippines, Australia during the morning to Antarctica where it is 12 noon then other countries through the afternoon until they are back in Greenwich as the new day begins. All enhanced with big, bold illustrations.

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The Great Fox Illusion Justyn Edwards (Walker, £7.99)

Flick has been chosen to compete in a new television show to become the successor to the world famous magician, Great Fox. But she has a far more personal reason for being there. Her father has disappeared after the Great Fox stole his incredible trick and Flick aims to get it back hoping it will make her father return. It isn’t going to be as simple as she’d hoped. Flick isn’t the only one with an ulterior motive. Not surprisingly, with magicians involved there is a lot of misdirection and trickery to uncover. Unscrupulous people who will stop at nothing to get what they want put her and people she cares about in danger. With Charlie’s help she is able to solve the puzzles, but will it be enough? This is a intriguing story with plenty of puzzles for you to work out and some interesting solutions to tricks (does the Magic Circle know?) There is plenty of suspense and some heart stopping moments to keep you gripped, it certainly had me hooked. See how you fare working out the clues.

work out and discuss in this appealing book all told in detailed illustrations without words. You discover more details every time you return to it. A perfect introduction to books for beginner readers and a way to entice reluctant ones.

Has Anyone Seen Archie Ebbs? - Simon Packham (Firefly, £7.99)

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The Magnificent Moon Hare Sue Monroe (Award, £6.99)

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PJ Petulant is a princess who expects to get her own way because she usually does, and lives up to her name if she doesn’t. This time her parents think her demand for a dragon is too much, but PJ knows how to make them give in to her demands and wears them down. Of course, once she gets Sandra (her name for the dragon even though he’s male) she loses interest and the servants who are left after Sandra’s eating spree are left to look after him. PJ moves on to her next want - the Moon Hare. An impossible want... until he turns up looking for adventure. His arrival is timely as the King has been kidnapped and Moon Hare is just the person to rescue him, or he is in his own mind. What results is utter chaos full of misunderstandings. Can a bossy princess, a moody dragon and kleptomaniac Moon Hare rescue a sulky King? This is a really funny, nonsensical story with madcap characters, large print and plenty of illustrations.

Seed Caryl Lewis (Macmillan, £7.99) Marty’s house is full, but not in a good way. His mother is a hoarder who can’t bear to throw anything away and finds it hard to leave the house. Marty tries to look after her, but it is hard and his life isn’t made any easier by the bullies at school. The only real joy in his life is time spent with his grandad on his allotment. Things start to look up when he meets Gracie who doesn’t let her lack of hearing hold her back. Both children have a dream which they are not sure they can fulfil. Grandad gives Marty a special seed for his birthday telling him to nurture it and wait to see what happens when it grows. The seed grows into a plant that keeps getting bigger, fuelled by peoples’ dreams. Grandad has an exciting plan for it leading to a big adventure, but will they be able to pull it off? This is an uplifting story full of hope with a few surprises. It shows what you can achieve if you put your mind to it and what can be achieved when people work together.

Archie is happy with good friends and a nice home life until they lose the home and are put in one grotty room in temporary housing, Manton House. Too ashamed to tell anyone, Archie distances himself from everyone so they won’t find out, which makes him very lonely. Unable to sleep he wanders down to the laundry room and meets Zofia. She says she is in his class, but he doesn’t recognise her. This doesn’t surprise her, in fact she’s more surprised that he can see her now as she is invisible to everyone except her family and has been since they moved to Manton House. She says Archie will probably become invisible as well which he thinks is ridiculous..... until he does! This is distressing until money collected for a class party goes The Treasure Under the Jam Factory- Chrissie Sains (Walker, £6.99) missing and Archie and Zofia decide to use Everything is going well for Scooter and his family. Their newly extended Jam Factory incorporating the their invisibility to find the culprit, saving the neighbouring building is about to reopen with a grand ceremony and Scooter will at last be party and someone able to reveal he is the brains behind it all. Until their ruthless ex-neighbour, Daffy Dodgy wrongly accused, reappears and reveals she has tricked them and still owns the factory. She plans to run but it isn’t as easy as it herself with all their improvements unless they buy it back. This seems hopeless until they’d hoped. This is an absorbing story that Cat turns up with news her Uncle Perry has discovered there is treasure under the factory and she has half the treasure map. Surprisingly Scooter has found the other half - if he shows how quickly can find the treasure his problems are over. Cat is happy to help, as is Fizzbee, his alien things can change. It friend and even Daffy sees how it will benefit her to help, but it is far from easy. The will make you think person who hid the treasure has set many traps and puzzles to make it difficult to get twice about noticing and Perry is willing to use any underhand trick to get it for himself. There is lots of fun what is happening to and excitement in this second book of the series, as well as surprises showing people others and how you really can change. The story is helped along by lots of very funny illustrations. judge them. 16 May - 11 July 2022

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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

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Until June 18 Queen and Community A look at service to the community with reference to Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Anniversary in Crewkerne Museum celebrating volunteering and service to communities.

May Friday 27 - June 5 Jubilee Tree Trail As part of the celebrations, people across the country are being encouraged to plant a tree for the jubilee. Follow the free tree trail through 14 acres of RHS partnered gardens at the Bishops Palace in Wells to learn about them. Collect a trail from the ticket office, a small prize is available on completion. Saturday 28 Royal Afternoon Tea Celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in style with a Royal Tea at Haselbury Mill, Haselbury Plucknett, Crewkerne. Adults £17, children £8.50, must be booked. Details on 01460 77095. Saturday 28 - Sunday 5 Kids Rule! Go to the grounds of Stonehenge for a right royal knees-up to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with merry monarchs, handson activities and fresh-air family fun. Book online and save. Kings and Queens Celebrate the jubilee by trying a kings and queen themed quiz with links to Prior Park’s history. There will be games, decorations, local music and the chance to picnic in the beautiful grounds. Travel Back in Time To celebrate the Jubilee, travel back in time with this trail and explore the last seventy years. Some beautiful knitted crowns have been hidden in the gardens of Dunster Castle. Explore the gardens while you search for these crowns and along the way complete activities, answer questions and learn what life was like in the past. £2.

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Kings and Queens Trail Follow the kings and queens trail at Dyrham Park with lots of facts on the various monarchs who reigned when William Blathwayt, who created the park, was working in government. There will be games, decorations, local music and the chance to picnic among nature in the orchard. Saturday 30 - Friday 3 Crowning Glory Join in a special family activity at the Roman Baths in Bath. Explore coins and medals celebrating special events and make a Roman radiate crown. Fom10am to 12.30pm and 1.30 - 4pm, free with normal admission, children must be accompanied. Saturday 30 - June 5 Beary Special Twin Celebration

Celebrate with a traditional teddy bear’s picnic and treat yourselves to Bear themed treats at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm. Play traditional garden games on the picnic lawn. Then visit ‘Paws’ at the Andean Adventures exhibit to discover facts about the bears and watch exclusive ‘bear cam’ footage of the twin Andean Bear cubs. Find out more about the Bears with new daily Bear Keeper Talks and follow your imagination with interactive story tellers’ ‘pawsome’ stories Tuesday 31 Jubilee Craft Activities Go to the Brick and Tile Museum East Quay, Bridgwater for some fun family activities with clay. Make a clay stamp tile and decorate a plate to take home. From 10am to 4pm, £4.50, must be booked, go to somersetbrickandtilemuseum.org.uk to book.

June Thursday 2 - Sunday 5 Jubilee Weekend Join in the fun in Midsomer Norton: Thursday- Opening ceremony at the Rugby


club with the lighting of the Beacon from 8pm. Friday - Music Festival in the Town Park 1.30 to 8.30pm Saturday - Farmer’s Market and Duck Race in the High Street from 2 to 8pm. Plus Big Street Party at Silver Street Station from 12pm with beer and cider festival. Sunday - Church services and afternoon tea at the Methodist Church and Closing family day at the Cricket Club from 2 to 6pm. Glastonbury Celebrations Thursday- Beacon Lighting atop Glastonbury Tor Friday - Glastonbury Queens and Kings Procession followed by entertainment in the grounds of the ancient Abbey. Sunday - The Big Jubilee Lunch in the Town Centre. Celebrations in Burnham and Highbridge Follow the Jubilee Shopping Trail through Burnham on Sea Town Centre. Plus: Thursday - ‘Children’s Street Party’ in Burnham Town Centre. Includes a ‘Jubilee Parade’. Lighting of Bacons on the Jetty in Burnham and St John’s Church Higbridge. Saturday -‘Jubilee Vehicle Show’ in Burnham High St; street art, live DJ and Punch and Judy in Morland Hall; Jubilee Sports Day in Recreation Ground and

Southwell Gardens, Highbridge; Outdoor music in Market Street, Highbridge and Street Party at the Windmill Club, Edithmead. Sunday - Jubilee in the Park in Manor Gardens and Craft market in Market Street and Southwell Gardens. Friday 3 Recreation Ground Celebration Yeovil Town Council invites you to commemorate this historic milestone at Yeovil Recreation Centre, Chilton Grove. With local live music and delicious food and drink free from 12 to 8pm. Saturday 4 Jubilee Picnic in the Park Visit Keynsham Memorial Park between 12 and 6pm for free themed family activities and entertainment. Picnickers will be joined by characters from Alice and Wonderland, as part of a giant Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Children can take teddy bears to the picnic, with prizes available for the best-dressed jubilee bear. There will also be a cake-decorating competition, so take your decorated jubilee sandwich sponge or cake for judging. Street Party Join the party on the Esplanade in Watchet celebrating the Jubilee.

‘Sheptopoly’ Shepton Mallet becomes a board game. Hunt the missing crown jewels in this free, fun and interactive game for all ages celebrating 70 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign with ‘7 Queens for 7 Decades’! Inspired by the current Art Bank exhibition, ‘Wild Things.’ Start at the Art Bank at 1pm, get a map to follow and win a token at each location. All players meet back at the Market Cross for the finale at 3 pm and the final task, part of the Jubilee Music Hall Extravaganza. Then enjoy a Jubilee party until 6pm. Sunday 5 Jubilee Picnic in the Park A family Picnic in Jill’s Garden, Grove Park, Weston-super-Mare with free entertainment. With music in the bandstand from 1 to 6pm, some stalls and a children’s activity area. The Big Jubilee Picnic Pack a picnic and enjoy free family fun at Royal Crescent Lower Lawn in Royal Victoria Park, Bath. Includes children’s entertainment and activities from Super Pirate and Drum Runners, as well as free face painting and an arts and crafts tent. From 12 to 5pm.

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Things to do during the holidays. Please mention Primary Times Somerset when booking activities. REMEMBER, things may change at short notice so make sure you check before you go.

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Izzy wizzy, let’s get dizzy! Visit the new world devoted entirely to Sooty, Sweep & Soo at Crealy Theme Park. With 4 new rides; 15 new indoor attractions inside the new ‘pier’; Sooty’s Hall of Fame Exhibition: Memorabilia and props from the past 70 years of The Sooty Show; Sooty’s Magic & Souvenir Shop and live daily theatre performances of The Sooty Show in the new ‘Sooty Show Time’ outdoor theatre.

Enjoy tree climbing and more at Barrington Saturday 28

Meet Paddington Bear Wednesday 1

Paddington Bear will make guest appearances on the platform at Cranmore Station at quarter past the hour from 10.15am to 3.15pm. There will also be a Paddington Trail and Punch and Judy to entertain you when Paddington clocks off to have his marmalade sandwiches. You can ride the steam train on East Somerset Railway as many times as you like and look around the Engine Shed and workshop. Driver for a Tenner will be running, where you can drive a locomotive for £10, and the Miniature Railway will be open all day. Book online or on 01749 880417.

Feel a sense of achievement when you reach the top and enjoy a bird’s eye view from Barrington Court’s tree tops. From 10 to 11am for 6 year olds and over, £25 plus normal admission. Plus:

Thursday 2 - Campcraft Under 10s can learn how to start a fire from scratch, make charcoal, split wood, cook your own food on an open fire and other survival skills. From 10am to 1pm, £15. Thursday 2 - Bushcraft Over 10s can learn how to start a fire from scratch, make primitive tools, learn basic survival skills and cook your own food on an open fire. From 1.30 to 4.50pm, £15.

Brunel Fun Days at West Somerset Railway Sunday 29 & 5, Wednesday 1 Meet the West Somerset Railway’s very own Brunel K Beagle. He will make appearences throughout the day on Minehead platform. No ticket is needed to visit the platform and meet Brunel but you will need a standard rover if you wish to travel on the train. Book online or on 01643 704996.

Nature Trail at Dryham Park Tuesday31 & Wednesday 1 A chance for families to explore the parkland at Dyrham Park with experts and have a go at fun activities such as making friends with a bug or identifying different plants . There may even be a chance to create your own wild art. From 11am to 12pm.

Get Creative ‘In Xanadu - Coleridge and the West Country’

Meet the Makers

Family Crafting

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Meet the makers featured in the exhibition and book, ‘CRAFT’, by Kate Lynch at Somerset Rural Life Museum, Chilkwell, Glastonbury. Meet a different local craftsperson each day and enjoy demonstrations including willow weaving, pottery and stone carving. Plus Friday 3 - Children can enjoy bee related crafts and activities. Saturday 4 - All ages can have a go at throwing a pot (£5) From 10am to 5pm. Go to swheritage.org. uk or call 01458 831197 for details.

The Bishop’s Palace has been home to the Bishop of Bath and Wells for over 800 years. Some Bishop’s have been builders, some have been soldiers and there has even been a dragon slayer. Explore the history of those who lived at the Bishop’s Palace and have a go at making your own Bishop’s Mitre – the distinct pointy hat that Bishop’s wear. From 11m to 3pm. Plus: Thursday 2 - The Sword in the Stone Go to the medieval undercroft and hear the wonderful tales of King Arthur, his knights and ladies. There’ll also be fun with King Arthur colouring pictures and ideas on how to write your own stories about Arthur and his friends. At 11am and 1.30pm.

Enjoy activities inspired by the exhibition at the Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle. Write like a poet from 200 years ago. Includes paper making, writing with a quill pen, word games, storytelling and painting. For 5 to 11 year olds. Drop in between 10am and 5pm, all activities £2. Then follow the Inspiration May Trail, £1.

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Let’s Count The Office for National Statistics, together with education resource centre, iChild, have created a range of fun and engaging teaching resources to go with the Let’s Count campaign which will bring census data to life in the primary school classroom. Resources include five new easy-to-use lessons which take children on a journey from collecting the data through to analysing and publishing the findings. There will also be a video lesson for participating schools delivered by ONS experts. The programme supports numeracy, history, geography and writing skills, and follows on from last year’s lessons which are all still available. Alongside the lessons, schools are encouraged to hold their own Let’s Count! day in the build up to the first Census 2021 results, where children can count things and collect data on any cause or subject that matters to them or their school. Schools can go to letscount.ichild.co.uk to register and get the new resources.

BRAKE’s kids walk this Year’s road safety campaign is on 22 June. Schoolchildren will walk in pairs in crocodile formation within their community, to emphasise the importance of being able to walk without fear or threat from traffic or pollution. Schools can go to www.brake.org.uk/kidswalk to sign up and get a free action pack.

The Big Count helps people to connect with nature Somerset Wildlife Trust has launched its Big Count 2022 initiative, part of their joint citizen science venture with Somerset Environmental Record Centre. Running from June 17 - 26, it aims to encourage as many people as possible to get outside and connect with nature, while also becoming important eyes and ears on the ground as they collect vital data about some of Somerset’s native species and help prevent further species decline. For a period of one hour in the day (and it can be done every day as long as it’s in a different place each time), the public are being asked to record their wildlife sightings on the popular iNaturalist citizen science platform for 8 individual species of wildlife and any species within 4 whole species groups, which includes dragonflies, goldfinch, spiders, and several species of butterfly. This is an activity for everyone to get involved in. There is a free downloadable pack available on the Somerset Wildlife Trust website, which will explain everything participants need to know about this project.

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Dinosaur World Live May 28 & 29 As the Octagon. Times vary, tickets £14.50.

Frozen Sing-ALong Tuesday May 31

Stars & Sails

Saturday May 21 35th anniversary tour of this Rock’n’Roll show mixing vocals and musicianship with impersonations and hilarious comedy routines. At 7.30pm, tickets £26, £28.

July 1 - 3 Grab your compass and join an intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a pre historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus. With a special meet and greet after the show. For 3 year olds and above, times vary, tickets £14, family £50.

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. At 11am and 2pm, tickets £12.

Merlin Thursday June 2

Brewhouse Box Office 01823 283244 Coal Orchard, Taunton

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Event Cinema. Inspired by the story of the mythical wizard, Northern Ballet will take audiences on a sweeping epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and more than a little magic. With a blend of classical ballet and unrivalled storytelling. At 2pm, tickets £8 - £12.

become a musketeer. Will things go to plan? It’s unlikely! Featuring hilarious heroics, raucous romances and some bonkers fun with BMX bikes. For 8 year olds and above at 2 and 7pm, tickets £15.

Strode Theatre Box Office 01458 442846 Church Road, Street

That’ll Be The Day

Dinosaur World Live

Dinosaurs come to the Octagon Theatre Yeovil, 1-3 July, and Brewhouse Taunton, 28 & 29 May.

16 May - 11 July 2022

Saturday June 11 A bold live show exploring the importance, power and vulnerability of the sea through design and sound. Featuring local sea shanties, ancient world music and folk stories and historical sea farers. For 5 year olds and above at 11am and 2pm. Tickets £10.

The Three Musketeers July 15 & 16 Armed with only a baguette and his questionable steed, join hotheaded d’Artagnan as he travels to Paris to

Mid-Somerset Musical Spectacular June 13 & 14 Pupils from schools, music clubs and drama groups in Mid Somerset showcase their musical talents. Each evening will be unique, featuring a different cast with a wide variety of skill and talent on show. Proceeds from the concerts will go to Somerset Music and other children’s charities. At 7pm, tickets £7, children £2.50.

Summer Concert Royal Jubilee Saturday July 2 The Mid Somerset Orchestra captures the mood of national celebration as Queen Elizabeth II reaches her Platinum Jubilee. It will end with Sir Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March no 4 strongly associated with ceremonial royal occasions. At 7.30pm, tickets £14, children £3.


Memorial Theatre Box Office 01373 462795 Christchurch Street West, Frome

That’ll Be The Day Saturday May 28 As the Octagon. At 7.30pm, tickets £26.

Regal Theatre Box Office 01643 706430

A fun-filled family pantomime featuring stunning scenery, colourful costumes, toetapping songs and bucket loads of laughter. Join Alice as she falls down the rabbit hole and finds herself in the most peculiar place she’s ever seen. At 2pm, tickets £15, children £13, family £48.

Princess Theatre

The Avenue, Minehead

Box Office 01278 784464

Pongo’s Party

Happy Days

Sunday June 5 Featuring the voices of Justin Fletcher and Nicole Davis from CBeebies. Go dressed in your best party clothes and join in a show full of fun, songs and laughter – play in a huge children’s band and take part in the town’s biggest ever game of pass the parcel. For 2 to 7 year olds at 3pm. Tickets £9.50, children £8.50, family £32.

Burnham-on-Sea

Wednesday June 8 Join the cast as they celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Creating a street party on stage, they will take you through the Queen’s 70 years on the Throne with poignant images on the screen and recalling significant moments which have become part of our history. Join in and have a good old sing song. At 2pm, tickets £16.

Broadway and Beyond

The Playhouse

Friday July 8 A mix of musical wit from the most popular musicals of the 20th and 21st centuries. At 7.30pm, tickets £17.50, students £9.

Weston-super-Mare

The Forum Box Office 0844 888 9991 1a Forum Buildings, St James Parade, Bath

Strictly Presents - The Power of Dance Friday July 8 Show giving some of Strictly’s performers the opportunity to share with audiences what it is to be a dancer via stunning choreography and beautiful storytelling. At 7.30pm, tickets £39.50, £45.

Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre Box Office 01823 414141 School Road, Taunton

Alice in Wonderland Saturday June 4

Stars and Sails at Brewhouse Taunton, 11 June.

Box Office 01934 645544

Rhythm of the Dance Wednesday July 6 Dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent, taking you through hundreds of years of Irish dance and music with a sensational sound and light show. At 7.30pm, tickets £29 - £30.50.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea July 12 & 13 The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! For 3 year olds and above, times vary. Tickets £14.50.

Theatre Royal Box Office 01225 448844 Sawclose, Bath

Rats’ Tales

June 9 - 11 Traditional European fairy tales are mixed with some brand new stories written by ex Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Centred around the tale of the Pied Piper, it confronts the dark side of the imagination with characters that have powered the play of children over the centuries. For 8 year olds and above in the Egg. Times vary, tickets £10, children £8, family £30.

Bugsy Malone July 2 - 23 Prohibition era, New York. A city full of mobsters, showgirls and dreamers. Rival gangster bosses Fat Sam and Dandy Dan are at loggerheads. Nice guy Bugsy Malone is thrust notso-willingly into the gangster limelight when he becomes the last resort for Fat Sam’s hapless hoodlums. Times vary, tickets £28.75 - £47.75; children £27.27 - £46.75.

Bristol Hippodrome

June 8 - 11 Joe Spud is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country. What Joe doesn’t have is a friend. So he decides to leave his posh school and start at the local comp. But things don’t go as planned for Joe and life becomes a rollercoaster as he tries to find what money can’t buy. Times vary, tickets from £13.

The Play That Goes Wrong July 4 - 9 The Cornley Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does. At 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets from £13.

Blakehay Theatre Box Office 01934 645493 Wadham Street, Weston-superMare

The Addams Family Junior

Box Office 0844 871 3012 St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol

Singin’ In The Rain May 16 - 21 Journey back to the glamour of Hollywood during the roaring 20’s. Talking movies are about to take off changing the lives of the silent screen stars. Starring Sam Lips, Charlotte Gooch, Jenny Gayner and Strictly’s Kevin Clifton. At 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm, tickets from £13.

Billionaire Boy

Saturday May 21 In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family they have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years and Gomez and Morticia, would be only too happy to continue living that way. But their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday is now an eighteen year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. At 2 and 7pm, tickets £9 - £14.

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